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Vacation photos shot on a phone

Ditch the bulky DSLR for a more mobile vacation

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The 2X zoom on the iPhone X allows me to move close enough to this seagull for a nice wildlife shot, freezing the motion of the bird and capturing the details of the rocks in the foreground and the ocean waves.

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Color and detail of the jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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A sunset landscape in Monterey, California, captures varied tones and both highlight and shadow detail.

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Flowers shot in Portrait Mode on iPhone X make a nice still life with rich color and texture.

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The 2X zoom on the iPhone X allows me to move close enough to this seagull for a nice wildlife shot.

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A memory of my Bloody Mary at brunch in Monterey, California.

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The view from Cypress Point along 17 Mile Drive in Monterey.

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iPhone X captures the wispy details of the jellyfish at the Monterey aquarium and a with a wide range of tones.

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A natural landscape still life featuring the Lion's Tail plant against the blues of the Monterey Bay. 

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Spectacular colors at the Monterey aquarium with the Pixel 2 XL.

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Pixel 2 XL captures the fine details of my son's hair, the texture of his shirt and the folds of his jeans are remarkable.

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Sunset at Lover's Point Park in Monterey, California.

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The iPhone X camera's auto HDR is able to capture the varied tones, highlights and shadows at the marina in Monterey, California.

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The beach near Tulum, Mexico, shot on iPhone X.

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I'd be hesitant to take my DSLR out into the ocean on a kayak, but I have no fear taking along a modern water-resistant smartphone like the iPhone X. .

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This breakfast crepe was a food highlight from Monterey, shot in Portrait Mode on iPhone X.

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