Apple has dropped a few hints about major alteration plans at WWDC, and iOS 8 concludes absolutely in the camera category.It is offering developers new APIs which enable access to manual camera controls. Ever since the launch of the first iPhone in 2007, Apple has always had the simplest of camera interfaces including an all-automatic camera with no manual controls. Later variants of iOS has launched the HDR photo feature, then a high-resolution panorama, and a few other modes with time, but up until the latest version of iOS, you have no manual settings like ISO, white balance, etc.
AnandTech has taken a closer look at some of the specifics within the camera API and has found that almost all exposure parameters will be accessible.This move will allow for expansive manual control through third party applications that would let users to change ISO sensitivity, shutter speed,focus,white balance and exposure compensation. The new AVCaptureDevice APIs allow developer access to previously hidden controls.

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Apple’s camera app has always been a basic experience. Users can change to HDR mode, swap out the back camera for the front camera, change the flash setting and the AE/AF lock. The lack of manual controls puts you in the capable hands of Apple’s software and often the results are quite good. Professionals and enthusiasts familiar with manual controls should be thrilled at the news. The iPhone has always offered capable hardware, but now it’s coupled with software settings that can offer accuracy that puts users in control. In addition to the manual settings listed above, Apple adds gray card functionality to bypass the auto white balance mechanism, EV bracketing and shutter speed/ISO bracketing.

Apple is planning to include exposure bias controls in the stock camera app. For the more extensive manual controls, you’ll have to rely on third-party apps. As we noted, the iPhone is leading the top cameras on Flickr and that should continue as Apple continues to sanction users with powerful hardware and software. For those serious about photography, when iOS 8 releases this quarter end, you’ll have complete manual control over your shots.

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