Pixel 2 vs. PowerShot SX710HS.

I'm only a hobbyist photographer. I don't have a really nice camera, just a point & shoot that I picked mainly for its optical zoom. And I'm still astonished that I can often get better pictures out of the tiny lens on my phone.

This is from over the weekend, my wife's as Whitney Frost from Agent Carter. The phone picture is so much sharper, and the Pixel 2 finally gets the color balance better too.

Album: flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/albu

@kelsonv Have you tried playing with the White Balance settings on the power shot? It looks like it has some additional detection features when in auto mode.

Also : if you're having trouble with sharpness try turning off digital zoom. I've had funky results with digital zoom even being turned on with point and shoots in the past.

@kemonine I remember doing a bunch of experimenting when the camera was new & settled on some best-for-most-cases settings. White balance is only available in some modes - it usually does a decent job on that, but I think it must have just detected the wrong type of light in this case.

Thanks for the tip on turning digital zoom off completely. I don't use it very much, but figured it wouldn't hurt to have available for when I do. Maybe it is?

@kelsonv I find it tends to add a bunch of excess noise/cruft that's usually a detriment to an image rather than a gain.

Plus that lens... 😍 for the amount of zoom.

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@kemonine Yeah, I rarely have reason to use the digital zoom with that lens!

I used to figure if I needed to zoom past what the optics can do, I'd just crop it smaller. In most cases it's still better than screen resolution anyway. But I've found that digital zoom has one advantage over cropping after the fact: the camera bases any automatic settings like exposure on the actual image you intend to take, not the wider view.

But yeah, might as well turn it off the rest of the time.

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