I started off with my family’s old Sony digital camera. I took over the all important job of photographing all of our gettogethers with that trusty 5 megapixel pixie. In high school, I used a 12 megapixel Nikon Coolpix to do the same. But throughout high school and beyond, phones were my main cameras. I started off with phones that were arguably very camera-centric and that’s why I’m always attracted to phones with outrageous cameras.
Sony Ericsson W800i – My very first phone. This 2 megapixel phone had a lens cover and a shutter button. You had to take pictures horizontally and it mimicked the feel of an old camera. It made me feel cool while everyone else had plain phones.
Motorola ZINE zn5 – My next camera centric phone. Much like the W800i, this too had a shutter button (two-stage though!) and a lens cover. Sleek looks aside, its main allure was the 5 megapixel camera was engineered by Kodak.
iPhone 4 – Let’s all admit it. The iPhone 3g was a joke. It took mediocre pictures and took long to open even the phone app. The 4 was an improvement in every way but I missed the shutter button. 😦
Into the World of Windows
After dabbling in graphic design, I was more attracted to a simplistic design than the crowded mess of iOS. Windows Phone OS was simple, beautiful, intuitive and had a killer camera. I drooled over my dad’s Lumia 920 and how cool it was. It had its flaws but the camera was so good. Nokia did a good job with marketing. That ad for the Lumia 925 sold me on it, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. This was the phone where I started to pursue photography as a legitimate hobby and not something I did half heartedly.
Lumia 925 – A striking design that housed a crisp screen. The AMOLED screen represented colors spectacularly, and the blacks looked deep and not the dark gray like on the iPhone.
Lumia Camera – The manual controls on the Lumia Camera introduced me to photography jargon. This wasn’t all though. It took a continuous stream of pictures and then stitched them to show the movement that took place. It taught me on when to manipulate what setting and so I was now an amateur photographer.