The iPhone camera is one of its most popularfeatures specially after getting used to it. You can easily abandon your lovely high mega pixel digital camera. It is so easy pull your iPhone from your pocket, take a picture and immediately share it with others on the internet, which is something a normal digital camera wouldn't normally do.
The iPhone camera can capture both still photos and videos. Having a camera in your iPhone
has two great advantages over a conventional
digital camera. One advantage is that your
is always connected to the internet as you must have a data plan with your iPhone. The second advantage is the built in GPS chip.
Since you are always connected to the internet, you can quickly take a picture and immediately share it with your friends and family either by email or by other social network application like Facebook or Twitter. You can also share a video on YouTube App with a tap of a button using iPhone Photo Application.
The social network website Flickr shows that the iPhone camera is the most popular
used to upload pictures to their website as of August 2011 as you can see in the graph below.
The built in
chip is another great advantage of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s is that any picture your take has position attached to it. This means that using a feature called places in the iPhone Photo application, you can display your pictures based on location as you can see in the pictures below.
The biggest jump in iPhone camera quality was implemented in the iPhone 4 with a 5 mega pixel camera, an LED flash, and a backside illumination sensor. The picture quality was improved at both day light and low light. Then the iPhone 4S came with an 8MP camera that improved picture quality even further.
The iPhone Video Camera:
and iPhone 3G
didn't have the ability to record video which was one of the disadvantages at that time. However, it was still possible to record video with some iPhone hacks from Cydia which required an iPhone jailbreak. iPhone video recorder is such an app for the iPhone 2G and 3G that is available in Cydia.
The front facing camera has lower quality picture and video capture. However, it has very good level of quality for video chat.
With iOS 5, Apple added a camera button right in the lock screen that can be activated by double clicking the home button at the lock screen. Also, you could use the volume button to capture a picture instead of tapping on the screen.
iPhone Camera Applications:
There are so many iPhone applications dedicated to the iPhone camera in the App Store. They give more features and options than the default camera application. For example, some camera applications add stability control using the accelerometer of the iPhone to capture a more stable picture. Once the accelerometer senses that the
is still, it will shoot the picture.
Other camera apps have some other effects like brightness, black and white, Xray, infrared, night vision, timer, full screen camera button, flash light effect to brighten a dark picture, and many other effects. Some of those camera apps add a digital zooming function to the camera which is a feature only available in iOS 4, iOS 5 and later.
iPhone Camera Vs. Digital Camera:
Depending on your situation, it is very likely that your iPhone camera replaces your conventional
digital still camera
as it did to me. There are many reasons why people such as myself just use their iPhone camera and use it instead of the dedicated
1- It is convenient and quick.
is always with you, so you won't loose that moment when you need the picture compared to a dedicated
which is usually left at home and is only available when planned.
3- It is portable and available all the time.
4- It is easy to sync with iTunes to save your pictures to your computer, or use an iPhone backup methods to save your iPhone photos without iTunes.
5- The picture quality is very good specially with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
6- It is easy to share videos and pictures with others on FaceBook and many other social network sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Some of those iPhone accessories come with iPhone cases that allow you to have different lens attach to them. Different lenses provide different viewing capabilities. For example, some lenses give wide angle view, while others provide optical zooming capability.