iPhone Graduates as Serious Photography Tool with iOS5 Updates
By on June 8th, 2011

Apple’s iPhone has been the weapon of choice for many photography enthusiasts. iPhone 4 has already reached second place for all the photos uploaded to Flickr.

iPhone4 is second most popular camera on Flickr photo sharing site.

iPhone4 is second most popular camera on Flickr.

With the announcement of features geared for photography in iOS5, Apple has made sure this upward trend continues.

What’s New?

Apple announced at WWDC on 6th June, these features for photography included in iOS 5:

iOS5 New Features - Access from lock screen and volume up button as shutter release.

iOS 5 New Features - Access from lock screen and volume up button as shutter release.

iOS5 New Features - Compose pictures better with zoom and focus+exposure lock

iOS 5 New Features - Compose pictures better with zoom and focus+exposure lock

  1. Most interesting is the ability to click a photo using volume-up button in iPhone 4. This may seem trivial, but it makes clicking photos in landscape (horizontal) mode much easier than before. Camera+ a third-party app had enabled this feature previously, now it is built into iOS.
  2. You can now get to the camera app from lock screen right away. No unlocking necessary. iPhone drops you into a restricted camera app, so if a friend picks up your iPhone they cannot see previously clicked photos, not even the ones they click. This feature is great to snap those brief moments of brilliance that were missed before.
  3. Pinch to zoom now works when you are shooting! Of course, it is digital zoom, but being able to compose better is an added advantage.
  4. While we’re talking about composing, iOS5 also brings in composition overlay for rule-of-thirds. To use, turn the grid overlay on and align horizontal and vertical lines in photograph along the grid lines – better composed photos guaranteed!
  5. Auto-focus and exposure lock is a feature most photographers use on a daily basis. It lets you focus on a subject and expose well for the scene by moving the frame around till you get that sweet spot and then lock the settings with a long press on the screen; now you are free to compose the frame to your liking without losing the focus and exposure settings.
  6. Photo stream sync. This will work it’s magic if you have photo stream enabled in iCloud. All the photos you take on your iPhone will be synchronized across all other devices. The only catch seems that once it is enabled, your iPhone will only keep the latest 1000 photos while the desktop computer will hold all photos.
  7. And finally, the post-production also gets an overhaul with new editing features such as crop, rotate, red-eye reduction and one-click enhance.

All these features certainly put iPhone in the league of portable cameras, and with features like in-phone editing, iCloud and iMessage to accompany the camera… it goes beyond what portable cameras can do!

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Author: Harshad

Harshad Sharma has written and can be contacted at harshad@techie-buzz.com.
  • http://www.twitter.com/brijesht Brijesh Tripathi

    Nice wrap-up on the upcoming Photo-related features in iOS 5 Harshad.
    One thing though, is it that the iPhone too will keep limited pics (I thought it was the cloud that would keep 1000 / 30 days pics)

  • Gavin

    I think that it is kind of funny that a lot of these features are already included on the Windows Phone 7 OS.

 
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