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Old 03-01-2019, 08:52 AM
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I am thinking of either upgrading to an iPhone XS Max or buying a compact/light camera for taking fishing photos. It will be the usual variety of dudes holding fish in their hands on a boat, with the occasional wild life, whales, etc.

Cost wise, I don't want to pay more than a few hundred bucks for the camera. At one time I was thinking of the Nikon 1 AW1, but that's been discontinued, and I can find only refurbished ones from Amazon.

Also, the camera needs to be grime-proof and lightweight, so that rules out DSLR and most mirrorless.

For my budget, is it possible to get a camera with better quality than the iPhone? I mostly care for still photos.

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Old 03-01-2019, 08:55 AM
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Cell phone, one less piece of equipment on the boat.
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Old 03-01-2019, 09:49 AM
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while I agree by going cell phone, its one less thing on the boat, I just think the ones you take with a DSLR are better. But thats just me, and I am sure someone can prove me wrong. Now price? I would not be afraid to buy one from EBAY. those camera guys love the latest and greatest. For example you can probably pickup a Nikon D300 on Ebay for a few hundred dollars. The D300 was he latest and greatest when it came out a few years ago, so it will have everything you need. The D300s will even shot video. If buying from EBAY makes you nervous, buy one from B&H, from their used equipment and at least you would have someone to talk to if there were problems. They count the number of clicks on those things, so check that vs the number they are good for. Just a thought.
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Increase the picture size on your phone.
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Increase the picture size on your phone.
How do you do this?
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How do you do this?
No idea. I have a droid.
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It depends on the level of quality you are looking for. The cell phones of today can take some nice photos, but nothing beats a good SLR. If you are going for pro quality; get the SLR. If you don't want to carry more items; use the cell. If you just want some friendly snap shots and aren't worried about manual aperture control etc., then consider some the the digital one-shots. At least if you drop one of them, you're only out maybe a couple of hundos at the most and not spending $1000 on a new cell phone and all the pain in the ass to go through to get a new one.
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:01 PM
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The issue with cameras is having it handy. I used to carry a small camera in a pouch with me but now the phones cameras are so good it's not worth being called Batman. Just get a phone with really good camera.
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:36 PM
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Spending thousands, lots of thousands, for that special moment, then capture it with a low quality cell phone pic because you’re too cheap to buy a $500,- SLR and save that moment forever in a quality worth reproducing??? To each their own, my SLR is always onboard, and it ain’t no $500,-, neither is my once in a lifetime moments when kids fish or my wife catches the big ones. Cell phone pictures are OK at best in perfect light, OK doesn’t cut it when it comes to saving my offshore moments.
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The iPhone is going to hold up WAY better in the environment than an expensive digital camera and will take great stills from inside the boat or on the dock.
Its hard to beat the quality of the iPhone picts IF you are not a photographer with experience on a quality camera I think. I’m still on the 7 and 8 phones and they do great photos..

I have a cheap $500 Canon Powershot that I don’t know how to use properly. I use the phone. Easier for a novice.
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We little waterproof camera I think its a cannon. We put a floating wristband on it and no worries. I think it was $200.
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Old 03-02-2019, 04:52 PM
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https://www.shopmoment.com/momentist...phy-comparison

Look for yourself to see the difference between a slr and a top phone. I think it really depends on how much you care about photography. For me the difference is not enough to deal with another fragile piece of kit
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My wife is a typical wife. She loves pics of our small kids, but I still absolutely clueless abuot photography, cameras, framing, focus, etc.

She has a new iphone xs and her pics look like they're straight out of nat geo.

Dont bring extra gear. Newest iphone pics are no joke.
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Old 03-02-2019, 05:10 PM
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Get a better phone. If you're asking this question, it means (no offense) that you really wouldn't know what you're doing behind a camera.
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I don't fish much but take a lot of pictures so this is a bit of a different perspective but here is my input..

For me the most important thing is speed. A missed picture is the worst picture. We were fishing once and there was a whale breaching within 50 yards of us for an entire afternoon. I had my cell phone and a point and shoot camera with me and I couldn't get one decent picture the entire afternoon. By the time the point and shoot or phone locks focus the whale was back under. I made a holder for my SLR and it is alway on and within reach. I keep a long lens on it and I rarely, if ever miss a shot now as it focuses and shoots pretty much instantly. Admittedly I already had the SLR and it doesn't need to be grime proof but it works well for me.
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I voted for the iphonebefore.

But ill mention a few years ago we hooked up a big blue marlin. I immediately rushed for my camera. Took thirty seconds plus to find it and another thirty to be snapping. Blue jumped a bunch of times once hooked then Broke us off. I got nothing. It was an impressive display from a very large fish. I missed it because I was Hunting for a camera. I've caught other marlin before and after but that scene annoyed me and is the last time I've brought my nice DSLR on board fishing.
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OP: A cheap DSLR camera will be WAY cheaper than a new iPhone 10S max. How will you get a new iPhone Xs max for a few hundred dollars?
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Definitely go with a better phone and a waterproof case. I have a pixel 3 and a waterproof case I keep on the boat. I also have a magnetic mount on my console so it's easy to use/grab. I would bet you can't tell the difference between a pic from my phone and a DSLR.

Do you really want to be handling a big clumsy camera with fishy fingers?

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If whale watching or such I’d get a GoPro running all the time.
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ba, what are you looking to improve from your past images?
When you "upgrade", what differences are you expecting to see.
Have you or will you be doing any post processing even if it is something simple like what Windows 10 offers. I use that often. Simple and easy.

Phones now a days are capable of capturing great images. The person holding the camera, any camera, will be what can make the difference.
Most times it is the setup with getting the lighting the best you can when sometimes this can be a short window especially when practicing catch and release.

My Samsung 7, Android takes 4022 x 2268. as a default setting. That is a large image.
I used to carry an Olympus Tough with me at work (construction) and on the boat all the time but for the past few years I only use my phone with what I believe are great results.






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