Fall Colors on the Rim Trail - Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Unlike some people, I have no problem taking pictures with my phone. In fact, I might even prefer shooting with the phone instead of my larger camera as long as it's the right environment. Unfortunately, the phone's camera isn't nearly as good as what I can capture with my $3,000 DSLR. Which isn't a bad thing because I certainly don't need a $3,000 dollar phone that looks like a camera. I need a phone that happens to have a reasonable camera like my iPhone.
In this case, I was riding along and noticed the awesome red leaves. They're not the most common color here in this forest so seeing it makes you stop. I stopped, pulled out my phone, and shot the scene. I really couldn't tell the quality of the image because of my sunglasses--the phone LCD is not bright enough to overcome my shades. I could tell the composition was good enough. I was worried the highlighted areas would be totally blown out making the first image unusable. I did wish I had my bigger camera but... oh well. I had my phone.
The second image was taken further along the trail. It was a lot easier to compose, shoot, and edit since the tree cover was much thicker making the LCD that much more bright--overcoming my shades. No, I didn't wish I had my big camera this time. I was pretty happy at the time with what I captured.
The thing is there is a group of people, seasoned photographers who think all this phone photography is dumbing down photography. Sure there are a lot of cat videos on Youtube and badly cropped images on Flikr taken with iPhones. But, there are a lot, I mean a real lot of images on the web nowadays. Out of the huge selection of images, there will be some that are totally worth seeing. And, they likely wouldn't have been captured if the photographer didn't have a phone in his pocket.
Go ahead and use that camera phone. Even if you aren't sure it if was going to work don't worry. It's not like shooting with a phone is going to cost anything. You might as well.