I went to the zoo with a $2,500 digital camera and a Pixel 7 Professional. The outcomes shocked me


Pixel 7 Pro Super Res Photo

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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 write 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 evaluate of the Pixel 7 Professional, he said, “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 occasions whereas strolling across the zoo. 

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Whereas my youngest daughter was disillusioned that she may 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 in a position to seize the restfulness of the noticed cat.

Pixel 7 Pro Snow Leopard Super Res Zoom

The snow leopard is behind a series hyperlink fence and barely seen to the bare eye.

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The tiger was additionally behind a series hyperlink fence and greater than 50 yards away from us, however I used to be in a position to seize its full physique soaking within the solar. The good thing about having a smartphone on this occasion is how fast and straightforward 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 would not prowl away. 

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Certain, burst mode is useful for these eventualities, however I would slightly not should sift by dozens of frames once I can simply get a transparent shot in a single take. 

Pixel 7 Pro shot of a tiger

The Pixel 7 Professional captured what we couldn’t see with our eyes.

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The big bear and mountain lion (seen beneath) have been each behind thick glass and over 100 toes away, however the Pixel 7 Professional introduced them up shut and private.

Pixel 7 Pro bear shot

With these large claws, I didn’t need to get any nearer to the bear than this.

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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 folks round me marvel what I used to be taking footage of. 

Pixel 7 Pro Lynx

Others on the zoo couldn’t even see what I used to be capturing down the hill and behind the tree.

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The wolf was actively wandering backwards and forwards far up the hill in an enclosure and I caught him as he paused to show round due to the lively focusing 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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Pixel 7 Pro lone wolf shot

Lively focusing on saved this lone wolf in focus.

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Whereas most of the zoomed-in pictures might not print out nicely, they captured sufficient element to indicate me the character of the animals and gave me a look directly that will usually go unnoticed. 

My Sony Alpha 7 IV may have captured printable pictures, however that will 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 pictures captured by the Pixel 7 Professional have been excellent for sharing the experiences with household and buddies on social media or in a shared on-line photograph album.

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Pixel 7 Pro selfie at zoo

The right ending to a day on the zoo. Discover how nicely the Pixel’s entrance digital camera blurs out the background. 

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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 photographs 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.

Pixel 7 Pro zoo giraffe photo

The infant giraffe spent a while within the solar with zoo attendees.

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It was an ideal day on the zoo and we even had the possibility to seize pictures and movies of the 10-day previous child giraffe (seen above). I used to be truly in a position to see almost 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 costlier one among my two. 

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