On the recent occasions where I’ve been out for a walk without a “proper” dedicated camera, and found something interesting to capture, I’ve just reached for my camera phone.
Currently this is an Android Realme 6 Pro which I introduced previously.
The Realme houses the most sophisticated camera I’ve had in a phone.
A relatively large sensor (a Samsung 1/1.7″, larger than nearly all of my digital compacts) means decent scope for shallow depth of field, something I usually rely on my DSLRs for.
This is no new venture for me though, and I’ve had perhaps five or six phones over the last 15 years that have perform well enough as a camera.
The Realme 6 Pro just does it better, in terms of output.
Even the colours are pretty pleasing straight out of camera, especially for family pictures.
So if I was happy with my camera phone five generations ago, why do I continue to use other digital cameras, and digital compacts especially?
Well, despite the Realme 6 Pro’s rather large (to me) screen, which really is very lovely, and gives a larger viewing/composing surface than any other camera I’ve ever used (except my iPad but that’s pretty rubbish as a camera all round), the handling just isn’t there.
I nearly get myself convinced, then pick up something like my Ricoh GRD III or Pentax Q, and they just feel right straight from the outset.
You know, they’re shaped to fit your hand, the grip is rubberised, the shutter button is a proper button on the top where your forefinger rests, with a half press to autofocus and full press to shoot.
Just simple features that are all entirely down to the ergonomics of the object, and make it feel like going home to photography somehow when you use them.
A modern plastic and metal dining room chair does a perfectly adequate job of keeping you seated while you enjoy your next meal. But a comfy old sofa is far more pleasurable to sink down into.
Plus perhaps I’m becoming a bit of a traditionalist, but I just like buttons and dials. Anything touchscreen (even my phone, which as you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of generally) is too fiddly sometimes with a touchscreen.
I’ve never used a camera with a touchscreen and the thought seems to go against the things I hold dear about a proper camera.
So whilst in terms of convenience and the final image, yes a camera phone is all I need, I still miss that feel good (literally) factor that cameras like the GRD III and others give.
And I don’t intend to give them up anytime soon.
How about you? Are you happy with just a camera as a phone? If so, let us know why, and if not, why not?
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