The best new iOS 5 camera and photo features for iPhones and iPads

The best new iOS 5 camera and photo features for iPhones and iPads

Summary: Apple adds new camera and photo features to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch in the newly announced iOS 5.

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Among the 10 new features of iOS 5 rolled out at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday were some exciting new camera and photo features. Apple's latest mobile operating system promises to bring iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches several useful new camera tricks, the best of which deliver quicker and easier access to snapping photos. 

Perhaps most exciting is that the volume-up button on the iPhone 4 can now be used as a shutter release. But even more useful is the ability to snap a photo straight from a shortcut on the lock screen without having to unlock and search for the camera icon. Even if you have a passcode set, you can snap a new photo without taking the time to enter the code -- you can't see any previous photos you've taken or anything else on your phone without typing your passcode, but you can take a photo immediately (even by using the new volume-up button functionality).

Other camera and photo related enhancements include:

  • Optional grid lines to help you compose your shot using the rule of thirds
  • Pinch-to-zoom when composing your shot
  • Lock in autofocus and auto exposure settings by holding your finger over part of your scene
  • Built-in photo-editing tools including crop, rotate, red-eye reduction, and one-click auto-enhance
  • Organize photos in albums from within Photos app
  • Use iCloud to sync photos between all your iOS 5 devices

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  • Finally - organizing photos into albums

    It's about time. I've been complaining about "Camera Roll" holding everything since iPhone 1.0 was released. In fact, all of these features were badly needed. Can't wait to get the upgrade. Now, if they upgrade the quality of the camera in iPhone 4S, I'll be even happier. It's nice to see the one camera you always have with you become more useful. Thanks Apple.
    BillDem
  • RE: The best new iOS 5 camera and photo features for iPhones and iPads

    Let's hope the upgrade is free for those who have a iPhone already!
    David@...
    • RE: The best new iOS 5 camera and photo features for iPhones and iPads

      @David@...
      Since when have iOS updates ever cost anything?
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  • RE: The best new iOS 5 camera and photo features for iPhones and iPads

    This is not a new feature at all. Apple stole this idea from Microsoft and WP7.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xoFyRI1nIQ
    timotim
    • RE: The best new iOS 5 camera and photo features for iPhones and iPads

      @timotim
      Um, it's a new feature to the Apple products listed above. If you took the time to read the what was written, you probably would have realized this.
      T-Wrench
  • RE: The best new iOS 5 camera and photo features for iPhones and iPads

    ok!Let's hope the upgrade is free for those who have a iPhone already!
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