“Mobile phone lang gamit mo?” (You only used your mobile phone?).
This is an interesting question that I usually get when people find out that I only use my mobile phone for my travel shots that I post on my social media platforms and on my travel blog. My friends and those who follow me on social media assume that my “weapon of choice” for photography is a DSLR or a digital camera. I remember one time when one of my college friends was concerned with pre-booking check-in luggage for our Indonesia trip because he thought that I will be bringing along with me “photography equipment”. He was pleasantly surprised to find out that I only use my mobile phone during trips.
At some point, it is flattering for my output to even be considered a product of a highly sophisticated equipment when the truth is that I am an avid fan of mobile photography – a relatively new spectrum in capturing images using mobile phones. The advent of mobile phone cameras provided a new “artillery” for people who loves to travel. The new medium allowed us to capture quality images and share our travel stories in real-time using a gadget that we can conveniently bring along trips.
Interestingly, a friend of mine asked me to check out the Sony Alpha A5000 in one of our trips. It took a lot of prodding from him to convince me to checking it out because I am not a huge fan of bulky DSLR cameras. I reasoned that I once owned a DSLR and I found it to be a real hassle during trips. He said that this camera was of a different league.
One thing that really stood out for me when I checked out the Sony Alpha A5000 is the camera’s compact size and low weight which makes it appealing to me as a traveler. Yes, size matters for travelers. I make sure that I pack light during my trips and the gadgets that I use for travel photography should fit in one backpack or messenger bag. With the Sony A5000’s sleek size and weight, travelers will no longer have to worry about slugging a bulky and heavy DSLR. The camera complements the size of mobile phones so it is a lot easier to slip it in your bag and take it out to capture more precise pictures while on a trip.
Travel stories are best expressed with clear and crisp pictures. The narratives of my travels are good but the pictures gives that spice that make the story come alive to my blog readers. It is very important that I capture great pictures using my mobile phone. You will be surprised as to how much phone photography accessories inside my bag whenever I travel to help me catch that perfect shot.
The Sony Alpha A5000, despite its size, can breathe more precision and life to a traveler’s capture, be it a panoramic shot or a selfie. The camera, unlike mobile phone cameras, allows the traveler to manually manage the specifications to enhance the quality of the traveler’s capture. The ability to enhance the quality of the photos at the time of capture is a huge come on for mobile phone users, like me, as most mobile phones does not allow us to manually adjust the specs of the shots that we take. At the same time, the tiltable LCD screen allows the traveler to capture images from a different angle with more flexibility. This means the user has more opportunity to capture moments at different perspective with ease.
The fun part of it is that the Sony Alpha A5000 can communicate with mobile phones with its WiFi capabilities. This means that the user can easily transfer pictures from the camera to their mobile phones which also means that the traveler can easily edit these captures and post it on their social media platforms in real time. It is about sharing that moment with the traveler’s families, friends, and followers as it happens.
The Sony Alpha A5000 is one gadget that levels up the game of mobile photography enthusiasts and travelers. It is a camera that allows travelers the flexibility to capture precise shots, share it on different social media platforms, and it comes in a travel-friendly and compact size that is almost similar to mobile phones. It covers the three basics that travelers look for in their gadgets – convenience, creativity, and connectivity. It is a compact camera that would enhance the traveler’s visual storytelling.
As summer kicks in here in the Philippines, the camera would come in handy as a great travel companion when I explore the islands of Balabac in Palawan, Romblon, and the falls of Real, Quezon. It would be interesting to level up my photography skills for my social media platforms and this travel blog using a perfect travel companion – the Sony Alpha A5000.
Marc del Rosario
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