Smartphone Cameras

Everyone has a smartphone now these days. It’s weird if you do not have one. All smartphones have one thing in common. They have a built-in camera. When a smartphone was introduced ten years ago, the camera was not that good. The camera quality was very low, so people went out and purchased an actual camera. Now if you buy the newest smartphone, it’s an entirely different story. The camera on the new smartphones is so good that people don’t take photos with their cameras anymore. Google Pixel, iPhone, Samsung smartphone have amazing cameras. Many YouTube editors and tech reviewers battle these smartphones, and you can hardly tell which is terrible or excellent. The details and vibrant color that the phones can capture are amazing. If you want to hang and print the images, you can print them on a color printer. The megapixels in the smartphone is big enough for you to print the photos and not distort the quality of it. It’s pretty amazing what you can do with your smartphone. These days, the manufacturers add another camera next to the smartphone, so we see the dual lens on the smartphone. You can zoom in closer, and you can take a portrait mode with these dual lenses.

However, is this good for the camera industry? Will we ever need to buy any new analog or digital cameras? What about those professional photographers? Will they have jobs if these smartphones exceed what it can do and take over the industry? The answer is YES! In my opinion, I do not think that film cameras and digital cameras will always be with us. I agree that smartphones are amazing and take great photos. However, it will never be as good as any digital camera or film camera. The reason is that these cameras bring users its unique photography experience. It’s hard to describe in words, but enthusiastic photographers prefer their cameras when it comes to taking the perfect photos in the right moment. The settings and lighting aperture can make a huge difference when they are taking photos. You can change the settings in a smartphone camera, but it’s not nearly as good as the settings in the actual DSRL and SRL cameras. Another big draw for photographers to use smartphone cameras is that you can’t swap the lens. The smartphone camera lens is permanently stuck. You can add two (now three) lenses, but the lenses are not big enough to capture the big moment photos. What I am trying to say is that the smartphone technology will advance far more in next few years but the camera industry will not be impacted by it.

I mentioned about the SRL camera and how these old analog¬†cameras won’t be impacted by the new technology. Don’t get me wrong, many film camera companies suffered a major loss when the digital world of cameras was introduced to the public. Look at Kodak. But the analog cameras are still going strong and they are coming back to younger generations. They love the classic and artistic film photos. There is something about that rustic and old photos that make you so happy.

There are great cameras out there today. Many of these cameras are available for your purchase. Some of them are film cameras and some of them are digital cameras. We can discuss the film camera vs digital camera later but I want to stay on the topic of the smartphone camera and the photography industry. If you are a professional photographer, don’t worry. You will still have a job for awhile.

My thoughts on Lomography Konstruktor F

Ever since I was a young boy, I loved building my own stuff. My parents bought me Legos and blocks for me to keep my creativity flow and experience the joy of “Do It Yourself” – DIY. I still love building things and it reflects on my go-to camera, Lomography Konstruktor F.¬† I want to introduce you to this awesome unique film camera. Unlike other name brand cameras: Canon, Fujifilm, Konica Minolta, and Olympus, Lomography delivers something that other competitors do not – that is the experience of assembling the camera on your own. How cool is that? Let me explain and share some of the thoughts on this camera. Here are my quick top three points.

#1. The Design
As mentioned earlier, you get multiple plastic parts in a box. Unboxing and setting up can be overwhelming for some folks but it only took me less than two hours start to finish. Once the parts are put together, the camera looks pretty fantastic. It’s a fun design and you can get to play around with some of the exposure settings on the top of right corner. You can also put some stickers to make your camera look different than others. You can interchange the lenses (close-up and macro lens are available in a separate kit).

#2. The Functionality
You can’t compare the developed 35mm film photos with the digital cameras. It won’t be a fair game in terms of the clarity of photos. However, as an amateur photographer, I can say that the camera takes some arty photos that photographers can appreciate. Like I mentioned you can change the exposure settings and that helps you to take some great shots. When I was taking photos, I got some multi-layer shots and it was nice. It was different than the normal analog film photos. Taking the photos with this unique feature is a nice experience. People told me that the photos don’t come out clear and distorted sometimes but I like them a lot. The camera is meant to be used as a simple “point & shoot” without much things to change. For that I think the functionality is there for certain users like myself.

#3. The Price
35mm film cameras are relatively cheaper than the digital cameras, but this one is cheaper than the other analog cameras. It’s in the $30 range so you don’t feel so bad if you break the parts of camera. This will keep you occupied for the day and you can have some fun while building the camera taking photos.

Overall, I think it is a great inexpensive camera. It brings unique features that the other cameras don’t or can’t bring to the table. You may not like the photos that are developed through the 35mm film roles and the images may not be consistent with the shots you take. Maybe this isn’t for you. However, if you are like me – like building your own design camera and you like artsy photos (even though it may look little be distorted), I suggest that you give this camera a try.