My disappointment with digital cameras has never been about the quality and fidelity of images. It's actually hard to take bad pictures with most digital cameras. With traditional film photography there are lots of points in the process of both taking pictures and creating prints where things can go wrong. These points of susceptibility and potential failure also allow for manipulation and the creation of more interesting images: negatives can be scratched, bleached, colored, sandwiched together and darkroom techniques — like the technically complex zone system developed by Ansel Adams — are endless. The charm of images taken by Holga's (cheap, plastic, medium format cameras) were a result of the plastic lens and the fact that they don't hold the negatives flat in the camera. The also tend to leak in light.
Digital photography has made possible the creation of million and millions of good pictures that are very. very boring to look at.
The built-in camera on Apples iPhone is an exception. Slight camera movements while the picture is being taken results in odd, wavy distortions. Panning the camera quickly produces a smeared abstract image. That's how I created the images below of a leave covered blacktop path. The idea to assemble the images in a grid of squares came from the camera itself. This is exactly how the images are displayed in the cameras gallery view.
Prior to the iPhone I owned a Treo and really like the kind of images I could create in low light settings.