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Old 01-08-2013, 09:45 AM   #11
havoc315
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Originally Posted by boBQuincy View Post
This may explain the high level of acceptance of phones as cameras, the average viewer is not looking for the same things in an image that photographers are looking for.
Very good point. And this is true in both directions.
There are reasons the "average" viewer may prefer the iphone and the enthusiast would prefer a separate budget compact, and there are reasons where the average viewer may prefer a separate compact and the enthusiast is happy with the iphone.

For example -- Seen some people bemoan the weak flash in the iphone. But a real enthusiast, is generally not happy with built-in flashes regardless.
Similarly, while all users may consider zoom, it seems to be a higher priority for the average user, while the advanced photographer is more understanding of the need to zoom with your feet. (I think many "average users" would take a $200 Canon SX260 with super zoom, over the $2800 fixed lens Sony RX1, purely based on the zoom. But no enthusiast would make that choice if they could have either camera for the same price).

On the other side, the iphone does seem to produce bright and less subtle images... which are often preferred by the "average viewers" as you were talking about.

Of course, a lot of "bad" iphone photographs, are simply because they are taken by people with absolutely no knowledge or intuition for photography.

Take the smart phone and put it in the hands of someone who knows photography... and you can get impressive results. And the same can be said for a "budget" compact as well.
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