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  Reply # 1767860 20-Apr-2017 12:33
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Smartphone only. I used my Galaxy S7 on last holiday and the photo quality was great. I've even had a couple of photos blown up to super A3 for framing. Only drawback is the lack of an optical zoom.

 

An eg. of how well smartphone cameras have evolved ... this from my S7

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1767862 20-Apr-2017 12:37
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Smartphone only. I used my Galaxy S7 on last holiday and the photo quality was great. I've even had a couple of photos blown up to super A3 for framing. Only drawback is the lack of an optical zoom.

 

An eg. of how well smartphone cameras have evolved ... this from my S7

 

 

 

 

 

There is no doubt a Smartphones takes a great photo.  My point was, if you want a photo of only the 3rd bike on the right from the position you took that photo... you either

 

a) Get a real camera with a decent lens

 

b) Use the "zoom" function of your phonahahahaha ok that's not really an option

 

or c) Get closer but that defeats my "from that position" bit above. Plus you'll probably get run over.

 

If smartphones had lens-kits that'd be perfect.  The quality is great, but you're very limited otherwise.


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Here's the bad news for camera makers - and the good news for makers of smartphones:

 

https://petapixel.com/2017/03/03/latest-camera-sales-chart-reveals-death-compact-camera/

 

The "compact" camera is dying / almost dead.

 

The more "serious" interchangeable lens cameras are hanging in there, albeit on reduced sales volume which may be more to do with market saturation (many people with an interest already have something more than adequate - and no compelling reason to update). Rumours are around that Ricoh may shut down / sell off Pentax camera division.  

 

I'm generally very happy with the camera on the Nexus 5x.  The newer dual camera phones are another step on the grave of compact cameras - and will probably start eating into sales of smaller format interchangeable lens cameras.

 

However, you can't really get over the physics limiting performance of the relatively tiny sensors on smartphones, those being shot noise limiting low-light performance, diffraction limiting resolution, and the relationship between sensor size, lens focal length and aperture on depth of field. 


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  Reply # 1767880 20-Apr-2017 13:13
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We use both, but for a time we only took our phones. They are ok, but when you go back to a dslr you realise what youre missing (like optic zoom, shutter speed and so on).

 

It IS a pain though, especially if you go with a group of people you dont know and want to join in the fun with others. A phone is discrete and easy to hide, a dslr is not.





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Both, DSLR gets taken to most holiday activities but there are times where it is too bulky to carry, phone is perfect in these situations.

 

 

 

 


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I use my (well work's) Samsung S6 for snaps, my Sony A6000 for photos.






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  Reply # 1767894 20-Apr-2017 13:32
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On our trip to the States last year we took four phones and three compact cameras between four of us. Visiting museums and state monuments the cameras came to the fore where the ability to zoom in past other people was a godsend. Panorama shots were taken with the phones and they provided a great backup when the camera batteries ran flat. Between all the devices we covered everything we needed, usually from multiple angles.
The cameras were compact enough to fit in your pocket or a small waist pouch though. Gave up on big cameras when I stopped using my wet film Pentax SLR.

Edit: Notwithstanding the above, if you only want 'holiday snaps' (he ask him knowingly) the camera in any of the last couple of year's flagship phones would do.




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  Reply # 1767920 20-Apr-2017 14:38
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I use both a mobile phone and DSLR while on holiday but most of my shots are with my DSLR. If you just want casual shots for displaying on your phone then you don't need a DSLR. But if you want to make 30 inch wide prints with sharp detail throughout then a full frame DSLR with at least 24mp is the way to go! With a good high mp DSLR you can crop out small parts of images and still get great resolution!

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We've done the last few holidays 'phone only' with an iPhone 6 and 6S. Just upgraded to a 7 and am amazed at the new zoom and low light capabilities!

So much so that my wife (amature photographer) who isn't prepared to drop the $400-$600 to upgrade her phone went and dug out her Nikon D200 and downloaded the manual to reread so she could upspec her holiday album shots.

Personally think that phones are now as good as a compact camera, and DSLR is the next level up... but so bulky when hiking or walking far in a day.

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I just use my iPhone 6 Plus. I honestly can't be bothered with anything else any more. 99% of the holiday photos I take are of people or things that are only a few feet away anyway, so I don't miss lugging the DSLR and array of lenses around one bit.


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Almost entirely HTC phone and HTC re action camera, now.

I've done lots of big trips overseas several years back so have lots of "serious" photos on slr but now the photos I want to take are the spur of the moment ones of my daughter.

The Re isn't as good but it's waterproof so I have great photos of playing in pool, surf, ski slopes were I'm not worried if I drop the HTC re.

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Smartphone only.  

 

/me dons fireproof suit

 

The reality is I'm not a photographer so when I take a photo I'm not trying to capture some amazing artistic shot, I'm just trying to capture a piece of a memory; all I want is something that I can look at in the future and say "Oh yeah, I remember thing X on trip Y. It was awesome." For me, a smartphone is good enough for this and far more convenient than DSLR or similar.

 

 


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My phone (Galaxy S7) takes good photos and is pretty much always on me. So it's good for casual snaps and situations where I want to take a photo spontaneously, or hadn't anticipated the need. I really like the cameras on modern smartphones, they have improved dramatically.

 

But it's still no substitute for even my 6-7 year old DSLR (which is overdue for an upgrade when I can afford it). With its external flash and selection of lenses (which means I can cover 16-450mm, 35mm equivalent), decent sensor size, full range of manual controls, remote shutter release and fast optical zooming etc - it simply blows even the best phones out of the water.

 

If I'm going somewhere where I know there will be memorable photos taken, then its DSLR all the way.


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I've been using the camera on my smartphone for years and find it does a pretty good job. I used to use a SLR digital camera but sold it as I felt it just wasn't being used enough. Granted the smartphone doesn't take pictures quite in the same way however, it doesn't do a bad job. Having the microSD card means it's easy and convenient when I want to stick it on my laptop :-)


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