Ferns from a phone camera


Sufficient, adequate, good enough. It’s a hard concept to come to grips with.

Is the evolution of the digital camera nearing completion? Are they sufficient for most use?

The low end compact cameras are pretty much gone; smartphones have had a lot to do with that. The bigger ’35 mm’ (full frame sensor) SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras are now seen by many as unnecessarily complicated and heavy to pack around all day. Enter the high quality ‘mirror less camera': much smaller, lighter and often with excellent optics and resolution—sufficient for many professional photographers at a much lower price point than SLRs. Then there are the larger ‘medium-format’ digital cameras that tend to have much better dynamic range (images have more detail in highlights and shadows; closer to what the eye and brain see). A camera body and a few lenses can set you back 50K or more–much more. But oh my, they can provide gorgeous results in the right hands…

Upgrades to digital cameras at all levels come fast and furious. When is enough, enough? Are they now good enough?

Perhaps it depends on the intended use. What do you use your camera for? Where are your images seen? On a computer screen, blog, social media, email to family, or occasional printed in a family book from a recent event or trip? Perhaps your phone is now all you need.

The above photo was taken with an iPhone while looking down toward the wet ground, no tripod, in low light, during a dog walk— without having a clue about how to use the camera. I touched the screen where I wanted to focus and swiped at a line that popped up until the image looked right to me. Click. Done. Sharp and colour correct.

Are today’s digital camera’s sufficient for most use?

Umm…yes. I’d say we’re there.

2 more from the phone, both captured in fairly challenging situations:

Mount Erskine Trail

Sansum Narrows from Mount Erskine

Autumn Morning, Ganges

Ganges Morning in the Autumn Fog


8:30 am Ganges, on Salt Spring Island

“There’s always something to see down here.”, said one of the local fixtures on his way by. True enough. And this was an interesting foggy scene before the sun made an appearance throughout the clouds and on the water. The addition of the sun was icing on the cake.

This is not a ‘coloured’ black & white conversion, sepia, or otherwise processed image. This is a colour image right out of the camera (Leica M) as shot and, I believe, exactly the way it looked.

photo info: Leica M, ISO 200,  f/4,  1/750 sec,  75mm