Phone or Digital Camera?

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Out of curiosity, do you take most of your pictures with your cell phone or with a digital camera?

We use a digital camera mostly for our eBay photos, but all other photos are taken with our phone.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    I guess it depends. for ebay I guess regular shots would be OK but if I were to have an ecommerce site or sell on amazon I would take more professional pics. There are many tutorials on youtube. also the cooking site pinch of yum has a product where they teach you how to take great food pics. I would imagine this could be used for non food products as well

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    • Profile picture of the author MichaelQuinn
      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      I guess it depends. for ebay I guess regular shots would be OK but if I were to have an ecommerce site or sell on amazon I would take more professional pics. There are many tutorials on youtube. also the cooking site pinch of yum has a product where they teach you how to take great food pics. I would imagine this could be used for non food products as well

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      I agree, the more professional the pictures look the more likely they are to convert a "looker" into a buyer. The quality of the pictures is usually one of the first things that catches my eye even if I don't necessarily think about it.
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      • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
        Originally Posted by MichaelQuinn View Post

        I agree, the more professional the pictures look the more likely they are to convert a "looker" into a buyer. The quality of the pictures is usually one of the first things that catches my eye even if I don't necessarily think about it.
        I'd have to agree with you. When I'm looking at pics on eBay or online merchants, the little things matter. A good picture at least shows you they pay attention to detail and really care about their products and services. They say a picture can speak 1,000 words. That is true.
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  • Profile picture of the author pramodtapu
    We take most of our Pictures with our Cell phone
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    I use a smart phone for the pictures on Ebay. They are actually better quality photos then my digital camera.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

      I use a smart phone for the pictures on Ebay. They are actually better quality photos then my digital camera.
      What type of Smart Phone do you use? And, do you create your eBay listings right from your cell phone as well, or do you transfer your cell phone photos to your computer?
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      • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
        Originally Posted by chuckholmes View Post

        What type of Smart Phone do you use? And, do you create your eBay listings right from your cell phone as well, or do you transfer your cell phone photos to your computer?
        I use a Samsung Galaxy 6, usually transfer them straight from phone to Ebay.

        On a side note - I do use a light box since reading a thread in the Warrior Path, about selling on E-bay. Hope that helps!
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        • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
          Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

          I use a Samsung Galaxy 6, usually transfer them straight from phone to Ebay.

          On a side note - I do use a light box since reading a thread in the Warrior Path, about selling on E-bay. Hope that helps!
          It helps a lot. I'm not very techie, so I don't even know how to transfer images from my smart phone to my computer. I'll look into that. It seems like it would be a lot faster just to take pics with your phone and upload them immediately to eBay: one less step in the process.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmosticc22
    For eBay you can definitely get away with just pictures from a phone, for an eCommerce website I would use a nice digital camera with the proper setup. I am a believer in that high quality pictures helps with conversion rates.
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  • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
    I think social media photos are fine with a cell phone. My colleagues and I prefer using a higher quality camera for website photos though. Cell phones take great photos, but you can still tell the difference. Having said that, a professional can optimize cell phone settings and use photoshop to convince the masses. You can fake resolution though, especially if you want to doing any zooming.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oziboomer
    We use a combo including constructing 3D renders of products but phone is definitely quicker and you can combine some well lit shots on your phone with a neat bit of kit called remove.bg and you can get a pretty good image fast on a white background.

    Remove is getting better and better and so are phone cameras so if you are pressed for time it is quite a quick workflow.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    I use my smart phone for everything including making daily videos on you tube.

    If your phone can't make money it's a 'dumb' phone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    To my surprise, my iPad 2017 is putting out much better pictures than a 4K Sony Camcorder, which appears to dislike all forms of natural light, softboxes and LED panels, regardless of settings.

    Maybe I shouldn't have banked on a camcorder being any use for pictures indoors, though I didn't think that expectation was too high for a £800 piece of kit.

    My iPhone is only used on the golf course when I predict a hole-in-one. Pending.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

      To my surprise, my iPad 2017 is putting out much better pictures than a 4K Sony Camcorder, which appears to dislike all forms of natural light, softboxes and LED panels, regardless of settings.

      Maybe I shouldn't have banked on a camcorder being any use for pictures indoors, though I didn't think that expectation was too high for a £800 piece of kit.

