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More simply, what you are missing is that the lens on the iPhone is much MUCH wider than the lens on your DSLR. You have a 35mm lens on the DSLR, but you have a 4mm lens on the iPhone. The iPhone's lens is DRASTICALLY wider than the lens you are using on the DSLR, so comparing it to a 35mm lens isn't really comparing apples to oranges. Practically, you ...


You're right that the angle of view of the iPhone camera is a little bit wider than a 35mm lens on a full-frame film camera. Up until this point, you're not really confused. But the part after that, about the small room and zoom and distance — definitely confused. :) "Zoom" means the ability to change the field of view — it isn't magnification. See What is ...

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