Right before I left for my trip to Nepal in 2016, I got the iPhone 6. That just shows how long ago that trip was. I was the photographer for an Australian group called Adventure fit, heading to the basecamp of Everest. While my Nikon D7100 was my camera of choice back then (I’ve since upgraded to the D800), I still wanted an easy to use camera I could pull out real quick to snap some extra photos. The iPhone 6 with the best camera to date, was perfect for this and it did come in handy while traveling through Asia.
I'm often asked about my gear as a photographer because there's a belief that the tools make the artist. The truth is that an artist can use what tools they have and that's what is on hand. Carrying my large, heavy and really expensive camera with me everywhere I go is not realistic. I need a tool that's easy to bring along to whatever I'm doing and still allow me to capture the stories around me when I'm not on a shoot.
Not surprisingly my iPhone 6 started breaking down this week which meant it was time for an upgrade. While I’d love to say that I went straight to the phone with the best camera, I didn’t. I stayed with Apple phone I could afford right now and stuck with the iPhone8 Plus. The smartphones coming out have impressive cameras in them no matter the model you get; As good as the Coolpix red point-and-shoot camera I saved up to buy when I was 16.
All this to say is that when you are looking for a phone that’s right for you or even the camera that's right for you, it’s essential to make a list of all the features that you need and find the tools that fit that along with your budget. If you are looking for a new phone and the camera is the most crucial feature then check out this article. They did a much better job than I could have at comparing the top camera phones out there. As for me, I'll just be over here geeking out on my new phone falling in love with portrait mode.