Other XS camera is disappointing

rockitdog

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Just used the camera on the XS for the first time and am disappointed in the picture quality. Maybe worse than the X indoors. My daughter was just a jr cheerleader clinic and I took some pics inside a fairly bright gym and the pics were very grainy. I saw someone else mention the phot quality earlier but yikes, Apple this is a letdown.

 

kramjam

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Anything after pressing “2x” is digital zoom, you’re best getting closer to the subject or not zooming at all
 

unobtainium

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If you zoom in on any iPhone photo you will get what looks like a blurry oil painting. There is a ton of smoothing being done on these cameras, and they retain far less detail than the Pixel 2. I don't know if it's a file size thing (Apple's high efficiency settings) or if Apple actually thinks the smoothing looks better. But anyway, your pictures will never look great zoomed in on an iPhone.
 

fred98tj

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If you zoom in on any iPhone photo you will get what looks like a blurry oil painting. There is a ton of smoothing being done on these cameras, and they retain far less detail than the Pixel 2. I don't know if it's a file size thing (Apple's high efficiency settings) or if Apple actually thinks the smoothing looks better. But anyway, your pictures will never look great zoomed in on an iPhone.
Very simplified statement and not particularly true.

These are very low res and reduced file sizes. I can post up on a cloud drive the full size if anyone really must have. I have many many more examples for iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone X
 
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unobtainium

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Very simplified statement and not particularly true.

These are very low res and reduced file sizes. I can post up on a cloud drive the full size if anyone really must have. I have many many more examples for iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone X
Except it is true. All your zoomed in examples have the oil painting effect to some degree. The lower the light, the fuzzier it looks.
 

fred98tj

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Except it is true. All your zoomed in examples have the oil painting effect to some degree. The lower the light, the fuzzier it looks.
Again low res. Also considering these are 150% or more crops they are good.
Show me, post up, other cellphone cams that are noticeable better post up some here.
As we engineers say “show me the data”. :p
 

neutrino23

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Hard to know without being there. I’ve had trouble in the past photographing my kids’ sports events in a gymnasium with my DSLR. It seems well lit to the eye but it is darker than the daylight outside. You have the added problem that because everyone is in motion you want to use a relatively fast shutter. If you are close enough you can use the flash. If it is a static scene you can use Cortex Cam to average a bunch of pictures to reduce noise.
 
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PBz

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Just used the camera on the XS for the first time and am disappointed in the picture quality. Maybe worse than the X indoors. My daughter was just a jr cheerleader clinic and I took some pics inside a fairly bright gym and the pics were very grainy. I saw someone else mention the phot quality earlier but yikes, Apple this is a letdown.

If you didn’t use optical zoom on these you may have a bad Apple.
[doublepost=1537670189][/doublepost]Also, Settings-Camera-Formats-Most Compatible
 

unobtainium

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Again low res. Also considering these are 150% or more crops they are good.
Show me, post up, other cellphone cams that are noticeable better post up some here.
As we engineers say “show me the data”. :p
The Verge published very good comparison shots the other day.
 
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