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Recently, I shared a few DSLR pictures over WhatsApp. One of the photos was of a blooming hibiscus flower, where the pollen grain is visible clearly.

After sending the photos, I zoomed into the sent photos and found that much of the detail in the pollen grain was lost. That portion of the image was a garbled mass of yellow colour.

I cropped the photo and shared the cropped version. Though the loss was less significant in the cropped photo, there was a loss of quality. I tried sending cropped versions of the image, but to maintain clarity, the cropped imaged would have to be a very small portion of the original image. In which case, it’s position and framing in the larger image would have been lost completely.

On examining the size of the photo uploaded to WhatsApp, it is easy to figure out the reason for this loss of quality. The original images of around 4MB, had become an 82.3KB photo when shared over WhatsApp.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Obviously, some clarity will have to be sacrificed. Additionally, if WhatsApp had transmitted the image at original resolution, most users (including me) would have screamed bloody murder, for chomping through respective data plans 🙂

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