Camera or cameraphone?
My brother and his wife own a nice digital camera, but you'd never know that from his Facebook photos. Since he picked up a Motorola Droid smartphone, just about every picture he's uploaded has been taken with that device -- even though his older Canon could easily shut it down in terms of picture quality.
Seeing that shift happen led to today's column, in which I try out two high-end digital cameras -- Panasonic's DMC-ZS7 and Samsung's HZ35W -- to see which of their features make the stronger case for carrying around a camera in addition to a cameraphone. (I had hoped to test a third, Sony's DSC-HX5V, but the company's PR department didn't provide a loaner unit in time for my review.)
I know how I feel: I enjoy photography too much to give up tools like a zoom lens, image stabilization or manual control of aperture and shutter speed. (That's one reason why I took the photo that ran with the column.)
But what about you? On what device -- camera or phone -- do you take most of your pictures? If you alternate between both, what makes an occasion or a location special enough to warrant bringing your camera? How often do you wish you'd taken it? And if you've switched to using your phone alone, what was the tipping point? Tell me what you think.
(After the jump: Three photos showing how the Samsung and the Panasonic compare to each other and my own, considerably older camera.)
For your amusement, here are three photos taken from about the same spot in Nationals Park. I shot the first with my own camera, a roughly three-year-old, 7.1-megapixel model with a 4x zoom lens. The second came from the Panasonic model I reviewed, and the third came from the Samsung.
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