David vs Goliath: Which camera should a senior carry on their next vacation?

I love to take pictures. Especially when on a vacation journey. Although I can’t draw a straight line without a ruler, I think I have a pretty good “eye” when it comes to photography.

Over the years I’ve shot thousands of photos throughout the US and Europe. I use a photo posting site – 500px.com CLICK HERE to see some of my favorite images.

I’ve primarily used a Sony alpha series DSLR with a 75mm to 300mm telephoto lens. It has been my “go-to” camera for the last seven years. In addition to the Sony, I’ve taken many travel shots with various models of Apple’s iPhone.

Over the same period of time, the Sony has been a fast, reliable, and creative tool. But it is awkward and heavy to transport, and use on vacation field trips like walking, hiking, visit small retail shops, and going through narrow passages.

The iPhone, on the other hand, has become more lightweight, sophisticated, and easier to use – especially indoors. My latest iPhone, Apple’s advanced model “X” with its sharp and bright OLED screen is easy to view – as long as it is indoors. Trying to use the iPhone outside, in bright sunlight is almost impossible. The screen washes out in the sun. This brings a new meaning to the phrase “point and shoot” – but somehow it works.

My wife and I recently returned from a trip to Washington, DC and New York City. As a creative and lifestyle experiment, I primarily used the iPhone to document our travels. Quite frankly I was very impressed with the results – even the outdoor shots (some in cloudy conditions, others in the sun).

A significant benefit of using the iPhone as your primary vacation camera is that your pictures get synced to your other devices and backed up to iCloud every night. The ease of being able to edit and share your photos with family and friends is fast and straightforward. Apple’s built-in “Photos” app is simple and straightforward for everyday photo editing and organizing.

If you are into status symbols and want your travel buddies (and complete strangers) to be impressed, then carry a Sony, Canon, Nikon, or other quality DSLR camera around your neck. If you want great pictures and have fun on your vacation carry a lightweight iPhone camera in your pocket or purse.

Have fun, and enjoy your vacation!

2 thoughts on “David vs Goliath: Which camera should a senior carry on their next vacation?”

  1. I have a camera or two in this house, but I’d have to spend a day searching for it if I wanted to use it again – which I don’t. My iphone has been my camera for several years now, and that includes vacation photos. It’s so much simpler than having to carry (and worry about) one more thing. And the prints I get are clear enough to include in family scrapbooks.

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    1. Thanks Patty! I’ve recently added some additional lens to my iPhone X. Makes a good experience even better. Much lighter to carry around. Allows me to focus (pardon the pun) on what I’m looking at rather than worrying about will I get dust/dirt on my DSLR lens when I swap one for another.

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