I was reminded of that when I started putting my new smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, through its paces. This phone's two claims to fame are optical zooms on two of its lenses, and a whopping 200MP sensor on a third. Check out these shots of the replica of the Mayflower ship taken at 200 MP resolution from far away (as always, click on any image to view larger and sharper):
And the 100% crop of the above:
Yowza! That's pretty incredible for a phone. I wonder what the quality difference would be if I pitted this new engineering marvel against my other engineering marvel, the Sony A7R V?