Is your iPhone your regular camera now?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iMas70, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. iMas70 macrumors 65816

    Sep 4, 2012
    I find that in some ways, my iPhone camera is better than my regular camera (Sony Cyber-Shot). It's always with me, can take pictures faster and they can be on the net in seconds. Plus they are automatically uploaded to the cloud. I started taking pics with my regular camera last night then jumped over to the phone because it was easier. I think I might just make a transition over to just using that. Anyone else just use their phone's camera most of the time?
  2. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    For my modest and less than unprofessional is more than adequate.
  3. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013
    I don't use a standalone digital camera anymore. The iPhone camera is more than good enough for casual photography. I'm not a pro photographer or hobbyist who needs that higher level of quality, so I'd prefer not to have the weight of an extra device.
  4. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast
    No. I still use and prefer a DSLR and a digital snapshop camera to a cell phone camera.
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    The iPhone I carry serves as my primary and sole camera and fits my needs well as a non-professional photographer.
  6. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    I do have a Nikon D80 with "sniper lens" (200 x 55) but my iPhone 5 is always with me and it's great to take casual photos.
    I am not a professional photographer, it's just a hobby.
  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    You could probably say that. I'm a professional with thousands of dollars in camera and video gear but my iPhone takes about 3/4 of my family photos now.

    When I need my big cameras for a specific use I absolutely use them. But the fact is, I don't really need that kind of quality and control for a shot of my kid at the pool, you know?
  8. SpyderBite macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    I don't do any professional or even hobby photography so I haven't had a stand alone camera since 2004. The cameras that have been on my phones/smart devices have been more than adequate for my casual use and photo sharing.
  9. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    For everyday fun pictures, that get deleted, yes. For occasions, no way. Last weekend I went camping, kayaking, and white water rafting in Denali, Alaska. I had my point and shoot with me in the kayak. I came across a moose on land while I was kayaking. I took a lot of great close up pictures and hd video. No way my iPhone could have taken those close up pics and videos. IPhone is with me all the time, but when I'm going somewhere I expect to take pictures, I bring the point and shoot.
  10. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    I must be a lousy picture taker because I stopped using my Nikkon DSLR camera and now strictly using the smartphones camera. I saw very little difference for the photos I took, nothing that needed a quality stand alone camera, so why bother lugging around a large DSLR anymore ? :D
  11. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
    Yup,I don't carry another camera. The iPhone is my go-to device for photos. There's enough apps out there really make some cool pictures.
  12. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I don't use my Point & shoot anymore. Either my iPhone for casual snaps, or my D3200 for more professional shots. There are good quality point and shoots out there that would blow the iPhone out of the water, but not my dated cheapie. I guess it depends what you take photos for.
  13. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    We took an Alaskan cruise this year, and I thought of getting a new camera
    I didn't and I don't regret not spending the money
    My pictures turned out fantastic (for me)
    You can't beat the convenience and the quality is excellent for me

    So, it is my camera
  14. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    We have a camera (my wife and I) – somewhere. But it meant planning, which is inconvenient with our lifestyle. We've been using our cell phones as our main cameras since 2007. My Sanyo Katana took the first pictures of my daughter when she was born.

    Every phone we've had since then we've just used for this. And we've pushed our photos to each new phone along the way.

    I have a 3GS which was a gift, but not one of our main phones. I've discovered that it's camera is inferior to the one on my HTC Touch Pro, which is a four year old phone. But my iPhone 5 is what I mainly use now as it's just superior in every way – and convenient.
  15. Bacong macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
    I've never really carried a camera, so yes, it is.

    Especially with Camera+.
  16. Cody21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2012
    Knoxville, TN
    I've owned one point-and-shoot camera, but only used it 3x max.

    I recently went to Boston and I used my iPhone to take all 100 or so pictures I took while there. So, yeah, my iPhone is my regular camera.
  17. salacious macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2011
    i only use my iphone when my DSLR is not with me, so does that make it regular? yes, does that make it my main camera? no.
  18. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Yeah got rid of mine back in 2011 when the iPhone 4S came out. No need for a standalone for me anymore since the iPhone camera is now good enough for everything I need.
  19. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
  20. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011

    Rare for me to want to lug around DSLR anymore. I still do but only for occasions I know its needed. Indoor or evening events and such.
  21. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Since most of my everyday pictures get posted to Facebook, my iPhone 5 is my main camera. I have a Canon point and shoot, but hit tends to get lost in my apartment a lot. If I ever take a big trip to Europe or something, I would probably take the point and shoot with a large capacity SD.
  22. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    My point and shoot was used last week, and before that in 2011 in Iraq. The phone camera is used for non event photos, which is everyday.
  23. Roller macrumors 68020

    Jun 25, 2003
    I have a DSLR and a high end P&S. but I rarely have them with me. Unless I'm planning on shooting, I use my iPhone, since it's usually in my pocket. However, I prefer the versatility & quality of the dedicated cameras when I have a choice.
  24. chdwil macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    When I want a picture and don't care about the quality then yes, the iPhone is great. To suggest that a picture from the iphones tiny sensor will have comparable quality to my DSLR with a 35mm size sensor and professional f2.8 glass is laughable. Yes I like the iPhones camera, no it is not a replacement for my real camera.


    Please keep in mind that a good photographer will make do with whatever device they are using. The photographer makes the camera, not the other way around. But also keep in mind that there is a reason a quality lens can cost thousands of dollars.
  25. iMacBooked macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2013
    4 8 15 16 23 42 ✈ Country: Belgium
    Yes! For non-professional use, I think for a cellphone camera, the iPhone's camera really is fantastic. Also the HD video's mine records are simply stunning! I hate the large file sizes of them though.

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