While I do have an extensive back catalog of older digital and 35mm film photographs that I share here, I break out my “big” digital camera on occasion when I want images that I still can’t create on the iPhone. Cell phone cameras have certainly come a long way in a very short period. It seems like just yesterday – actually early January 2007 – when the original iPhone was introduced. That was only 14-½ years ago! Granted, there were cell phone cameras prior to that date, but they captured images that were small, grainy, and generally lacking all the way around.
Cut to the cell phone cameras of today, and some are really giving the big cameras a run for their money. Where cell phone cameras are still lacking is natural-looking bokeh – the out-of-focus areas in a photo that are a function of image chip size and large lens apertures. However, the computational post-processing used by all cell phones cameras of today is making huge leaps in image quality and capability – so I feel that it’s just a matter of time before cell phone camera images equal or exceed what big cameras can take.
Voigtländer 65/2.0 APO Macro lens
Sony a7 III digital camera