There is a hierarchy in digital photography, and firmly at the bottom, it seems, are people who take pictures with their tablets. I get it; too many people don’t really experience concerts, speeches, artist talks, anything that they go to, they miss real life because they’re too busy looking at it behind a screen. Like the screen on your iPhone, right? Like the screen on the back of every DSLR, perhaps?
It’s quite entertaining how concerned the author gets over things like the tablet’s battery life, quality of the tablet’s camera compared to a smart phone, and how ridiculous tablet photographers look (a point made several times). Best quote: “To make matters worse, Apple keeps improving the iPad’s camera. With the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the company had the audacity to add a camera flash and 12-megapixel sensor to the tablet…” The author also jokingly reflects on a dystopian future where lenses are obsolete, but I don’t see that as all that far-fetched. I can see the end for DSLR technology; it might be closer than one thinks, if the majority of the consumer base moves away from “real” cameras. It should be mentioned that what the average consumer considers good enough is quite underwhelming, one of the reasons digital photography became popular in the first place. Convenience will trump quality, so why carry a bulky DSLR and zoom lens around when you can pull a thin tablet out of one’s shoulder bag? Or a smart phone from one’s pocket.
The comments are wonderfully entertaining as well, and it seems emotions run high over this subject. At least there’s one badass on there who still shoots with single-use cameras; that guy is my hero.
I do wonder, with the larger size of the tablet, does that give increased room for larger and better sensors over a smart phone? Will the tablet actually overtake the smart phone as the user camera of choice for the unwashed masses? Will people frantically scramble to get extra sensors for their favorite DSLR and mirrorless cameras, will they cry when they give up the ghost after a decade? Will they shell out huge amounts of money for the few remaining models, or scour thrift stores hoping for something a little nicer than an early ’00s 1MP point-and-shoot? Will they bemoan the death of photography?
As time marches on and professional digital cameras are abandoned in favor of tablets with lenses on them, I will watch and cackle like a crazy person. Me and all the others kooks still hung up on our light-sensitive little pieces of plastic…