This previous weekend, I visited the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo with two of my daughters, and the Sony Alpha 7 IV with 28-75 mm lens and Google Pixel 7 Professional in hand. I had no plans to jot down about my experiences on the zoo, however after discovering hidden wildlife with the Pixel 7 Professional, I simply needed to journal my sheer amazement at how far smartphone cameras have come.
In my colleague Jason Cipriani’s full evaluation of the Pixel 7 Professional, he acknowledged, “I can not print the very first thing that got here out of my mouth after taking a 30x image…” and that was my precise sentiment a number of instances whereas strolling across the zoo.
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Whereas my youngest daughter was disenchanted that she might barely catch a glimpse of the snow leopard mendacity down far distant behind a series hyperlink fence, the Pixel 7 Professional, with the brand new 30x Tremendous Res Zoom was capable of seize the restfulness of the noticed cat.
The tiger was additionally behind a series hyperlink fence and greater than 50 yards away from us, however I used to be capable of seize its full physique soaking within the solar. The advantage of having a smartphone on this occasion is how fast and simple it’s to open the digital camera app and simply snap a shot. With my Sony Alpha 7 IV, I would should load the digital camera, seize focus (both ready for autofocus or manually dialing the lens), after which hope that the tiger does not prowl away.
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Positive, burst mode turns out to be useful for these situations, however I would relatively not should sift by way of dozens of frames after I can simply get a transparent shot in a single take.
The big bear and mountain lion (seen beneath) had been each behind thick glass and over 100 ft away, however the Pixel 7 Professional introduced them up shut and private.
The lynx was barely seen, hidden in a darkish barrel down a hill and in addition about 50 yards away, however the Pixel caught him wanting proper again at me. It was fairly amusing seeing individuals round me surprise what I used to be taking photos of.
The wolf was actively wandering forwards and backwards far up the hill in an enclosure and I caught him as he paused to show round due to the lively concentrating on and zoom on the Pixel 7 Professional. I captured greater than 150 pictures of wildlife on the zoo with the Pixel 7 Professional and its output made me query why I even introduced out my Sony.
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Whereas most of the zoomed-in pictures might not print out properly, they captured sufficient element to point out me the character of the animals and gave me a look directly that might usually go unnoticed.
My Sony Alpha 7 IV might have captured printable pictures, however that might have required a greater and way more costly zoom lens. The comfort of utilizing a smartphone with no tripod for capturing topics on the go is hard to beat, particularly if you’re not knowledgeable photographer. The photographs captured by the Pixel 7 Professional had been good for sharing the experiences with household and associates on social media or in a shared on-line picture album.
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The selfie digital camera on the Pixel 7 Professional additionally jogs my memory of the superior front-facing digital camera that Google offered on the Pixel 3 XL, with choices for wide-angle pictures and stable outcomes. I am not a selfie man by any means, however having a wider lens inspired me to take extra pictures with these round me.
It was an ideal day on the zoo and we even had the prospect to seize pictures and movies of the 10-day previous child giraffe (seen above). I used to be really capable of see practically each animal on the zoo that day, which is sort of an achievement contemplating they’re rotated out and in of their areas or are sometimes hidden far up in enclosures or behind timber and rocks. Having a dependable and versatile digital camera in hand was essential for the journey, and on that day, it wasn’t the dearer one in every of my two.