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May 11th, 2013

Photo Shoot featuring HOT BLUE MORPHO ON BLUE MORPHO ACTION @ 06:39 pm

I got a new cell phone last week (Samsung Galaxy SIII) and decided to take it to the Detroit Zoo to see how good its camera is.

So how good is it?

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Pretty darn good, actually! Look how crisp those flowers and butterflies came out!

Oh, hey... I found a 4x digital zoom feature. How cool is that?

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... ugh. Not so cool. Blurry, muddy, pixellated. That last one makes me want to cry for how awesome it should have been.

The shutter speed is worthy of note, though. Ignoring the zoom blur, take a look at this series:

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Again, that would have been amazing with a real camera.

Conclusion: Not bad as long as you don't use zoom under any circumstances.

Finally, here's a geocache by the tiger enclosure.

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Date:May 11th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
Okay, so the difference between the first set and second set would be a whole lot more pronounced if photobucket hadn't fuzzed up the lot of them when it resized. Take my word for it: the full sized butterfly and flower pics are really sharp.
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Date:May 12th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
Those all look very crisp to me! I don't think I could have done better with my digicam.
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Date:May 13th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
This illustrates it better. I cropped a 400x600 rectangle from two of the full sized images and uploaded them to photobucket. These shouldn't be resized in any way.

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At full size there's some very slight pixelization and artifacting around the edges of the lilacs. The peahen, on the other hand, is a blurry mess.
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Date:May 12th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
Those are great for a cell phone camera!
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Date:May 13th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Best cell phone camera I've ever had, but it definitely can't compare to a real camera.