My Mom is visiting and I’ve been taking advantage of my unemployment to tour her around some of Vancouver’s tourist spots. Where you find tourists, taking pictures. With everything from fancy high-end cameras to iPads. Yes, people do use tablets as cameras. But... only women.
I have no explanation for the unsubtle gender bias. [Update: Over on Twitter, I got vigorous pushback on the gender bias; many report seeing lots of men do this. Vancouver thing? Also, a suggestion of age bias: Mostly older rather than younger people. [The world is complicated.]]
And once you get over the shock of seeing people waving these things around, it starts to make sense: as in, What You See Is What You Get. Whether or not an iPad is a good camera, it’s a terrific social photo-sharing device; and when the photographer composes her shot of the waterfall or tulip-bed or boyfriend, she knows exactly what the people she’s showing it to are going to be seeing. Also, the iPad is no more awkward than the swollen high-end CaNikon SLRs the “real” photogs (both genders) are hoisting.