Why I Ditched My Old T2i for the iPhone X

Despite me saying this blog isn’t really for tech, I thought this article could be very helpful for some people who like to take pictures, but don’t want to haul around all their gear.

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In the fleeting wake of me trying to go minimalist, I have made some profound changes to my packing habits in addition to donating and trashing much of my belongings. Trying to carry less is very difficult for anyone who likes to do anything with media because so many wires and converters are involved in the creation process, not to mention the tripod and stabilizers if you’re doing video.

Now, I have been shooting DSLR now for 5 years. It’s pretty crazy to think about considering my portfolio isn’t as developed as some of my friends who have been doing it for less time, but it’s something I’ve done casually, therefore I don’t really expect mine to be this super diverse display of my aptitude. But personal notes aside, let’s get on with the purpose of this article: why I switched to iPhone X from DSLR.

DSLR remains to be the way to go for freelance photographers and is definitely superior overall—I’m in no way arguing that— but for my purpose of casual tourism, food, and portrait photography, it can be very inconvenient at times. 

Enter the iPhone X, arguably the most capable smartphone ever created, sporting possibly the best smartphone camera ever made in terms of overall quality. Just like anything else that’s good, there are people who don’t like it due to the “synthetic blurring effect,” which I happen to like a lot. I think it looks pretty accurate and am not interested in zooming in to see the slight difference in depth of field compared to a low aperture lens on a good camera.

So why did I switch to a lower megapixel phone camera?

I have to admit, my kit isn’t the greatest for my DSLR. I have a first generation Canon rebel t2i with a 24-105mm lens (f/4) that gets stuck when using the focus ring and could definitely use some love in the cleaning department (though I don’t think dust is a major issue). My other lens is a retro Multi-coated Chinon 50mm (f/1.7), which is a Pentak-K mount with an EOS adapter that barely keeps it on (though it is a fairly easy workaround if you’re careful).

The Software is More Convenient

Bearing the above in mind, this wasn’t even the main reason for switching. The main reason for switching is the software behind the iPhone X’s camera app. The X is great for adjusting on the fly, yet it also gives you the option to make tweaks to the exposure, add filters, and many other semi-advanced features that I think are really cool, not to mention a very powerful HDR setting that is normally automatically detected. I rarely have to use any of the filters though; the auto settings are of such high quality I don’t really see the purpose of covering up a great, natural-looking picture with a bunch of blues, sepia, or artificial contrast.

DSLR is Just Too Slow Sometimes

With my DSLR kit, I find myself constantly tweaking everything to get the best picture. I normally shoot in TV mode (shutter speed priority), which works pretty well most of the time, but I find when I’m in low-light settings, the picture quality can be terrible unless the ISO is super high. This forces me to play with white balance, turn the ISO to auto, realize that I don’t want it on auto, take the picture, it’s blurry, raise the shutter speed to capture non-blurry motion, now it’s too dark, readjust the aperture ring on my manual 50mm lens, reevaluate the settings again, then pass out like an overwhelmed Pikachu.

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Before you know it, I just spent a solid 5 minutes on a close-up picture of a water buffalo, yet my iPhone took 5 outstanding ones at different angles in less than a minute. The accuracy and convenience of the X is super useful, and worth the loss in megapixels to me.

iPhone Might Not Replace DSLR, But it Could for Many Bloggers and Prosumers Alike

Unless you’re a photographer, I don’t see much reason for using DSLR to capture photos of food, travel, or other things within the lifestyle realm if you have an iPhone X. And I think it could even be argued that the iPhone could put a lot of portrait photographers out of work for its convenience and great quality. I’m sure its blemishes would be shown if the mother of a beloved senior in high school decided to blow the picture up to a large size, though. 

The convenience and minimalist nature of using an all-in-one device such as the iPhone X is simply too valuable for me to pass up for a finite difference in megapixels. The ease of use

I hope you all enjoyed this article, and as always, I’d love to hear of your experiences with either iPhone X or DSLR, as well as which one you’d prefer. Thanks for reading.

Stay Well
——
Adam Vincent

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