This Russian's collusion with an iPhone 7 proves that the best camera is the one you carry


The iPhone 7 is the gift that keeps on giving for Apple. Discounted down to $499 after the iPhone 8 launch, the previous iPhone model offers plenty of bang for the buck, such as a metal body, and a camera that is pretty great for its now upper midrange class. It should come to no surprise then, that the iPhone 7 has kept unusually high share in new iPhone sales, for the sake of the iPhone 8, and even iPhone X shipments.

One needs to look no further than the amazing "shot on iPhone" account of one Russian photog to understand why the 7 sells as much as it does when Apple outed not two, but three new iPhones last year. Collusion, shmollusion... the endless Insta stream of perfectly timed snaps depicting the peculiarities of Russian provincial living can serve at least two purposes. First, they acquaint us with Russian humans beyond the current tit-for-tat geopolitical nightmare, and, second, the pictures confirm for the umpteeenth time that it's not how big or expensive your camera is, it's how you use it. 

They say that the best camera is the one you always carry with you, and the rest is an eye for the detail, and for the everyday miracle happening around you. This "shot on iPhone" account of provincial Russia certainly comes to back those notions up. The snaps aren't always with the perfect photographic quality that a DSLR would bring, yet they come to live nonetheless. Take a look at some of the photos, and tell us what you think.

source: Dcim (Instagram)

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27 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So the 8 and X suck?

5. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Nope even better with OIS.

19. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

The 7 has OIS

26. rouyal

Posts: 1582; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Did not know.

8. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

They are better than 7 !! I bet S9 just cannot give such consistent pics.

20. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Or stop being mindless and consider that they just used what they have or perhaps even got paid to use the iPhone?

13. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

It's refinement over the 7/7 plus i believed. And I agree camera/phone camera is just a tool regardless how good the camera capabilities can be. It's on the user on how he capture the photo (framing, knowledge about the lightning,angles,blah blah)

2. vasta

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

If anything those pictures further substantiate that Russia is an awful place.

9. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

that comment confirmed that so many people are just awful - like you

12. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Anything outside of Moscow and few other big cities is a pile of s===t. In terms of infrastructure, policing, etc.

18. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

because in other cities like Detroit that pile of shxxt is just downtown, no need to go outside..

3. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Hmm Russia nice place my country is not even half that,The girls over there are cute too wish I could made few friendship over there with those girls.The place is look so much like russian style,heritage,cutlure of 1990s or year 2000nwith nice photos click over past present timeline like.Social class society Background sound pleasant too,

4. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Dogs looks are funny & violent lol and army forces look like made in russia landwar,other animals cat,pig look different from my country animal atleast in cleaness,look,size.Kid are like stunt boys over there like they r on adventures trip to a global map destination place.

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Very artistic photos that show real life of rel people in the real world. It's not about a colorful graffiti or a skating park in California, it's all about realness. Great!!!

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4209; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Oof those pics are heavily washed out.

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

That's because they are purposefully edited to show the world what is "normal" world "feels" like. Normal life is not filled with so much color, joy and laughter most people show us on fb. It's all fake.

21. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

But they also have a lot of noise, why?

24. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Those photos are very heavily edited, lot of post processing, maybe lot of filters too. Original photos doesn't look anything like that, all of his photos feel quite same, he have same graphic style for all of them, old vintage. Look this photohttps://www.instagram.com/p/BCyAtx_kOZU/?taken-by=dcim.ru it's taken outside it should look very good, yet it's very grainy, he have done that on purpose.

25. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I would say very heavy over sharpening

11. sissy246

Posts: 7115; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Very washed out and grainy in some.

14. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

That's how he want them to be. Those photos are clearly edited to have that certain look and feel and he did great job capturing the feel

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4209; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao... Well he succeeded in making them look horrible. Probably didn't have to do much though.

17. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

If the photos look horrible that guy wouldn't have 212k followers :) Those photos look great and have great colour world.

22. 48Chevy

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Great! I really like photos 7 and 17.

27. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 123; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

iPhone 7 is still very good

28. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Great images (I'm referring to the content). Interesting to see how people live their lives in that country.

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