The Best Camera IS the One You Have with You!

After a week in Israel, I met Raina and we set out on a road trip to Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and now Bryce and Zion National Parks. For cameras, Raina brought her iPhone 6 while I brought my iPhone 6S and the OnePlus 3 I am currently reviewing. Do we regret not bringing dedicated cameras? Not. At. All.

The OnePlus is good enough for me to get shots like this…

The Best Camera IS the One You Have with You!

And like this.

The Best Camera IS the One You Have with You!

Boy, does the Grand Canyon live up to its name!

In fact, the camera on the OnePlus 3 is so good that when I zoom in and crop this last picture I get something as impressive as this…

The Best Camera IS the One You Have with You!

Cropping and zooming in on the shot let me see a nesting spot where a baby Condor was raised.


Nothing, however, compares to the amazing images Raina was able to capture as we approached Zion yesterday.  It was so impressive that Raina was moved to post it to FaceBook noting that if you can capture something as stunning as this were going north of 60 miles an hour the landscape MUST be gorgeous.

The Best Camera IS the One You Have with You!

Yup, I was driving somewhere over 60mph as Raina shot this picture.

She’s right, it is gorgeous up here. But the landscape is only part of the story. A few years ago a smartphone camera was a “well at least I have this with me so I can get by” device. It was “good enough”, but not the camera you would consciously CHOOSE to bring with you. No longer. Smartphones cameras are now beyond impressive whether standing still… or whizzing down the road!

The Best Camera IS the One You Have with You!

Raina on the way to visit Zion National Park

So do we regret not having a dedicated camera with us? Not at all. How about you? Do you still travel with a DSLR, or have you gone all in with smartphone-ography?

About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.
  • jjaakk

    We have just completed a one month trip in Europe, using Sony Z3 and Sony Z3 Compacts as our main cameras. And a GoPro 4 Silver for video and some photos. Left the DSLR at home. So far, we are very happy with the picture quality. My daughter despairs over the picture management capabilities of Android, compared to her previous iPhone 4, but I believe that is due to unfamiliarity. 3 years of iPhone, compared to 6 months with Android. We bought the Z3’s due to their excellent camera capabilities, and the dust/waterproof casing. I think they are great. Jak (Australia)