How often do you take photos with your mobile phone?
It's the main thing I love about Instagram. It's super easy to share photos with friends and strangers, and push your photos to other services. There are still some legit criticisms though (the 1 x 1 format, the cheesy, over-used filters) that former Engadget editor Chris Zeigler nicely sums up here: blog.zieglerc.net/post/6360587369/instagram-is-rui...
So, how often do you use your phone for taking pictures? Has it replaced your point and shoot yet? Do you think it will in the very near future?
First, Flickr – and others to a lesser extent – which essentially allowed us to share our life stream without the hassle of maintaining our own photoblogs (remember photoblogs?). At the time phonecams were still subpar and transferring photos off of them was a hassle.
At around the same time the T-Mobile/Danger Sidekick II was released in the US and although the built-in camera was terrible, it allowed you to snap a pic and use its email client to upload to your Flickr stream. I think it's safe to say that the Sidekick II was a revolutionary device as well as a cultural phenomenon, and it really helped foster the concept of life streaming.
Today, with life streaming/social sharing so pervasive, phone cameras being of comparable quality to decent point-and-shoots, and wireless broadband being readily available, casual users are satisfied with what they carry in their in their pocket.
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I guess I'd rather just capture the moment and share it, instead of making it the best looking photo on the planet.
I'm actually sort of in a weird position when it comes to photo sharing. A lot of the pictures I do take, I don't share because I have little trust in these photo services. With the whole photo rights debacle that twitpic started ( www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/faster-forward/post/t... ), I'm hesitant to upload some personal stuff that I would like to share, but not be exploited for other companies gain. Right now, I'm trying to find a service that I think is trustworthy enough for my nonsense photos.
As for this new photo app, I'm a Facebook user, but as of year or so ago I refused to add any more of my personal info, photos, or videos to the service. I just don't trust them with that content. So if this Facebook photo sharing app comes out, I probably won't use it outside of just testing it out to see what it's capable of.
Once low light performance increases on these cameras and they stop shooting for absurd megapixel numbers by reigning things in a bit, I think cell phones will be the best point and shoots. It's all about that added value. Better quality lenses would help as well because sharpness is lacking a bit in most mobile cameras.
I have a small point and shoot that I basically never use. My camera of choice is my iPhone. Perhaps not the best platform for taking revolutionary shots, but it is always with me, and it definitely gets the job done.
On a side note, Android users should check out Lightbox. Just launched today and it's the most minimalistic photo sharing app I've seen that is somewhat on par with Instagram.
With panorama in my newest device, I can take some awesome pics, and it should only get better with time.
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