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3 Reasons Photographers Should Be Excited for the New iPhone

by Keith Caswell
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CreativeLive CEO Chase Jarvis is always telling us that “the best camera is the one that’s with you,” — and for many people, the camera that’s with them is their iPhone. Which means that a lot of photographers — both professional and otherwise — were actively tuned into to Apple’s live keynote event announcing the newest generation of iPhones. Because the device has historically also functioned as an extremely popular camera, the imaging capabilities are always a big hit during the company’s keynotes.

So, what can you photogs expect from Apple’s newest generation of phones? Here are the bullet points for you:

  • All new sensor: The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models will have an 8 megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels and ƒ/2.2 aperture, comparable to the iPhone 5s. However, the new iPhones will include a totally new sensor for both the front- and rear-facing cameras. The sensor will utilize something Apple refers to as “focus pixels” for more accurate focusing, as well as phase detection autofocus, a feature common in high-end DSLRs. Thanks to the devices’ new A8 processor, according to Phil Schiller, focusing with the iPhone camera will be almost twice as fast.

  • Image stabilization: The iPhone 6 has digital image stabilization, similarly to the 5s. However, the larger iPhone 6 Plus will use optical image stabilization, a first for the iPhone line. This means the camera will physically move to compensate for the user’s movements and hand shake, allowing for accurate, speedy focus and less blurry photos.

  • Slow motion videos at 240 frames per second: A little something for all the video enthusiasts among Apple’s customers, the slow motion functionality introduced in the last iPhone release has gotten an upgrade. Shooting video at 240 FPS now allows you to playback videos eight times slower than the original capture. The phone also now captures 1080p video at 60 FPS instead of the 30 FPS of previous iterations.

These features and more will certainly delight the throngs of iPhoneographers who have been itching for the new devices since rumors about them began flying throughout the tech world. Your photos will also now look extra stunning on the devices’ new Retina HD displays, boasting over 1 million pixels on the iPhone 6 and over 2 million on the iPhone 6 Plus.

The new iPhone models will be available on September 19, with pre-order beginning on September 12.


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Keith Caswell

Keith Caswell is a writer, musician, and amateur photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington. Follow him on Twitter at @kthcswll.