Can serious cameras do selfies?
Selfies and smartphones go hand in hand – but proper cameras are just as good for self-portraits, provided you choose the right one…
12 Dec 2016
The selfie is here to stay. The world has become obsessed with these snatched self-portraits – sometimes posed, sometimes candid.
So much so that Britons took 1.2 billion selfies in a single year – according to Ofcom. But what about taking them on a camera that’s not attached to a smartphone?
The rise of the selfie
The selfie and the smartphone go hand in hand. Front-facing phone cameras are perfectly positioned for snapping a quick self-portrait.
By 2010 Apple’s iPhone had well and truly redefined the mobile phone and the iPhone 4 boasted a front-facing camera designed to perform well in low light – perfect for selfies.
That same year photo-sharing site Instagram launched, soon becoming home to celebrity profiles packed with self-portraits. The rest, as they say, is history.
‘Selfie’ was named World of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries in 2013. Since then camera technology has become incredibly sophisticated boasting excellent low light shooting conditions and even optical image stabilisation. And Instagram now boasts 12 million users.
Taking selfies without a smartphone
The selfie and the smartphone will always be a good fit. But the days of the smartphone being the only way to take a selfie are long gone.
A number of proper or dedicated cameras are now designed with selfies as well as photography in mind. Take the Fujifilm X-A10. At first glance this is a sleek, high-end compact system camera – with superb image quality and retro design. But look closer and you’ll see a number of selfie-friendly features:
- Lift rear screen upwards and tilt 180° to take selfies without the camera body getting in the way
- Minimise camera shake with selfies by using a button directly below your index finger
- Camera automatically focuses on your eyes when you tilt the rear screen to take a selfie
The best of both worlds
The latest high-end smartphones pack pretty powerful cameras but for certain features a dedicated camera is always going to win the day. This is mainly down to size. The better a camera the bigger its sensor and wider its aperture. As smartphones get slimmer and slimmer there’s little room for a decent-sized sensor.
With a camera like the X-A10 you get the convenience of snapping quick selfies with the image quality of a serious DSLR-type camera – with an APS-C sensor and fast shutter speed. Neither can you change lenses for different effects on a smartphone. The Fujifilm X-A10 has interchangeable lenses for different types of photography.
Selfies and creators
The rise of the selfie is part of a wider cultural and technological trend that has seen more and more of us become creators. Whether selfies or serious snaps on Instagram, vlogging on YouTube or blogging on Tumblr – people are creating and sharing more.
With a camera that can be both serious photography tool and selfie snapper you have the prefect tool to create.
With the superb image quality you can share stunning portraits and landscapes to your Instagram alongside your selfies. Branching out into video is easy with Full HD recording – perfect for setting up your own YouTube vlog.
Of course, you may just want to take selfies…