More and more people are discovering the wonders of mobile photography or what fanatics fondly refer to as ‘iPhoneography.’ And with the recent roll out of Apple’s newest ecosystem, iOS 7, many mobile photographers are wondering whether upgrading to the new OS means anything to their photographs. Just like you, we are wondering the same about the new mobile system, thus let’s both take a look at the iOS 7’s latest innovation to its built-in camera and photo app.
The camera app wasn’t technically changed for the iOS 7. In fact, the functionality of the latest camera remains the same as with its predecessor. However, the graphic interface of the Camera app was vastly improved for a more intuitive and responsive utilization. The look and feel of the new Camera are totally new.
Previously, the app featured a sleek chrome colored interface. Now, the Camera has dark borders with a few bright highlights. It seems like Apple wasn’t a fan of that shutter animation when you take photos; they have replaced that (quite honestly pointless) feature with a sudden flash. Those who got used to the skeumorphic effect might take a while to get used to the new animation.
Instead of cluttering the interface with tons of buttons for different commands, iOS 7 niftily employed a swipe-centric mode. You no longer have to go to the trouble of sifting through the options for a Panoramic shot.
The App store says it all – users favor photography apps with endless options of filters. Camera360 rose to fame with its impressive glamour filters, and Hipstamatic did the same retro-style. That’s why Apple added the new Filters feature containingg eight (for now) different modes including Noir, Chrome, Mono, Fade, Transfer, Instant, Tonal, or Process. Filters are also available in the editing option on the new photo app discussed below.
It also enables you to shoot with the said filters live. This is only applicable to the iPhone 5 generation though.
Photo Storage and Sorting
With the 300 million photos being uploaded every day on social media such as Facebook and Instagram, Verizon said that storage space is a whole different ball game. Luckily, Apple overhauled the previously disorganized photo application of the old iOS 6. Classified and neatly arranged in chronological order, the photo stream is now categorized by Moments, Collections, and Years.
Additionally, the photo viewing mechanism is now optimized to make the most out of the Retina display that the iPhones boast of. Both of these features are great additions especially when you need a better preview of your photos to be sent for digitization.
Shared Streams are also rehashed in the iOS 7. What’s new is the Activity tab which functions similar to Instagram’s function of the same name. You can even choose between landscape or portrait stream viewing which is a welcome addition. A groundbreaking addition is the new capability to virtually invite other users to participate in your personal stream. This particular feature of the iOS 7 highlights the tech titan’s campaign to show the collaborative capabilities of the device. Together with the internal sharing between Apple devices through the Air Drop function, to the shared photo collaboration – Apple really outdid themselves with this.
The iOS 7 definitely turned the iPhone from a good photography device into the best mobile photography tool. What are your thoughts on Apple’s latest operating system for the Camera and Photo app?