The Camera App in iOS 7 got a pretty significant overhaul. The Photos App got a decent overhaul as well, but I will cover that in another post. In this post I will cover the old along with the new features that have been included in the Camera App, what they do, and how to use them.
Accessing The Camera App In iOS 7
There are three ways to access your camera in iOS 7.
- The Old Fashion (SLOW) Way – Unlock your iPhone, Navigate to the Camera App, and open it.
- From The Lock Screen – Hit the home or power button when the phone is sleeping, locate the camera icon at the bottom right, touch it and swipe upward.
- From the Control Center – From any screen (except when entering your passcode) swipe upward from the bottom edge of the screen, locate the camera icon at the bottom right, and tap it.
When you first open the Camera App it will default to the Photo Mode. Swiping left or right will take you into one of the four different modes. Those modes are, from left to right, Video, Photo, Square, and Pano. Each of these modes have options and buttons. Some are the same throughout, while others are not. Ill go over them next.
Flash – Found in all but modes except Pano, the Flash settings are found at the top left of the screen. The default is Auto and, in my opinion, it does a pretty decent job overall. Tapping on it will allow the choice of Auto, On, and Off.
Video Counter – The video counter is found at the top center and only when in Video Mode. It tells you how long the current video has been recording.
Camera View – In all modes except Pano, it is found at the top right of the screen. This button allows you to switch between the front and rear cameras of the iPhone.
HDR – The HDR option is found in Photo and Square Modes only and is located just above the shutter release on the screen. Tap “HDR” to turn it on and it turns blue. Tap it again to turn it off.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and attempts to combine a slightly under exposed image with a slightly over exposed image to obtain an image with detail in both the shadows and the bright highlights. That’s the layman’s terms obviously and there is a lot more that goes into HDR photography then that. In my opinion the HDR algorithms of past iOS’ have been better. But that can change by the time the full version of iOS 7 is released.
Mode – Just above the shutter release, and below the viewable area of the photo or video, you will see what mode you are in. The modes shown are, as mentioned earlier, Video, Photo, Square, and Pano. If the mode does not exist, then your iPhone does not support it. You switch between modes by swiping the screen in the appropriate direction.
Photos App – At the bottom left of all modes you will find a small square. In that small square you will see the last photo/video you took or it will be blank. Tapping on the square takes you into an abbreviated version of the Photos App. It allows you to share, edit, and delete images if the iPhone is unlocked. If the iPhone is locked when you access this, you are only allowed to edit and delete the photos you have taken during that session.
Record/Shutter Release – I just refer to it as the shutter release. It is located at the bottom center of the screen and looks like a ring around a solid circle. When you are in video mode the circle is red. Otherwise the circle is white. When you are in Video or Pano Mode, when you press the shutter release, the shutter release changes to a stop button. In either mode, pressing the stop button does exactly what you would expect.
Filters – Filters are available in Photo and Square mode. The button is located at the bottom right of the screen. When pressed it gives you nine filter options, including the “None” option. None is the default. Don’t worry if you forget to add a filter. This can always be done later in the Photos App.
Photos While Recording Video – When you start recording in Video Mode, the buttons along the bottom change. As mentioned above, the Shutter release changes to a Stop button. But to the left of that, you will see a smaller version of the Shutter Release. Tapping that while your video is recording will capture a still image of what you are recording.
Settings – Head into your Settings. Then choose Photos & Camera. There are not a whole lot settings to choose from. The first, under the CAMERA heading, is the Grid option. This will show a grid on the screen for the camera to allow the use of the rule of thirds. The second option is for HDR. It allows you to either keep the original picture or not along with the HDR image.
So there you have it. The down and dirty of the new features of the camera app in iOS 7. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below. You can find me on Facebook as well.