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More on choosing Digital camera or Cellphone Camera.

Continuing the digital camera discussion (I can’t do tables on Virily, maybe someday). Yesterday I talked about some of the initial criteria and considerations.

  1. First, you have to figure out, BEFORE, you look at cameras how much you can spend. This is important!
  2. Consider the following:
    1. The type of pictures I take
    2. The number of pictures I take
    3. What I take pictures of
  1. For me this next one is critical – I need a rugged camera
  2. I like to be able to focus manually
  3. I prefer everything to be automatically focused

First off, cellphones have amazing cameras now. A lot better than once upon a time! One of the things I have to acknowledge is that the first cameras on cellphones were 1.2 megapixels for the rear-facing the camera and .3 megapixel for the front camera. That reality shaped my opinion. I also entered the new era of decent cellphone cameras with a digital camera already.

A decision for me is always the fact that I am on my cellphone call the time. That makes using the cellphone as my go-to the camera a little harder. As we modify the selection process, we have to consider how much we are on the phone.

    1. How many hours a day do you use your phone as a phone.
      1. Less than ½ hour or less than 30 minutes a day
      2. Less than 90 minutes a day but more than 30
      3. More than 90 minutes a day
    2. Have you ever dropped your phone (shattering the screen)?
    3. I bought a new cell phone.

The first one is a driver for me, but may not be a driver for you. Do note, the likelihood of dropping your phone increases the more you focus on pictures on your phone.  People that use their phones for cameras most likely fit into the first category of time on the actual phone. Now that is not playing games or using the pheon as a GPS. The time above is time calling, talking and using the Cellphone as a phone. The reason for this is you have to stop the call, minimize the pheon application, open the camera application and shoot the picture. IF it is something that is time sensitive you missed it.

The last one is one that I suspect more and more people are considering. If you buy a new smartphone with a better camera, do you need another camera? You see cell phone prices are getting higher and higher. There are components of the cell phone that continue to increase the price overall. A better camera is something that increases the cost of the phone.

I will continue this for one more day helping you set up a matrix to decide.

I will I could publish tables!

  • I do not own a smart phone today…

    • Yes
    • No
  • I own a digital camera today,,,

    • Yes
    • No
  • I store lots of physical pictures today…

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.


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