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 Post subject: XS Max camera
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:50 am 
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The camera in my XS Max is so good that I don’t see much advantage to using a standalone camera for casual photography. It has image stabilization, optical zoom, bokeh effect and adjustment (even after photo is taken), and various effects like stage lighting. It’s by far the best camera I’ve ever used in a phone and blows my bulky old Canon EOS out of the water. It’s also very good in low light. The only advantage I can see with a stand-alone camera is better optical zoom potential and more aperture with different lenses etc. The iPhone XS Max has 2x optical zoom so that’s the only somewhat limiting factor. Have we gotten to the point where cameras are becoming things of the past?

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 Post subject: Re: XS Max camera
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:01 pm 
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I think cameras will continue to evolve. The advantages you mentioned are significant. My iPhone camera is super useful because it is always with me, and has given me many great images that are print worthy. I think the quality of sensors will continue to evolve, as will lenses. Portraits and landscapes are the strong suit of this design. But you hit it. Specialty lenses, like ultra wides, fisheyes, telephotos tilt-shifts, and moreso, lenses with fast apertures will probably demand that bodies continue being manufactured. Another issue is hand comfort and stability. I think it’s difficult to hold a phone in many shooting situations. A camera body simply feels better in the hand, the size isn’t necessarily a matter of space for innards anymore. It’s more that the body sizes haven’t changed much in decades because the form is a product of ergonomic function. Six shot compact semiautomatics are amazing conceal carry weapons for self defense, and some current models are even impressively comfortable in the hand. But they will never replace target guns or military weapons. That said, the fact that you have a phone on you at all times means that you can get the shot. And yes, they keep pushing the boundaries.

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 Post subject: Re: XS Max camera
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:54 pm 
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Good points, Jason. Yeah, I’m amazed they can fit 6 lens elements and all the features inside such a small space. And yes, it does help that it’s always with you. Otherwise, I forget to bring a camera on hikes etc and even when I remember, hanging it around my neck means one more heavy object to carry.

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