will the iphone 4 replace your digital point and shoot camera?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tim100, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    will it replace your digital point and shoot camera?
  2. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    We had a thread just like this.. but nope, will not replace my Canon G10.
  3. gehrbox macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2007
    The best camera is the one you have with you. The iPhone4 a huge leap in photo quality over other iPhones. So ya if it's all I have with me.
  4. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    Nope. My blue Canon SD1100 is still a keeper for still shots. My iPhone 4 has the problem with the white balance too. Optical zoom and Xenon flash is just something I need from a camera. And I get pretty solid battery life on my P&S, as well as it is alot more comfortable to hold when taking pix. But the iPhone 4 does surpass it when it comes to video recording and more convenience to upload pix using the Facebook and Photobucket app.

    Like when I used my Nokia N82 which was the best cameraphone of 2007/2008, I'll treat my iPhone 4 as a great "substitute" and not a complete replacement for a P&S. I still prefer a true camera dedicated to its forte.
  5. spblat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2010
    My 3G replaced my point and shoot. The 4 is that much better. I still bring out my camcorder periodically though for its stabilizer.
  6. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    Very true, but if I were to go take pictures. I'd grab a regular camera which means the i4 isn't replacing my point and shoot.
  7. Venator macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2010
    The camera is actually the only reason I am considering switching from my all-mighty... G1!


  8. Hellishness macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    Yes, because it's simple, easy to use, I'll have it everywhere, and my point and shoot is a (crappy) 5MP Kodak. I still have a Nikon DSLR for "real" pictures.
  9. mlts22 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    I'm all for carrying as few devices as possible, so if an iPhone 4 with a flash LED can do for most situations, I'll carry that. If I need to get some professional quality shots, I'll bring a DSLR.

    5MP isn't a lot, but it is enough for most things, especially for an all in one device.
  10. maddux2005 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    My last camera was my iPhone 3G. Before that was my original iPhone.

    So yes :p I have no reason to buy a separate device. I can take pics and shoot HD video.
  11. Hellishness macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    5MP is more than enough for a cell phone sensor. Any more and you will probably get worse pics.
  12. Stay Tuned macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    If you knew what a DSLR is, you wouldn't ask this question.
  13. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000


    Feb 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia & Bay Area

    The DSLR will always be there for PHOTOGRAPHY
  14. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    Exactly. My G10 is capable of way more than the iPhone 4 is. (and my 40D is obviously better than both! LOL)

    Still, I made the switch from the first gen iPhone to this one specifically for the camera upgrades. As another poster said, the best camera is the one you have with you, and the phone is the only thing that is ALWAYS on me. I'm impressed so far with what it can do.
  15. Avatar74 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    I don't have a "point and shoot"... never did. But it won't replace my Nikon D70 with 18-70mm AF Nikkor ED lens. While it's an older 6.1 megapixel DSLR, its optics and CCD size make it a no-brainer. But I don't really want to lug around a DSLR all the time.

    I've used the iPhone 4 already side by side against a friend's point and shoot... I don't know what the model was, but there's no way I'd take their camera over the iPhone 4, given the quality to portability ratio.

    I'm currently editing a video review of PREDATORS with this thing, pairing it with HD 720p footage courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. I think that's a substantial achievement and speaks to the overall capabilities of the iPhone 4... It's a mobile computing and multimedia platform unlike any point and shoot camera.
  16. insidmal macrumors 6502


    Jun 24, 2010
    lol, G1.. that's funny..

    I use the camera a lot for random stuff but if I'm going to something that I know I'll want to take pictures of I bring my real camera
  17. randy98mtu macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    Why? A DSLR isn't a point and shoot camera.

    I always have my iPhone with me, so its great for capturing moments I would otherwise miss. But as others say, I'll bring my Canon 40D with me for stills. And my S20IS for slightly better video.
  18. BadMoon macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2010
    And who the hell wants to cart one of those around everywhere?
  19. hansenc macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2004
    It won't replace my DSLR but it will replace my P&S.

    Used it today at Busch Gardens in Tampa and hope to put together a nice little video later tonight using the iMovie App.
  20. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.

    *Note, I don't own a P&S. See signature.
  21. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
  22. doctorxring macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2006

    I'm buying the iPhone4 to replace my 3GS just because of
    it's better camera. No other reason. I have a number of
    cameras, DSLR, pocket cameras. But I do not usually
    carry more than my iPhone, pocket knife, and my keys
    on a regular basis. When I'm on a photographic "mission"
    so to speak, I will carry one of my other cameras. But
    pictures present themselves when they will.

    I'm really looking forward to the day when an iPhone will
    carry optics and software that will perform like a current
    Canon Digital Ixus or beyond. But I am very appreciative of what
    we have. I've been collecting pics since the 60's and my days
    of wet darkrooms. An iPhone4 viewed from those days
    is a miracle.


  23. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    Probably not, but I can see me using it adhoc a lot. Same goes for the 720p video - I just wished it had been a 64GB phone to allow me to store more on there.
  24. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2007
    Savannah, GA
    Do you know what a DSLR is? Don't see the point of your post at all. :confused:

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