Point and Shoot

Here’s the long and short of it—I am planning on heading south to visit my folks and wanted a reliable easy-to-use camera. I was looking for an easy way to capture my folk’s spirit for I was with them less and less. The Jewish guilt was building up. I was looking for a way to bring them home in a pictorial way. So I went to the good old reputable camera shop in NJ to find a camera. I wanted something that was fast, did well in low light, offered high resolution, had the capabilities of video and audio recording and most importantly, was small enough to carry around easily in order to capture that quick and funny shot. I wanted a sense of freedom.

I did not buy a traditional Point and Shoot camera so I went with—the iPhone.

Needless to say, it was a great choice. The camera on the phone is amazing. I can zoom. I have the option to save in High Resolution; the phone does a brilliant job with light metering. It does great in low light and if you want, there is a flash, however, it does a brilliant job without a flash. Also, with the new iPhone 5 (or 4s and software upgrade to iOS6), camera software lets you produce panoramic pictures that are so much fun. Imagine getting a 360 degree view of a party in one shot! Also with the new mac operating system, there is also Photostream that sends the pictures back to the computer, so you don’t have to worry about loosing your pictures even if you loose your phone. Pretty sweet!

Once you have your photos on the phone there are numerous ways to edit if you choose to. The phone itself has decent photo editing capabilities (crop, enhance, take red out of eyes) and if you want more, there are quite a few good photo apps for editing and special effects such as Instagram, Hipstamatic, Camera+ and Snapseed, to name a few.

The iPhone camera has done a terrific job of capturing all different moments, sports, portraits of parents and friends, awesome scenes and beautiful flowers to name a few. And what’s more, I can use it to call my parents. I feel less guilty already!

Vicki Schwaid is the owner of The Mac Shack in Nyack. The Mac Shack does on-site service and support for Mac computers and devices. She has been in the computing industry for 25+ years with a fluid understanding of networking, programming & graphic production.