Joshua Tree National Park, California
Does creating art have to be big and heavy? If you could trade your entire camera bag for the upcoming iPhone X28* and make the exact same imagery, would you?
I see similar choices in the audio world. Do I really need separate components or will that all-in-one-pocket-sized music player suffice?
If I really was in it for the art, for the imagery, for the music, it wouldn't matter. Yet...
Personally, I consider myself image first or music first when it comes to gear. I want my images to satisfy me, as I want my music to satisfy me. Yet, I'd be very disappointed should a blind test reveal that I chose the iPhone X28 over my Nikon and Fuji gear. Why?
Because, I like the gear. Pretty simple really. I like the solid feel of a well-designed DSLR in my hands. I like the look of separate audio components with lights glowing while Bill Evans plays a soothing piano. Their heft seems to equate something in the way of, "I'm DOING something here! I'm big, bold and fully capable." So, size matters? At least for now I think it does. With size comes resolution which is key in both photography and music. You want to see and hear detail because when you do it becomes closer to lifelike, the art is better able to express itself.
*The X28 is my invention. I have no insights into what Apple is doing so don't bet the farm on this.