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Google Pixel 4 Image Naming That Starts ‘PXL_’ (Rather Than ‘IMG_’) Is Still A Timestamp — Now UTC In 24H Format.

by Anura Guruge


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The change from ‘IMG_’ to ‘PXL_’ happened in Android 11. My Pixel 4 got Android 11 on September 10, 2020.

Though the image names are now longer it is still a TIMESTAMP.

The first part — the DATE — is still the same, i.e., yyyymmdd. So, 20200912 — 09 (September) 12th in 2020. That is easy & the same.

Then it is still the TIME. But, now in UTC (i.e., dear GMT). So, 4-hours ahead of U.S. Eastern (right now). So, 10am Eastern is 2pm in UTC — or 14 in 24hour format. So that is it. Then the seconds have been increased. But, easy enough to get the time in terms of hours & minutes. In UTC in 24hour mode. OK?


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Google Has Changed ‘Pixel’ Phone Image Naming Convention From ‘IMG_’ To ‘PXL_’.

by Anura Guruge


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Happened yesterday. Yes, I had updated to Android 11 a few days ago. Well, image above shows that once it switched, it has stayed the same. Now ‘PXL_‘ rather than ‘IMG_’. Kind of makes sense. Others also use ‘IMG’. So this provides differentiation.


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Tonight’s Starry, Starry Night Sky, Above My Head, During My 11pm 1-Mile Night Walk.

by Anura Guruge



I am relatively lucky in that light pollution, ‘up here’, in the sticks, isn’t too, too bad.

Tonight was cloudless, moonless & the temp. in the mid-50s (F). Dark black sky. Ideal for the stars to shine.

It was mesmerizing. I just love to just look up, stare & wonder. It is amazing.

Took this with my Google Pixel 4 — using its ‘Night Sight‘. To be honest, I expected it to capture more stars. I tried twice. This was it. This, however, does NOT do justice to what I was able to behold.


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A Good Primer To ‘Computational Photography’, I.E., AI Empowered Photography — The Next Frontier Of Digital Photography.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the DPReview.com 3-part series.


AI (i.e., Artificial Intelligence) is why I am increasingly taking more & more pictures with my Google Pixel 4 rather than with one of my real cameras.

The near state-of-the-art AI in the Pixel 4 makes taking pictures a joy — a piece of cake. I have never believed in post-processing (i.e., PhotoShop). I do NOT have the time or patience. I am click-shoot-and-‘print’. AI makes this that much easier. It is AI that allows the Pixel to take pictures in the dark.

Check out this series. It will tell you where we are headed. Enjoy.


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1st Batch Of Pictures From My New Panasonic ZS200 — (Also From ‘Cardinal Camera’).

by Anura Guruge


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First few pictures, i.e., ’01’, ’02’, ’04’, ’05’ & ’06’.






A few others from the first batch of 41
(some to be posted later in ‘Pictures of the Day‘)



Click to access the ‘Cardinal Camera’ Website.


No, no. You are not seeing double. I did get two cameras — both Panasonic compacts.

So, I sold my Canon EOS RP in April, & after some intense ‘horse-trading’ involving trade-ins & a very unexpected Panasonic $200 rebate on the ZS200, I ended up getting BOTH a ZS200 & ZS80!

Why? ZS200 has the bigger sensor I seek & the ZS80 has a long-zoom I like. Different horses for different courses. Quality vs. reach.

Got them both last Tuesday. Was too busy to get to the ZS200 till today! That is my life.

Do, I like it. Nice camera. It feels superior to the ZS80. But, the irony as ever. Bigger sensor, MORE fineky! But, I think I will come to love & respect this camera.


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2nd Batch Of Pictures From My New Panasonic ZS80 — May 31, 2020.

by Anura Guruge


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Also check 7 posted in today’s ‘Pictures of the Day‘.








Do NOT panic! This will not be a daily feature. More than likely this is the last. Yes, I will still do the daily 7 pictures, but not this ‘check out my new camera‘ post. SMILE.

So, what do I think of the Panasonic ZS80. Ambivalent. Cheapest camera I have owned in years — & it feels it. SMILE.

It costs me about $325 & it takes pictures worthy of that price bracket.

Yes, I have NOT spent enough time with it. My fault. I will rectify that.

The user manual for this supposed ‘pocket’, compact ‘point-&-shoot’ weighs three times that of the camera!

Panasonic user manuals are dense & hard to read. Too much auxiliary ornamentation & redundant ‘do-hickeys‘. Very hard to plough through, Shame.


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The Very 1st Pictures From My New Panasonic ZS80 — I Got From ‘Cardinal Camera’.

by Anura Guruge


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First two pictures, i.e., ’01’ & ’02’.



A few others from the first batch of 39
(some to be posted later in ‘Pictures of the Day‘)



Click to access the ‘Cardinal Camera’ Website.


Once I sold my Canon EOS RP in April, I did say that I might get a Panasonic ZS200 as a replacement. Well, I did. But, I haven’t unboxed it yet!

Due to some intense ‘horse-trading’ involving trade-ins & a very unexpected Panasonic $200 rebate on the ZS200, I ended up getting BOTH a ZS200 & ZS80!

Why? ZS200 has the bigger sensor I seek & the ZS80 has a long-zoom I like. Different horses for different courses. Quality vs. reach.

I will use the ‘inexpensive’ (can be banged about) ZS80 on my travels & when I am hiking. With its zoom I will be able to capture the long-shots I so cherish.

The ZS200 will be for more REFINED work. Yes, it will go with me on my travels but I will not lug it around as much.

Anywho, these are my first pictures with the ZS80. As always, with a new camera, I started off in FULL-AUTO mode.

They are OK. I will work on them.

I got both cameras on Tuesday — 5-days ago! With the rush to publish the ‘comet book’ I didn’t get to the cameras till today. Yes, I had tow brand new cameras sitting in their boxes, untouched, for 5-days. That is my life.


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by Anura Guruge


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