West Wales - Day 3 - Smartphone Panoramas and the Leica Q

360 degree+ from Samsung K zoom smartphone

Apple iPod Touch

Apple iPod Touch

Apple iPod Touch

These days creating Panoramas in camera is a lot better than it was. Due to Smartphones the ones I shot above are somewhat better than most mirrorless cameras can manage. The Samsung K zoom lets me create shots that go further than 360 degrees and my iPod Touch creates huge (100MB+) files that are seriously good quality. Just one more reason why Smartphones outsell 'proper' cameras.

However talking about proper cameras, I have to say how much I enjoy using the Leica Q (Typ 116) It has wonderful image quality and such sharp files that if this is the sensor Leica are using in their new interchangeable lens camera, then get ready for some spectacular images.

Leica also make lenses that other manufacturers can only dream about. It's not just about sharpness, it's about colour rendition and edge to edge consistency and of course lens usability at ALL apertures.

The above shot is an OOC jpg. shot at f/1.7. The raw file is even better but I thought I'd illustrate what comes straight out of the camera. Now all sorts of cameras may have all sorts of tech in them, but image quality like this will stand the test of time. Plus I'd much rather be getting on with taking pictures like this, with what is a pretty simple camera than fiddling around with menus and all sorts of feature fluff. It's one of the reasons I like using smartphones. Too many cameras offer all sorts of irrelevant options and choices that just slow everything down and pretty much kill the joy of photography for me. 

I try all sorts of different cameras (and sell them on) but I don't sell my phones and I don't sell Leicas unless I can get something better, or I find something that gets in the way of my picture taking. With my M9 it was the dust spots that drove me mad and the X-Vario's viewfinder was a hindrance rather than a help. But the Leica T (Typ 701) and now the Leica Q (Typ 116) are cameras I can envisage having around for a while. Plus, they actually feel like that they might last for a while as well, which is more than can be said for the majority of other mirrorless brands.