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The 16-megapixel camera on the metal Alcatel Idol 4S can take on almost any situation.

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Even with harsh morning side light, the Idol 4s is able to capture the different shades of blue on this old Land Rover Defender.

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This shot down a hill toward the bay has a large dynamic range. Notice the good balance between the shadows of the buildings and the highlights in the sky and fog.

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The wide-angle lens is able to capture all of this "space" RV. (I know you see that NASA emblem.)

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Despite the high-contrast lighting, the camera is still able to resolve skin tones naturally on these guys on a break.

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Obligatory cat photo. The camera's autofocus was fast enough and accurate enough to catch Stella mid-blink with her eyes closed.

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The high noon sun was particularly harsh, but the Idol 4S was still able to render the shadows of the leaves and the highlights of the thin wispy clouds.

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I just love all of the different textures in this shot of stairs outside the SFMOMA building.

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The next two shots are of the San Francisco Armory. This one is without HDR mode activated.

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Here's the same shot with HDR turned on. Notice how there is more detail in the shadows of the wall and the highlights of the clouds.

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One of many accidental Boom Key triggered shots.

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This nighttime shot of Twin Peaks and Sutro Tower really pushes the Idol 4S' noise-reduction to its limits. Notice how soft and noisy the image is. (You'd expect this for any camera, really.)

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The autofocus had no problem capturing this approaching streetcar. Check out this review to learn more about my time with the Alcatel Idol 4S.

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