Today Netflix launched the Marvel series Titans. Superhero films and TV series need to get you to suspend your disbelief to enable you to get drawn into the story. If they are well written you can temporarily believe pretty much anything. However if they are set in the real world the real world things need to behave as expected. Titans managed this until episode 3 when it fell into the ‘zoom enhance’ cliche trap that so many lazy writers seem to fall into.
When you take video from a fuzzy low detail security camera no amount of zooming is going to reveal details that were never captured in the first place.
The first time I noticed this was in the original Blade Runner movie. They just about got away with it there since it was set so far into the future that it might just about be possible. Since then it has become a trope of pretty much every cop and forensic drama. It’s tired old and lazy now. Time to stop zooming and enhancing.