Yet another photographer has succumbed to the seductive charms of mobile photography. This time it is National Geographic‘s Stephen Alvarez who recently decided to go mobile for a magazine photography experiment. He uses the 41 megapixel Nokia (not yet available everywhere, and definitely not yet in Hungary), and into the bargain generated great marketing value for the manufacturer.
ISO 1200 wrote about the National Geographic photographer’s adventure: a ten day assignment with only a mobile phone in his pocket in the American Wild West. It turns out the 41 megapixel sensor of the Lumia 1020 he uses seems to have had enough quality for the magazine. In the video below the photographer himself tells what freedom it meant for him not to have to carry a full DSLR set, just a tiny phone that can be used in various situations where a larger camera would only hinder the photographer not help him.
Let’s not forget however that it was an advertisement piece. The manufacturer Nokia probably paid a large amount of money to National Geographic to let them show the world even NatGeo photographers would be happy with their product’s quality. Still, the results are impressive photos that can be seen on the project website.
I really hope though that the magazine publishes at least some of them in full spread prints as well to allow us see how much is this little thing able to deliver compared to photos taken with real cameras.
Of course I don’t now expect all NatGeo photographers to suddenly swap their highend cameras for mobile phones. What I do expect though is that the more advanced camera phones will be more used by serious photographers as well. Here’s hoping this trend won’t prompt any more managements to fire all their photographers and replace them with journalists snapping with their phones.