Last week my wife gave birth to our third child. Most everything went smoothly, and for that we feel both fortunate and thankful. I left my DSLR at home for our third child, not because I didn’t want nice photos, but rather my Olympus OM-D E-M10 is small, compact, unassuming, but best of all, is capable together with a smartphone of sharing high quality photos with the world in just a few minutes.
Many of today’s compact cameras, mirrorless cameras and some DSLRs can transfer jpeg images straight from the camera directly to a smartphone or a tablet by way of the camera creating an ad hoc wifi network. Within minutes of the birth and of these photos being taken, I was able to share them with family and friends, by text and on Facebook, after I had copied the jpegs files I chose from the camera to my phone, and then quickly edited the photos using one of my favorite (and free) apps, Google Snapseed (available for both iOS and Android phones). So many dear friends were excited to get these updates soon after the moment was captured. It was satisfying and rewarding sharing this family moment we will always cherish with so many friends and family so quickly and effectively, and capturing photos our family will always fondly review to remember this precious day.
I always leave my OM-D camera set up so take both medium quality jpeg files as well as RAW files. This leaves my wife and I the option of quickly sharing photos just taken with this small, but very capable and high quality camera and lens system, but also leaves me the option of doing some more in depth editing on my desktop computer to the RAW file, should the file and the moment captured demand it. This is such a flexible way to capture so many family and travel photos. I’ve really come to enjoy packing this little kit along every time I want to capture photos better than today’s phones are capable of, while still not making photography the focus of an outing and being burdened by a large and heavy bag of camera gear.
Note that the photo of my wife’s first moments with our new son (the middle photo above) was processed on my desktop computer, as I needed the greater dynamic range held by the RAW file. The remaining two images were processed on my phone and quickly shared.