Make the Camera That's With You a Good One

For the last few years, a chorus of us have been chanting that "the best camera is the one that you have with you." And I totally agree with that. But with high-end point & shoots improving in quality, and Compact System Cameras finding their stride, the "best camera with you" doesn't always have to be your mobile phone.

courting_butterflies.jpg "Courting Butterflies" captured with an Olympus E-PL2 with stock 14-42mm zoom during a family outing. Photo by Derrick Story. Click on image for larger version.

Don't get me wrong. I love shooting with my iPhone 4S. And there have been countless occasions where it has produced wonderful images I would not have otherwise captured. But whenever possible, I also tote a micro four thirds camera, such as an Olympus PEN, even on the most casual of family outings. Why?

  • Greater choice in lenses. I can use a compact zoom or a prime lens, depending on my mood.
  • Raw files. Don't need to say more here.
  • Better shutter speed and aperture control.
  • Bigger files, in case I want to make bigger prints.
  • More options, such as flash control, metering patterns, etc.

I enjoy those moments where I can wander off for a short bit and take a few pictures. In those instances, I love having a more advanced camera... while still knowing the iPhone is in my pocket if I need it.

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Nice photo, Derrick. And I agree with you. The best camera is the one you have with you - but it's nice to have a better one along.

No doubt, agree with you both.
But price has the quality

I agree with your sentiment, Derrick - but those m4/3 cameras can get pretty pricey, though. I'm holding out to see what the second iteration of the G1X is like (yeah, next year) - that'll probably be more in line with what I'm willing/able to spend on a supplemental camera.