The only major advantages of having the PhotoPass photographer take pictures at characters is that they will often take multiple photos and different angles etc (although if more of the automated boxes come in this will probably change). The character handler will often only take one or two with your own device.There's no reason to pay somebody to do something they'll already do for you for free: I think a lot of guests who buy MemoryMaker don't realize that any cast member, anywhere, from all of the MemoryMaker photographers down to your restaurant server or the greeter at your onsite hotel, will gladly take your picture with your own device, on request. And the quality of the MemoryMaker "professional" photos is no better than what you'd get from a decent smartphone or point-and-click camera: the one time we purchased MemoryMaker, we put together a lovely photo book of our trip when we got home, and about 90% of it was photos we'd taken ourselves or asked someone to take with our devices, because very few of the MemoryMaker photos even made the cut.
For whatever stupid reason, you can still use these, just not online. You need to do the edits via the MDE app, and then download the picture one by one to your mobile device as you edit.They have also done away with the stickers and borders that you can put on photos.