As much as we as photographers push the narrative that the best camera you can have is the one in your hands, when it comes to creating fine art photographs (and prints), image resolution and zoom type (optical or digital zoom) are the most important factors. When I am out in the field, I will use a cell phone to take the some of the same compositions taken with the dSLR. I can share the cell phone photos online as long as I have a signal. Yet the reduced resolution of the cell photos results in increased pixelation when the size of the print gets larger than 16″ x 20″. While you can zoom with the cell phone, the more you zoom there is more likelihood the cell is using digital zoom which is in-camera image processing that essentially crops the center of the image and enlarges it – which leads to a loss of image quality. Optical zoom uses the optics of the lens to bring the subject closer and retains the image quality.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 165mm, f/11, 1/200 sec
Singleton Springs (CA), Layered Hills, Pine Forest Silhouette Foreground. Mormon Emigrant Trail, El Dorado National Forest, CA. June 18, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.