Smartphones vs point and shoot:
A high street chain has gone into administration and it’s partly blamed on the smartphone. Love them or hate them Jessops gave us something we sometimes needed. A local shop to pop in at a emergency and get some photography equipment or parts. To be honest I browsed there a few times and even spent my hard earned cash at one or two occasions but where once Jessops were and another will fill the gap.
I don’t know why they think smartphones are the death of point and shoot cameras. The smartphones cameras quality is poor compare to the new breed of point and shoot cameras. My Canon SX200 is 2 years old already and quality I am able to get are amazing (and with operator error atrocious) compares to my 1 year old HTC phone.
There will always be a market for point and shoot cameras and the market leaders will keep pushing the boundaries but as the sales slow drop the prices will creep up.
Trust your instincts:
On one of the photographer’s blog I follow the photographer mentioned to always have a camera in your bag. You never know what you will miss if you don’t. I already experienced this a few times and I could kicked myself for missing some unique photos.
A quick example: Walking down platform 7 at Edinburgh train station there is a gap in the wall. The gap is in the form of a archway. On the other side there was a train engine (diesel type, big nose and a cab high up). In the window of the cab there were a pair of shoes, the driver were having a relaxing time with his feet up. I saw it, I hesitated, I thought about taking the smart phone out and then continued to walk on. This must have happened 2-3 months ago and I’m still thinking about it. Bad decision at the time!
Because of this simple example I decided that if my instinct tells me to stop and take a photo I should to do just that. If it means while driving I have to turn around and go back to a certain spot I just passed then so be it. Don’t miss out on that one photo of a life time because of either not having a camera with you or hesitating. Remember that if you hesitate it’s almost already to late, trust your instincts!
Firstly camera phones, these photos were taken with a Sony K800i or a HTC Desire Z:
And then point and shoot cameras, Konica Minolta DiMage Z5 or Canon Powershot SX200 IS:
Photographs by Jacques…