iOS 7 Insight: All New Camera Tools & Photo Organization

Apple is continuing to make photography a major emphasis of the company highlighted by all of the additions in the iPhone 5S. Even if you don’t have the latest iPhone, you still have access to some valuable photography features in iOS 7. First off, the camera app has been completely redesigned to remove tiny buttons in favor of gestures. Within the camera app, you can swipe anywhere on screen to switch between the four given modes of still photo, video, square photo, and panorama. The still and square photo modes offer a minimalistic black theme at the top and bottom, while video and panorama mode offer full screen views with translucent menu bars.
It’s now much quicker to switch between shooting modes, and that’s important because the stock camera app is still a go to choice due to the convenience of the shortcut on the home screen, and the new quick camera button in Control Center. The camera app has another new feature in the form of live photo filters, nine photo effects that you can see before you take the shot. The effects are only for the still photos, and the included ones are relatively standard with no true distinguishing effects. One powerful feature is that you can capture a photo with an effect, and then edit that photo to switch effects, or even save the photo with no effect.

The stock Photos app also has a brand new design that foregoes the black theme of iOS 7 in favor of an all white theme with flat translucent menu bars at the top and bottom with subtle blue accents. The highlight of the new Photos app is all new organization, so instead of just one mass of photos in the camera roll, there’s a new collections set-up. Photos now takes advantage of the location and time data of your photos to automatically group photos together. ios7_photos1 Now, photos from a day trip to an amusement park or a local hike are stored together to keep your memories separated, and easy to find. When viewing individual photos, iOS 7 lets you pinch to move in and out of full screen, which was previously only possible on the iPad. There’s also a new year view that provides a mosaic of tiny photo thumbnails that you can drag your finger across to zoom in on particular images, and it’s a feature that is neat, but not that practical.

iOS 7 has a much greater emphasis on highlighting your photos and videos, before and after capturing. There still are a few things missing though, as again there are no live video or panorama filters, and you still can’t set separate focus and exposure points. The stock camera app will always be important because it’s so easy to access in iOS, and consequently the Photos app is equally important because that’s where all of your photos and videos are going. iOS 7 refines both to make them worth being your default choices, and not in need of an App Store alternative.

*The video below is our in-depth walkthrough of all the new features with some how to tips, and tutorial of the many nuances. The Camera and Photos apps begin at 3:04.


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