Reader Rimas Raguliūnas writes in:
I just wanted to share some of my recent amazement of the Nokia 808. Recently I took a nice photo of birds fooling around in a tree in the medium distance:
original image here
The problem with shooting was that they were quite distant and flying around very fast. I was aware of the full resolution and cropping capabilities, but opted to use 8MP Pureview mode instead. It gave me the ability to shoot faster. Later, at home, I decided to use Gimp to make slight color corrections and then crop, upscale and sharpen:
I was impressed how much of a detail left in the photo! I don't think this kind of cropping and up-scaling is achievable with any other phone or most of the standalone cameras! I don't think it's the right way to do it all the time - there are cases when full 34MP resolution is a better option, but for fast-changing scenery, I guess, it might work for some people.
Nice work, look at the detail in those starling wings, plus a gloriously arty effect from what is effectively a silhouette shot...
I'm often doing something similar, taking a photo of a group of friends at 5MP or 8MP and deciding later that the group shot is a bust but that I love the expression on one or two faces. I then crop in and produce an immaculate 2MP image, perfectly framed and with impeccable quality, for passing onto other friends or family - who naturally think I'm a wizard for being able to produce such perfect shots time after time...
You can follow Rimas's other photos here in his Flickr stream.