For years I carried around a bulky Canon SLR camera with me during my travels. Last year, I downsized to one mobile phone. Now I’ve got two…
Go back to my older trip reports and you’ll notice fairly nice photos (not to pat myself on the back). When you have a decent camera and nice lens, pictures tend to turn out nicely no matter how good (or bad) the photographer is.
But the problem with bulkier cameras is two-fold. First, they are bulky. Not only do they take up valuable space, but they are quite annoying to carry around. Second, they attract negative attention. Flight attendants and especially ground staff get suspicious. I’ve only once been told to stop taking pictures with my mobile phone, which bloggers and non-bloggers alike use when boarding a flight. But over and over I have been scolded to put my SLR away.
As the iPhone has steadily improved, I wavered on whether to transition to a mobile phone only approach. Last year, I did it and hope that my trip report pictures are still acceptable. Frankly, I find the iPhone takes much better pictures than smaller point-and-shoot cameras like the Sony RX100, but maybe that’s just me.
But my business partner recent acquired a Samsung Galaxy S10+ and I took it for a spin on my lat trip. While I think the iPhone XS Max still takes better photos in natural light, I instantly fell in love with wide-angle feature on the S10 5G.
Take a look at the pictures below. In each pair, the top picture is taken with an iPhone and the bottom by a S10.
I just love how the wide-angle lens draws in so much more. It is amazing how far mobile phones have come. Sometimes these wide-angle shots can distort perception, but you’ll be seeing more of them in my upcoming trip reports.
Technology had advanced to a degree that bulky camera are no longer necessary for nice pictures, even wide-angled ones. Until the iPhone adds a wide-angle lens (rumored to be this autumn), I’ll be using a Galaxy S10 5G and iPhone for upcoming trip reports.