So many people now are taking photos, and thinking they are seeing something paranormal. Many are close up and are a bit easier to analyze, depending on the type of camera used. There are many others that claim to see something, off in the distance, usually outside. This creates a major issues to anyone trying to analyze the photo, especially if the quality of the camera, and the photo itself leads to the need to zoom in on the particular object.
With high quality DSLR’s, output resolution, and the number of megapixels makes zooming in much easier than those of a cell phone or point and shoot camera. Although today’s cell phones are better than ever, the quality of the photos produced from the later do not make it feasible to zoom in to any great detail, because the detail of the original is quite lacking due to the output resolution and megapixels involved. The issues are then made even worse under low light conditions.
On a low quality photo, as we zoom in, the number of pixels per inch becomes the main problem, as the object you may want to get a closer look at becomes only a few pixels in size, thereby losing all definition, and any further analysis becomes impossible.
This is one of the main reasons I do not recommend using cell phone photos to try to determine if someone has captured anything paranormal, the quality of the photo is just not sufficient to make positive ID’s.
And excellent article has been written comparing several different cameras and cell phones that make the point stand out even more. I would suggest this as a fine read to help investigators make determinations as to the age old question about paranormal photography and its usefulness in the field.