      My iPhone is only used on the golf course when I predict a hole-in-one. Pending.
      I'm sending good vibes your way for a hole in one in the very near immediate future.
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  • Profile picture of the author naviown
    A DSLR camera can never be outperformed. For a website or a big sized flyer, you need more pixels, and a DSLR will deliver that. An iPhone xs or Samsung s10+ does take excellent photos no doubt.

    But if you want to come out as a professional and sell more "wow" you ought to hire someone to take good photos with their high-end gear.
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    • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
      Originally Posted by naviown View Post

      A DSLR camera can never be outperformed. For a website or a big sized flyer, you need more pixels, and a DSLR will deliver that. An iPhone xs or Samsung s10+ does take excellent photos no doubt.

      But if you want to come out as a professional and sell more "wow" you ought to hire someone to take good photos with their high-end gear.
      Thanks for the tips. I have very little knowledge about cameras, but I'm going to educate myself on DSLR cameras and see if I can find one that would work well for our eBay business. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Originally Posted by naviown View Post


      But if you want to come out as a professional and sell more "wow" you ought to hire someone to take good photos with their high-end gear.
      He is selling on Ebay a market that people are looking for the best deals. By the time he pays someone he most likely will loose money. Considering the Ebay fees and shipping and handling. A high end DSLR would be a waste of money to take pictures. If you know nothing about Ebay read the thread in the Path Section about it, Savidge can make a living off Ebay and tells you most pictures on Ebay are done by people who don't spent a lot of effort on decent photos.
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      • Profile picture of the author naviown
        Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

        He is selling on Ebay a market that people are looking for the best deals. By the time he pays someone he most likely will loose money. Considering the Ebay fees and shipping and handling. A high end DSLR would be a waste of money to take pictures. If you know nothing about Ebay read the thread in the Path Section about it, Savidge can make a living off Ebay and tells you most pictures on Ebay are done by people who don't spent a lot of effort on decent photos.
        Agreed, but I was only suggesting if that could be an option. And it is not required to get a high end gear, you could do fine with entry level dlsrs too. But hey smartphone can do that and much more. I agree.
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  • Profile picture of the author rkahn
    Smartphone, definitely smartphone. Considering how easy it is to set them up to capture amazing pictures and video content, and add to it some of the newest improvements in smartphone camera capabilities, I can say that the trend of using smartphones for capturing amazing pictures and videos will continue to rise whereas digital camera use will continue to decline.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    I appreciate everyone's insights. I've seen some beautiful photos taken by smart phones, and some bad ones. My wife and I use a six or seven year old digital camera for our eBay photos, and she also does a few on her smart phone. They look fine to me, but they are by no means magazine quality.

    In today's world, I rarely, if ever, see anyone using a digital camera. Most people just use their phone.
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  • Profile picture of the author peterjohn8019
    Digital Camera
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  • Profile picture of the author tripples
    Digital camera is the best, be more professional than the rest
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  • Profile picture of the author markmiller24x7
    Digital camera is a better option, although these days Mobile phone camera are also capable of taking some stunning pics, but for that, you need to have a high-end phone which really gonna cost you a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Garner
    I think a phone can do almost anything that a digital camera would do..
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    I guess it just depends on the megapixels and quality of your phone's camera and your ability to take a great quality photo. This has been an interesting thread. Thanks everyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author mariablassingame
    Smart device cams are obtaining extra advanced with each new generation, while the apps made use of to catch, edit, and also share pictures have actually come to be much more instinctive. So it's not a surprise that individuals are uploading billions of images to the internet daily, specifically social media networks like Instagram, Facebook, as well as Snapchat. I assume social networks images are great with a smartphone. My coworkers, as well as I, favor using a higher quality video camera for internet site photos though.
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  • Profile picture of the author seosistec
    It all depends upon the situation, I for most of my daily updates use my phone - "Mi Note 6 Pro" and "iPad Pro", for specific events/product promotion however I opt for a DSLR or sometimes even a point and shoot cam.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    I can see most people here prefer a DSLR or real camera for quality website style photos, but a cell phone for just about everything else.

    If you were going to recommend a great digital camera that costs under $500, what would you suggest?
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Originally Posted by chuckholmes View Post

      I can see most people here prefer a DSLR or real camera for quality website style photos, but a cell phone for just about everything else.

