The original purpose of my purchase of the Fujifilm X100F was to have a compact, everyday carry camera that I could just throw in my jacket pocket or my bag, therefore always having a real photographic tool with better quality than the iPhone.
The iPhone X takes excellent pictures, don’t get me wrong, but the process of “photographing” is something to be desired and everything shot with my iPhone usually gets lost in the abyss that is Apple Photos. However, when I take photos on a dedicated camera, I feel more disciplined to not take my photos for granted.
The photos will rarely feel expendable if you use an actual camera. They typical hold more value – either due to image quality or how it made you feel when you took the picture.
The occasional slideshow of your weekend trip with your friends may garner the occasional nod, but then people will usually forget about them – rarely ever seen again.
If you want to go even deeper in appreciation for photos, look into printing Instax photos. I promise you that those little photos will be worth more to you, your friends and family than your iPhone slideshow ever hope to be.
There is a zen-like experience of actually taking the time to take photos, rather than snap and go.
Obviously, carrying a compact camera with you on a daily basis is not for everyone, but I personally don’t like to waste my time taking shitty and forgettable photos, therefore it’s worthwhile for me that enjoy capturing moments in higher quality.
Side Gripe: It makes me absolutely cringe when people use their camera phones during their “once-in-a-lifetime” trip to somewhere and try to share their photos with me on their small screens like they’re weekend photos of their family cat.
If you want to share your photos of your amazing trip, share it on dedicated photo site like Flickr or something where people can actually feel emotionally compelled to appreciate your photos as much as you were when you took them.
“But I don’t want to carry a camera when I travel! They’re so cumbersome.”
One word: Mirrorless
This brings me back to the X100F.
The X100F quickly became less of a pocket camera due to the addition of the thumbs up grip and the lens hood. Since it no longer served the purpose of being my “pocketable” camera, it soon became a stablemate with my other “serious” cameras: the Leica Q and the Olympus PEN-F. Cameras I take with me when I plan to go out and take photos.
So this brought me back to square one: I need another EDC camera.
Originally I’ve picked up a brand new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX10 pocket camera with the excellent 24-72 equivalent f/1.4-f/2.8 zoom lens. However, I’ve been lukewarm about the camera for several reasons:
- The camera was not comfortable to hold and it was terribly slippery.
- The start-up time was noticeably slow due to the requirement for the zoom lens to extend out, even at its widest end.
- The image quality was decent, but I blame my standards from owning bigger sensors and my lack of tolerance to poor high ISO rendering that the Panasonic had. It would easily hit 4 digit ISO too easily.
To cut it short, I traded the camera with a member on Fred-Miranda and picked up a Fujifilm X70.
To put it succinctly: this camera is tiny.
It’s actually smaller in length than my iPhone X, but the caveat here is that it is definitely thicker.
But here is the real important part about this: it’s so small that you can actually take with you everyday in your purse, jacket pocket, or your everyday carry bag.
You’ll also get image quality like this (and have useable RAW files if you want to edit them in Lightroom):
I’ll make an update on this in the future but my point is this: get a camera.
Spoiler Alert: A dedicated camera will blow the shit out of your iPhone.
Also, using the “too big” to carry as an excuse is becoming redundant as mirrorless cameras like the Fujifilm X70 is tiny, but if you want to use the camera on your phone to share onto social media for instant-gratification because you’re impatient, then I can’t help you there. 🙂