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However, for the purpose of this week’s MakeUseOf Poll, we want to know what type of device you primarily use when taking photographs. From smartphones to digital SLRs, and everything in between, we want to hear all about your camera of choice.

Initial iPhone Intentions

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Will You Be Buying The iPhone 6?

Out of a total of 744 votes, 25.7% chose Yes, I Cannot Wait, 34% chose No, I’m Not Interested, 7.8% chose Only If It Improves On The iPhone 5s, 20.6% chose Of Course Not, I’m An Android Fan, 12% chose Of Course Not, I’m A Windows Phone Fan.

So, a lot more people are disinterested than interested in the iPhone 6. That’s no great surprise, as the iPhone is just one option among a barrage of different smartphones, both old and new.

More interesting is the fact that 25 percent of those who voted are so keen to buy the iPhone 6 they’ll commit to doing so before the device has even been announced. This is why Apple is succeeding Why Apple (Like Everything Else) Can't Keep Growing Forever [Opinion] Why Apple (Like Everything Else) Can't Keep Growing Forever [Opinion] There's no question about it: Apple's had an amazing decade. It's hard to recall, but it's only been ten years since Apple was just starting to sell a lame MP3 player with no wireless and... Read More to such a degree. And why it doesn’t actually matter what they unveil on Sept. 9.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Tonie, OldCodger, and Vipul J. Comment Of The Week goes to Stijn J, who wins a T-shirt chosen from those available through the catalog for this comment Will You Be Buying the iPhone 6? [MakeUseOf Poll] Will You Be Buying the iPhone 6? [MakeUseOf Poll] The date has been set. The iPhone 6 approaches. On September 9, 2014, Apple will unveil its latest iDevice. The only question is, will you be buying one? Read More :

I have no clue why people would already decide to buy something they have never seen. OK, we know what iOS 8 will look like, but that has been nothing more than a short presentation, never a ‘hands on’ review. And that’s just the software we’re talking about.
Hardware-wise it’s nothing but based on (false) rumours like the infamous sapphire glass. Even if they deliver it, don’t think that Apple once again won the holy grail of innovation. You can already pick up phones with sapphire glass. (Huawei e.g.)

I hope one day the blind followers will open their eyes and see that there’s more fish in the sea than what Cupertino is throwing them.

For me, and that’s just personally, dealbreakers are: the obliged iTunes to sync/copy files to a PC, no SD-card, no multi-users (on tablets), no Thai keyboard for my wife and the lack of changing to a different launcher once in a while (I like change). I also like the cleanliness of my homescreen with just one or two widgets (full week calendar and weather/time) telling me the information I need.

We chose this comment because it was the only one which called into question the sanity of those committing to buying a product without first seeing what it’s all about. Go and buy the iPhone 6 by all means, but at least wait until it’s revealed to the world.

Photography Fracas

Smartphones have revolutionized the business of taking photos. They may not be the best tool for the job, but they’re always to hand, and provide the means to instantly share your magic moments with friends and family on the Internetz.

The aim of this poll is to see how much of an influence smartphones have had on the art of photography. For us to discover this, we need you to tell us what type of camera you use to take photos.

We understand most of you will use more than one device, so please choose the option which best describes your primary camera. If you take 90 percent of your photographs using your smartphone then that is the option you should choose. Simple.

Please vote in the poll above to indicate which device you primarily use to take photos, and then take to the comments below to tell us why this is the case. Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.

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  1. Transmitter77
    September 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    When I know I am going out to shoot photos I take a Panasonic Lumix FZ 30.
    It has a 12 X optical zoom and a respectable digital enhancement zoom up to 15x. The camera has the nicest manual focus system I have ever used. It provides 4x magnification in the eye level digital viewfinder as a focus aid. I find it to be a nice comprise between camera size and weight vs photo quality.

    Personally I do not find it easy to take a decent quality photo holding something the size of a candy bar 12 inches in front of my face while viewing an LCD screen. But I do take photos with my phone on occasion.

    That said, it is possible to take professional quality photos with any camera as long as the photographer stays within the restraints of the camera's operating parameters. I have used cameras ranging from 4 x 5 Speed Graphics to oatmeal cans with pin holes in the end and have published photos taken with many different cameras.

    Photos are made by photographers not by hardware.

  2. Bob
    September 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Always shoot what you are holding, once you have an image, then you can think about getting out whatever else you have. Camera phones & Photoshop, etc. can do tons with most any image, but if you have no image because you "missed the moment" it never happened.

    P.S. All great street photographers have shot with (usually) inferior equipment, but they always had it ready and got the image.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      I guess that s the ultimate truth. Get the shot, no matter what.

  3. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    iPhone 4S, because I always have it with me.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      I'm disappointed Apple doesn't seem to have improved the camera on the iPhone since the 4S. Sure, that's pretty good, but every other manufacturer is pushing forward to a greater level.

  4. rita
    September 9, 2014 at 1:50 am

    i use iphone 5s all the time, because i don't have SLR camera.

  5. Kim M
    September 9, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I'm actually surprised that more people didn't answer smartphone.

