#25 Apple

An apple hanging from a tree in North London, England.

For the longest time I really didn’t like camera-phones.  The small sensor, the grainy results, the slow response times – sure you carry it everywhere but the image sucked and you would probably miss ‘the moment’.  Well, now I’ve changed my mind a little.  Just a little.

This shot was taken in my garden in North London with my new iPhone 4 (admittedly on a very nice summers day with lots of light).

I feel that there are areas where the mainstream camera manufacturers really do need to innovate – this iPhone has a beautiful screen (far better than any camera that I know of) GPS geo-tagging, a touchscreen display, Apps that can process the image (like the one above was edited with an app called Camera+, cost: about £1.00 !) and share it on Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, FTP (or wherever else you might want – you get the idea).

Oh, did I mention it does 720p HD video recording, editing and upload as well?

And it’s just one device.  And it does it well – the user experience is unparalleled.

I digress – this isn’t an iPhone review.

I just wonder why my DSLRs (which cost thousands) or maybe high-end compacts can’t do even some of this? And not just as a bolt-on with no afterthought to the experience.

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Always by my side

Digital SLR cameras are huge.  There are some people who can explain why the camera body must be so big and good lenses even more so.

I just know they are bulky – even rubbish ones.  Yet you will nearly always find me with one.

The reason is simple:  They enable me to consistently produce great results.

Carrying this bulk around is a sacrifice I’m willing to make.  Saying that, if I could have something smaller – whilst maintaining the control over the quality of results – I would definitely consider it.

Lately, I’ve noticed quite a few manufacturers are bringing out what look like fantastic little cameras (Canon S90, Samsung EX-1, Panasonic LX3 to name just a few).  Great low light performance, minimal delay when taking the picture and some even have HD video too (not that I’m all that interested in video right now).

Who knows – maybe you’ll find me carrying one of these compact ones around one day.

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