The now ubiquitous app stores also offer an almost Matrix-style ability to upload new features and functionalities on the fly, which can accommodate pretty much any photographic need: long nighttime exposures, panoramas or self-timers for great group shots. Of course, the real reason to shoot with a smartphone is what happens after the photo is taken. Editing apps range from downright simple filter packages to programs that turn the device into a high-power photo editing suite with Photoshop-worthy features.
Ultimately, this is the core argument for the current mobile photography craze — innovations trump picture quality. As with the Brownie, people ultimately will choose the thing that’s more innovative, convenient and affordable any day of the week. “Before long, all this will be the new normal,” Hernandez says. “Smartphone cameras will get better, and regular cameras will get connected. I never bet against technology.”
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