Using the incredible site: https://apolloinrealtime.org/11/ as it replays the entire mission in real-time.
One great feature is that the site plays the in-flight TV transmissions that the crew made from the Command Module / LM spacecraft as they journeyed to the moon.
The quality of the pre-landing / in-flight TV is amazing - so much so that Charlie Duke (Capcom) at 0:56:00+ hours into the flight noted to the crew:
"11, Houston. we can make out the markings on the [LM] panel...the, it's really unbelievable, the definition we're getting down here off that little camera...we can even see the barber pole on the talkbacks...we can read the markings for the [various readings]. You can even read the scale on the eight ball"
Yet - we are all familiar with the grainy and ghostly transmissions of the first step from the surface of the moon on the same flight:
If the technology was such that Mission Controllers in Houston could literally read the markings on the instrument panels during one TV broadcast, why was that same level of detail not available on the surface of the moon?
I'm not sure if this question answers mine and I'm just not clever enough to realize it :)