I’m a bit of an Apple Fanboy. I’ve tried to stay impartial but I really enjoy using Apple products (they’re fun). With the release of iOS 10 yesterday I noticed three new iOS 10 features for Streettogs. (Plus some stuff to come)
Easier to get at camera
The big new change is the camera is easier to get at. Before iOS 10 you’d have to turn on the phone (either by the power button or home button (but not unlock the phone) and then swipe up from the right hand side of the phone (touching the camera icon). This was pretty quick and I managed to get a few good moments thanks to this easy of use. Now its even simpler.
Now, when you lift up your phone to use it, the screen turns on automagically, then you swipe right (easier than getting in the correct position to swipe up from) and the camera is there. This saves a couple of touches of the screen.
For the record, I think there are some better Android implementations out there. I believe a sony phone has a dedicated button, if you press it once, the camera is activated. Press again to shoot. Then there are the android devices which have the option to shake the phone to activate the camera (this is now pretty common). I’d love to see a dedicated camera button on the iPhone but with the removal of the physical home button, who knows how likely that is.
Shoot in RAW
This is only in the latest phones and tablets (iPhone 6S/6S+/SE and iPad Pro 9.7) but it adds extra editablity of images. Perhaps this isn’t as important for some street photographers (who don’t heavily edit their images) but seeing as the iPhone camera’s brain can make interesting decisions regarding the exposure of the image, this can help to recover more details. [That’s not in the native camera app though so you have to use an app like Manual. You can’t set this as a default so if you want the easy opening camera, it won’t be a RAW image.]
Edit in RAW
Adding onto that, you can edit images in RAW now too. Technically you could do this in IOS 9 with Lightroom mobile and very recently Snapseed. This has just gone further. The greater support is very welcome for people like me who like editing images on their iPad and not a desktop.
Don’t forget the iPhone 7
Of course, the iPhone 7 has a couple of interesting features for streettogs including the upgraded camera and most importantly the 56mm lens. While many street photographers would choose something closer to the current 28mm choice, the option of shooting 56mm is a nice change (especially for street portraits).