We wrote yesterday about some of the imaging related changes that Apple announced with the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, at its annual developers event WWDC. Now that users have had a day or so to play with the developers' beta version of iOS 8, a few more photo features have been discovered that were not mentioned in the keynote. Here's a quick summary:
There is a good selection of time lapse apps available in the App Store but Apple has now apparently decided to integrate this feature into the standard camera app. Next to Video and Slo-Mo there is now also a Time-Lapse mode. By the looks of it, it's a fairly basic implementation, without much control over shooting and processing parameters. So if you're a time-lapse aficionado you might still be better off with one of the more complex dedicated apps.
Separate control of exposure and focus
Until now in the iPhone camera app the exposure had been locked to the focus point. In most shooting scenarios this works fine but occasionally, when you want or have to focus on very dark or bright area of the frame, you might end up with an over- or underexposed image. Some third-party camera apps and many Android phones have therefore been allowing separate control of exposure and focus for quite some time.
Now Apple has integrated some additional control over exposure into its own camera app as well. The focus point is selected as before, by tapping on the screen. However, you can now adjust exposure by sliding up or down.
The self-timer does what it says and allows you to set a 3- or 10-second delay for the occasions when you want to be in the picture yourself. Now just make sure you carry a decent smartphone-tripod or other support with you, otherwise this new mode won't be of much use to you.
Instant Burst Mode
Very little detail has been surfaced about this new mode but we can only assume it is an improvement of the iPhone's current burst mode in some shape or form. It's possible that it could facilitate a version of the post-capture focusing features we've seen in other smartphones, too. We'll post an update once we know more.
iPad panorama mode
The last new photo feature is for iPad users only. In iOS 7 you could not take panoramic images on an iPad. This has now been rectified with iOS 8 and you can sweep your tablet around to capture the landscape that's surrounding you. Just make sure you don't hit any passerbys on the head by accident.