iOS 8 to introduce tons of manual camera settings

iOS 8 to introduce tons of manual camera settingsRumour has it the iPhone 6 will land with an 8MP rear camera, same as the iPhone 5s before it. And the iPhone 5 before it. And the iPhone 4S before it.

But that doesn’t mean the iPhone 6 camera won’t have anything worth talking about. On the contrary, Apple is on the verge of going camera crazy, with iOS 8 opening up all sorts of manual control.

That’s the word over on AnandTech, where Joshua Ho essentially takes a few lines from the WWDC 2014 keynote and runs wild with them.

In days gone by, iPhone camera controls have been unsurprisingly limited (typical Apple), with an HDR button, toggles for the front camera and video recorder, and – if you hold your finger down on-screen – an AE/AF lock.

But Josh suggests iOS 8 will “expose just about every manual camera control possible”, including options previously seen only on HTC and Nokia phones.

Namely, we can expect to adjust ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance and exposure bias, while something called “gray card functionality” will “bypass the auto white balance mechanism and both EV bracketing and shutter speed/ISO bracketing.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, to be honest, but I’m guessing camera aficionados just pitched a trouser tent.

Example functionality includes “smoothly focusing into an object to provide a dramatic effect” while shooting video, while you’ll be able to go bukkaki – wait, that’s the wrong one – bokeh crazy with the depth of field antics and whatnot.

For a frankly silly amount of info, with diagrams to boot, hit up AnandTech.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 19, 2014 at 16:10

That 1st paragraph? Spanks... They are not the same cameras
Anyhoo... I'd say that'd be stupid. Add more editing options. Ideally: buy Snapseed, Apple!
Keep the camera simple. Don't go all M8-y on us.

TJ Skywasher  Jun. 19, 2014 at 18:22

That 1st paragraph? Spanks... They are not the same cameras
Anyhoo... I'd say that'd be stupid. Add more editing options. Ideally: buy Snapseed, Apple!
Keep the camera simple. Don't go all M8-y on us.


Google already bought Snapseed :( But I'm all for more manual control over the camera, I've downloaded app after app in search of one that gives me more control over the camera. There isn't one that can do everything that I want but I guess that's due to limitations on Apples part at the moment.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 20, 2014 at 06:35

Yeah, I love the fact that Googke bought Snapseed, and yet it works much much better on iOS
than on Android. I can of course, not speak for all Android devices, but on the One M8 and the Galaxy Camera and Moto G it's awfully fiddly.
On the M8 I'm using the app also crashes evertime I apply any
filters in b/w.... Ah, well...

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 20, 2014 at 09:19

oh, as to more camera controls: I guess we represent different schools.
I own Lumias.... And they are great for photos, but only if you 'design' your shots carefully, and your object stands still while you fiddle... When I use a smartphone camera, 9 out of 10 times I need something quick.

mrew42  Jun. 20, 2014 at 11:05

oh, as to more camera controls: I guess we represent different schools.
I own Lumias.... And they are great for photos, but only if you 'design' your shots carefully, and your object stands still while you fiddle... When I use a smartphone camera, 9 out of 10 times I need something quick.

Yep I tend to agree, if I'm taking 'pictures' then I use my DSLR and take the time to do it properly. My smartphone is for snaps, memories, those fleeting moments when getting a camera out a bag, putting the right lens on etc etc and the moments gone.
I don't see a problem though with increasing the toolset available on smartphone cameras to try and get the best in suboptimal conditions. Even my Nexus 4 managed to take some excellent shots when conditions were right (for it). Now that did surprise me.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 20, 2014 at 11:13

oh, as to more camera controls: I guess we represent different schools.
I own Lumias.... And they are great for photos, but only if you 'design' your shots carefully, and your object stands still while you fiddle... When I use a smartphone camera, 9 out of 10 times I need something quick.

Yep I tend to agree, if I'm taking 'pictures' then I use my DSLR and take the time to do it properly. My smartphone is for snaps, memories, those fleeting moments when getting a camera out a bag, putting the right lens on etc etc and the moments gone.
I don't see a problem though with increasing the toolset available on smartphone cameras to try and get the best in suboptimal conditions. Even my Nexus 4 managed to take some excellent shots when conditions were right (for it). Now that did surprise me.


Oh, mostly agree. My point was kinda tainted.... I'm using an M8 at the moment. And though I find the camera better than most reviewers, the settings menu, and sub-menus etc are ridiculous.... The Galaxy Camera app is quite alright, actually, though Touchwiz throws a speed-spanner into the works.

lcurdie / MOD  Jun. 20, 2014 at 11:40

That 1st paragraph? Spanks... They are not the same cameras
Anyhoo... I'd say that'd be stupid. Add more editing options. Ideally: buy Snapseed, Apple!
Keep the camera simple. Don't go all M8-y on us.


Yeah, there was supposed to be a comment praising Apple for focusing on improving the camera rather than joining the megapixel race, but, y'know, must've been distracted by something shiny :p

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 20, 2014 at 11:48

you're forgive....

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