Jesse and I have come to the conclusion that, 1) there are no Martians or little green men on earth, 2) there are no space ships zipping around in earth’s atmosphere, 3) there is no Bigfoot. Why do we think this way?
The earth is filled with around 4-billion smartphones with very good cameras that can capture photos and movies in an instant and yet we don’t have any more Martian sighting or Bigfoot videos now than we had two decades ago.
What does that tell you?
Something else we learned from advancing technology is becoming obvious. High quality point-and-shoot cameras are an endangered species, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to justify an expensive DSLR in the age of iPhone-like cameras. Check out the Shot On iPhone Challenge. Apple posted the winners and each one is virtually indistinguishable from a DSLR photo.
That brings me to the Nokia 9 PureView. Yes, that Nokia; the once dominant cellphone company now reduced to an emerging brand from a Chinese company. Nokia 9 PureView comes with five cameras. Elsie cameras? Six if you count the Selfie camera.
Check it out.
Nokia’s camera setup delivers five camera images with every shot. How cool is that?
Working in perfect unison, the five 12 MP cameras collect up to 10 times more light than a single smartphone camera color1 sensor. The results: photos with superb dynamic range that capture detail and texture from both the highlights and shadows, plus incredible depth-of-field and vibrant, truest-to-life color.
What’s not to like? Five cameras are better than one, right? Well, maybe, but maybe only to those who are fully trained and qualified to differentiate DSLR photos from photos shot on a decent smartphone camera.
I know. No smartphone can capture the detail that any decent DSLR can capture. That’s not the issue.
If you cannot tell the difference between an iPhone photo shot with two cameras, or a Google Pixel 3 photo shot with one camera, or a Nokia 9 PureView photo shot with five cameras, then you’re a better photographer than I, Gunga Din. The common denominator with such photos is not so much multiple cameras as much as it is computational photography. Good photos are available on all premium and mid-range smartphone cameras.