The colorful streets of Camden Town, the beautiful Waterloo sunsets, the historical sights such as the Big Ben, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey; London is full of picture perfect spots, ready to be captured. The question is what to capture them with. Who wins in the Iphone vs. Real Camera tug of war? Both of course have their pros and cons and below, we explore a few.
1) Iphone: Light as a Feather
First things first, do you like travelling light? If so, there’s nothing better than reaching down your pocket and taking out your Iphone for a quick snap at that fleeting picture perfect moment. iPhone 6 weighs about 130 gr. (4.55oz) so it’s one of the lightest 4K Cameras you’ll find, plus, since it's a phone, you will probably always have it on you anyways. The downside to the lightness? An Iphone is easier to lose and drop.
2) Real Camera: Broader Aesthetic Choice Span
On the other hand, nothing like a real camera to explore the full photo experience. Whether it’s a point and shoot or a DSLR, you’ll get much more out of these cameras in terms of aesthetic possibilities. Zoom your way to that desired closeup shot, pump up the ISO sensibility to capture those low light night shots, feel the freedom of its battery life and just snap away. With superior sensors, better lenses and manual controls, the picture quality definitely takes a massive leap forward and you have a whole lot more manual control that broadens your span for choice.
3) Iphone: Apps and Sharing
Of course sharing is more immediate with iPhones as they are optimized for online networking, plus, you can download editing apps, and other apps straight onto your phone so you can just embellish your images on the spot and upload to Instagram or Facebook instantly. On this front though, “real cameras” now include some editing options and wi-fi as well, plus many allow you to sync your camera to your phone, and there should be an even smaller gap between the online options of a smartphone and a camera as technology is further developed.
4) Real Camera: More options
There are dozens of brands and hundreds of models, so here are some of the ones that we like:
If you are just starting out:
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS: Great zoom, Wifi, and HD Video.
Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-4: Waterproof, shockproof, dustproof.
If you are at a more advanced level:
Panasonic Lumix DMC – LX100: Low light, 4K Ultra HD video, Leica Lens.
Sony RX 10 II: Carl Zeiss Zoom, 14 fps speed, WiFi.
Nikon D5500 DSLR: Interchangeable lenses, 24MP Sensor, WiFi.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II: 5 axis image-stabilization system, 8.5 fps shooting speed, interchangeable lenses, lightweight and powerful.
Ken Rockwell: Pro photographer, has great tips and reviews.
Brendan’s Adventures: great travelogue and photography site.
Life Hacker: Understanding how digital cameras work.
We look forward to trying out the features of the iPhone7 coming out later this year!