Photography is something most of us do on a very amateur basis. The appeal of capturing a moment in time forever cannot be overstated. In many ways, it doesn’t matter what tool is used, as long as that scene is freeze-framed for future reference.
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 to such a degree. And why it doesn’t actually matter what they unveil on Sept. 9.
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:
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.
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.
Image Credit: Garrett via Flickr