Don’t Live in the Past

I saw this tweet today and it blew me away:

That’s a photo straight out of the Google Pixel camera, and it looks stunning. Say what you will about this being a fluke, or how the iPhone would have done even better, but you have to admit that this photo is incredibly good for any camera, not just a smartphone camera.

Oftentimes we get stuck in the past with preconceived notions of how the world works. For many years we lived in the world where it was safe to say that all Android phones had inferior cameras to the iPhone. M.G. Siegler made this popular quip the day Intagram launched for Android.

I got in on the fun too, and surely made some jokes back then, which is a little funny in retrospect, because this is an example of a photo that came from an iPhone at the time:

Murray the Dog part 2

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So while you can do all the camera shoot outs you want, and however many hairs you want to split, it’s simply not true that the cameras on Android phones are objectively terrible anymore.