I love mobile photography, but…
…I miss a few things about shooting with a DSLR or mirrorless camera with exchangeable lenses:
• pretty shallow depth of field
• optical zoom
• decent low-light performance and real slow-shutter ability
There are ways to mimic the effects of shallow DOF, zoom, or slow shutter speeds in mobile photo editing apps. The results can be pretty creative and pleasing, but when I see photos taken with non-smartphone cameras that exhibit these properties, part of me thinks I should endeavor to carry a “proper” camera more often.
The main problems with doing so is portability and connectivity. Even a small camera like the Sony RX100 is not exactly pocketable, unless you like rocking mega cargo pants or something. Most jeans made for ladies these days will unfortunately and annoyingly not have the pocket real estate.
The other problem is the camera’s connectivity. Sure, there are many cameras now that have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, but that’s only part of the equation. The other part is the availability of photo editing apps. The ease of taking, editing, and uploading a photo from the same device is something I’ve really gotten used to and prefer not to give up, even though I long for the image quality that DSLRs or mirrorless cameras provide. Point and shoots running Android are a good step in the right direction, but haven’t really taken hold. Besides, the actual integration between the camera hardware and the Android apps is not quite there. Another option is to use an EyeFi SD card in a camera and wirelessly shuttle images to an Android phone or tablet for editing and uploading, but that’s still not as convenient as shooting, editing, and uploading from one device.
As with most things it’s all about what you are willing to compromise on… At the moment I’m willing to sacrifice a little portability and convenience to capture the photos that I want. This may involve getting some new gear, which can be fun, but it’s not a requirement. What new gear am I considering? They range from a teeny-tiny Nikon Coolpix S01 or Pentax Q10 or Canon PowerShot N to a Sony RX100, Sony RX1, or Olympus OM-D. Note I don’t have a new DSLR listed… Though I do enjoy shooting with my D90, smaller mirrorless cameras are my jam right now. After all is said and done, though, I just want to have more photos added to my body of work, and the satisfaction of being more regularly involved with my hobby.