HTC Salsa, with occasional uses of Canon EOS 550D, practically retires my old trusted Canon AS 400.
Now, I don't find HTC Salsa's picture is better than even my old Canon AS 400 pocket digicam, even though it boasts 5 MP camera and higher ISO rate at 800. I can get far better photos using my Canon AS 400 on lower ISO -- though it has a lower 3.3 MP image resolution.
However since on most blogging activities, i.e.: uploading the photo for your blog, we requires only about 520px wide picture on Blogspot, then the level of details and clarity is good enough, and the existence of artefacts are still within acceptable limit.
HTC Salsa greatest feature however, lies in its function as a smart mobile device. With the ability to do simple touch-ups right on the phone itself and upload it right away to the Internet, it's a big plus compared with having to download your picture from the conventional digital camera to the PC, resize them, adjust the colouring, watermark it, then upload it. It's just much faster done with mobile phones.
As there are surely trade-off in photo quality and resolution, with its fast reaction and greater mobility, mobile phone is giving way to mobile journalism, enabling anyone with a good enough mobile phone to become a mobile journalist, or simply referred a "mojo" (Wiki).
Beside of taking photos, there are also a lot of things you could accomplish with using your mobile phone alone -- something you wouldn't have been able to do before smart OSes like iOs (iPhone) and Android exists.
Thanks to the ever improving technology of mobile phones, a new generation mobile phone equipped with the highly interactive OSes can help journalism in the following ways:
- Taking snapshots
- Capturing videos
- Recording interviews
- Taking notes
- Storing interview outlines
- Sending article to your publisher
- Sending and receiving email
- Storing and retrieving digital contents online
- Publishing content to online media
- Editing of captured or recorded materials
- Making phone calls :)
And if they feared people will badmouth their bad service and bad products, a picture evidence is the least they need to worry. To their customers, it might also be viewed as putting more efforts on avoiding getting captured instead of doing the right thing in increasing the quality of their service and product.