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Camera vs. iPhone | Do You Really Need To Splash Out?

Camera vs. iPhone | Do You Really Need To Splash Out?

It only really dawned on me a few weeks ago, that in 2018 I’m going to be turning 25 years old. Not particularly old I’m very aware, however it’s the first time I feel ‘grown up’.

It’s the first time I’ve realised that I want to make everyday count, and spend as much time as I can doing things that make me happy.

Blogging, funnily enough, makes me very happy. So with the money I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas, I treated myself and my blog to a camera.

I know every blogger on the block seems to have an Olympus Pen, and I won’t lie. It’s originally what I wanted. However, after a bit of research and my gut instinct I decided to deviate and went for the Canon G7X Mark II. And spoiler, she’s an utter dream.

Canon G7X Mark II

As this camera is classed as a ‘point and shoot’ camera, it doesn’t have the capability for additional lenses. Which in all honesty, suits me down to the ground. I wanted something that is zero fuss and I can just chuck/lovingly place in my bag and get going. And for the best part of £500 (I know, I shuddered too), there ain’t no way she’s being treated like anything but a lady.

However, before this lil babe entered my life I was using my iPhone 6s. I know, shock, horror, not even an iPhone 7?! And yet that didn’t phase me one bit, as long as I could get creative I was fine.

Now before I get into it, I think it’s important to clarify that natural light is always king. It will always make your photos, regardless of what you’re shooting on, look 1000x better.

And as I know the vast majority of people seem to have the good fortune to be blessed with an iPhone 7, I thought I would do a little test so you can come to your own conclusions.

I’ve used my iPhone 6s in the first photo, my sister’s iPhone 7 in the second and my Canon G7X Mark II in the third. All of the photos are of the same setup, and all are on their ‘auto settings’ with zero editing and in natural light only.

Original & unedited photos

image quality on iPhone 6s

Image taken on iPhone 6s

image quality on iPhone 7

Image taken on iPhone 7

image quality of Canon G7X Mark II

Image taken on Canon G7X Mark II

Edited photos

And these are the same photos that I have now edited to my personal taste.

edited image taken on iPhone 6s

Edited image taken on iPhone 6s

edited image taken on iPhone 7

Edited image taken on iPhone 7

edited image taken on Canon G7X Mark II

Edited image taken on Canon G7X Mark II


I genuinely think that investing in a camera is all well and good. However, I would never put myself in a position of financial difficulty for one. It is a luxury, and not one I took lightly.

In terms of the images, I think on the camera the images come up clearer and sharper, and the colours that it picks up are a true reflection of what you’re seeing. However, with a touch of editing you could easily and proudly use your phone.

It really does just depend on what your aesthetic is and what you want. You don’t want to part with £500.00 for a camera? I don’t blame you. You want to get a camera and 4 different lenses? More power to you.

Do you, and be proud. Your photography is yours alone, no one else should have any say over it.

What are your thoughts on investing in a camera?

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  1. 16th January 2018 / 2:43 pm

    I love this post! I always use just my phone camera for taking my pictures because I don’t have the money to spend on an expensive camera. It always makes me feel bad knowing that most bloggers have professional cameras and everything. I didn’t know you took your pictures on your phone too before, I’m definitely trying to get better at taking beautiful pictures with mine.

    -Jennifer x

  2. 16th January 2018 / 3:54 pm

    I’ve been blogging a little over two years now & invested in the same camera a week or two ago! I’ve been loving it & I’ve definitely been enjoying it over using my iPhone. 🙂

  3. 16th January 2018 / 5:57 pm

    I just have a Canon point and shoot as well and I like it, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. I primarily reserve my phone for when I’m out and about – I keep my camera at home.
    Thanks for the comparison – both sets of photos look good!

  4. 16th January 2018 / 6:33 pm

    I just purchased a camera for my blog & YouTube. I believe it takes my makeup pictures & blog pictures to another level! Well worth the investment!

  5. 17th January 2018 / 12:56 am

    That’s awesome you got a camera girl!! I’ve been using iPhone 7 plus with my pics and love it as long as you have good lighting. But, I was thinking of buying a DSLR sometime soon

  6. 19th January 2018 / 6:11 pm

    I love your photography! and the comparison of images really helps! Thank you! I’ve been stuck on whether I should buy a camera but think I may without for now

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