A tourist started a social media debate about the iPhone zoom after he used it to impressively focus on the Mona Lisa painting in a crowded Louvre museum.
TikTok user Peter posted a clip, captioned “This should be an iPhone ad,” in which he centered on Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in the Louvre museum in Paris, France.
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In the viral video, which has racked up 9.7 million views and over 579,000 likes, Peter begins with a tight shot of the world’s most famous painting.
The viewer is led to believe that Peter has queued for hours during Paris’ peak tourist season in July to get a coveted close-up view of Mona Lisa.
However, Peter then dramatically and unexpectedly zooms out of the shot of the Mona Lisa to reveal just how far away he is from Da Vinci’s masterpiece and the huge crowds of tourists in front of him at the packed Louvre.
In fact, the TikTok user is hardly able to see the painting without the iPhone’s 9x zoom. It is unknown what iPhone model Peter is using.
Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is the most popular painting in the Louvre — but getting a glimpse of it can be difficult as huge crowds often obscure the view of the famed artwork.
According to the Louvre’s research, 80% of its visitors come to the museum to see the Mona Lisa. However, most of these visitors leave unhappy.
‘With Samsung Zoom, You Could See Mona Lisa’s Nose Hairs’
Many TikTok viewers were impressed by Peter’s video of the Mona Lisa and the capabilities of his iPhone 9x zoom lens.
However, thousands of Samsung smartphone users took to the comments to disparage the iPhone’s zoom capabilities. They argued that the Samsung’s 100x Space Zoom is far more powerful than the Apple smartphone.
“This is literally nothing compared to a Samsung,” a viewer writes.
A TikTok user exclaims: “With Samsung, you could have seen Mona Lisa’s nose hairs!”
Meanwhile, another unimpressed viewer asks: “Erm… Where is your 100x zoom?”
Samsung first announced Space Zoom, which allows its cameras to offer a total combined optical and digital zoom of 100x, with the release of the Galaxy S20 Ultra in 2020.
Yet, there is still a heated debate among Apple and Samsung smartphone users on TikTok over its different zoom lens capabilities. For example, some iPhone users have complained that the Samsung’s 100x zoom photos can be pixelated and low quality.
PetaPixel previously reported on how a photographer started an online discussion about Samsung’s powerful 100x Space Zoom after he used it to focus on Florence Cathedral’s iconic dome.
Meanwhile, a Taylor Swift fan used her iPhone 14 Pro Max’s zoom to impressively focus on the singer at her concert.
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