I have high regard for Stack Exchange and I don't have any way to judge what in Reddit is proof and what is a rant, so I'm asking here.
The author describes a demonstration that "proves" the camera adds either real/known or AI generated surface detail to zoomed photos of the moon by photographing a white blob in a way that tricks the camera into thinking it was the Moon.
The author also asserts that no matter how much frame averaging and other processing might be done, the detail is beyond what the optics is capable of recording:
...but the reality is, it's AI doing most of the work, not the optics, the optics aren't capable of resolving the detail that you see.
Is all of this essentially true, that some cell phone cameras are actually "painting" a memorized or AI generated lunar surface onto the lower resolution images it records?
update: For some degree of fairness/balance, Gizmodo's What did an iPhone camera do to this poor woman's arms? Computational photography has its limits. Now l miss my Pentax Spot-O-Matic even more!