“The best camera is the one you have with you.”
-All of the photography world
And it’s true. As much as I refuse to admit it sometimes, my iPhone has bailed me out many times when I had nothing else. Your smartphone (or whatever phone you have on hand) may be the only camera you have in a given situation, and as a photographer you need to know its strengths, as well as its limits, to make the best of what you have.
If any camera is technically “ok”, why worry about what you’re using? My reasons for not often using an iPhone for street photography are the wide angle field of view and the lack of manual controls (can be solved partially by using other camera apps, such as Camera+). An iPhone isn’t the best tool for street photography, but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ever use it. You just have to be aware of what kinds of shots it produces.
Even though it may not be the most appropriate camera for the job, quality-wise it can hold its own, especially under good lighting conditions (it’s always about the light). Another good thing about camera phones: people pester you less, and you don’t look out of place shooting pedestrians on the street because everyone already uses their phones to take pictures of everything. I’ve found that subjects are more likely to smile at a harmless iPhone than a big camera with a bigger lens. Yes, it has a sensor the size of a thumbnail. But it also means a deeper depth of field, where more of the shot is in focus. It also depends on what you want to do with your photos. No plans to print it larger than a 4X6? Works just fine. Quality not-so-good? People publish out of focus and grainy photos all the time and call it art! Color issues? Fix it in Lightroom. Make your phone camera work for your situation and you’ll be rewarded.
About time I put up more pictures of Kurume, seeing that it is where I live.
And one from Tenjin