Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz praises the iPhone as the "snapshot camera of today"

Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz praises the iPhone as the
Annie Leibovitz is probably the single most recognized celebrity photographer these days: known for photographing John Lennon, Bill Gates, Sting and Queen Elizabeth II. It’s hard to argue with such a portfolio and her piece of advice is something aspiring photographers would probably take any day. Here’s why we found it interesting that Leibovitz thinks that the iPhone is the “snapshot camera of today.” 

The photographer shared her affection for the iPhone 4S in an interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams at the recently started Rock Center program. Williams asked Leibovitz about what she’d answer to the persisting question of photography about which camera should we choose, and in response the photographer actually took out the phone out of her pocket for a snapshot of NBC’s anchor.

"It's a pencil, it's a pen, it's a notebook," Leibovitz shared her excitement. She was also enthralled of how common the iPhone was, so that people could easily show pictures of their kids, almost like a "wallet with the family pictures." 

Do you agree with Leibovitz about the iPhone’s photographic capabilities? As a refresher, we should say that the new iPhone 4S ups the megapixel count to 8-megapixels, adds a fifth lens element and sports backside-illuminated sensor allowing for better low-light performance. It captures videos in 1080p, and its use is alleviated by hardware button support and an icon appearing straight on your lock screen in iOS 5.

source: MSNBC via TUAW

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1. goflet

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

probably got money from apple to promote iphone 4s how can a professional photographer says a phone camera is good?

19. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

\"Snapshot camera\". Also old people get amazed easily at technology. But I do agree with the statement \"The best camera is the one you have with you.\" Just make sure you carry a good one around. And since most people don\'t wear a DSLR around their neck the iPhone 4s will have to do.

2. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011


3. 1701nino unregistered

Hahaha there you have it fandroid f***s,the worlds best photographer says that the best mobile camera is on the new iphone 4s. What's the matter can't handle the truth, go cry in a corner of you room. ~THE BEST PHONE IS THE NEW IPHONE~ PERIOD

6. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

One word for you..... Pathetic

7. goflet

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

worlds best photographer? do you understand what you read?

4. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Well, I'd say it's pretty difficult for her not to praise the camera on the phone that she uses on a daily basis (which happens to be a decent camera on a phone), when that happens to be her personal phone that she pulls out of her pocket and probably the only phone camera she uses. I'd take it with a grain of salt. It's not as if she went and tested and took a bunch of pictures with different phones and came to that conclusion. There are definitely better cameras on phones today, especially outside of the states so a little objectivity goes a long way here. Use your heads here people.

8. goflet

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

yes and also the woman is kind of 60 years old . not a good age for reviewing technological devices.

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Thanks for your excuses

30. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Excuses for what exactly? My statement is as objective as it could've been about any other phone. Sure, she may be a professional photographer but saying any phone camera is the "go-to" snapshot device over any dedicated point and shoot camera for any other reason besides convenience is a bit of a stretch. Don't you have a remixfa post to go troll without reading?

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lolol. :)

5. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I do believe that the iPhone 4s does sport one of the best cameras for a phone on the US MARKET currently, but "Snapshot camera of today?" No, I believe Ms Leibovitz should play with some of the cameras on some of the Asian superphones that us US users dream about before she goes off on a tangent

9. faisal8708

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

OMG Fandroid cant take someones opinion without discrediting them. I mean really u think she doesnt know wht she is talkin abt

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

So true. Her profession is a photographer yet that's not goog enough for trolls. She doesn't know what she's talking about according to them.

26. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Android fanboys have this obsession of opposing every good article about Apple products. They want to eliminate Apple products so their android devices can shine. You have to remember that android fanboys were nokia lovers. Nokia does not stand a chance against the iphone, so they embraced android.

