Why You Want a Good Smartphone Camera

This is a sponsored post on behalf of LG, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Why do you want a good smartphone camera? Aren’t they all pretty much the same — and nowhere near as good as dedicated cameras anyway?


As a photographer in not-so-olden times, conserving film for the perfect shot in your dedicated camera was a bit like being the pinned-down protagonist in a spaghetti western. With limited “ammo” on hand, survival (or, in this case, getting pictures that made lugging your photo gear around worthwhile) was all about remaining cool against all odds while conserving very finite resources through foresight, guile, and no shortage of plain, dumb luck.

All it took to spoil a shot was a blink at the wrong time, a usually steady hand’s momentary lapse of grace, the subject’s aversion to courteous cooperation, or some skunk-drunk punk making faces in the background.

Okay, so maybe the last one still happens — a lot — but it’s much easier to deal with nowadays. All of these problems are, because digital photography is like having a reset button to pit against any obstacle that tries to vex you. “Real” photographers may moan and groan about how using Instagram doesn’t make you a real photographer, but that’s beside the point. It may be a matter of convenient happenstance, but we’ve all become photographers of sorts these days just by carrying around our smartphones of choice.

Admittedly, most of us may not have the chops, the training, and artistic eye of people who actually get paid to take pictures (and I’m not trying to take anything away from the very talented people who have devoted their lives to the craft), but even the shakiest among us now have the power to document the world at large with digital snapshots that can actually look pretty good. Having a decent enough smartphone camera to do the job is almost guaranteed in what’s become a very competitive marketplace, but why settle for decent enough when you can have something truly superb?

Case in point, here are a few examples of what I was able to capture while just walking around the house with my LG G2’s smartphone camera. I wasn’t attempting anything fancy, but you can appreciate the crisp detail and overall clarity that comes across with the camera that’s included with this powerful little device:

Why You Want a Good Smartphone Camera

Why You Want a Good Smartphone Camera

Why You Want a Good Smartphone Camera

Why You Want a Good Smartphone Camera

Why You Want a Good Smartphone Camera

Why You Want a Good Smartphone Camera

Not too shabby, eh?

A Good Smartphone Camera is Designed to Make You Look Good (Even if You’re Not)

It wasn’t too long ago that this kind of quality was something you could only expect from a costly, bulky hulk of photographic beastware. Now you can put it in your pocket where it’s only an arm’s reach away at any given time so you can be prepared when even the most unexpected photo opportunity intervenes.

This is great for when you just want to point and shoot, but what about those times when you want something a little… more from your smartphone camera — like a burst shot, an action/sports shot, a night scene, or a timed capture? The LG G2 has these modes (and more) built into its default camera app. There’s even a “portrait” mode for when you want to automatically make skin seem softer in a snapshot without any kind of editing involved after the photo is taken. Convenient!

And even if your hands are about as steady as the 40-year-old washing machine that your mom bought for super cheap at that garage sale down the street, the LG G2 will help compensate for shots that would otherwise be mired in blur with optical image stabilization. Also convenient!

Sure, having an awesome smartphone camera like the one that’s built into the LG G2 still won’t automatically turn you into a real photographer, but beauty — and art — is in the eye of the beholder.

[All still images above taken with the LG G2 smartphone camera and shared by Chris Pirillo]

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