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Jun 7, 2021 15:39:35   #
DavidA Loc: Hopewell NJ
 
I often see a poster apologizing for showing an image from their cellphone because their real camera wasn’t available. What constitutes a “real” camera?

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Jun 7, 2021 15:41:08   #
BebuLamar
 
DavidA wrote:
I often see a poster apologizing for showing an image from their cellphone because their real camera wasn’t available. What constitutes a “real” camera?


Ask the person. The cellphone is a real camera.

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Jun 7, 2021 15:44:50   #
l-fox Loc: West Virginia
 
DavidA wrote:
I often see a poster apologizing for showing an image from their cellphone because their real camera wasn’t available. What constitutes a “real” camera?


Pitiful, a cry for attention.

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Jun 7, 2021 16:04:26   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
DavidA wrote:
I often see a poster apologizing for showing an image from their cellphone because their real camera wasn’t available. What constitutes a “real” camera?

Perception.....

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Jun 7, 2021 16:10:05   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
A real photographer brings their camera.

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Jun 7, 2021 16:17:29   #
GeneG
 
That question brings to mind my very first "camera" - a prize from the New York World's Fair of 1939-40. It was a box with a tiny piece of film clipped to the back wall and a piece of glass in front. I was so disappointed that my father gave me a "real" camera. That one was shaped like a 35 mm camera, and it used "real" roll film, a "real" lens and a choice of two shutter speeds - "Instant" and "Bulb." It took "real" B/W pictures and satisfied my 10-year-old curiosity. No comparison with even the cheapest of today's cellphone cameras.

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Jun 7, 2021 16:23:47   #
robertjerl Loc: Corona, California
 
DavidA wrote:
I often see a poster apologizing for showing an image from their cellphone because their real camera wasn’t available. What constitutes a “real” camera?


"real camera" = a dedicated camera with more features than the cameras built into most cellphones.

However the cellphone cameras are generally very good basic cameras. So good, and handy, that they have destroyed the low end of the camera market.

And a huge % of people are very happy with what they get from those cameras. They are not "into photography" like many of us on this site.

Also some people do a great job with a cellphone camera. The fact you don't have interchangeable lenses and all of those controls forces you to concentrate on picking a subject, picking a good point of view, recognizing good light and composition etc. etc. Which results in better images.

Many photo classes now require the students to start with a cell phone before moving on to dedicated "real" cameras just so they have to learn composition etc.

A few years ago the AAA's (actually So Cal Automobile Club) annual photo contest in California the #2 winner was a cell phone image of Yosemite while #1 was done by a pro using a pro level studio 4x5 film camera. #3 and beyond were "real" digital and film cameras.

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Jun 7, 2021 16:36:38   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
A real photographer brings their camera.

Which one?

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Jun 7, 2021 16:53:21   #
inclinerr Loc: South Carolina, United States
 
In My Humble Opinion:

A cell phone takes a picture

A Camera takes a Photograph

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Jun 7, 2021 17:08:14   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
inclinerr wrote:
In My Humble Opinion:

A cell phone takes a picture

A Camera takes a Photograph

Many people use "picture" and "photograph" interchangeably.
Guess that works as they both wind up with an image.

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Jun 7, 2021 17:56:15   #
rook2c4 Loc: Philadelphia, PA USA
 
inclinerr wrote:
In My Humble Opinion:

A cell phone takes a picture

A Camera takes a Photograph


But only if your expectations of the cell phone camera are so low, you don't even bother to at least attempt to take "photographs" with them. A self fulfilling prophecy!

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Jun 7, 2021 19:24:23   #
hugEDhog Loc: Bear, Delaware
 
A camera is a camera. Period. A cellphone is a camera cum flashlight, calendar, diary, map, compass, magnifier, library, alarm clock, radio etc…

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Jun 7, 2021 19:50:01   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
A real photographer brings their camera.


Longshadow wrote:
Which one?


Which real photographer or which real camera?

Really?

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Jun 7, 2021 20:04:04   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
hugEDhog wrote:
A camera is a camera. Period. A cellphone is a camera cum flashlight, calendar, diary, map, compass, magnifier, library, alarm clock, radio etc…


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I'd like to see a "real" camera do all that!

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Jun 7, 2021 20:04:32   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
DirtFarmer wrote:
Which real photographer or which real camera?

Really?

Yes!

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