The iPhone’s camera has high performance, but I still want a digital camera: Keitai Watch


The author’s digital cameras, the DSC-RX100M2 (left) and the NEX-5R (right). The lens attached to the NEX-5R is a reasonably good lens (it’s larger than the main body)

The last time I wrote that “the iPad is enough for me and I can’t buy a new MacBook” (Reference article) By the way, I haven’t replaced the digital camera I use at work. The digital cameras I currently use are the Sony “NEX-5R” interchangeable lens camera released in 2012 and the Sony “DSC-RX100M2” compact digital camera released in 2013. Both are quite old.

Recently, there are more and more opportunities to publish photos taken with the iPhone in the media, as recently the author is a sister medium of Keitai Watch.Awesome watchThis is because there are more possibilities to cover houses like condos.

An ultra wide angle lens with a wide viewing angle is almost essential for taking a wide photo of the interior of a house in general. However, ultra-wide-angle lenses are rarely installed in compact digital cameras, and interchangeable lens camera lenses cost over 100,000 yen and are difficult to achieve.

On the other hand, many modern smartphone models are equipped with ultra wide angle lenses.

It is also installed in the “iPhone 13” series. The equivalent focal length of a 35mm film camera, which is shorter is the widest angle, and the standard is around 45mm (although there are several theories), but the ultra-wide camera of the iPhone 13 series can shoot at a fairly wide angle. 13mm viewfinder. Moreover, the quality of the image is good, and even if you take it without thinking, it looks so good that you can post it in the middle.

For example, this article “I saw the “MOCXION INAGI” condo in “wood” (Impress Watch)More than half of the photos posted on “” are taken with the iPhone.

With the main camera of a smartphone, you can take photos with better image quality than a super wide angle lens. By properly releasing the shutter without making detailed manual adjustments, the AI ​​will correct for brightness, backlighting, and color tone. Compared with digital cameras of 10 years ago, there is less noise when shooting in the dark and in many situations it is a level that can be displayed on the media as is .

You might think that you don’t need a digital camera anymore, but you don’t. When it comes to work, there are some things that a smartphone camera doesn’t have.

Taken with the main camera of the iPhone 13 Pro, when magnified with a wide angle lens, only part of the subject appears large.

If you shoot from the pulled position, the stereoscopic effect will be removed, but you will need to shoot with digital zoom or cropping later.

The first is telephoto shooting.

Smartphones are close to wide angle even with the main camera, measuring around 26mm in terms of 35mm film cameras, which is an area generally considered a wide angle lens. If you want to take a photo of the subject to fill the screen, you have to get close to it, and if you take a supposed shot, only the front of the subject will be large and it will be a bit unnatural. .

Taken with a 3x telephoto lens on iPhone 13 Pro. The detailed description bleeds

However, the image quality of the telephoto lens installed on some smartphones, like the Pro model of the iPhone, is not good. The level is that the “main camera digital zoom” is better. First of all, with the exception of some models, the zoom magnification is not that great, making it difficult to take pictures of people who are on stage at a recital for example.

Taken with the NEX-5R’s 24mm lens with the F value open at f / 1.8. I can’t tell the details because only part of the lens in the foreground is in focus.

Taken with the same lens with the F value lowered to f / 5.6. It’s still a little blurry, but if you design a wider angle of view, you can convey the details to a certain extent.

The other difference is what you can do when shooting manually. With a few exceptions, smartphone cameras cannot adjust the “aperture” F-number. Generally speaking, the lower the F-number, the brighter the image, the more easily the background is blurred, and lenses with a low F-number are useful, and smartphones with a fixed low F-number are popular. .

Sure, this is fine for photos that highlight the subject with a blurry background, but it’s hard to use for detailed photos of how the products I take at work will look.

There’s nothing you can do about it with your current smartphone’s camera, so you can’t just shoot all your work with your smartphone, so you need to have a separate digital camera.

As for this, the author’s digital camera, which will become a walkman for 10 years, is about to be replaced, but… it is difficult to replace it for another reason, which is different from the replacement of the MacBook I wrote. in the previous article. Because I have a small commitment.

The tradeoff is that “the next digital camera you buy will be USB Type-C compatible.”

Recently, I am charging my iPhone with MagSafe, even when I am on the go (Reference article), Lightning cables are almost unnecessary, just a “USB Type-C” cable for devices such as iPads and mobile batteries.

I would like to avoid adding microUSB to this, but many digital cameras use microUSB even in current products. For new products with a new design, the number of products that use USB Type-C increases, but for successor products with the same housing as the previous model, even new products often use microUSB.

For the author, digital cameras cannot be replaced in two or three years, so I think USB Type-C is a must for the next model to be selected as a model that can be used conveniently for a long time. In this case, there are quite a few options, and I regularly review the product, but every time I say, “This new product looks good, why is it microUSB?”

I think it’s a trivial issue, but it’s a trivial issue, which is why I’d like camera makers to push for Type-C adoption these days.


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