As I’ve been taking loads of photos recently, I wanted to write a post about the new camera and photo library features that we will see in iOS 8.
For most users, the new Photos app is going to be the most important improvement. Users will be able to access every photo they’ve taken across all their devices. And once an edit is made to a photo on one device, the edit will also sync to the same image held on all other devices. If you change your mind about the edit, you can always revert back to the original. Also, since all the photos will live in iCloud, the iCloud Photo Library will enable users to keep the high-res photos and videos in iCloud while holding lower-res versions on the individual devices in order to conserve space needed for picture taking.
And here are a few more exciting additions:
- Panorama photos. Panorama photos on the iPhone are great, but with iOS 8, iPad users will be able to take these wide-format photos as well.
- Camera timer. Well, maybe not THAT exciting, but it could come in handy if you’re trying to get a group shot together.
- Time-Lapse mode. There’s no longer a need for an additional time lapse app (several are available in the App Store) because Apple has integrated this feature into the Camera app in iOS 8.
One of our techs alerted me to a post written about the manual camera controls in iOS 8. Shutter speed can be set manually?! This means the possibility of long exposures! ISO can be changed as well, which means that it will be easier to shoot in low light situations (but increase in digital noise). Focus control is the other amazing improvement. Really excited to see how this will work.