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Monday, 4 March 2019

Mobile Phone or Digital Camera?

I recently changed my mobile phone, partly because the battery on my old phone was not holding its charge for long, but mainly because I wanted something with more features and particularly with a better camera. When I am out for the purpose of taking photos, I am more than happy with my Canon EOS 80D, but I wanted something smaller and more portable for those instances where you come across a photo opportunity but do not have your camera with you.

I researched phones online and taking into account that I wanted an Android phone, that was available from my existing suppliers, was reasonably priced and was available as an upgrade on my existing plan, the outstanding candidate came out as the Samsung Galaxy S9 plus.

For a full and detailed review of this phone visit Techradar whose verdict states "You won't find a bigger and better Android phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, thanks to its oversized 6.2-inch curved screen and low-light-defeating dual-lens camera."


Their review goes into far more detail than I possibly could, so I will just show a selection of images that I have taken since obtaining the phone.

I will start at Edgbaston Reservoir in Birmingham. Although it is only about a mile from where I live and about one and a half miles from the city centre, it is full of wild birds, including herons, swans, coots, moorhens and countless gulls. I walk round there a couple of times a week with friends (it is a 1.75 mile walk) and having the new phone means I can stop for a few seconds to take a photograph, without having to carry around a DSLR camera.
Edgbaston Reservoir
The view towards the dam on a hazy morning.
Grey Heron

Mute Swan
Two of my favourite birds to be found on the reservoir.

I also found the phone very useful on a trip down to London. Again, photography was not the purpose of the visit, so I did not take the camera, but I am pleased with the results of the following shots taken with the phone.
Parakeets
Parakeets seen in the neighbours garden in Wandsworth, London. The parakeets that are now well established in London and the Home Counties consists of rose-ringed parakeets (Psittacula krameri), a non-migratory species of bird that is native to Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. The origins of these birds are subject to speculation, but they are generally thought to have bred from birds that escaped from captivity.
Houseboat Garden
One morning we drove out to Kingston upon Thames where I couldn't resist this image of a garden on the roof of a houseboat moored in the Thames. Not far from this, the Hogsmill River feeds into the Thames and it is designated as a Waterfowl Conservation site.
Hogsmill River
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