iPhone / Instagram versus Canon

Yes The best camera is the one you have with you. So Instagram has exploded worldwide. I can understand why. It’s easy, instant and social. It’s also free, unlimited, and can be posted spontaneous. I’m a snap-happy person so Instagram suits me well. But sometimes I wonder how that photo would have looked like with the heavy, expensive one. Top pic as Instagram. Lower pic as Instagram.

Update:
Instagram can’t compete with the Mark II in quality of course. But Instagram is unbeatable in terms of accessibility. The photos them self can be stunning in Instagram too, even if they are limited when it comes to print. I think they look their absolute best in the phone (it’s not the same feeling to look at Instagram on the screen for example in my opinon). Instagram as a phenomenon is appealing in several ways. The limitations with Instagram makes me think of Polaroids, which also was limited in its format but nice anyway.

Probably not fair to compare like this since Instagram and a SLR are two completely different things. Interesting things.

Some of the people I would like to see at Instagram:

Reference Library
Mieke Willems
Fanja
Lena Sjöberg

iPhone 5 camera review for photographers.

 

26 Responses to iPhone / Instagram versus Canon

  1. Kim says:

    I like all versions even if I can see that the Canon photos looks a bit more exclusive somehow. I like the square format at Instagram. And I’m greatful that I can follow you there as well, even if I don’t have an Iphone or Instagram ;)

  2. Elisabeth says:

    I’m glad to hear that you enjoy to follow anyway Kim.

  3. I quite often take a photo on instagram, and also take it with my film camera, just because I know the film will sit for a while before it gets processed and sometimes I like to see it RIGHT AWAY and sometimes I want a nicer film shot of it as well as the instant option. I like the contrast!

  4. Hi, I use Instagram a lot, but as I do miss using a camera, the quality of image that my iPhone takes actually is quite comparable. Follow me ‘onesugarplease’ if you’re on!

  5. Tant Grön says:

    I love instagram! But I also have thought about this lately, and about my camera. I have´nt used it for ages… But I have a job coming up that will require me to, so… Maybe that will bring us back together ;)

  6. joanne says:

    Hi Elisabeth, I started following and enjoying your instagram photos- they’re all great. I still use my own personal camera to get a more variety, there are ways to manipulate a nice camera where it’s not that easy to do with the iphone instagram. Also, night shots are quite hard with the iphone I’ve experienced. Follow me-it’s jpompons

    have a good tuesday!
    jo

  7. marie-louise says:

    Inte en enda mugg som jag har gjort Elisabeth!!!!!!!!!!

    :)

  8. ha! would like to be able to follow all those things, glad to be able to see yours through your links, but no iphone here! pity!

  9. rocio says:

    I understand why people like instagram, but I feel that people are forgetting their real cameras, I think instagram should be used from time to time, when you don´t have your camara with you, but now people just leave the camaras at home. Quality is important

  10. Deborah says:

    I think the Instragram aura reduces the natural vitality of shots. It’s a club that photos can belong to, and everyone wears the same hat…
    :-)

  11. Elisabeth says:

    Beside the picture quilty and styles of the photos in Instagram The the phenomenon itself is very interesting I have to ad.

  12. Amielle says:

    Back (aka: last month) when I had a smart phone with data, I’d do both: take photos with my MarkII and with my phone. Both are instant, but obviously one is of better quality and I can do more with it than just the little square image on Instagram. :)

  13. katie says:

    well, first let me point out that the staircase shot is better in Instagram b/c Hiro is in it. ;) but really, that’s the appeal of Instagram–the element of spontaneity that’s usually apparent.

  14. Una says:

    I like the flatness and the kind of abstraction that instagram brings to the shots (as long as one dont use those over the top filters) All though the collors and the light rendering is fare from good.

    Pellesin on instagram

  15. DavidW says:

    Lovely pictures, all of them, and an interesting post, but what was missing for me were your thoughts on the differences between the two sorts of camera and the relative merits of each.

    • Elisabeth says:

      Hi David. Instagram can’t compete with the Mark II in quality of course. But Instagram is unbeatable in terms of accessibility. The photos them self can be stunning in Instagram too, even if they are limited when it comes to print. I think they look their absolute best in the phone (it’s not the same feeling to look at Instagram on the screen for example in my opinon). Instagram as a phenomenon is appealing in several ways. The limitations with Instagram makes me think of Polaroids, which also was limited in its format but nice anyway.

      Probably not fair to compare like this since Instagram and a SLR are two completely different things. Interesting things.

  16. fanja says:

    hi Elisabeth, i would like to join the fun,i need a new phone a.s.a.p!! it’s good to have both i suppose, i don’t want to rely entirely on a phone to take pictures. x

  17. Hazel Stark says:

    Hi Elisabeth

    Well you know I’m a big fan of Instagram, I don’t have a proper camera of my own, I just borrow the one from work occasionally, so I couldn’t do without my iphone. It’s been so good for travelling with and for taking pictures around and about. Through Instagram I have ‘met’ some amazing creative people and lovely people in real life too. In the last few months around 6-7 people have found me through it and have visited my open studios. I have also sold more cushions through it than twitter & facebook combined!

    I absolutely agree with your wish list of people to follow. I have a couple of people to suggest in the meantime:

    @APPARATU amazing Italian ceramicist/designer

    @ERIKHEYWOOD of bookshop

    @BAWKBAWK photographer

    @RGILM Rhiannon of Intelligent Clashing

    @WILLIAM_EDMONDS clever friend of mine

    Hope you’re enjoying the start of Autumn, lots of pretty trees her and conkers falling. Do you have Horse Chestnuts in Sweden?

  18. alessandra says:

    I think is a comparison that doesn’t stand at all. Instagram is an application that allow you to take pictures with a mobile phone, a camera is a camera and a Canon Mark II camera is a Canon Mark II camera with all the technicalities and complexity it bears. Sorry don’t want to sound annoying :0
    Instagram is fun, but I hope people won’t confuse snapping with a phone with actually taking real photos. Is it true some images stand out but still once you see them outside a video they look nothing but snaps.I use it to keep in contact with people and to see things otherwise I won’t be able to see, but always aware that what they show is what they want you to see, a bit like in blogs.
    I do follow you on Instagram :)

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