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Published on December 9, 2012 By Frogboy In Photography

Every year I send out a Christmas letter to friends and family full of pictures. Our pictures are taken with whatever the typical consumer grade gadget we have on us. In more recent years, that’s been iPhones. 

This year marks a threshold being crossed where the picture quality really has gotten spectacular. The sharpness, color balance and just general quality is amazing.Camera+ recipe?? scene: Auto

on Dec 09, 2012

Nice quality for a iPhone.

Glad to see I'm not the only one that uses Camera+.

on Dec 09, 2012

Very nice photo.

I've gotten some decent pictures off my cell phone cameras but then again have had a few pictures come out poorly because the lens had been dirtied up or oiled up by my grabbing the phone to pull it out of the pouch that I keep it in.  I'm not a cell phone in the pocket kind of guy, but if I was, that would likely be just as bad with me pulling the phone out of my pocket and grabbing it wherever I could to get it out of there.

I think cameras in general are just so much better than any of us really should have expected, though it seems to be spoiling as as we get such nice results even with cameras that were not much more than afterthoughts originally.

I've had the pleasure of getting to review several decent cameras for Amazon in the last year or two, including this Fujifilm FinePix SL300 (a 14MP 30x superzoom)


Fuji SL300

I wound up buying the same camera, for my brother's widow, as an early Christmas present this year.  She took some pictures with mine earlier this fall (when we took a family trip to the beach) and was really enjoying being able to use a nice camera for taking pictures with.  The relatively low price for that camera (normally priced in the $170 range at Amazon) makes it a bargain given all of it's features and the high zoom capabilities.

Another camera that I've really enjoyed is this one:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V 

Nice, though it makes me miss the really flexible LCD display on the Sony DSC HX1 that I've since given to my daughter (that screen pops out and can be angled in various directions to make it easy to see what you are taking pictures/video of even if you holding the camera well up above your head).  As a camera that you just drop into your pocket and take along, it is pretty nice.  Not super thin (not modern cell phone thin), but with a lens that will achieve 20x zoom, I wouldn't expect it to be that small.  While I wish it had the LCD display that would pop out and angle up/down and such, and further wish that it offered a traditional view-finder like the Fuji linked above does, it is still a pretty nice camera.

Picking any of my cameras to call my pride and joy and my main camera is a tough task for me.  If given the option, I would probably take along my Nikon Coolpix P100 most of the time as it does offer the LCD display that I seek (one that pops out of the back of the camera and can be angled in different directions), though I want to give that Fuji above more of a try at getting me the same kind of shots and video if possible just to see how it performs.

If the the people that set the rules for the concerts and events that I like to go to would allow, I'd probably most enjoy using this nice camera to get most of my shots.

Sony Alpha SLT-A37K

I just hit the order button, today, for an accessory lens for that camera (a 75-300MM lens).  I was looking at a couple of nice lenses that I could have added to go with the "starter" lens that camera came with (an 18-55MM lens) and really wanted to snag the 55-300MM lens that was also on my wishlist but sadly Sony Rewards was at least temporarily sold out of those lenses   Hopefully I'll be able to save up more rewards points for use over the next year or two that I can use towards more lenses and accessories for that camera.  Given how expensive some of the lenses for it would be, it may take me a little while to get there. :/

The sad thing (in many ways) is that all of those cameras could find themselves pushed aside due to the increasingly more powerful optics and sensors that are being incorporated into the most current (and future) generations of smartphones.  While having a cellphone camera means almost always having a camera available, the smartphone cameras still don't offer all of the features that these nice cameras can.

on Dec 09, 2012

I sooooooooooo want to think the above reply smells like spam.

on Dec 09, 2012

I sooooooooooo want to think the above reply smells like spam.

It's not....


Being in the Architecture game meant quick accessibility to photos [not waiting for a chemist lab] meant designers were really in the market for digi cameras....Polaroids were only had so many armpits to 'develop' the shots.... my first digital was one of these....all 0.3 megapixel of it.



on Dec 09, 2012

I used to have a digital camera that was an Olympus that used film or digital. I called it my redneck digital camera.




on Dec 09, 2012

RND....the 'film' used in the Mavica was 1.44 meg floppy disks...

on Dec 09, 2012

Damn, that's old tech. I'm so wet behind the ears, I have never used a floppy. Shut up, Yrag. 

on Dec 10, 2012

My new Lumia 920 takes some fantastic pictures, much better than compared to my wifes iPhone. 


I have a Nikon DSLR, but I think I'm going to sell that and go mirrorless.


on Dec 10, 2012

I use a Nikon D300, along with...

Nikon 12-24mm f4
Nikon 40mm f2.8 macro
Nikon 55-200mm VR
Nikon 50mm f1.8
Nikon 18-135mm
Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro

A lot of stuff - but it's a hobby