My Cat Wants to Know: Why Use a Digital Camera?

I ask the question, too. I love my Leica Q2, but—increasingly leave it at home. Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is good enough shooter for more than 90 percent of any of the photographic opportunities.

The smartphone is always present, quick to use,  and immensely versatile. Consider, for example, the three optical focal lengths—23mm, 70mm, and 115mm—plus the hybrid digital-optical 230mm. Colors are accurate across all four focal lengths; 50– and 200-megapixel options are available; manual controls are outstanding alternative to the excellent auto mode; and RAW shooting is available. Then there are the ever-useful AI-editing capabilities.

Photos aren’t often as sharp as those from my full-frame camera, but that increasingly is more benefit than determent. Film-like flaws are the nostalgic rage right now. Sometime soon, perhaps, I should formally review the S24 Ultra, seeing as the many benefits would make a much longer list than presented here.

As you might expect, the Featured Image comes from the smartphone—composed as shot and unaltered. Neko is quite handsome, don’t you agree? Vitals: f/1.7, ISO 160, 1/125 sec, 23mm (film equivalent); 12:28 p.m. PDT, yesterday. Bokeh comes from Portrait mode.