    I took to really liking underwater photography and asked my wife to buy me a Nikon AW100 for my birthday a couple of years ago. It's waterproof and rugged. The sensor is tiny, but yields 16M pixels and the camera has more modes than I'll ever use. I found that this camera takes decent pictures which I can crop down and still get enough detail. I've taken pictures of birds and other nature shots with max. optical zoom ( I don't think digital zoom gives a good enough image ) which I cropped way down and still got positive comments on them. I carry this camera with me most of the time and have been able to take many satisfying shots with it.

    My wife gave me a photography course the next year and I learned quite a bit. Good wife!

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      She sounds like a great wife. Cherish her :)

      Would you consider yourself a serious photographer or is it still just a hobby for you?

    • Kim M
      September 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Yeah, Dave. Just don't tell her. ( Just kidding .)

      I try not to take myself too seriously. After the course, I was better able to appreciate f-stops, focal length, film speed, shutter speed, sensor size, mega-pixels and stuff. Highly recommended for anyone. At about the same time, I inherited my father's Nikon F film camera with a zoom telephoto, 50mm and 35mm lens. I killed more than a few rolls of film while practicing what I learned. I'm still playing around with the AW100's settings to learn more. It's a lot cheaper than film!

      I also enjoy playing around with the finished images and I use several image products. The instructor showed us what we could do with these packages and admitted that most of his time is spent at his computer getting the final image just the way he wanted.

      Maybe when I win the lottery, I will be able to afford a good DSLR and some good software. Then I ( maybe ) will take myself more seriously LOL.

    • Dave P
      September 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      The fact you know what an f-stop is means you're more serious about it than most. Which is a very good thing.

      Asking people what imaging software they use could make for a good future Poll or We Ask You, so thanks for the inspiration.

      I'll keep my fingers crossed for you with the lottery win ;)

  6. Charles R
    September 8, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Smartphone, mostly because it's with me all the time, and for my purposes, it's quality is good enough. Galaxy S3. I do have a Sony point and shoot with better quality and zoom, but I hardly ever use it.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      The camera on the S3 is certainly very capable, and smartphone cameras are getting better all the time. Just wait until you try the S5 (if you upgrade to it).

  7. George Bahry
    September 8, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Nexus 5

  8. George Klein
    September 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Digital SLR , (Canon EOS 5D Mark III). Why? The answer is very simple. It produces the highest quality images, from there I can go any lower (resolution, RAW to JPEG, reducing size etc).
    Vice versa doesn't work, at least not in the sense of preserving image quality.
    I have an iPhone 5, very seldom I take pictures with it, too, but the quality of them is net inferior to that of the Canon SLR.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Do you carry your SLR with you everywhere you go? Has there ever been a moment you wished you'd had it on you only to have to reach for your iPhone 5?

    • George Klein
      September 12, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Dave: when I go photographing I always carry my SLR with me. Its weight is much less of an inconvenience than the lack of quality of an image taken with an iPhone 5 (sharpness, colour accuracy, compressed image file which would degrade its quality with any subsequent saving during image adjustment work at a later stage etc. etc.).
      I had several moments when I wished I had my SLR with me, the vice versa never had occurred me.

  9. Marco Sarli
    September 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Lumix DMC fz60 ,bridge camera.
    Leica lens , total control on everything (if needed ),superb quality of the image in any condition,
    long zoom,smaller than a SLR but big enough to be comfortably held , no need to carry anything else because it is all there . Best camera I had since I switched to digital.

  10. Keith
    September 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I use to take most of my photos with my Kodak z712 because it takes good pics, but lately I have been using my Nexus 5. Not only does it take good photos, but because of Google Drive & MS OneDrive auto-backup I can easily manipulate and manage my photos. Very convenient...

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Oh, that's a very good point. And not something possible on a DSLR.

  11. Matthew U
    September 8, 2014 at 8:38 am

    My primary camera is the canon 1100d because once you get used to the better quality and flexibility anything else seems inferior. It is also fairly light and small.
    When I don't take it with me I use my Moto G but it's camera is not that good.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      When you're forced to use the Moto G rather than the Canon do you regret it?

    • Matthew U
      September 11, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      The quality is nowhere near as good but I couldn't take my canon with me as it is far too big.
      The Moto G is purely for if there is something different/unusual happening which I am unlikely to be able to see again and so I can capture it. If I could see it again easily I would come back another day with my canon.

    • Dave P
      September 12, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Oh, that makes sense. I must admit the size puts me off buying a DSLR. Especially as I would probably get mugged for it the first time I left the house.

  12. Tao
    September 8, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Agreed. I have my phone with me. It takes amazing images. And I utilize it more than I ever do my SLR, because the SLR doesn't fit in my back pocket.

    There's a time and place for every camera, but most of the images I take are unplanned and serendipitous.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      And the unplanned and serendipitous photos are almost always the ones you'll look back on fondly in years to come.

