Smartphone Photography Tips and Tricks
Many smartphone camera offer a digital zoom function, but youre almost always best served by pretending it doesnt exist. Even in the liveview preview, youll be able to see how noticeably your images degrade the second you start to zoom. The camera is simply extrapolating whats already there and basically guessing what the image looks like. It gets ugly fast.
When youre cropping, however, youre actually just sampling pixel info that was actually recorded. Many smartphones have 8-megapixels of resolution and sometimes more. That means you can crop substantially and still have plenty of resolution left for display on the web. And the lack of gross upscaling artifacts will help mask the fact that it was taken with a phone.