- Nov 15, 2013
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Real Name
Phones are very clumsy to use as cameras, and have limitations. That won't likely go away even with Alice, if that will ever even be popular.
Clumsy? To who? If they were so clumsy, nobody would use them. They certainly changed the way we take photos, but I don't think they can be called clumsy anymore. Different? Absolutely, but "clumsy" is only relative to what you're used to. It's not just an age thing either. I know a lot of retirees for whom smartphone cameras have opened up a world of travel photography. It's more related to how adaptable you are and how willing you are to go with the flow of change.
It's the camera on-hand, with software that can do a multitude of things that stand-alone cameras can't do. Most cameras don't offer an easily accessed API to try anything new, anyway.
As far as limitations go, sure, just like 35mm cameras had limitations compared to large-format film cameras - yet, were we all walking around with Sinars and Toyos at the high-point of film photographic technology in the 1990s? No.
Smartphones have taken award-winning photos and shot award-winning films. Once those two things happened, and once ASC members got their hands on those products, all bets were off.