I was instantly intrigued when I saw a recent headline from BuzzFeed: Maybe it’s time to carry a real camera again.
Then the image: an iPhone / ≠ / Canon point-and-shoot camera.
I admit, ever since I began using an iPhone, my view on certain things has changed. And one of those things is definitely how I take photos.
Yes, I own a DSLR and love shooting photos. But when I have my iPhone on me all the time, and the photo quality is respectable, I find it more convenient to just take photos with my phone. And I generally have few problems with that.
But this BuzzFeed article explains:
One thing I noticed when I first used a Retina iPad, which automatically pulled in my old iPhone shots from the cloud, was that these “good enough” photos looked awful. Grainy, blotchy, and even kind of blurry. Evidently the new Retina MacBook has the same effect.
The new MacBooks will come equipped with these special, high-definition displays that, apparently, might change the way images have previously looked on screen.
If you know what to look for (dynamic range and saturation, mostly), you can tell that the photo on the left came from a cellphone. If you’re not picking nits, though, you won’t notice, unless you’re using a large Retina screen. Few of us are right now, but within a couple years, super-high resolutions will be the norm. Then, looking at our old cellphone photos will feel like watching SD cable on an HDTV. It’s going to be horrible, and it’s going to make us all feel like we jumped the gun a little. Good enough won’t be good enough anymore.