Hi everyone, I need some…

Hi everyone, I need some advice (and sympathy!). I am in northern Ecuador, with the most incredible scenery, heading this morning to Quito, and even more incredible stuff to photograph. I am due to go to the cloud forest of Mindo for my first ever birding hike on Friday. (No the sympathy doesn’t come in yet)) My camera is broken. From my experience with this model and with everything I can find online, I will have to send it to Sony, and it is a $300-400 fix, from the States, where I won’t be for a very long time. Cameras are so expensive in Quito that some people fly to Miami to buy theirs (I have considered it, but I haven’t found a flight cheap enough).

So, those of you who are amateur, or otherwise, photographers, what has you experience been with using a smartphone, such as an iPhone, for general photography? I need a smart phone anyway, and it would, well, I won’t say kill two birds, but solve two problems. I have heard that the technology is good, and so is the post-production software. What do you think?

Without my camera, I feel lost!