As I roam around to events and networking parties, I notice that I see less and less DSLRs. I remember about a year ago I felt like they're all I would see. Every blogger had their DSLR out and it was almost a way of saying “Hey look at my equipment, I'm a professional.” Nowadays, I see everyone covering events with their iPhone– crazy, right? I tend to cover with both. But I notice when I take my DSLR out with me, I barely end up using it these days. Am I the only one who's noticing less DSLRs?
I think DSLRs are important and while the iPhone 4Gs has photo quality as good as a point and shoot, It's still not the same. Below find a short list of some pros and cons Nando Alvarez (our photographer over here at IFB) and I thought of.
DSLR Pros (by Nando)
- DSLRs are much more effective for use in low light conditions and when you’re working in fashion you’ll be working with low light very often. With your iPhone you’ll need to use your flash a lot and, personally, I’m not a fan of blasting people in the face with bright lights.
- You have more precise control over how you want your image to look. DSLRs give you much greater control over depth of field, where you set your focus point, and how to expose your image, making it easier to achieve the type of image you may have in your head.
- The images, especially if you shoot RAW as I constantly remind people to do, have a much greater amount of information in them and are much easier to make adjustments to and fix than a small .jpeg off your iPhone.
- They’re big and they’re really noisy. They can be intrusive at small events and if you don’t have a dedicated camera bag they can be a real pain to carry around, especially if you have any extra lenses with you as well.
- They’re slow: you can’t snap a picture at an event and immediately upload it to your Twitter or Tumblr.
- They’re expensive and most of these events involve large crowds and lots of free alcohol. Alcohol plus human scrums plus expensive equipment do not a good scenario make for your $1500 DSLR.
iPhone Pros (by Nubia)
- It’s not heavy like an DSLR. It’s appealing, sleek and sexy.
- You can upload content straight to your networks (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc).
- Fantastic quality for camera phone.
- It has programs like Instagram that you can play around with and to put the cherry on top, allows you to have a community.
- The iPhone does it all: video/camera/record/notes/internet/etc.
- Less control over your photos: Focus/ISO
- Not as easy to work with in difficult light settings, the flash has a greenish tint.
- It would allow you to catch candid moments like an DSLR would. Not good with continuous snapping.
At the end of the day I am still very into my DSLR. I'd like to say I've been covering 40% of my events on my iPhone and 60% with my DSLR.
What are your thoughts on this? Have you noticed this happening around you as well? I'm not anywhere near ready to kill my nice big SLR goodbye, I love it, but what do you guys think?