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Old 12-02-2019, 11:34 AM   #47
Byfrost
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The most important thing to note here is that people can recommend cameras but they cannot persuade you to be a true photography enthusiast.

It's very obvious because you mention 1 sentence about S7 low light no good, but then you go on to have 2 paragraphs second-guessing whether it's 'worth it' to get a dedicated camera and whether you'd want to actually use the camera at all.

Anyone who reads that would instantly get the vibe that you care more about convenience rather than image quality. They could give you a small and compact Eos M100 and you'd probably still find some way to complain that it's not convenient cos it can't USB-charge then battery need to take out and charge separately etc etc.

Let's go back to your original post at the beginning of this thread where you said:
I like to take photos of landscape, animals, scenery, "street photography", plants etc

In your years of using the S7 how many photos of the above 5 subjects have you taken?

Believe it or not your 'terrible' smartphone can probably achieve a lot with the right techniques:

The NDP fireworks in 2016
https://i.imgur.com/vFeCUrE.jpg

Central Hong Kong from Victoria Peak
https://i.imgur.com/WvqBAdd.jpg

Stray cat at Punggol
https://i.imgur.com/fY0yIkm.jpg

The fountain of wealth at suntec
https://i.imgur.com/rLlYFAR.jpg

Orion's belt constellation on a clear night sky
https://i.imgur.com/4d3bC7d.jpg

...all these achieved by a smartphone, taken by someone who made time and effort to actually go out and shoot photos instead of feeling that it's too troublesome to lug around a tripod or wait 1hr for the proper sunset lightning etc.

Honestly I feel a dedicated camera is overkill for your standard, I mean come on in the same conversation where models like Sony A6000 and Canon M5 are mentioned, you actually asked for real if huawei mate 20 can be a viable option, as though a mate 20 is some kind of device that can literally compete with a APSC camera. If a smartphone could be enough to satisfy you, why bother the hassle of looking at digital cameras.

You have a valid point, well written and critiqued.

To answer your questions:

In your years of using the S7 how many photos of the above 5 subjects have you taken? - Around 1000 photos (in total, with burst shots to get the 'perfect' scene), if you count the real proper photos, definitely less.


The most important thing to note here is that people can recommend cameras but they cannot persuade you to be a true photography enthusiast - Right, I have an interest, but I feel overwhelmed by the broad range of photography hobby that offers. By overwhelmed I mean, the purpose of me taking photos, what do I want to achieve? Do I want to in invest 15 grand in top of the line glass and gears to go to shoot an F1 race, or to shoot a soccer match? Do I want a simple point and shoot to take normal photos. It's me, I need to "know" what I want to do with the camera. i'm still totally new to this, and in the midst to ponder what do I hope to achieve personally with a camera. You are right, there are a few who believes in a true photography enthusiast does not even require a proper standalone camera to shoot photos, any camera, even on a low end smartphone can do the job. A camera, is still a camera, regardless where it is built on. You got to have an eye of what to shoot. Just go out there and take photos.
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