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Is My Phone’s Camera Enough to Capture New York City? Travel Photography Test!

When I was in photography school, I was shooting photos on film, using a variety of cameras — 35mm, medium format, and even large 4×5 format cameras. With the digital revolution in the photography field, things have obviously changed a lot, and producing high-quality images has become much easier and more accessible. But I’m not convinced that phones can still produce images that are quite as good as cameras. So, I’m running a little test and would like your thoughts. After looking at the photos in this post, and comparing them to my next post, do you think that I can leave my full-frame DSLR camera at home, and only shoot our travel photos with my mobile phone? Or should I continue to shoot with an actual camera?

New York City Travel Photography Test with VIVO X60 Pro Plus mobile phone

My Personal Travel Photography Test

My intention is to judge whether the photos I produce with my mobile phone (Vivo X60 Pro +) can stand up to those taken with my mirrorless DSLR camera (Sony A7C). In this post I’m starting with the phone — these are all photos I took during our visit to New York City. From an ease-of-use perspective, the phone has a bunch of obvious advantages — super-easy handling, it’s quick to pull out of the my pocket, and equipped with 3 three lenses. The phone normally can handle a full day of excessive photo taking, without needing a charge. And another big plus is that I can take stabilized videos with this phone as well, since one of the lenses has a built-in gimbal. The stabilizer allows me to take great photos even in low light.

Low light mobile phone photo of a spider car in at Times Square vivo x60 pro plus

So please come along on this photo journey of our two days walking around New York City. All of the photos in this article are taken with the Vivo phone… but please stay tuned for the very next article, featuring photos taken with my DSRL. And do leave a comment!

For some context, end of June we flew from Valencia (via Istanbul) to the USA for a three-week trip to see family in Ohio but stayed two nights in New York City. This was our first big trip together since the beginning of the pandemic and we couldn’t have started it it off traveling again in any better way, except for a weekend in this incredible city.

NYC Photos Taken with the Vivo X60 Pro+:

  • Turkish Airlines Plane
  • Turkish Airlines Business Lounge Istanbul
  • JFK Airport at night
  • Super 8 Motel new JFK
  • Industrial Building JFK
  • Airtram JFK
  • Filling up Metro Card in New York City
  • Good Morning New York City
  • Hyatt Centric New York City
  • New York City Hyatt Centril
  • Broadway Theater New York City
  • Broadway Show New Times Square
  • Giant Statue of Liberty Torch near Times Square
  • Broadway Show Theater Entrance Times Square
  • Food Stands Times Square
  • Pride Times Square
  • Crossing the Street Times Square
  • Street Food Times Square
  • Industrial Skyscraper Times Square
  • madame tussauds Times Square New York City
  • Times Square Architecture
  • Old and new buildings Times Square
  • Old Fashion Building Times Square
  • 99 Cents Pizza Times Square
  • Times Square Summer 2022
  • Ben's Delicatessen Restaurant Times Square
  • Ben's Deli Pickles
  • New York City deli pickles
  • New York City Diner with milk
  • Ben's Deli Times Square
  • Long Horn Diner
  • Classic Deli in New York City
  • 35 New York City Street Photographer IMG 20220619 111842
  • Empire State Building with phone
  • New Buildings New York City
  • Health Work Street Art New York
  • Madison Square Construction
  • The Edge New York City from below
  • Underground Station New York
  • Taking New York's Subway during the Pandemic
  • Waiting for the Train New York
  • Colorful Subway Train New York City
  • Subway Art New York City
  • Hebrew School Bus New York City
  • Sanctuary Place Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn Street Art
  • Beer Sign Brooklyn
  • Dive Bar Brooklyn
  • Covered Hot Rod
  • Brooklyn Market
  • Iron Cast Handrail Brooklyn
  • Classic Entrance Stairs Brooklyn
  • Wild Marijuana Plant Brooklyn
  • Brooklyn Neighborhoods
  • Backyard Fireplace Brooklyn
  • Rooftop Views New York City
  • Vertigo New York Views
  • Influencers of New York City
  • Virtual Real Reality
  • Fashion Photographer New York City
  • Copper Egg New York
  • Half Tone Street Art New York City
  • New New York City
  • New York City Night Skies
  • Roofy Rooftop New York City
  • Wiked Car New York City
  • Car Photographer New York City
  • Dirty Bunny New York City
  • Late Night Pizza New York City
  • TimesSquare Pizza
  • New York Pretzel Box
  • Hulk Deli New York City
  • New York City Bridge Views

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2 responses to “Is My Phone’s Camera Enough to Capture New York City? Travel Photography Test!”

  1. Travel Vlogger Avatar

    After looking at your pictures, I guess I have to change my phone..eerr!! 😀

  2. Brad Svare Avatar
    Brad Svare

    Great pictures. Heck with buying a photo book of New York entitled
    “Iconic New York”.
    I will just look at your pictures.
    Actually, this is the exact question I have had in mind, because of my Trip to New York in a few months.
    Do I need a separate actual camera.
    That is exactly what I have been thinking.

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