A Photogenic Security Encounter

This morning I spent a couple of hours with three smart phones and a high quality compact camera, taking photos of things I thought might demonstrate the differences between them. One such comparison is here. http://www.gadgetguy.com.au/product/review-alcatel-boost-dex-smart-phone/

This kind of thing can sometimes look suspicious, particularly when a shiny new and particularly striking Canberra building becomes my subject. In fact I’d been headed to a 19th Century stone cottage, but it turned out to be undergoing renovations and was accordingly surrounded by a highly unphotogenic construction fence.

So I chose this new building as a subject. Soon after I started, one of the employees approached me, wondering what I was doing. I explained. Satisfied, he went away. Then, a couple of minutes later, a couple of officers in the AFP’s Protective Service drove up. Again I explained and they also were satisfied, while remaining professionally sceptical. Clearly I do not, in the flesh, impress anyone as a proper security risk.

In their honour, I thought I ought to show the photos I was taking since that, after all, is what I said I was doing. Here are some pictures, scaled. A couple of the devices will be dealt with in forthcoming reviews. The Samsung is just my fixed standard for comparisons. (I’ve blocked out any people captured inadvertently, as I promised the boys in blue.)

A detail (unscaled) using the Samsung Galaxy S6 - full scaled frame above. The washed out appearance is surprising

A detail (unscaled) using the Samsung Galaxy S6 – full scaled frame above. The washed out appearance is surprising

Alcatel Boost DEX, rather lacking in detail

Alcatel Boost DEX, rather lacking in detail

Lack of detail from the Alcatel is more apparent on this unscaled detail

Lack of detail from the Alcatel is more apparent on this unscaled detail

Moto Z stacks up pretty well, with good colour range

Moto Z stacks up pretty well, with good colour range

and good close up detail

and good close up detail

Panasonic DMC-LX10 compact camera actually looks a touch softer than the two better phones

Panasonic DMC-LX10 compact camera actually looks a little less detailed in the dark shadow to the left than the two better phones

Although fairly respectable on this unscaled detail

Although fairly respectable on this unscaled detail