Photo challenge New York City

Travel Photo Challenge: Mirrorless DSLR Camera vs Mobile Phone – The Verdict

While I was in New York City, I experimented with taking photos using my mirrorless DSLR camera, and my Vivo X60 Pro+ mobile phone. I’ve already published the photos I took with the phone, and now it’s time to see the pictures taken with the camera. Is it really worth lugging around a large piece of equipment like this, when almost everyone has an excellent camera in their front pocket? Check out the results of my very unscientific test, below!

DSLR Grand Central Station NYC Travel Photos

For over eight years, I used the Sony A7 to take pictures for our travel blog. That camera got some heavy usage under extreme conditions, and I have to say that I was extremely impressed with its quality and sturdiness. But eventually, the time came where I had to say goodbye. At first, I decided upon the Nikon Z6 II, but decided to sell it again after just a couple months. I didn’t like how heavy the Nikon was, and I also found the menu navigation counter-intuitive, but the one thing I really couldn’t get past was how the lens screwed onto the camera body in the opposite way from the Sony. After screwing lenses on clockwise for so many years, I simply wasn’t able to make the switch to counter-clockwise.

Copper Skyscraper New York City

After doing some research, I came across the Sony A7C — what really caught my eye was the “C”, which stands for “compact”. Another big plus is that the Sony E-Mount has been around for years — which means many third party companies are offering lenses at great prices. For the Nikon, there were only a limited amount of Z mount lenses available, and they were very expensive.

Secret Smoking in the city

I had found the a used Sony A7C at B&H Photo in New York City, and picked it up during our first morning in the city. I was so excited that I couldn’t resist immediately unboxing it, even before we had left the shop! I really didn’t waste any time — it felt so good to be holding a Sony camera in my hands again, I couldn’t have been happier.

Now back to the question of this article: how do the photos taken with my DSLR compare against those taken with the phone? The photographer stays the same, only his equipment has changed. And the verdict is … really, there’s no doubt. Overall, the quality of the Sony camera is on a totally different level, the images turn out so crisp and sharp. The images taken by my Vivo X60 Pro+ are also very sharp but sometimes I notice some strange artifacts. However, another thing to consider is ease of use — especially important while traveling. In this, the phone definitely wins: I just pull it out, clean the lenses, and I’m ready to go. If you want to capture the moment, you sometimes have to move quickly … and getting the DSLR out of my camera backpack and changing the lenses can often take too long.

But what do you think? Take a look at both sets of pictures, and let me know! I’m looking forward to your comments.

More Photos taken with the Sony A7C DSLR Camera:

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  • Food Stand New York City
  • News Ticker Times Square New York City
  • Brutalism Architecture New York City
  • Green Tree and Skyscraper Manhattan
  • American Flag Flip Flops
  • American Flag Tank Top
  • Times square star reflection
  • Sony A7C New York
  • Empire State Building tip
  • Grace Building New York City
  • Old Fashion Building Manhattan
  • 15 New York City Tourist Photos Sony A7C DSC09450
  • Blue Toilet New York City
  • Windows Grand Central Station New York City
  • Information Booth Grand Central Station New York City
  • US Flag in Thew York City
  • Skyscraper Cluster NYC
  • Empire State building gap
  • Hello Empire State Building
  • 911 Fire Fighter Statu New York City
  • This is New York City
  • 26 New York City Tourist Photos Sony A7C DSC09651
  • Park in New York City
  • Fire Escape New York City
  • New Yorker Building Manhattan
  • Weird Architecture New York City
  • Outside the skyscraper staircase new York City
  • Wave Building New York City
  • Classic New York city view
  • The Edge below
  • Hidden Empire State Building
  • Pouffy Facade Skyscraper New York City
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Painting
  • Narrow Building New York City
  • Woman talking on the phone New York City
  • New York City sidewalk scene
  • Twin Towers memorial New York City
  • Glass Lobby Building New York City
  • E Train New York City Subway
  • Inside an E train New York City Subway
  • Harry Potter Cursed Child Theater
  • Times Square Face
  • Time Square evening mood
  • Early Evening Times Square NYC
  • Chinatown New York City
  • NYC Chinatown lanterns

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