Camera equipment vs phone

We have camera equipment from the very expensive dslr’s, mirror less cameras, GoPro and several pocket cameras. As we travel more after retirement. I find myself still absolutely in love with photography just not so much in love with packing a bunch of equipment. I find I’m spending more time with a higher end pocket camera and my phone. While cruising I’m finding more folks at the face of a beautiful glacier with a phone or tablet.

So the question is do you travel with the high end stuff or rely on your phone?

14 Answers

Since I have misplaced (lost) my camera, right now I only have my phone. At least my phone was upgraded in April.Wink

My husband is really interested in photography and still carries a high end camera with various lenses snd stuff. I’m just thankful he doesn’t use film ‘cause he’d likely be spending the equivalent of a cruise just to process and print the photos afterwards. Wink

I got tiered of carrying around the camera bag and equipment (I loved my old Minolta X700 with a set of filters and multiple lenses, tripod and strobe).

On one trip a friend of mine that is a pro photographer had a small pocket camera with him, the pics came out excellent so I went and bought one of those cameras when I saw it at Costco. One my trip to Venice my brother did a lot of research into the pocket cameras and bought one. During the trip he saw the photos that I could get that he could not (before the trip I told him what to buy but he siad the one he got was better). After the trip he returned the one he bought and got one like mine, further research showed the one I had was the best for use in low lighting when you can not use a flash)

Since I do not have a high end phone it is not great for photo's. It was free and you get what you pay for.

As I too get more mature in age, I still take my sony camera (good real zoom) and my phone as a backup for uploaded to the internet. I do find I still use the camera for the 'better' shots, but it now fits in my pocket...


I have a phone but find the quality just not there so have a good quality point and shoot with a 20X physical zoom and I take that everywhere with me because I love a good pic.

I think that, unless you are a professional level photographer, it makes more sense to use a phone or inexpensive pocket camera. The technology on these are at the level that you will take equivalent photos on either medium.

If you have the knowledge and skill to be able to use the features of a DSLR, lenses, filters, adjustable flash, etc, then you will probably benefit from the upgrade.

For me, the Iphone is good enough.

Funny you should mention processing film. Our first cruise to Tahiti I was still shooting slide film around 2002. When we got home we spent $500 in processing not counting the few prints I made. Not to mention what the film cost. Still I was the mindset I will never go digital! Never!

Then on a Princess cruise I met the ships Supervisor photographer at her little class. We spoke for a little while and then she asked why I was still shooting film. I explained digital will never be as good as film. She spent 45 minutes with me explaining the digital world and showing me her work. I was convinced, bought my first dslr the next week. My wife was very happy.

I'm glad to see folks are carrying less and enjoying the moment more. I too started out with my trusty Minolta x700...bag, lenses, high speed winder, etc etc...weighed a ton, and the film? see what $1000+ in old equipment like that is worth on EBAY? you cant give it it sits in a closet. Went to a CANON A450...fits in your hand and enough settings and accessories to make almost anyone happy. Great pics! Downloaded em to the pc...realized after a number of cruises and land trips the only one looking at em was me., and not often either. Went on a cruise don't remember which a number of years back and didn't bring it...oh well...that's when I realized I didn't care...she took some pics of this and that on her phone, (and not all that many either) and we were just as, I dont bother with any of it...we just wander and enjoy the moment.

I don't like hauling around an SLR in an unfamiliar environment. So I bought a GoPro knock-off. It has a waterproof case and all sorts of mounting options. Fits in my shirt pocket and isn't a distraction when I'm a crowd on shore. Lots of options through Amazon.

Awesome responses thanks all. I too carried a Minolta X700 for over 25 years. It know sits on my shelf with my antique camera collection. It is a great camera. Still operating and I do take it out occasionally.


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