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    Quote Originally Posted by ruby sparks View Post
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    Curious: just how good are camera phones getting these days? What phone should a former serious SLR enthusiast be looking at?
    They are getting superb. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, with two 12MP dual-pixel cameras facing forward, both with OIS, and a third 8MP camera for selfies. One has standard 1x zoom, the other 2x. The resolution is incredible. I have added a Ztylus Revolver 4-lens carousel, so i now have a full suite of lenses which fit in a pocket. My Canon EOS 6D and lenses cost almost $6000, and the phone camera is often just as good, at under a 6th of the price. All the photos I posted on this thread, and the wildlife thread were taken on phone cameras. As the old cliche says, the best camera is the one you have with you. I love my DSLR, but carrying it and all the lenses is inconvenient.
    Cool. Thanks.

    What's your opinion/knowledge about iphones camerawise? I'm kinda tied into apple because it's what I use for my work (designer) so I'm probs going to be sticking with mac as a computer, and ipad, and hence by extension an iphone, because of interoperability.

    Couldn't agree more about the inconvenience of SLRs. If I get similar quality from a phone, I'm ditching my SLR.

    I ask because I'm at a point in time where both my Camera (Canon Rebel 2007) and phone (iphone 6) arguably could be upgraded, so I'd like to kill two birds with one stone.
    The newer iPhone cameras are also excellent. The 8 and the X are really good. They don't have the same innovations that Android is currently enjoying, like dual cameras side by side, but they share the add-ons market like the Ztylus lens kits, and just make sense from a convenience point of view. Plus, you can send photos/videos immediately from a phone. Even my EOS6D, which has WiFi doesn't make sharing so convenient. Also.the on-camera extra processing and editing is now just incredible. i've hardly used my DSLR in 2 years since phone cameras became so good.

    I wouldn't hesitate to make the move, and I would never have said that even 3 years ago.
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” Terry Pratchett

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    Thanks. I also edited my post belatedly. It's a failing of mine. Revising. Even in real life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phands View Post
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    Let's see if this works...

    CaisCais, Portugal last summer. Galaxy s8+ HDR on.
    OP'er hat on... no cell phone photos... no HDR.

    You're saying that a general photography thread can't have photos from the most generally available cameras on the planet?
    Yup.

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    Ok.

    But why not?

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    Phones make all of the decisions and make with the post processing. There is no artistic effort with a phone camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Higgins View Post
    Yup.
    That's it? What is your rationale for such an arbitrary decision? It makes no sense, given the word "general". Do you somehow intend to enforce this?
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    General Photography Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by phands View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Higgins View Post
    Yup.
    That's it? What is your rationale for such an arbitrary decision? It makes no sense, given the word "general". Do you somehow intend to enforce this?
    Yup. No HDR, no phones, no Visigoths.

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    No pics to post but..

    I'm going on the trip of a lifetime at the end of September and I'm thinking about upgrading my digital camera. Could anyone point me in the right direction for something in the 400 - 600 range? I don't need fireworks, just an all around solid entry-level camera.

    Keep in mind I also just bought a new Samsung Galaxy A5.. but I don't know if I trust it for the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruby sparks View Post
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    Curious: just how good are camera phones getting these days? What phone should a former serious SLR enthusiast be looking at?
    They are getting superb. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, with two 12MP dual-pixel cameras facing forward, both with OIS, and a third 8MP camera for selfies. One has standard 1x zoom, the other 2x. The resolution is incredible. I have added a Ztylus Revolver 4-lens carousel, so i now have a full suite of lenses which fit in a pocket. My Canon EOS 6D and lenses cost almost $6000, and the phone camera is often just as good, at under a 6th of the price. All the photos I posted on this thread, and the wildlife thread were taken on phone cameras. As the old cliche says, the best camera is the one you have with you. I love my DSLR, but carrying it and all the lenses is inconvenient.
    Cool. Thanks.

    What's your opinion/knowledge about iphones camerawise? I'm kinda tied into apple because it's what I use for my work (designer) so I'm probs going to be sticking with mac as a computer, and ipad, and hence by extension an iphone, because of interoperability.

    Couldn't agree more about the inconvenience of SLRs. If I get similar quality from a phone, I'm ditching my SLR. Personally, I go back to 1979, a manual, non-digital Zenith and developing my own pics, so I'll be a bit sad, but times change.

    I ask because I'm at a point in time where both my Camera (Canon Rebel, 2007 vintage) and phone (iphone SE) arguably could be upgraded, so I'd like to kill two birds with one stone. Should I move from Apple to get a better camera is my question.

    I sometimes print and frame, but never more than A3 size, so if the differences are minimal at that size, it's not going to be an issue for me, even if it still is for commercial/professional photographers.

    I guess I should also look into whether stuff like the zytlus revolver are either avialable for or compatible with an iphone.

    Nice pics by the way, yours.

    Ztylus is made first for iPhone..enjoy
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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    No pics to post but..

    I'm going on the trip of a lifetime at the end of September and I'm thinking about upgrading my digital camera. Could anyone point me in the right direction for something in the 400 - 600 range? I don't need fireworks, just an all around solid entry-level camera.
    I like the info available here. Cheaper cameras mean giving and taking on what you really want verses what you are willing to give up.

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