The Perfect Phone for Casual Bird Lover – Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra One Month Later

It’s been more than a month since I’ve been using Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and I’m still constantly shocked at how good the 10x zoom is. In short it’s the best phone money can buy for almost all people. But I’m also surprised at the lack of reviews and appreciation for the zoom lens I’ve seen on youtube. So this review will focus on the zoom capability from a bird lover’s perspective. I’ve already done a full review, if you read Chinese click here check it out.

The 10x zoom, or zoom ability in general, is the most underrated feature for this phone, in my opinion. Back when you could only have two lens on a phone, I agreed that most people and I would prefer an ultra wide angle lens than a 2~3x zoom. Thus there’s a popular opinion of “Zoom lens are useless””Zoom lens are just gimmicks” among tech Youtubers. But this argument is so 2018. Nowadays all flagships have 3 or more lens, and the Zoom capability on some of them unlock you for a LOT more shot that you can never imagine.

Compared to Oneplus and many other companies’ approach of shameless wasting space and money on making the 4th lens a monochrome or shitty 2MP micro simply to pretend they have a higher end camera array, I prefer Samsung’s approach much more. A high quality 3x zoom, not only for zooming but also for that more close-to-human-eye perspective, plus a 10x zoom with killer stabilization, for wildlife, buildings, reading assist in distance, this is a casual bird lover’s dream.

It sounds less impressive thank it actually looks. This review is full of video and picture comparison, so connect to your wifi and let’s get started.

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面朝大海与天与鸟,春暖花开小 hike

昨天本来想趁天晴出去溜达结果写文上头没时间,今天想说总有时间出门了吧,结果外面就开始打雷。本来想去隔壁村小湖看鸟,到了天气预报说没雨的时间开出门,结果越往东雨越大,但感觉西边太阳出来了,于是掉头往西去 Coyote Hills 南边的 San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge。

换了自带望远镜的新手机果然观鸟效率大增,看到好多各式漂亮的鸟,又是春天歌声此起彼伏,雨后青山绿水大片云海天相映景色也超棒,公园人超少偌大一片地只看到个位数的人。算是在家附近走过景色最好的一次路了。

Coyote Hills 和南边这片 Wild Life Refuge 真是东湾宝藏。现在春天山翠绿,鸟多,又不晒,平时沼泽里还经常看见 coyote 和鹿,前两天还有人在盐田拍到了火烈鸟,大家抓紧时间来玩。夏天草黄了就只有天空之境可以看了,风景大打折扣。(周末可能人会有点多)

在 84 桥南边的 wild life refuge 而没有去北边的 coyote hills,这边的好处是有大片紧贴水面的路,观鸟非常方便。

一度被我们怀疑是园区雇员用来 greet 游客的 California Scrub-Jay,去的时候在回来的时候还在,也可以离比较近拍照(当然其实也没有那么近,主要功劳是望远镜手机,review incoming)。回家一对比 merlin bird 上的示例图,好家伙这只可真胖啊。

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一次风与灌木草原湾区小冰岛的 hike

被 FedEx 放鸽子的我今天去了之前象友推荐的 Old Colma Road Loop. 风景无敌之外,风也无敌,到山顶上风大到往生,吹到站不稳那种,拿手机拍照都要紧握手机怕被吹走。

主要地貌是比较开阔的灌木草原,顿时有种在狂风中有种 Geralt 在巫师 3 里暴雨来临之前的黄昏策马狂奔的感觉。开头和结尾两片 typical 一号公路海景因为有了视角的提升而显得格外 epic,一瞬间又转片场到了对马岛。

中后段 Devil Slide 我完全没想到会这么好看,简直 hornstrandir,还去啥冰岛!(Just kidding, 冰岛还是要去的)我去了这么多次一号公路都不知道这个景点,可能是因为开车路过的话过隧道被挡住了只有 hiker 看得到。

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2021 第一次迷你 road trip

今天心血来潮想出去兜兜风,宅如我经过一年的被迫宅和去年一次 road trip 感到特别 refreshing 之后也深刻认识到了换换环境的重要性。

一时无法决定往哪个方向开,请网友帮忙决策时我是这么概括选项的:

最后索性打算接下来几周顺时针来一圈每周 2 小时车程内的 day trip,那就先从北开始吧。

结果去了北边开山路穿森林的海滩,还路过了个景色不错的湖,把我说的选项都给占全了。剪了个小小的 vlog:(先找配乐再剪图像果然容易好多。)

墙内的朋友观看通道(显然会比 YouTube 慢一些):

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