Smartphones have come a really long way, in a very short amount of time.

If you’re pixel-peeping or making prints, the benefits of the dedicated camera are generally worthwhile – greater dynamic range, better resolution, better tonality, and depending on the setup, you can get that creamy, artful depth-of-field and bokeh effect.

But when browsing the web and flicking through photos that have been downsized to fit on the average monitor – does it make a difference?  I’m not sure, so I’ve started up this photoblog to put smartphone shots and camera shots side by side to see how they fare.  I am a true believer in the saying “The best camera is the one you have with you“, which is why I’m using my smartphone most of the time.  But when I can, I carry my trusty Leica M8 – image quality of an SLR with the portable size of an almost compact mirrorless system.  Plus I love how manual everything feels – if a high end SLR is today’s dual-clutch PDK, the Leica M8 is like that perfect, crisp 6 speed snicking into gear as you take the photo.

I’m curious myself, to see if the convenience/always-with-me nature of the smartphone will allow me to get more spontaneous, candid, and meaningful shots.  Will it be enough to overcome the image quality and control/processing advantages the Leica provides?  Though the Leica suffers when looking at the cost of being able to instantly flip out a device and snap a photo as a moment passes by.  Time will tell which one enables me to get more meaningful, enjoyable photos, I believe.

In the gallery, you’ll see shots mostly from these guys:

Cameras – Leica M8, Epson R-D1

Smartphones – iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, Nokia Lumia 1020, Blackberry Passport, HTC One M8



About Me:  Car lover, dog enthusiast, food indulger – born in 1980. Born in Korea to leave in 1986, proud American citizen since 2002. Working in tech for an evil social networking company.  Living out the silicon valley rat race.  Got a lovely wife as copilot.  Photography is a hobby of mine, and these photos here are a reflection of my life.