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Zooming in when taking a smartphone picture

Is there any point zooming in when taking a picture on your smartphone?

My friend says you might as well zoom in after you've taken it, as it'll be the same quality. Is that why some devices have "lossless zoom". Is that what that means?

Most Useful Answer matt101101  Dec. 29, 2014 at 17:19

As a general rule, you might as well crop the image afterwards, as opposed to faffing around trying to zoom in before you take the photo.

Obviously this is not the case for any device with a proper, optical zoom.

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 29, 2014 at 16:58

Yes, more or less that is correct.
Highend Lumia devices, Samsung's Galaxy K and Zoom... um, that odd Panasonic Camera Phone... I struggle to list more phones where zooming makes any sense - oh, yes, some of the
Xperia Z models, maybe... But even on those devices I would almost always suggest to better crop after the deed is done.
And ideally, just get close enough ;)

Obviously, it depends somewhat on what you're trying to achieve, what kind of object you're trying to catch...

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 29, 2014 at 17:19

As a general rule, you might as well crop the image afterwards, as opposed to faffing around trying to zoom in before you take the photo.

Obviously this is not the case for any device with a proper, optical zoom.

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