10. 1701nino unregistered

Yea for sure,you see the fact of the matter is that you drioids just can't handle that the iphone is in "certain areas" the best phone out there!!! Say what you want;)

11. 1701nino unregistered

I'm sick and tired of you people who are dissin apple and iphone on every frickin news about them,why don't you look over the sholder i see what's wrong in your back yard(a lot), I have an iphone 4s and an ipad 2 and for sure those are the best products that I have ever owned.i have seen many android phones and tablets i can say one thing. If apple is making such crappy devices how come the whole industry is copying them( one way or another),i have owned a galaxy s i9100 and htc sensation and none of those phones are so intuitive and practical in nature as ios devices. Thats a fact

21. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

actually, we sane people are sick and tired of apple fans thinking that the products they own are the best in whole wide world... i mean seriously u sound like someone who is a die hard apple fan who doesnt give a damn about android (believe me i have a friend who has a evo3d but still wants an iphone) yes i agree that iphone has some of the best features. if iphone can do alot of things, droids can do those things too, and more ;)

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You're wrong man. Apple fans are pretty much on the defense here against the constant attacks against the iPhone and Apple

12. GeekMovement unregistered

Clearly the iphone4S has an improved great camera, but when I think of high quality camera phones, I think of companies like Nokia & Sony. They've got some awesome camera qualities on their mobile devices. Perhaps she has not seen many other options aside from the iPhone.

13. Jericho unregistered

She takes photos on an iphone? Now thats not professional.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

is it one of the best cameras available on a phone right now? yea sure absolutely. But, did she try a bunch of different camera phones before saying this, or is she just a fan of her phone. If she didnt go out and compare other top end phones like the SGS2 or N8, then her opinion is more of a fan of her phone than an objective photographer.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so did i get the thumbs down for calling the iphone a good camera or questioning her objectivity? lol. or is it just because I dared to post.. lol

18. AngusNG12345

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2011


22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Since she's a professional photographer she's probably more qualified to speak about cameras than any of us here. Her opinion is more valid then yours.

27. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Wow remix. You just know her too well :) I wonder if you would make such a comment if she was talking about an android phone ;)

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, i would actually. If you actually look at my posts, i ask a lot of questions. One doesnt learn if one does not keep an open mind. notice how i complimented the iphone and agreed that it was a good camera. settle your troll butts down.. good lord. When you make such a claim as "this is the phone camera of today", then asking how many phone cameras and which ones she has tried is an extremely valid question. just because she's a photographer doesnt mean she's tried every cell camera around. just because u have a license doesn't mean you can drive NASCAR. She is definitely qualified to make statements regarding camera quality but without knowing her phone experience, she might not be qualified to basically call it or any other phone the king of phone cameras. "OMG RemixFA is posting, we must attack!!"

15. Jericho unregistered

Now giving me thumbs down won't change the truth. Its plain and simple n8 has a better camera. Sony ericsson Xperia arc has a better camera. Well everybody knows that. Well annie doesn't which makes her silly that's why she is saying silly things.

17. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

@Jericho...People choose phones first! t doesn't matter how great the N8 camera is - the phone is over 1 year old, low specs, a subpar app store, I could go on...If all someone wants is a 12MP camera on their phone, irrespective of an aged phone, slow OS, poor app selection, low specs, perhaps getting an N8 is for them. But many people want a brand new, manufactured in 2011, shiny device, with better specs than the N8, a plethora of 3rd party accessories, and flourishing app markets - be it an iphone or some high end Android, or WP device. If Annie's phone just happens to have a really great camera in her professional opinion, then that's the phone for her; the camera that comes with the phone, that takes good shots, is just icing on the cake! She has plenty of real camera's to take photos and earn a living with.

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

happy trolling everyone..... ok lets begin... we have an expert on photography.. en expert.. ok.. so chill and give her credit... is like me discreditng you geeks for your work... you wouldnt like that... she never said she tried all the cellphones camera... she was just praising the iphone camera.. you fandroids always discredit people when they favor the iphone... saying old excuses.. "ohh Apple must have paid her"... we all know Apple wouldnt pay anyone... so stop it... you are only making yourself look bad...

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