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……Is the one you have with you. These images were all taken with my phone, the Nokia N8, which I have had for nearly 2 years now. Its camera produces 12MP images sometimes capable of rivalling a compact camera, with a constant F/2.8 aperture wide angle zoom Carl Zeiss lens. It is capable of macro shots, and reasonable low light shots.  Important things like ISO, exposure compensation and white balance are adjustable on the camera (albeit through the touchscreen menu). More and more people are relying on their phones to take photos, and the technology is rapidly meeting the demands of the market. The newest incarnation of the Nokia N8 series has a 41MP sensor!   Of course the images will not rival a DSLR for technical quality and detail, but often enough, I cannot be bothered to carry or take out a whole DSLR and lens kit with me, so I’ll happily take the shots with my phone. As you can see below, I have captured some reasonably decent pictures with it. For sure, the images aren't perfectly crisp, and they have been edited and enhanced, but the basic composition and perspectives were taken at location. Often times, I took the image knowing that I could enhance it later in post. Many of these images will easily print to A4 size; if I wanted anything larger than that I would probably unsheathe the DSLR.   I hope that this goes a little way to reassuring people that they don’t need the most expensive camera to take the best photos.  The best photos are the ones that you take when you see and imagine them, and the best camera to use is simply the one you happen to have with you, even if it is your phone.

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……Is the one you have with you. These images were all taken with my phone, the Nokia N8, which I have had for nearly 2 years now. Its camera produces 12MP images sometimes capable of rivalling a compact camera, with a constant F/2.8 aperture wide angle zoom Carl Zeiss lens. It is capable of macro shots, and reasonable low light shots.  Important things like ISO, exposure compensation and white balance are adjustable on the camera (albeit through the touchscreen menu). More and more people are relying on their phones to take photos, and the technology is rapidly meeting the demands of the market. The newest incarnation of the Nokia N8 series has a 41MP sensor!

 

Of course the images will not rival a DSLR for technical quality and detail, but often enough, I cannot be bothered to carry or take out a whole DSLR and lens kit with me, so I’ll happily take the shots with my phone. As you can see below, I have captured some reasonably decent pictures with it. For sure, the images aren't perfectly crisp, and they have been edited and enhanced, but the basic composition and perspectives were taken at location. Often times, I took the image knowing that I could enhance it later in post. Many of these images will easily print to A4 size; if I wanted anything larger than that I would probably unsheathe the DSLR.

 

I hope that this goes a little way to reassuring people that they don’t need the most expensive camera to take the best photos.  The best photos are the ones that you take when you see and imagine them, and the best camera to use is simply the one you happen to have with you, even if it is your phone.

Leadenhall Market.
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Leadenhall Market.

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The Houses Of Parliament.
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The Houses Of Parliament.

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The London Eye. 
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The London Eye. 

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Taken hand-held without flash or image stabilisation.
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Taken hand-held without flash or image stabilisation.

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The Great Hall of The British Museum.
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The Great Hall of The British Museum.

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Tower Bridge.
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Tower Bridge.

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Hays Galleria.
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Hays Galleria.

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Trafalgar Square.
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Trafalgar Square.

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Camden Town.
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Camden Town.

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This is a panorama of London seen from Guy's Hospital Tower, made from several shots taken side by side and stitched in CS5.
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This is a panorama of London seen from Guy's Hospital Tower, made from several shots taken side by side and stitched in CS5.

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Winchester at sunset.
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Winchester at sunset.

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View of the National Maritime Museum and London from the Greenwich Observatory.
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View of the National Maritime Museum and London from the Greenwich Observatory.

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St Salvator Church, Prague.
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St Salvator Church, Prague.

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Old Town Square, Prague.
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Old Town Square, Prague.

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Berlin.
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Berlin.

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Sunset from the Top Of The Rock, New York.
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Sunset from the Top Of The Rock, New York.

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School Buses, New York.
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School Buses, New York.

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Tulips, New York.
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Tulips, New York.

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Flowers, Regent's Park.
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Flowers, Regent's Park.

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Ladybird, Hyde Park.
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Ladybird, Hyde Park.

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Quick coffee and cheesecake, Tallinn, Estonia.
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Quick coffee and cheesecake, Tallinn, Estonia.

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Chris PetersAug 23, 2012 05:22 AM

Hi there,
I generally agree with you, although I am also trying to have my DSLR set with me at any possible time.
Your pictures are very impressive. Also the views of the things photographed are inspiring. Especially for the first picture I would be glad to know if you have done any additional post production on that? The full colors at the bottom end as well as the details at the top of the picture in the bright areas are surprisingly good for that camera, in my view.
Thanks in advance for your answer.

Alpha Whiskey PhotographyAug 23, 2012 06:48 AM

Hi Chris,
Yes, virtually all the photos here have had some processing and editing. They needed it! (I alluded to that in the text at the beginning.) I generally enhance the contrast and colour, and then sharpen them slightly when resizing for the web. But the camera itself captures impressive detail for a phone. (Shame it can't capture RAW!) Thanks for your comments! :)

Chris PetersAug 23, 2012 07:42 AM

Hi,
thanks for your explanations. The brightness handling in picture one is still most impressive for me. Also the sunset of NYC and the Berlin pictures show beautiful colors. Hey, you visited Berlin!? Hope you got a good time here in my hometown :-)

Alpha Whiskey PhotographyAug 23, 2012 07:44 AM

Berlin is an amazing city!! I went last year.
I have a whole post about it here:
http://www.slickpic.com/u/AlphaWhiskey/photoblog/post/Berlin

TenisdDec 10, 2013 03:10 AM

Awesome. Realy cool

Joffrey BaratheonFeb 5, 2014 05:56 AM

Thank you for a great inspiration, its definitely talent, not a camera. Love your gallery! Thank you for beautiful and interesting post.

AlphaWhiskeyFeb 5, 2014 06:15 AM

Thank you Joffrey!

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