The camera in your smartphone is a gimmick

Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywicki
Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywicki
The camera in your smartphone is a gimmick

Can you imagine your life without a camera phone? I do and I recommend it to you

Topics from Vlog #32:
  • Why you should never fall into the trap of thinking that you need your smartphone because you need a camera in your smartphone
  • What are really the benefits of having a camera inside a smartphone?
  • The smartphone manufacturer is supporting your goals or not
  • If you want to have good memories ,a camera inside of a smartphone is not helping you
  • A tendency to make gazillions of photos

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Why you should never fall into the trap of thinking that you need your smartphone because you need a camera in your smartphone.

For obvious reasons, because the camera in your smartphone is a gimmick. Like a lot of other things that were added to your smartphone to make you use the smartphone more.

There's no reason to think that you need the camera on your smartphone. The obvious fact that if you use a smartphone, you have this camera in your pocket, the rest is not really a reason.

Even if Google or Apple are making big efforts to make the phone camera a quality better. To make it mimic how DSLR and normal professional cameras render the image.

Taking a photo of a church
Photo by Patrick / Unsplash

If you compare a photo made with a DSLR from 6 years ago or on the iPhone from today, you will still prefer the DSLR photo.

The depth of field will be different because it will look natural and because you will notice the quality difference. All the computational technologies that are used in your smartphone are not really capable to fool our eyes into thinking that this is natural. The colors are a little bit off in smartphone too saturated, are not enough saturated, the greens are not so good, etc.

The camera in your smartphone is a gimmick. Set aside the quality aspect because you will always find a person that will say, but the quality that comes out from the iPhone is OK. I don't need anything better. It's enough. Of course it can be sufficient. Let's examine two more things then.

The first one is intention and on both sides. On the side of the smartphone manufacturer, but also on your side as the photographer, as the person using the camera.

Beautiful woman/wife taking selfie with iPhone while hiking in the rocks of Alabama Hills, Ca. I love watching my wife take photos of herself .
Photo by Joshua Gresham / Unsplash

The intention on the smartphone manufacturers side is rather negative for you.

They have added the camera to their smartphones, because they have seen that people use smartphones for making photos. They thought if we make better cameras in our smartphones, then people will use our smartphones more, they will buy more smartphones, etc.  

It probably is not supporting your goals. Your goals might be was to have good memories related to your family, to your friends. Well, it will come at the expense of using Instagram or Facebook more. It's up to you to think whether the smartphone manufacturer is supporting your goals or not.

There is also the intention of the photographer. So that is your intention. If you want to have good memories related to your family or to your friends. You want to have a good time with those people and be focused on this experience. If it's your goal to be focused on this experience, well, a camera inside of a smartphone is not helping you.

Family parking
Photo by Sandy Millar / Unsplash

If you are using the smartphone to photograph your family or your friends, you will have a less valuable time with them.

You will also have a hard time managing those photographs and those movies you have made with the smartphone.

When you have a smartphone with a camera in your pocket all the time, you will have a tendency to make gazillions of photos.

It will require you to somehow sort, delete, manage those photos. If you want to have a good time, it will be a better choice to take out a camera, a photographic camera and leave the smartphone at home.

It would support your intention to have a good time with people that you value and also have some memories from it. If you take out the camera and you are taking photos.

Sunset selfie
Photo by Johan Mouchet / Unsplash

You are making it with an intention to have a photograph with the people around, you will know that you are focused on the experience that you are sharing.

It's by using a dedicated camera, it supports more your intention to have some memories from a valuably past time for a time full of value with people you appreciate or you love.

If you force yourself to leave your smartphone at home or to don't have a smartphone at all, and if you take out a real camera, a photographic camera to make photos, you will make less photos. You will not be forced to edit them. Those photos will be of better quality and you will show respect to people with whom you spend this time. So what are really the benefits of having a camera inside a smartphone?

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