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By Troy Wolverton San Jose Mercury News
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

When I attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, I shot photos with my new iPhone.

I took pictures of some of the people I interviewed and of some of the products I saw for blog posts and to send to Twitter. And I used it to shoot photos of the sights of Vegas to share with my wife and kids.

I've long been a fan of using a smartphone for my camera. I love using programs such as Hipstamatic to take retro-looking shots, and love how quickly I can share pictures with family and friends using the Facebook and Twitter applications or the Photo Stream feature.

So I'm aware of the advantages of smartphones as cameras, but I don't plan on getting rid of my digital cameras.

I purchased two cameras in 2011, a point-and-shoot Sony Cyber-shot for my son and a digital SLR, a Canon D60, for my wife. Since then, we've taken thousands of pictures with the cameras.

As much as I like my iPhone's camera, I often put it aside when I want to record moments for posterity.

But I'm intrigued by some of the newer camera options. Samsung, for example, offers a camera for the same price as the Sony that has a built-in Wi-Fi radio. That would make it easy for me to share photos without having to first upload them to my computer, or allow me to transfer them to my computer without having to remove the card from the camera.

I'm also interested in checking out some of the new Android-based cameras. I like the idea of being able to shoot and edit with the same apps I use on smartphones.

Regardless, I'm sure I'll be buying another camera. Because as much as I like and appreciate taking pictures on my iPhone, it doesn't beat having a stand-alone camera.

Troy Wolverton is a technology columnist. Reach him at

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