By Vivek Vaidya
An original photo, using the iPhone 6. (by Aditya, blog author)
If you were to follow me (Vivek) on Instagram, you'd know that I've never owned a DSLR/Mirrorless camera. Ever since my parents gifted me an iPod Touch in Fall 2011, there was no looking back - the photography bug had bitten me, and it was here to stay. I had just begun to realize the immense potential that smartphone cameras brought to the table. While that iPod Touch had a meagre 0.9MP camera with average focus and exposure control, it was still a start.
Soon after, I got a Samsung Galaxy Y. That camera was a 2MP, fixed focus unit that produced decent images in well-lit conditions but did an absolutely pathetic job indoors. Moving on, I got another phone with a camera that truly blew me away. HTC makes some of the best cameras on the market, and the One X was surely testimony to that. Images were almost life-like and colors popped without looking over-saturated and fake.
Then came the iPhone.
Ever since the 4S, iPhone cameras have proven themselves to be the best - even amongst professionals looking for a portable DSLR replacement. Apple's recently unveiled iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus have features that many top-notch SLRs lack, like Phase-detection autofocus and such.
Here's how you can get excellent images out of your smartphone:
Most importantly, watch this TEDx talk by Auditya Venkatesh:
Note by author of blog (Aditya):
Smartphones are clearly the future of cameras. You realise that every time you see a new smartphone. There is turning back for smartphones to be/have some of the best cameras (and sensors) in the world. The most popular cameras on, say Flickr, are smartphone cameras, not DSLR's.
So the next time you choose to buy a phone, get one with a good camera.... you'll just love taking pictures!