Oh now I’ve done it. I’ve hit rock bottom. Sunk to the depths. Crossed the line.

I went on vacation armed with only my cellphone camera. [GASP!]

Yes, I admit it. After years and years of lugging around DSLRs, hanging point and shoot cameras from my wrist, even buying disposables in a pinch – I decided to leave the camera behind for a little weekend jaunt to Vegas with my husband.

No, this wasn’t a case of CRAP I FORGOT THE STUPID CAMERA AGAIN!

I decided that this quick, romantic weekend with the hubby (he’s stuck there for two weeks for trade shows, so I flew out for the weekend between) wasn’t about sightseeing (though we did that) or about documenting everything we did. It was about spending time with my sweetheart without kids, schedules or anything! So I left the cameras at home.

Fortunately, our cell phones take higher resolution photos than our first digital camera ever did. So I’ll still get to scrap the weekend!
He took more photos than I did, so you’ll have to wait until he gets home to see all the fun stuff, but I wanted to share with you what I learned about relying on my cellphone camera:

  • It’s sure easy. Loved having it in my hand or pocket and easily accessible. Would the point and shoot be as portable? Yes, but bulkier and I’d still have had to carry my phone. There would have been those, “I thought YOU had the camera?” moments. Nice that we each had our own camera, no extra gadget to worry about losing!
  • It did just about everything I wanted it to. Didn’t miss the zoom surprisingly. Handled low light pretty well, if I held it steady. Got great landscape shots, good macro stuff, all without having to think about settings or lenses.
  • I got crisper photos than I thought I would, the lens quality wasn’t bad! I did almost no editing on these (not that they couldn’t use a little) and they’re just fine.
  • They were so easy to share! I could post from the phone to facebook and my phone auto-uploads to Google+, so keeping the kids up on what we were doing was easy-peasy!

Bottom line: would I do it again? Not for our daughter’s high school graduation, or even for a birthday party. But for a field trip? Maybe. For everyday stuff? Probably. Especially for situations like this where I’ll be out and about and want to travel light.

Do you ever use a cellphone camera? Have you tried addons like these lenses or these filters? Am I crazy for thinking this isn’t such a bad thing after all?

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  1. Kay says:

    I have an Android smartphone with a camera. I accidently discovered that I have a zoom – it’s the volume button! The only hassle I had was when I wanted the pictures off the phone – however, I have now found a way to download them to the computer. The quality is pretty good – just depends on the light and how fast the subject is moving.

    • SWJenn says:

      I have the same zoom on my cell phone, I just forget to use it. It’s a 4x zoom, more than my point and shoot! I tend to post from my phone to facebook then download from there to my computer – easier than digging up the cable to transfer them 🙂

  2. Zanne says:

    Nope, I don’t even have a cellphone that takes pictures.

    Your shots came out way better than I ever imagined a cellphone could take. Cool!

    Glad you had fun.

    • SWJenn says:

      Thanks, Zanne, they did come ont well, didn’t they? I love my smartphone, can’t wait till I can upgrade to an iPhone, the Android is nice but the iPhone just works better. I’d have trouble going back to my old, no frills phone, I’m just spoiled rotten!

  3. Lisa says:

    I used my cell phone for photos over the summer and had some good results – surprisingly! What I LOVED was being able to share them immediately with family members who lived on another continent! How awesome is that?? And they were good enough quality (if I held steady) to download later to my computer and scrap with them. Granted they were not 8×10 quality but hey, a small 2×3 with some embellishments and journaling and it was a great way to capture a totally candid moment in time.

  4. Kait Gnzlz says:

    I would never rely solely on a cell phone for anything, but it will do in a pinch. That said, my DH’s camera phone has an incredible 8 megapixels and the photos taken with it are fab! I remember that my first camera only had 5 megapixels…

  5. Joe says:

    The best camera is the camera you have with you. The best DSLR doesn’t do you any good if it’s left in the car because you don’t want to lug it around.

    I’ve, litterally, got 50k in camera gear… and I still take tons of photographs with my cell phone. Not every image needs to be pixel perfect to still be worthwhile.

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