The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You
After my altercation on Monday last week, with mother and daughter who accused me of being an idiot and a pervert I decided to try something new.
Not because this experience will hold me back in any way but because I want to be stealthier than stealthy. Try new stuff.
I got a Samsung J5 from work to replace my personal Lumia 640 LTE I sadly dropped a few days ago. Except for the apps I’ll change any mobile phone for a Lumia, never owned such a great phone when it comes to customization.
Anyway, the Samsung J5 has a 13 MP (!) camera. So many pixels on a tiny sensor yet the quality of the image in very good light is not that bad. It ain’t RAW but like Chase Jarvis once rightfully said: “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You” .
So I yesterday, Sunday, I decided to visit the weekly “flea” market with my smartphone and not with my Ricoh GR II thinking I would be shooting very inconspicuous with my phone.
Maybe I did albeit it didn’t feel like it. I had the impression I was a sitting duck for every human being thinking “hey this is a pervert or a stalker.”
In fact, nobody noticed me and I’m guessing if I would have used my Ricoh nobody would have noticed either.
I made 40 photographs and no real keepers. As it was a bright sunny morning image quality is rather okay for screen use and maybe even for a 13 x 18 print. There is almost no latitude in the JPG-files so one needs to post-process carefully.
What bugged me the most with the Samsung J5 was the shutter lag. I shoot with the Ricoh GR II in snap mode so when I press the shutter the photo is made instantaneously.
I did not measure it but with the Samsung J5 we are talking about a shutter lag that comes close to half a second.
In the second shot, the lady with the dog, the white fur of the animal is completely blown out.