New phone recommendations?

Discussion in 'Cell Phone Cameras & Camera Phones' started by SquarePeg, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    The iPhone 6 is surpisingly responsive and surprisingly good as a camera...my son has one, and I have been pretty impressed with the maturity of the camera and the basic Apple camera app and its functionality. You can also use third-party apps as well, like Camera Plus Pro, or Instagram, or VSCOcam, and so on.

    Fifteen years ago or thereabouts, a 1.3 megapixel Polaroid digital still camera was priced at $1,995 retail and was considered a high-tech,cutting edge, digital imaging tool. No video capabilities, just stills. If you're shy about buying into APple's product lines due to habit, fear of being called an Apply fanboy, disdain for Apple, or a bunch of PC-loving friends or workmates, or whatever, that's totally understandable, and there are surely some other fine, fine smartphone cameras. I've shot my son's phone, iPhone 6, and the display is excellent, and the shutter feels very responsive, and the time-lapse feature works splendidly and it a lot of fun too. I laugh at people who consider smart phones "not cameras"; they are in almost all respects, BETTER cameras than the cameras most people had from the period of about 1850 until 1970. They are better cine cameras than most people had from say maybe 1929 to the 1980's.


     
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  2. 407370

    407370 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have found that camera phones take brilliant pics in certain circumstances and crap pics in others.
    Landscapes and macro are 2 very strong areas for phone cameras but people not so much. Once you get used to the awkward handling phones are a blessing to photography.
     
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    chuasam Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I have the Nexus 6p.
    better than the iPhone 6s Plus
    and way less money.
     
  4. SquarePeg

    SquarePeg Hear me roar Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What's better about it? How is the camera?
     
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    1. It isn't made by Apple
    2. It isn't a Samsung either
    3. It costs way less than either
    And the camera is great.
     
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    Don't discount the LG V10. I have one and it has full manual control of video and the camera! Plus it has 2 selfy cams, normal and wide angle! Has a built in IS system as well. It also has a replaceable battery and Storage. Mine came with a 200 GB! micro SD card and an extra battery/charging cradle.. The dual-display LG V10 offers ultimate camera and video control (review) and the second little screen is really handy as you don't have to wake up the phone to check time, notifications or even access the flashlight. It is a very large phone but built pretty tough.
     
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    SquarePeg Hear me roar Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Im going to chevk this one out but it might be too much camera, lol. What I'm looking for is something that I can quickly take out of my pocket and get a nice sharp photo without a lot of fussing with it. Kind of the opposite of when I have my dslr with me...
     
  8. AlanKlein

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    Until two years ago when I got a smart phone with camera, I always carried a mini P&S on my belt. Once I got the cell phone Samsung S4 Galaxy, I just stop carrying the camera as well. However, I hate using the cell phone. You can't see the screen in sunny scenes. The shutter release is awkward. The pictures when the lighting is less than sunny is grainy and very poor. You can get a nice image in good lighting and the ability to edit in camera, add a frame and email it to friends and relatives in real time is kind of neat.
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    It also has 2 auto modes. The simple one you just touch the screen for focus and lickety split it snaps the picture the AF is laser guided and very fast
     
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    SquarePeg Hear me roar Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Just a follow up to say thanks again for all the advice and suggestions here. I ended up putting off the upgrade until this week and went with the iPhone 6s plus. I'm pretty happy with the camera so far although with the snow and rain here this week I have not had much chance to put it through a workout. People shots have been great - even one I was sure would be a blur because my sister-in-law moved mid shot ended up being a keeper. We're heading to Disneyland CA next week and I'm planning to only take the DSLR to the parks with me part of the time so the iPhone camera should get a lot of use.
     
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    Have fun. In a nutshell, these cameraphones are similar to the DSLR's in that some do a little of this a little better than the other. You will have a lot of fun
     
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    My brother just got the LG V10 and it has an incredible camera. Amazing really. He didn't even buy it for that, but I wouldn't mind getting one. He got it because it was in stock, and reasonable with a plan.

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