Sometimes I feel like we ought to make our phone camera selection based on which post-processing filter we prefer the most.... These days, the optics, sensor, pixels, etc probably have less impact than the post-processing.
From an optical physics standpoint, I think we've mastered the pinhole camera. What makes the "camera" stand out is the intelligence of the post processing: can the firmware figure out the best settings to apply to a given shot?
When we're comparing photos taken in a bar, we're not comparing megapixels, or optics, or sensor quality. We're comparing which firmware can fix the crappy photo the best.
Garbage in, garbage out. If you take a photo in the worst physical conditions possible, you aren't going to get a good picture. But maybe the "auto-photoshop" in the firmware can salvage it somewhat.
The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it. -Neil deGrasse Tyson
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