  13. Shaila
    September 8, 2014 at 5:32 am

    It's cliche, but the best camera is the one you have on you. If I'm planning to take photos, I'll usually carry either Canon EOS Rebel XS or Canon Powershot SX230. If I don't have either of those with me, I resort to my HTC One M8.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      I guess that's a cliche for a reason: because it's true.

      How is the camera on the HTC One M8?

  14. Hans
    September 8, 2014 at 4:52 am

    many years ago i used to take fotos with my Rolleiflex T, but that was a bulky thing. I replaced it with Rollei35 - sort of early compact camera. I stopped taking fotographs, because my wife took over and she did a good job taking pictures of our children. Now i'm retired and decided to start anew - and digital of course. I was not quite overwhelmed by the quality of smartphone pictures, and therefore i bought a SONY RX100. The camera is not really small, but has a big sensor and takes detailed pictures. In difficult light conditions, the pictures are still great - an area in which smartphones do a bad job.
    I considered to buy a DSLR, but - as i said - i already owned once a bulky camera and i left that much too often at home.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Did you find the switch to digital easy to get your head around?

      You're right, smartphones do tend to struggle in poor light conditions, so the Sony seems like a good option for you. I must admit I don't own a DSLR for the same reason.

    • Hans
      September 12, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      well, in the beginning i missed the film-transport-lever a lot ...
      and i am still struggling with the postprocessing, but otherwise i am very happy with the digital age.

  15. gaurang
    September 8, 2014 at 1:29 am

    one plus does the job pretty well!!

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      The One Plus One camera looks great, at least on paper. Do you any complaints about it?

  16. Adrian
    September 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I use point and shoot cameras. I have three...a Nikon, Panasonic and a Fuji...each in a different location for easy access when I need them.

    They just take better pictures than a phone.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Which is your favorite of the three?

  17. Chris M
    September 7, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I use my LG Vista. The reason I use my phone is because most pictures I take are spur-of-the-moment. I don't carry around a separate camera, so it's the phone that gets used. I just got the phone, and am loving the huge screen. Being 48+ and being new to wearing glasses, the screen really helps. And the quality of the pictures is great.

    And, it has a selfie feature to take a picture with a gesture. (First phone i have had that has that feature.)

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      A 5.7-inch screen? Damn, that is huge.

      At 48+ you're too old to take selfies ;)

    • Chris M
      September 12, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Never too old for selfies. In fact, 2 nights ago, went to the Washington State Fair and saw REO Speedwagon and Chicago. Now THOSE guys are old. But I had to take a few pics while there. Great concert, great wife, great pics!!

    • Dave P
      September 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      I must be old too as I would totally go and see those guys in concert lol.

  18. Bob
    September 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I use a Lumix DMC-ZS1. Granted, it is an older digital camera, but it shoots at 10mp, has 12x optical zoom, and shoots much faster and accurately than my Galaxy S5 does. The S5 takes a long time to focus, set the flash and then shoot that it is impossible to shoot moving targets such as kids. When outside and not using flash the S5 is fine and I use it in those situations, but for more serious use I like my Lumix.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Judging by the reviews I have just scanned the Lumix looks like a fine camera. Who cares if it's a few years old, right?

      I've used the camera on the S5 and I have to agree with you. The quality of the photos is great, but it takes ages to focus.

  19. AMW
    September 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    The best camera is the one you have with you and most of the time it's my iPhone. I use my Canon DSLR when I'm working professionally but I still take a few snaps with my phone.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Which iPhone do you presently own? Is there anything you think could be improved in terms of its camera?

  20. Richard
    September 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Nikon d600 and my Nokia Lumia icon. D600 is for when I need really good photos. Icon is for when I'm out and don't have my dslr. Next update will shout raw. So that will improve my convenient shooter.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      How are you finding the Icon? It has some dazzlingly good reviews online.

  21. Habib N
    September 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Actually i use both dslr and my smartphone.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      I'm guessing you don't carry your DSLR around with you at all times though...

    • Habib N
      September 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      I don't. I 've made that comment just because i can't check two answers on the poll. I carry my smartphone with me all the time but i don't with my dslr.

    • Dave P
      September 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Ah, got you. So ideally you would use your DSLR but using a smartphone camera is better than nothing.

  22. Paul Harris
    September 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I have a Panasonic TZ-5 ...10x Optic zoom/double stabilized Leica lens,
    ... a Fuji FinePix S9400W ....50x Optic zoom/single stabilized Fuji lens,
    and a Nexus 5.
    I prefer the Panasonic as it is light, small (shirt pocket), and with the great stability, takes great pictures. The Fuji is 3 time heavier, bulky, and needs a tripod/timer to take decent photos.
    When not carrying a camera, the Nexus 5 with a decent program works in a pinch.
    The interesting thing about the Nexus 5 camera, is the great variety of camera apps available, time lapse, selfies, and various filters.
    Sure beats the old film cameras though.

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      So, ideally you would use a dedicated camera, but the smartphone camera is way better than nothing?

  23. Ben R
    September 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Nikon D3200

  24. Milinda A
    September 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition

    • Dave P
      September 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      And how do you find the camera on it?

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