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I’m still a bit baffled by the choice to stuff a 8 megapixel camera into a phone. Most people don’t need this in a P&S (point & shoot), let alone a phone. And, if you think about it, the photos people are taking with their phones are most likely going to be shared online, so the file size alone of a 8 MP photo is absolute overkill for sharing.
But enough of that. My first few photos with the Droid X were downright terrible. I mean, I wouldn’t even share them I was so embarrassed (I’m picky, sorry) by the awful resolution. Now, to be fair, the camera/phone was new and I was just starting to play around with it. Recently though, my hopes have been on the rise.
During a Whistler backcountry ski tour last weekend with my brother, for the first time in recent memory, I forget my DSLR. But, I did have my phone, and, of course, the day turned out to be ideal for some backcountry ski photos. So I did what I could. I snapped some shots here and there of the beautiful Coast Mountains, stretching as far as the eye could see, a world of white. Then I discovered the panoramic feature. It took me a few tries to figure out exactly how it worked, but once I did, I was impressed by the technology. Of course, any photo looks amazing on the (relatively) tiny screen of a phone, so it wasn’t until I got home that I could see what the results were. Overall I was pretty impressed.