By Stephen Schenck | June 6, 2011 2:32 PM
Apple’s updating the iPhone’s Camera app for iOS 5, making it faster to take photos, while giving you new controls to help you get the best shot possible.
One of the biggest things to happen to Camera in iOS 5 is that the volume-up button now functions as a shutter. For all the powerful options the software on smartphones affords you when it comes to picture-taking, things can just feel “off” when you’re using a touchscreen to snap a pic; that will no longer be an issue for the iPhone.
Once you’ve got your subject framed-up, using pinch-to-zoom to control your cropping, you can easily adjust camera settings for the scene by tapping on what portion of the frame you’d like to use to control the camera’s exposure and set its focal point. In iOS 5, when you hold your finger there for a moment, those settings will lock-in.
After an image is taken, you can now do some basic editing from right within the app. You’ll want to use a dedicated image manipulation app for any serious work, but cropping, rotating, and red-eye-reduction are now available right in Camera.
Lastly, you can get to Camera faster than ever with the ability to launch the app directly from the smartphone’s lock screen. When time’s of the essence, every second it takes to get the app running could mean missing that shot. You can even get into Camera without entering your unlock passcode, for extra time-savings. Of course, your existing pics will be protected until the phone is properly unlocked.