In case you tend to ignore these things, the iPhone camera is the most used camera in the world.  The new commercial from Apple shows many ways that taking photos has become an everyday experience for most people.

Sure that’s like saying that a Quarter Pounder with cheese is the best burger on the planet… it’s not (I’m more a Five Guys or In&Out fan).  But domination of a category does mean you set the standard that most use to compare. How dominant?  Here’s the Flickr chart showing the most popular cameras on their site.

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So I offer two lists for your consideration

What Traditional Camera Manufacturers Should Mimic About the iPhone

  1. Touch-screen Live View panels (yes, some cameras have this, but not enough).
  2. Downloadable apps that enhance the shooting experience.
  3. A data connection that doesn’t take an optional adapter and an engineering degree to setup.
  4. Direct posting to social networks.
  5. Automated backup of your images while shooting to a tethered device or to the Cloud.
  6. In Camera Panorama shooting using Photosynth or Occipital technology.
  7. Geo-tagging that is easy to use
  8. That megapixels are a lot less important to the end customer.

What the iPhone Should Mimic About the Traditional Cameras

  1. A Micro SD slot to backup or target when shooting.
  2. Less compressed options when shooting (in the meantime check out PureShot).
  3. Image stabilization that actually works well.
  4. USB3 connection speeds to transfer files.
  5. An official way to attach lens modifiers (yes I know there are lots of third party ones, but I find them clunky).

Okay…  what would you add to the iPhone?  What do you want in a next generation DSLR?  Fire away.


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  1. […] I have serious doubts as to whether I will make this work unless I give up always having a camera with me (other than the LX7).  I don’t mind using a DSLR camera when I’m deliberately out to take pictures but I haven’t wanted to carry it just in case I see something.  A while back when I had the X100 I would carry it under my jacket.  Will I carry a DSLR instead?  Just to frame the image for you as to how unusual it is to see a DSLR around here … I have never seen anyone else using a DSLR to photograph anything, at any time or place since I moved to Hanover a year and a half ago.  Hmmm, maybe I should just buy an iPhone or iPad mini if I want to blend in. […]

  2. Reblogged this on Mitchell Legacy and commented:
    I use my iphone camera often, even though we have several DSLR camera bodies and lenses in our inventory. The fact is, even though I own a boutique photography studio, I don’t always have a DSLR stuffed in my purse and I don’t always lug around my camera bag. Smart Phones and compact cameras will never replace professional portraiture, but they sure do make it simple to live life and share life in pictures.

  3. Aside from the portability, the ability to upload pictures with ease is the biggest reason I use my smartphone camera.

  4. I don’t see USB 3.0 helping at all. The fastest memory chips will not even saturate the USB 2.0 bus, and the chips in smartphones are really small and slow by comparison.

  5. Adam… I see SIGNIFICANT speed differences between USB3, and USB2 card readers. Night and day.

  6. How about a simple way to control the basic 3: ISO, shutter speed and aperture?? Even just shutter speed would work for me!!!

  7. Is it perhaps possible that the best thing the iPhone has going for it is none of what you listed, but rather, that is’s always on people? I’m a photographer and on an average day, odds are better that I used my iphone to take a photo than my SLR because it’s always with me.

    So seems like the lesson to learn is to figure out how to make cameras as light and small as humanly possible. Then make them smaller than that. All of the other functions are wonderful, but day to day, the camera that’s with me is always the best camera.

  8. I switched to a USB3 card reader with my 600x CF Cards and found that I got about triple the transfer speeds compared to my USB 2 card reader. So having USB 3 certainly wouldn’t hurt, though the vast majority of the time I’m not transferring any date over the wire to my phone.

  9. Yes, I am 60+ years old and find this phone to be quite easy to use.


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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.




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