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…

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And like this.

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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.