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Advise needed-smartphone photography

Since I take lots of pic with a smartphone and I need to change one, what would you consider worth buying? I may consider buying a good quality camera after compliting 356 project.

21 comments

Daniel Borth What's your budget?

Daniel Borth I would look around for an iPhone Xr or Samsung Galaxy s10e or Google pixel 3a (other alternatives from these manufacturers are iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy s9 )
There are certainly other phones that take good pictures at this price, but I chose the "most popular" ones.

For cameras, in this price you will find Olympus omd em10iii ( or em10ii ) or Fuji Film Xt20 or Canon M50.
I wouldn't buy any new DSLRs unless you already have some expensive lenses for some system.

These are just my "ideas" so you should check yourself what will suit you best :)

sylwiatka I was taking into considerstion Samsung Galaxy s10, So quite close to your suggestions. Thx.

sylwiatka No chyba, że przekonacie mnie już na tym etapie na aparat.

rajmann Nie będę przekonywać :-) Wszystko zależy od tego co chcesz fotografować i jak. Mam Samsunga Galaxy Note 9 i robi fajne zdjęcia tzn. dla mnie ok :-) i naprawdę daje radę jeżeli chodzi o zdjęcia nocne. Jest też możliwość zapisania zdjęcia w RAW. Wydaje mi się też że w większości telefonów w tym budżecie jest możliwość ustawień manualnych ale ja np. nie umiem dogadać się z telefonem jeżeli chodzi o czas naświetlania i np. efektu rozmycia płynącej wody telefonem uzyskać nie potrafię (ale może to mój brak umiejętności:-). Jeżeli kiedyś będziesz chciała rozejrzeć się za aparatem zwróć też uwagę na segment bezlusterkowców - wydaje mi się że to jest ciekawa opcja, bo po pierwsze są małe i w miarę lekkie w porównaniu do lustrzanek, a dla mnie to było bardzo ważne i jednocześnie mają wymienną optykę co daje już większe możliwości. Powodzenia w projekcie :-)

sylwiatka Wspaniale. Korci aparat, ale jestem zbyt amatorka. Poza tym Trzeba mieć jakieś cele i nagrodę 😜

annielika Ja mam bezlusterkowca i rewelacja. Telefon Samsung 10+ i fajne zdjecia robi, ale te wczesniejsze wersje tez sa super, i zdjecia wychodzily bardzo dobre.

Lauren Huston I've been very happy with my Huawei P30 pro since I got it last year. The p40 series is rumored be coming out soon, so that will bring the cost of the P30 series down.

For a dedicated camera, I guess there's a lot that would depend on that. I'm a Sony fan, but I'm the first to acknowledge that their marketing isn't based off the cheapest price.

Ian Prince Most phone cameras are pretty decent these days, and have found my iPhone 5SE to be good enough in most situations when I don’t have a real camera with me. That said I really don’t enjoy the ergonomics of shooting with phones...

sylwiatka Well, even being a total beginner I realise that camera is a camera which tells by itself a proper tool to take photos.

gerlos I think that any top of the range smartphone from (almost) any maker will be more than good enough as a camera-phone.

Since you are already using an Android phone, I guess you'll be more comfortable with a new Android phone instead of switching to iPhone.

In the last few years I used top of the range phones from Samsung, Motorola and OnePlus, and I could get good photos with all of them.
My partner has a Pixel 3a and its camera seems to me pretty awesome, compared to the price of the device.

My only advice is to check if it can shoot RAW (even if you won't use raw at the beginning) and get the version with the bigger storage you can afford.

Magda Ko If you don't need to change phone at the moment, and just need it for photography, I would go for camera, with budget up to 3000 I think you can find something nice.

Jan Buchta Huawei P30 is really nice if we're talking about photographic smartphone. Samsung s10. iPhone 8 and above. Few weeks ago I met my friend who bought iPhone 8+ and I was surprised how good quality image he can get. It was very impressive. But I know P30 /P30 Pro and S10 users and these phones are also very good. Android has more manual settings in camera. iPhone is much more like auto mode in photography. But it always has one of the best cameras on market.

But like someone above said. If you don't need a new phone, think about a camera like Sony a6000 or another from this series. A6000 I saw in shop for 1999 zl. I was thinking some time ago about a6300 but it is more expensive. But a6000 seems to be still very interesting.

sylwiatka Thx for your Smart advice. I knew I would end up considering A CAMERA 😜 GOSH, so complex.

annielika I have sony a6300 and can only recommend it. It's easy to have it with you due to its size. But I'm also using my phone for photos. But mostly because its so handy.

Jan Buchta A6xxx series is very interesting I think. Big + for compact size. Especially in daily taking pictures is great option. It is much more easy to take nice picture every day when camera is small, light weight and you can have it always in bag. It doesn't work as well as you have DSLR camera.

Solmaremi Najlepszy aparat to ten który masz przy sobie. Dlatego dużo zdjęć robię telefonem. Od roku używam huawei p20 pro i jestem zadowolona. Zdjęcia nocne, koncerty makra i inne. Fakt, nie zastąpi to lustra, ale lustro nie zawsze mam przy sobie.

Abderrahim Huawei Mate 20 pro

Marta Tomaszewska Don't know if question is still valid, but I can confirm that samsung s9 takes really decent pics (I have some of them here). It shots RAW but it has no aim - I didn't manage to process them to look at least as the jpegs from the phone - they have some crazy algorithms for noise and overall quality.

And I have also sony rx100 mk3 - a compact camera that is almost always with me - the thing because of which I've started this project and thanks to which I plan to finish 3rd year. I'd recommend it to almost everyone. Most of my photos are from it, despite I have canon 5d with nice L lenses at home.

sylwiatka Thx. I have not decided yet. So still appreciate each and single piece of advice.