As I come to the end of my second year of the 'Photo A Day, Every Day' challenge I'm beginning to reflect on the shots that I've taken. This year they've been centred more around The Boy and have featured very few still life or landscape photographs. I've also used a variety of photographic equipment while snapping away; sometimes it's the iPad, more often than not it's my phone (I started the year with a HTC Desire and have ended it with a Samsung Galaxy S3) and I try to use my DSLR where possible because the quality of the photograph 99.9% of the time will be significantly superior to any other device.
Here's the thing though; my eight year old DSLR has a 6.3 megapixel lens and my three month old S3 has an 8 megapixel lens. In theory, the photographs from my phone should be better, but they're not because it's all to do with the size and quality of the lens; how much light it can sense and adjust to, the speed of autofocus for those unexpected shots, and plenty of other complicated things that I don't understand. All I know is that it is nigh on impossible to get the same quality from a mobile device as it is from a DSLR.
This, quite frankly, is a shame. Because in this day and age of social media and the use of the Internet to share lives with far-flung friends and family, it is a real pain having to upload photographs from a 'proper' camera to a laptop and then share them onto a social media site like Facebook. It's the reason why I seem to take so many photos on my phone; I can either use Dropbox to access them elsewhere, or I can upload them to my blog or Facebook directly. Something my DSLR is not capable of unfortunately.
However, the new NEX-5R compact system cameras are capable of taking a photograph and uploading it directly onto social media platforms as they contain inbuilt Wi-Fi.
A camera with Wi-Fi? A 16.1 megapixel camera with inbuilt Wi-Fi?!
It's a seriously brilliant idea, and for the photographer in me who enjoys thinking about the composition and the technicalities of a still image, then having a camera which can autofocus as quickly as a DSLR, has a range of ten lenses to ensure each photograph has the best perspective, has a Sony guarantee of quality on the machinery, can upload photographs (which has been edited directly on the camera!) to the Internet, and is capable of shooting full HD videos, it has got to be worth seriously investigating. Why wouldn't you when it would make photography so much easier.