The photos from the 4S look better than those from the 4. They don’t look as good as those from the Ricoh, but over the last year, I found myself carrying the Ricoh less and less, because the iPhone 4 was good enough — and already in my pocket. Now, I wonder if the Ricoh is going to start collecting dust. ~ John Gruber
[dropcap]Sure[/dropcap], Gruber didn’t say his point and shoot will collect dust but we all know it will. Let’s look at it another way that deals with cash.
His Ricoh is old now. Sure it is probably still decent in most cases but what if he were to want something “better” than the iPhone 4S? Think about this for yourself too.
Point and shoot camera’s are pretty cheap now in comparison to 4 years ago. You might get a good Point & Shoot for $150-$500 and then they go up even higher as you get into stuff like the X100 that is talked about by photographers.
When face with the decision, do you drop the money on a Point & Shoot camera that is a little bit better than your iPhone 4S? Perhaps as you looked around for a new camera you couldn’t even tell if a camera was better quality. I’d be happy to sell you my old Nikon CoolPix 5700 for it to collect dust on your shelf for the price you’ll pay.
In fact, there are even more (new) considerations to take into account if you’re considering getting a Point & Shoot today. I’ll talk about this more in another post, but think about all the accessories that have been introduced alongside iPhone photography. This is a really interesting indicator to me.
I don’t even bother wasting my energy on thinking about what’s awesome in the point & shoot market. The iPhone is tops and on me all the time.
Trust me, Gruber is not the only one experiencing this phenomenon.
The point & shoot is destined to collect dust in its current form.
However, with the the iPhone 4S, I can guarantee your creativity will be bursting from the seams.