January 28, 2023

Tuesday evening, as I stroll down the road towards the stadium, the air smells of scorching sausage, automobile exhaust, and hopes for a playoff on the finish of the season. On my chest is a neon inexperienced Mariners fanny pack (that is how children put on them, proper?!?), which accommodates the necessities: my ID, paper napkins, a Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely, and an iPhone 14 Professional. The roof of T-Cellular Park looms over the close by railroad, looming like a Dying Star, and I head for the doorway with just a few issues on my agenda, in no specific order:

  • Root for the sailors whereas they positively with hope please God finish 20 12 months playoff drought (Editor’s word: they’re really finish the drought final evening)
  • Acquire a flannel shirt with the Mariners emblem, which is roofed by my ticket (right here in Seattle, we want to maintain issues branded).
  • Take a look at the cameras on the 14 Professional and S22 Extremely.
  • Discover out if I am sporting this fanny pack proper

I selected these two telephones as a result of they’re a few of the finest you should purchase proper now. Additionally they current vastly completely different units of digital camera options, and I am curious which one I will get pleasure from extra in the course of the night. The 14 Professional is extra like “helps you’re taking lovely photos with minimal effort”, whereas the S22 Extremely is extra of a maximalist “need a digital camera? there is a five-inch strategy right here. The 10x zoom on the Extremely has actually impressed me up to now, however I am curious to see the way it handles glowing stadium lights and distant motion on the pitch.

The 10x zoom permits you to benefit from the information of town middle in your approach to the stadium. Shot on S22 Extremely.

The 14 Professional does not have a uncooked telephoto lens just like the S22 Extremely, however I like the way it handles images higher general than the S22. Will it make it extra helpful general? Or will I be irritated by its restricted zoom vary? I might in all probability convey extra telephones with me, however I am restricted by what I can carry on this fanny pack.

On high of all that, the Mariners are wrapping up a dismal experience that noticed them lose a string of vastly successful video games, casting an all-too-familiar shadow of doubt on our possibilities of touchdown a wild card spot. With per week left within the common season, they can not afford to lose any less difficult video games.

View from the stadium to Elliott Bay and Puget Sound.

Shot on iPhone 14 Professional. We could also be having the longest playoff drought in skilled sports activities, however take a look at the views from the stadium!

Earlier than I begin enjoying, I spend a while within the 300-level pavilion with wonderful views of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle. The early night solar even peeks by means of the “O” in T-Cellular for a quick second paying homage to Stonehenge. With the S22 Extremely’s 10x zoom, I can take downtown skyline pictures that the 14 Professional’s 3x zoom cannot. Even in wide-angle pictures, it captures particulars that the 14 Professional’s noise discount would easy out to nothing. However then once more, images of my Stonehenge taken on the Extremely have that goddamn HDR-overloaded look of Thomas Kinkade, and I way more like how the 14 Professional handles that state of affairs. One thing to win, one thing to lose.

iPhone 14 Professional left; S22 Extremely on the proper.

The sport has an analogous story: typically I want Extremely, typically 14 Professional. Positive, getting a telephoto lens from the pitching stands of Seattle beginning pitcher Robbie Ray is cool in idea, however the outcomes aren’t very inspiring. Highlights are blurred, and particulars are clearly missing. It is too advanced a state of affairs for this tiny sensor and lens.

I seize a portrait of my good friend modeling the flannel shirt included with ticket buy with the 14 Professional; I like its 2x portrait focal size greater than the 1x or 3x choices Samsung presents, but it surely clumsily crops her curly hair. The S22 Extremely would in all probability have carried out a greater job of isolating the topic, however at that time, I had my good friend sit nonetheless lengthy sufficient for me to not fear. I need to be amazed, however in these (admittedly very tough) circumstances, they only do not impress.


Shot on Samsung S22 Extremely, 10x lens.

There may be not a lot pleasure on the sector both. Breakout star Julio Rodriguez is on the injured listing, together with the remainder of the Mariners’ offensive gamers. I sit by means of seven grueling innings whereas the Mariners rating from scratch and make the Texas Rangers serve Cy Younger-worthy. If none of these phrases make sense to you, then simply know that the Mariners misplaced 5-0 and the sport was simply as disappointing because the rating suggests.

I walked with my fanny pack again to the sunshine rail station, grateful for my flannel within the early autumn night air. The streak of losses on the finish of September should not overshadow what would in any other case have been a busy season a lot. The baseball season is lengthy and bodily demanding – who can moderately count on a crew to maintain up the tempo of unbelievable wins all the way in which from begin to end?

Ten years in the past, I might not have dreamed of such images on my telephone.

Likewise, I really feel a bit responsible about being disenchanted with the 2 telephones I examined that evening. They’re each, in their very own means, little technological marvels—the end result of a long time of advances in cellular know-how and digital imaging. Ten years in the past, I might not have dreamed of such images on a telephone digital camera. I really feel like I ought to give them a bit extra consideration, though they failed on this specific state of affairs.

They’re the very best of the very best (and may value over $1,000 every). The truth that they’re struggling underneath these circumstances is simply as a result of nobody – not Apple, not Samsung, not anybody else – has found out create a smartphone digital camera that may fulfill all wants. No less than I’ve a brand new heat shirt and take heed to the Mariners play the remainder of their scheduled video games from the consolation of my house. The following time I’m going to a recreation in particular person, I may need to get my particular digital camera and telephoto lens out. I simply want to determine match it right into a stadium security-approved fanny pack.

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