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  1. Michael Ernest Sweet
    September 15, 2023 @ 3:54 pm

    This article doesn’t resonate with me at all. I am a pro photographer (several books published, work in collections etc.) and I just don’t see any use in compact cameras. The iPhone camera is so advanced now and takes photos better than most small sensor cameras. Pro ad agencies use the iPhone to generate billboard images! The iPhone is always on you and carrying a small sensor camera feels very redundant to me. Now, medium format cameras are different. But I expect a viewer would be hard pressed to distinguish a photo taken with a new generation iPhone from a, say, Fuji X camera, especially when some careful editing has been done. The points made in this article, for the most part, read like someone trying very hard to justify their purchase of a compact camera. And hey, if you like using a compact camera use one — some people still like writing on typewriters. If, however, your objective was to prove the superiority of compact cameras over an iPhone you’ve failed.


    • Aleksandrs Karevs
      September 15, 2023 @ 10:23 pm

      Hi Michael,

      Thank you for your comment. I agree that iPhones and other smartphones can capture amazing photos. However, what I intended to convey in the article is that, for me, a dedicated digital camera will always be the preferred choice. Using a dedicated camera immerses me in a unique photographer’s mindset, a sentiment challenging to put into words. It’s simply a different experience and approach compared to using an iPhone.

      While I’ve taken numerous quality photos with my iPhone and know individuals who exclusively use iPhones to produce exceptional images, that method doesn’t resonate with me as much. But if it works for you, that’s fantastic! Ultimately, the priority is to capture those special moments, regardless of whether you’re using a Fujifilm, Leica, Hasselblad, or an iPhone.

      I firmly believe that understanding composition, lighting, and color psychology has a more profound influence on the final image than the gear itself. I’m confident that I could produce better photos with my iPhone than a friend might with one of my cameras, simply because he lacks the same depth of photographic knowledge I possess.


    • Simon
      September 17, 2023 @ 6:31 am

      iPhone camera maybe good in taking video but for still, it is far behind those with 1 inch sensor Android phone. I do concur with the author that taking inter changeable mirrorless camera is sometime very cumbersome. My recent trip to Turkey riding on the hot air balloon where I have to leave the X-H2 in my hotel. I manage to take some nice pictures using the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. Compared to my wife iPhone 13 Pro, the difference is so obvious. I am not propagating for any phone brand but honestly I believe many has exaggerating the picture quality of iPhone camera.


  2. TD1
    September 15, 2023 @ 6:03 pm

    Can your iPhone sync flash at 1/4000 or shot at 1/32,768?


    • David Kerr
      September 15, 2023 @ 8:42 pm

      I use Fuji and Leica cameras. I started with the X10 then the X100S and subsequently added two Fuji bodies, the XT-2 and XPro2. When traveling, I carry the X100S and an iPhone. The X100S is perfect for MY approach to making travel photographs and beyond. I would have the V but availability is sketchy.


    • Brycee
      September 15, 2023 @ 10:24 pm

      That’s not the point of the iPhone and any other phone. The point of cameras phone is simplicity, ease of use and good quality shots. Forget the technicalities. Just want good shots. That’s all.


      • Jun
        September 17, 2023 @ 6:38 am

        That’s a $2500 camera. If I could have it, I would choose it over iPhone without a blink. No need for any of such lengthy reasons


  3. John Rieger
    September 15, 2023 @ 8:01 pm

    If you like pre-packaged photos, go the iPhone/AI route; if you like to turn the dials and participate in the creation of a photograph, go the camera route. Either way, depending on your preferences, you will enjoy the experience.


  4. Brycee
    September 15, 2023 @ 10:20 pm

    In this day and age, I really don’t see the point of compact camera. If you’re a professional photographer you may want to still use a DSLR or mirrorless, with all the expensive lenses that are needed. A professional wouldn’t look professional taking pictures with a phone at a wedding for instance. But for the average enthusiast non-professional photographer, who’s after good quality shots, invest in a good iPhone or even a good Android phone. The S23 ultra from Samsung does a terrific job. Forget compact cameras.


    • Aleksandrs Karevs
      September 15, 2023 @ 10:35 pm

      Hi Bryce,

      Thank you for your comment. I suppose preferences vary from person to person. However, as I highlighted in my article and the preceding comment, I find a compact digital camera like my Fujifilm X100V far superior as a photography tool compared to any phone, whether it’s an iPhone, Samsung, or any other brand.

      For me, it’s less about the technical specifications and more about the approach to photography. I feel more inspired using my Fujifilm X100V than I do with any phone. Your experience might differ, and that’s perfectly okay. Ultimately, what’s paramount is capturing those precious moments, irrespective of the device you choose. But personally, a dedicated camera with tangible dials enhances my everyday photography experience.


  5. Morrie
    September 16, 2023 @ 6:38 pm

    While I am not a professional photographer, I am a photography enthusiast and I can see both sides of this. I agree that most small sensor compacts are pointless today, being easily blown out of the water by even a moderate smartphone. That said, niche models exists (and thrive) for a reason. The thing somehow no-one seems to be mentioning here so far is that the x100v is a modern-ish 26mp APS-C sensor, not some 1/2.3” pocket toy. I have several “real” cameras (had a Sony a7-3-which i too often left at home. Now I have a Fuji xs-10, and a Panasonic m43 camera for days that I feel like taking a more involved photo. Looking through an EVFit is a more visceral experience, as opposed to using my iPhone 14 pro max – which typically takes amazing snapshots. Sure, none of the cameras match the Sony a7-3 for quality, but the Fuji is quite a bit smaller and more engaging to shoot with. I don’t have an x100v, but I keep thinking to get one.


    • Aleksandrs Karevs
      September 17, 2023 @ 8:54 am

      Hi Morrie! I agree with you 100% 😉 I also have a Sony A7III and a Sony 7C. However, my favorite camera is still my Fujifilm X100V, because of its excellent retro design, physical dials for every setting, simplicity of use, and form factor.


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