This month, I went on one of my favorite vacations ever, in Vietnam! But then, two days before our flight, I suddenly found out that our camera broke. The timing couldn’t be worse; after all, when you’re travelling you want to take lots of photos and capture memories. Because of this, I had no choice but to use a phone (a Samsung Galaxy Note 4) not only as a communication device but also as my main camera for the trip.
Of course, nothing will replace a real camera but contrary to my expectations, I didn’t miss our old camera that much because my phone camera did have its advantages:
- It is incredibly lightweight and easy to carry around. This was important because our trip involved a lot of walking, and sometimes we would need to walk long distances to fully explore a certain site or vicinity. I don’t need something heavy that could slow me down or make my back hurt when I still have lots of places to visit.
- It’s small enough to bring anywhere. If I brought my camera along while riding on a bamboo boat or going kayaking in Halong Bay, I would definitely be able to take great photos, but I would be nervous as hell trying not to get it wet or something. My phone is small enough that I can keep it in my pocket as we row around the bay, but I can also take it out whenever I want and take photos of my surroundings.
- No one’s there to take photos of me? Selfie mode on! Lol, I know it’s a weird reason to like phone cameras but I’m saying this based on my experience. When my friends and I took selfies using our old camera, people always gave us weird looks. But with a phone camera, I actually look more normal when I take photos of myself because other people do it a lot, too!
- Shooting photos is very quick. Just start the camera app, focus on what I want to capture, and it’s done. Most of the time, the phone’s auto settings work well enough. It’s pretty useful when you want something to quickly capture the moment with as it happens.
- I can instantly share my photos and experiences with others. Of course I would like to keep my family and friends updated about my experiences so they would also know how nice the place was or what I learned during the trip. It’s easy to upload or send a photo via message straight from the phone, unlike with larger cameras where I can’t post them on-the-go.
I would still prefer bringing our old camera to my next destination because I miss a lot of features that I can only get with real cameras, but my phone camera definitely served its purpose and I did take lots of nice photos with it. It wasn’t too bad at all and I would definitely use it again in my travels for some quick shots!
(Watch out for my series of posts on my Vietnam vacation, coming soon! :P)