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Old 05-19-18, 12:12 PM
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went to a state park in FL that has manattees, loads of birds, a hippo, etc.

those i was with were taking shots with cell phones and i was shooting with my dslr. at one point in a particularly difficult place to shoot at a bird far away i told them "don't bother, i'll give you my shots"

as long as i was patient, there were many good opportunities.

i was shooting with my 5DMkIV and 70-200/4-IS
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Old 05-19-18, 12:21 PM
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straight out of camera (JPG), 50% resize, that's it.

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#1 is a great shot as it is, would profit from a bit of editing, further enhance the picture.

Cell phones are doing a good job for what they are, tiny mini-cameras. They do have their limits, however, and image quality is not on par. That said most folks use the photos mainly on social media and are more interested in the overall impression of the image, no need for the highest IQ for this. And telephotography is certainly not their strength - you even cropped your 200mm to 400mm, how could a phone compete with a 20something wide angle?
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you even cropped your 200mm to 400mm
? i resized the images just to make them load faster, didn't crop any of them.

thanks for compliment on #1
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The SLR allows much more control for those inclined. I've been playing the wife's phone and it is fine for sharing simple images, beyond that I find them marginal. Now and then some of the captures surprise me for how nice they are. Being in full auto mode via the camera isn't one I'm accustomed to.
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Don't get me wrong, I've seen some amazing photos from phones. I have an iPhone X and it does some pretty good shots, but nothing can compare to a quality DSLR. Even entry levels can produce some great shots with the right glass. Phones are great for that quick shot of a dog chasing a balloon, but I think we're a LONG way away from a phone taking over for quality shots.

*addon* That being said, I don't take shots of birds, only cars and people. :P
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? i resized the images just to make them load faster, didn't crop any of them.
Arrrghhh, sorry, my fault, was reading a bit to superficially there, resize isn't crop of course.
That said I shot birds up to 300mm in bird parks and at times it wasn't long enough, in particular for the smaller ones.
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Being in full auto mode via the camera isn't one I'm accustomed to.
There are phone cameras which allow you do set quite a few things manually (ISO, shutter speed, exp compensation, WB), depending on brand and apps used.
I use mine exclusively on those manual settings (semi-manual actually, as you can choose either speed or ISO on mine).

Image quality sure is lacking in cell phones, even if you take the best cell phones vs entry level dSLR's.
Is to be expected, after all how would a tiny lens and sensor produce the same quality?

However for plenty of folks the cell phone quality is good enough in terms of quality, they don't mind some corner softness or noise, overall expression of the image is more important. After all composition needs to be right, best quality doesn't help if shoot the wrong photos.
In that sense I'm pretty sure you will find plenty of winter dSLR-photos online which are worse than the cell phone picture below:

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