Most people use their smartphones as their go-to snapshot camera these days, and the impressive image quality of the latest models is great for recording everyday memories. The small sensor and lens do have their limitations, though, and quite a few people found that out last night when they pulled out their smartphones to photograph the supermoon lunar eclipse.
As the world oohed and aahed at the ultra-large eclipse, the Internet became flooded with poor quality smartphone photos showing the blood moon as a pixelated blob of color. Both famous journalists and the general public alike bemoaned their failed photos:
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) September 28, 2015
— Tom Murphy (@murphy1849) September 28, 2015
Fox reporter Heather Hegedus hopes smartphone cameras will be up to the task by the next supermoon lunar eclipse in 2033:
— Heather Hegedus (@HeatherHegedus) September 28, 2015
Newer iPhones managed to capture barely recognizable closeups of the blood moon:
— Lori McNee (@lorimcneeartist) September 28, 2015
— erin (@sherwoodywood) September 28, 2015
…but older iPhones struggled to keep up:
— Kala Rafuse (@KalaRafuse) September 28, 2015
— Steven McGuire (@smitfa01) September 28, 2015
Quality like no other. A supermoon at its brightest phase. Shot on IPhone 4. pic.twitter.com/cY9BDoMvdq
— Sevin Gulfield (@sevin707) September 28, 2015
The blurry blobs in the photos are reminiscent of NASA’s early photos of Pluto when we could only photograph it with the Hubble space telescope:
— Becky Henchman (@EatPlayThaw) September 28, 2015
— Michelle Ton (@MichelleNTon) September 28, 2015
— Eleesha Drennan (@EleeshaDrennan) September 28, 2015
— shorty (@ssropin) September 28, 2015
Here’s what people had to say:
These horrible super moon iPhone photos may be the only thing worse than those horrible fireworks iPhone photos. #SuperMoon
— Luke Barnett (@Iamlukebarnett) September 28, 2015
If I see one more dodgy iPhone photo on fb of the super moon I'm going to scream.
— Suzie FW (@Suzzzzz) September 28, 2015
am i the only person who didn’t take a blurry iphone photo of the supermoon eclipse last night?
— jaclyn siu (@jaclynsiu) September 28, 2015
While the vast majority of smartphone snapshots from the eclipse didn’t turn out well, some did — namely, those who attached their phones to telescopes and other serious lenses to shoot at a much greater focal length:
— Debby Kaspari (@DaMotmot) September 28, 2015
— Jon Richards (@jrseti) September 28, 2015
— Tracy Boyington (@TracyBoyington) September 28, 2015
Needless to say, if you’re planning on capturing your own photographic memento the next time a lunar eclipse comes around, you might want to invest in either some serious camera gear or a powerful telescope instead of relying on the camera on your phone.