Phone cameras as everyone knows are top of the line and very high quality. They now come with multiple optics (lens) and the image quality is better than entry level digital SLRs and Mirrorless. As the adage goes, the best camera is the one to hand. So why do I still feel the photographs are not "proper"?
From the onset, these are musing of someone on a first world problem and there lies the disclaimer.
The viewfinder or the lack of: I do struggle with not having a viewfinder, as when composing a photo on a phone, the view is already an interpreted image, as what you see is what is on the phone's screen. Yes, every camera interprets every the captured image, but I have a personal preference for composing it in an unaltered manner.
Phone images stay on the phone, mostly. Very hardly would I look at an image from the phone on a larger medium. Hence, all that "quality" is always viewed on a small screen where the subtlety of an image is lost. Add to that, the social media sharing of images only encourage the rapid swipe behaviour of viewing images, the image is always lost or only cursory glance.
All thumbs, being able to "spot meter" or "bracket" a photograph on a phone is painful, when you are all thumbs. Most times, I fail miserably to achieve either. That does add to the frustration of phone photography.
Having said all that, when you do take the time to appreciate the photographs from a phone on a larger medium, they are very good. So message to self, take the time to view and appreciate photos from a phone on something larger than a phone!