After two and a half years, the GF1 was replaced by the slightly improved Panasonic GX1, which I brought on the six-day Kumano Kodo hike in October. During the trip, I alternated between shooting with it and an iPhone 5. After importing the results into Lightroom, Adobe’s photo-development software, it was difficult to distinguish the GX1’s photos from the iPhone 5’s. (That’s not even the latest iPhone; Austin Mann’s superlative results make it clear that the iPhone 5S operates on an even higher level.) Of course, zooming in and poking around the photos revealed differences: the iPhone 5 doesn’t capture as much highlight detail as the GX1, or handle low light as well, or withstand intense editing, such as drastic changes in exposure. But it seems clear that in a couple of years, with an iPhone 6S in our pockets, it will be nearly impossible to justify taking a dedicated camera on trips like the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage.
I know a lot of people hate this reality. But it is going to be a reality.
I went from Nikon D70 + Canon S100 → Panasonic GF1 → Panasonic GX1
The GX-1 is more fun than a phone. It does take better photos.
But the difference is marginal and most of the time it doesn’t matter.
We started shifting to a mobile photography focus 3 years ago, and it was one of the smartest decisions we made.
Can you believe the images above are from negatives that were frozen in a block of ice for 100 years?
A team of conservationists working at an abandoned supply depot in Antarctica discovered 22 unprocessed negatives from a 1915 expedition.
Once, they healed the sick. Now they’re decomposing themselves. There’s something especially tragic about a hospital that’s fallen into squalor, once-sterile facilities gone to mold and rust. Here are some of the most beautifully desolate abandoned hospitals on Earth.