Anyone who watches CSI knows that they often miraculously use technology to zoom in a gazillion times into a low-res image taken from a street traffic camera, or have some super-futuristic version of photoshop that allows you to clean up a thumbnail and print it billboard size. Truth is, if you are or have a pixel-pusher watching in the near vicinity, you immediately hear them sigh in frustration. You can’t cheat the inverse proportional truths behind resolution and size. Believe me, we have all cheated and, much like the magic wand tool, the results are more often than not disastrous and quite ugly.

With all of this in mind, it’s wonderful to read a story where a family camera’s wealth of megapixels actually helped fight crime. The Myers family were taking a family self-portrait, and accidentally snapped the dude stealing their stuff.

“We were taking pictures outside the Capitol building and I wanted to get a timed shot of the whole family all dressed up. So I put my bag down, placed the camera on a wall, got everyone to line up, set the timer for ten seconds, and jumped into the photo. I took a quick look at the image and liked it.

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We then started to walk away when I realized my bag was missing. I went inside the building to see if someone had turned it in, but no luck. I ran outside and circled the building, but still no luck.I then realized that I might have caught the thief on camera and I checked the shot again. When I saw the guy with his hand in my bag, I ran back inside and found the Capitol Police.

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They were amazing. They immediately sent out a description of the thief using the photo I took. In a few minutes, one officer had found him still in the area. The thief had dumped some things from the bag in a nearby trash can—the flash for my camera, a small backpack of kids toys, a bag of cables, extra SD cards, my mini tripod—but still in my bag were my wallet with cash, credit cards, hotel keys, rental car keys, and my iPad.The Police recovered everything and hauled the guy off to jail.”

Sweet!

Source – Gizmodo

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