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Apple’s iOS 8 is looking far more open than the prior seven versions of software. That includes the camera, which according to one report will allow for full manual setting controls, such as ISO and shutter speed.

iPhone Camera

With iOS 8, Apple has shown a more open attitude, promising to let users add widgets and extensions to their iPhones, for example. That openness may expand to third-party camera apps, according to a report from AnandTech. The tech site says Apple will expose full camera controls in iOS 8, which could equate to better images through precision settings.

Compared to some other camera apps, the base software in iOS is relatively limited. Apple does a solid job at producing quality images through default settings, but if you want to change your shutter speed or ISO level manually, it’s a no-go. By comparison, Nokia’sLumia 1020 debuted last year with a more robust Pro Camera application that provided user access to nearly every setting a DSLR camera might have.

Nokia Pro Camera

That’s pegged to change when iOS 8 debuts in a few months, says AnandTech: “iOS 8 will expose just about every manual camera control possible. This means that ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance, and exposure bias can be manually set within a custom camera application. ” The controls will be available in the iOS 8 SDK so even if Apple’s own Camera app doesn’t offer them, third-party apps can.

Does that mean you’ll get better pictures from iOS 8 than from the prior software? That depends on whether you know how to properly adjust your camera settings for every scene. If so, you’ll have a level of camera control that was generally limited in the past. If not, no worries: The default settings for the iPhone’s camera have always done a great job in most cases for many people. I wouldn’t expect that to change with iOS 8.

  1. I don’t think you read the full AnandTech article. While Apple will offer full manual controls in iOS 8, this is for developers in the SDK, not the default camera app.

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    1. I did read it and noted “That openness may expand to third-party camera apps according to report from AnandTech” in the first paragraph but didn’t mention any other apps after that, so point taken. I’ll clarify a bit. Thanks!

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  2. Reblogged this on Taste of Apple and commented:
    A lot of developers have been waiting for this for a long time. It will make their lives easier and will allow for much improved camera apps and user facing control over them. Looking forward to seeing what they create with this newfound control.

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  3. Nicholas Paredes Thursday, June 19, 2014

    I am quite interested in better controls, and am happy to see that developers may have access to the functionality. The Nokia camera controls are interesting.

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