      If you were going to recommend a great digital camera that costs under $500, what would you suggest?
      Either Cannon or Samsung in my book, go visit your nearest Best Buy and check out what they have. You can find plenty of high quality DSLR's at the Geek Squad. Purchased a Samsung a few years back thought they were good.

      But went to Best Buy about a 2 months ago and they had some pretty nice Cannon''s on sale. Depends on the Bells and Whistles you want. Even get one of their sales people show you the difference. Just my .02
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  • Profile picture of the author Robbie789
    Put yourself in the position of the buyer and think what do you want in the product preview?
    Personally, I prefer to use digital camera. High-quality pictures create a professionality feel to buyers which make them more likely to buy the product. It is even more important when you transfer cart from regular platforms like woocommerce to more professional one like magento and shopify
    Search google some tutorial on how to take good product pictures, it will help
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  • Profile picture of the author sgalla414
    I would definitely say use a digital camera, provided it is a new model. They update them very frequently so one even a few years old might be poor-er quality than say a new iPhone. However, the Huawei takes incredible quality pictures I'm talking professional, high-quality looking photographs of people. But aside from that particular phone I would say digital camera is the way to go. If i'm purchasing a product online, be it a used phone, vehicle or clothing, one of the first things that grabs my attention is the picture. If your item is a lower quality picture than the one right next to it, guess which one i'm going to click on first. I would say getting the best quality photo on your ad is very important.
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  • Profile picture of the author makemoneyz
    A lot of phones can take picture as good as digital cameras (considering you're an amateur)
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  • Profile picture of the author mariablassingame
    A video camera phone is a smartphone which has the ability to capture photos and also generally record video using several integrated digital cameras. ... A lot of camera phones are much less complex than different electronic video cameras. Their normal fixed-focus lenses, as well as likewise smaller picking up units, restrict their effectiveness in bad lighting.
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  • Originally Posted by chuckholmes View Post

    Out of curiosity, do you take most of your pictures with your cell phone or with a digital camera?

    We use a digital camera mostly for our eBay photos, but all other photos are taken with our phone.
    Mostly using a phone.

    My digital camera's been sitting in it's bag on the shelf for a long time...

    Just because the phone's way more convenient. And it's with me everywhere I go.

    All I do is take it out and shoot...

    Anyway, you may want to consider getting a phone with higher photographic quality (comparable with your digital) and using that instead for convenience if it suits you...
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  • Profile picture of the author Premo85
    I take my pictures from my Smartphone and works best for me but as some people have suggested, i think I should go for some professional photographers to get some good pictures of my product.
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  • Profile picture of the author WF- Mark
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    I use both. Smartphones nowadays have some serious tech and can almost go side by side with DSLR now. Smart phones are pretty good on the go. No need to bring about a lens and kit. Both android and IoS platforms offer great images. Editing can be done quickly as well. But don't expect the full quality picture a DSLR can offer. Shooting in RAW with the right gear and lens will work wonders for your product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Keira M
    It all depends.. if you don't have a camera because maybe you aren't able to afford one just yet, you can always use a cellphone. Phones like iphones have really good camera quality to utilize in due time until you are able to invest in a camera.
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  • Profile picture of the author sn1b
    the ratio isn't the same! use a camera!
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  • I choose a cell phone because we take mostly pictures on the phone.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Willy
    Cell phone, because it is always readily available :-D
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  • Profile picture of the author vannguyen255
    My experience: using smart phone for life style images is ok, but for white back ground images is not good, it does not provide high quality images.
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  • Profile picture of the author lindahelen
    In this modern era of technology its necessary to have a smart phone in your pocket, but if with smartphone you also want to buy a gadget like a digital camera then ill prefer you to look for some high-quality DSLR of well-known brands like Canon and Nikon.
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  • Profile picture of the author MARVIN19
    also cell phone because there are phones with great capabilities on caméra
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  • Profile picture of the author risefromtheashes
    I don't think I have used anything that isn't a phone to take pictures in at least 4 years. Knowing how to use your phone you can get almost everything done unless you're a wedding photographer or something like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author AzieDesigns
    It all depends on your budget since people are shooting even music videos with their phones. Digital cameras and DSLRs are also available for cheaper or you can buy used ones on ebay.

    Let me know if that helped.
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