Manual camera controls in iOS 8


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.

For “serious” iPhone photographers, iOS 8 will open up a whole new range of possibilities.

  • DanielSw

    Love it. My iPhone 5 is the camera I have with me all time and it lets me get very decent shots I’d otherwise miss. As much as I loved my Canon DSLR, I rarely had it with me, and I rarely found time to go on a deliberate shoot. Looking forward to the iPhone 6 and its most likely superior camera, along with better controls with iOS 8.

  • This may prove very useful to us in the near future. #photoapp

  • John V.

    I don’t know if anyone watched the custom camera control API WWDC session, but I did.

    And in this case truly the sum was more then the parts. And I mean the automatic controls made the results seem like more the individual camera controls reveal as the ugly reality of compromise when you need to stuff a microscopic camera in a small handheld device.

    What I’m trying to say is Apple did wonders to mix the right settings on the fly so people can take a good shot with a camera so small, the focus is literally set by modifying the magnetic field around a tiny spring, a spring stretched or compressed unintentionally by the weight of the lens as you move the phone in your hands.

    Developers who kept screaming for custom controls will now see that there was no golden treasure hidden in the golden goose, it’s just they killed the goose and now have to manage all this shit Apple managed for them for free.

    Don’t expect your next camera iPhone to do wonders. It won’t.

    • DanielSw

      What a ridiculously negative post! Watch the WWDC video on manual camera controls for yourself and draw your own conclusions. I did.

      As with any adjustable camera, not everyone will want to go manual. But now with iOS 8, Apple and developers will provide this control for those who do.

      Demos are given in the video. From those I can see that the controls are well-thought-out and easy to use and understand, given a basic grasp of photography fundamentals.

      Since there are no adjustable apertures on iOS cameras, that leaves shutter speed (called duration), ISO, and white balance, all of which have HUD sliders. There will also be bracketing.

      These are welcome features which have been requested by MANY over the years.

      • Terry Maraccini

        Don’t find it negative at all. I’ve been shooting all my life. Automation made it possible to get the majority of people getting a correct exposure most of the time. Besides finer control over exposure modes, there is not a whole lot of practical incentive for the great majority of photographers.

        what I expect to see is a set of camera apps that would allow a person to control aspects of exposure more precisely in a specific case study.

        • DanielSw

          I was referring to John V’s post, NOT the article.

    • You mean “developers, don’t expect the custom camera control to do wonders”, right? The will still dial them in for users, right?

      Going to watch that session either today or Monday.

  • Terry Maraccini

    And thus a whole generation of photographers will discover that it takes knowledge to run a camera manually. This is great news.