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5 iPhone Camera Features I want in iOS 6



When Apple announces new iOS features and the new iPhone, I expect to see a number of new camera features and functions.

It is very likely that we’ll see some of these features in June at WWDC, when Apple typical shows off new iOS features, but we could see Apple hold off on announcing all the features to keep some exclusive to the iPhone 5.

Read: iPhone 5 Release Date and Rumor Roundup

While the iPhone 4S’ camera is one of the best smartphone cameras available, Android phones like the Galaxy S III and the HTC One X are upping the ante with new features that users would love to pair with an awesome camera sensor.

camera_icon5 iPhone Camera Features for iOS 6

Most of these features are already available in third party apps, but it is much more convenient to have features like this built into iOS and available with the tap of a single app instead of trying to find the right app for the right shot. If these features are built in, they will also be accessible from the lock screen.

Video and Pictures at the Same Time

One of the cool new features found on new Android smartphones is the ability to take pictures while recording video. This feature was once a selling point for expensive point and shoot models and DLSRs, but is now a standard feature for the Galaxy S III and the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE.

With this feature parents and pet owners no longer need to choose between recording Buffy’s cute face and taking photos.

One downside is that the pictures are lower resolution than those taken when not in a movie.

QuickPix already offers this in a standalone app, but it would be great to have built into the standard camera app.

Burst Mode

The iPhone has almost no shutter lag, but it would be awesome to see a Burst Mode that captures five to ten photos in one touch. This type of mode is perfect for capturing sports on the iPhone or just trying to capture a beautiful moment.

Jailbroken iPhones using PictureMe can shoot in Burst Mode, as shown in the video above, which shows how burst mode might work in iOS 6.

Remote Viewfinder

How often are you forced to retake group photos because there is no way to know if everyone is in the frame. Whether it’s an outstretched hand holding the iPhone or a tripod, it’s tough to know what the image will look like without using the crappy front facing camera.

If Apple added a remote viewfinder feature, two iPhones, or an iPhone and an iPad could pair to turn one into the camera and the other into the viewfinder.

remote shutter iphone

Apps like Remote Shutter and Camera A / Camera B offer this functionality, but Remote Shutter requires the same Apple ID or a separate purchase and Camera A / Camera B requires the installation of apps before hand.

A native feature would automatically sync up with another iPhone using Bluetooth or WiFi, providing the choice of nearby iPhones based on the name of the device.

Share to Facebook

Sharing photos in iOS with Facebook is a pain, especially compare to Twitter. It would be great if Apple finally offered Facebook integration with the camera and photos app.

iPhone Facebook Integration Photos

While Apple’s at it, support for multiple photo uploads to Facebook from the photo gallery would be an awesome addition.

Panorama Mode

A hidden panorama mode never made the cut with iOS 5, but Apple might bring it to iOS 6. The iPhone panorama mode would allow users to capture wide, sweeping panoramas for sharing online.

Unlike Panorama apps that force users to take multiple pictures and stitch them together, this mode allows users to press the shutter once and slowly sweep the camera from left to right.

I’m hoping a full featured version of this would also support vertical panoramas. The great panorama feature on my Sony point and shoot is one of the few things I miss when I go out to take photos with the iPhone 4S.

Separately these new features don’t mean much to me, but combined they mean I can leave my point and shoot at home without missing out.

What iPhone camera features would you like to see in iOS 6 or as part of the iPhone 5?




  1. JM_66

    05/10/2012 at 7:35 am

    Why not just get an Android phone? It already has all of those features built-in.

    • Ziltoid

      05/10/2012 at 7:58 am

      Umm, because they want it on IOS.

    • Josh Smith

      05/10/2012 at 8:06 am

      There are a lot of reasons people choose an iPhone over Android other than the camera. I am lucky enough to use both iOS and Android on a daily basis, so the biggest reason I want this on iOS is because the iPhone takes better photos.

      The One X could be a nice choice though. Look forward to seeing more photo samples and playing with one.

  2. Ed

    05/10/2012 at 11:21 am

    How about a feature that lets you tag or label photos after you take them? This way you can use Spotlight Search to find specific pictures.

    I’m tired of scrolling through thousands of pictures to find one I took six months ago.

  3. Sharif

    05/10/2012 at 7:43 pm

    Try using Photosynth for panoramas. While the quality isn’t great, it functions exactly the same as you describe it.

  4. Paul

    06/29/2012 at 6:42 am

    Excellent wish list!

    Did not know that some cameras can do panorama mode with the one-button sweep! That’s quite good–and saves the tedium of later registering and stitching together multiple shots

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