Apple iOS 8 Feature: Full Manual Camera Controls [Watch Video]

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A woman takes photos with her iPhone as Pope Francis delivers his Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

The latest Apple iOS 8 has generated quite a lot of interest among developers, critics and reviewers alike. The Apple iOS 8 Beta 2 version was seeded to developers only recently and hence there is a flurry of discovered features making waves online. In this post, we will take a look at the most interesting aspects specific to camera and photography in Apple iOS 8.

The upcoming iPhone 6's camera software has gone through drastic changes, compared to the current iPhone 5S model, according to BGR. More importantly, a recently released YouTube video by Bill Savage showcases all things that Apple iOS 8 enabled devices' camera can do and it puts all the questions and doubts to rest.

In the video, Bill Savage holds an iOS 8 beta device in hand and he explains the goodness packed in iOS 8 camera's software features. These include the much talked-about "time lapse" feature, "burst mode" that allows users to set the timer before the camera starts shooting pictures automatically, and "exposure" settings, among others.

Specifiallyc, the iOS 8 camera is going to get a new "manual camera control" feature. This feature from the upcoming iPhone 6 could be one of the most sought-after features for photography enthusiasts. The manual camera settings could include many of the prominent features.

A report from Anand Tech points out that "iOS 8 will expose just about every manual camera control possible. This means that ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance, and exposure bias can be manually set within a custom camera application."

In addition to the manual control setting, Apple has also introduced gray card functionality in order to get around the automatic white balance mechanism, EV bracketing and shutter speed/ISO bracketing.

For those unfamiliar, the ISO and shutter speed impact the exposure of the scene/object to be captured. The other factor that impacts the exposure is the lens aperture. However, mobile devices do not have much control over the aperture ratio. As far as the details go, increasing ISO will make the scene/object in focus relatively brighter; however, it also increases the 'noise' in the image.

Moreover, everything boils down to whether Apple will open the gates to third-party apps or not. Therefore, iOS 8 camera app developers may have to wait a little longer to get more information from Apple.

Readers should check out this 2-minute video by Bill Savage to get an overall picture of Apple iOS 8 camera features:

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