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Best thing about iOS 7? The camera is bloody fast.

June 11 , 2013 by: Haje Jan Kamps Equipment, Opinion & Editorial

We already took a quick peek at the new camera app in iOS 7, but then I was able to borrow an iPhone 5 running iOS 7 off a friend, to see what changes Apple may have been making to the camera. There are lots of little improvements, but the #1 thing that strikes me about it is how incredibly, incredibly fast it is.

The camera in general was one of the things I disliked the most about iOS 6, but in the newest version of the operating system, Apple have completely knocked it out of the ballpark.

Gone is the skeuomorphic “shutter closing” animation that made the camera feel horribly laggy. In the new camera app, you can take photos as quickly as you can press the shutter button. No, seriously – if your subject is bright enough, and your thumb is fast enough, you can practically record video, that’s how incredibly fast it is.

It’s not just really quick at taking pictures, either – you can swipe from the lock screen to launch the camera, and the code boffins at Apple must have done some serious re-coding of the camera app: It launches in fractions of a second, and and you’re immediately ready to take photos.

Let’s take a closer look.

At the beginning of the video below, I’m just showing how easy it is to go straight to the camera (Drag from the bottom right of the screen). Then, I’m launching the camera, then going straight into taking a load of photos in rapid succession, followed by showing off the pictures I’ve just taken in the camera roll:

Really impressive stuff – and that doesn’t even touch on any of the other improvements on the photography side of things.

Suffice to say that I think Apple have finally created some software that’s worthy of the extremely capable cameras that are finding their ways into the iPhone 5 and new iPod Touch devices. Way to go, guys, and keep up the great work for photographers!

About Haje Jan

This post was written by Haje Jan Kamps, who has written 569 articles for Photocritic

Haje has written half a dozen books about photography. He spends most of his time running Triggertrap, a company that creates creative tools for triggering your camera.

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  • I have already been evaluating iOS7 on my iPhone 5 for the past few days. Being honest I fell somewhat tepid about the whole experience. After many years of design innovation exactly why have Apple made the decision to make their OS appear to be a poor cousin of Microsoft’s Windows 8. On the other side it seems to have borrowed heavily from Android. You can now swipe up to turn on/off WIFI, blue tooth, very similar to Android.To conclude I enjoy: Newsstand, the inbuilt flashlight, screen transition, new compass user interface and email interface.

    I don’t like: no mass erase feature inside the mail program, it’s still message by message deletion. The pseudo windows interface and menu movement. The settings menu is a little a waste land of white space. Just like an aging husband and wife I am finding more faults with it as time passes but I grow to like it the more time I spend with it.

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