Why the iPhone isn't a replacement for a dSLR

Why the iPhone isn't a replacement for a dSLR

Summary: The results are in from the Chicago Sun-Times' switch from professional photographers to reporters with iPhones, and the results aren't pretty.

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A few weeks ago the Chicago Sun-Times fired its photography staff and replaced them with reporters doing double-duty with iPhones. Here's an example of the result: 

The Chicago Sun-Times front page after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup - Jason O'Grady

Above: The Chicago Sun-Times front page after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.

The Chicago Tribune's front page on the same day - Jason O'Grady

Above: The Chicago Tribune's front page on the same day. 

I'm not saying that the iPhone doesn't include a great camera, it does. I'm just saying that it's no replacement for a real camera when it comes to print journalism.

[Via SunTimes/DarkTimes, Tip: Daring Fireball]

Topics: Apple, iPhone

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  • Jason, you are a part of the problem

    You, and all the other fanatical pro apple bloggers go on and on about how everything apple does is perfect and collectively, over enough time, you end up doing what paid advertisements are supposed to do: convince people to make decisions based on emotion instead of logic.

    Clearly anyone at the newspaper who suggested that the iphone should be used in a professional capacity should be fired but this person was probably swayed by people exactly like you.

    The world would be a better place if you guys stopped suggesting that apple was perfect and capable of accomplishing things they are clearly not capable of accomplishing. The iphone does NOT have a great camera. It is a very average camera. If they wanted a great camera in a smartphone, a Nokia would have been a better choice (although still certainly not good enough to do what they want it to do).
    toddbottom3
    • Did you read the article at all?

      He said that the iPhone has a "nice" camera but it does NOT replace a professional camera for printed journalism...
      CircuitDaemon
      • "I'm not saying that the iPhone doesn't include a great camera, it does."

        the exact quote is "I'm not saying that the iPhone doesn't include a great camera, it does."
        ryanmc
        • Out of context

          quoting out of context for the fail.

          He says the camer is great, but it isn't a replacement for a real DSLR for journalistic enterprises.
          wright_is
          • Todds point is that it is not a great camera.

            It might be a great average camera. But it's not a great camera.
            ye
          • For a smartphone, there aren't many cameras that are better.

            Most Nokias have the low-light situations on lockdown, but are often too saturated in other situations. The Nokia PureView is an amazing camera for a smartphone, but the rest of the smartphone lacks in comparison since Symbian is an otherwise dead platform.

            Samsung may cram in megapixel after megapixel, but their cameras are always grainy; same with Motorola and LG. Even the Galaxy Camera feels weaker than a dedicated camera, IMHO.

            HTC may be the only camera that beats iPhone in image quality, and though it doesn't have the low-light range that a Nokia does, it does have better low-light range than anything else on the market.

            None of these phone cameras, however, come close to a decent DSLR or an upper-midrange to high-end point-and-shoot with optical zoom. NONE OF THEM.
            Champ_Kind
      • You are asking too much of Toddy

        See, he is like the Pavlov's god: sees an mention of Apple and spouts his rant. That's Toddy.
        He could even make some "intelligent" claims, based on "facts", but read the articles he comments on? Why?

        They don't ay for reading, but for posting. I only wonder what the rate is and what is counted.
        danbi
        • Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

          This is one of his broken moments, however.
          ForeverCookie
          • You're too charitable

            A broken clock doesn't have to be right ever. It depends on the extent of the break.
            ego.sum.stig
    • 2 steps remedy to your problem

      step 1 : stop posting.
      step 2 : go get a job.
      Jean-Pierre-
    • Looks like you hit a nerve, Toddy.

      Apparently the Apple fans don't like it when you poke holes in their RDF blinders.
      daftkey
    • Dyslexia is on the rise

      Maybe it is just the school system though
      rhon@...
    • Bitter much?

      After all, you'd be crowing from the rooftops if they tossed a few W8 phones at these non-photographers instead.
      ego.sum.stig
    • Yep

      Replace whoever sets up the spam filter!
      slickjim
  • I heard this on NPR

    and thought it was a dumb move. What the heck were they thinking???? Thanks for the proof.
    gamoniac
    • Where Jason got it wrong...

      "I'm not saying that the iPhone doesn't include a great camera, it does. I'm just saying that it's no replacement for a real camera when it comes to print journalism."

      should really be...

      "I'm not saying that the iPhone doesn't include a great camera, it does. I'm just saying that it's no replacement for a real [photo journalist] when it comes to print journalism."

      It is like telling a friend, after devouring a sublime meal, "That was an amazing dinner, you must have some great pots." The Sun-Time's folly comes in thinking anyone can take an impressive photograph.
      Bruizer
      • they did this to themselves.

        Give a kid a smartphone and a few digital filters and he can do what these photo journalists do period.
        slickjim
        • oh

          And I say that because they have simplified the look of their photos to resemble the older heavy contrast photos of old.
          slickjim
        • Nope

          "There is a great story of how after a concert a listener was commenting to Jascha Heifetz on how
          wonderful a concert it was due to his playing on such a maqnificent instrument and Heifetz looking down at the instrument in its open case commenting in his terse manner – “funny , I don’t hear anything .”"
          Fri13
  • It's got nothing to do with the camera...

    and all to do with the photographer, or, in the case of the Sun-Times, the lack of one. Looking at these two pictures, you can see that one was taken by someone who knows how to take an interesting photo, the other doesn't.

    Give me the most expensive Leica, and I'll still take lousy photos.
    msalzberg