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Camera+ is first to support iPhone 5′s low-light mode

Submitted by on October 3, 2012 – 4:28 pm 2 Comments

Camera+, iPhone 5, low light mode

camera plus, camera+, tap tap tapWithin days of the new 3.5 update, Camera+ for iPhone has been updated again. The big new feature in this update is that the app now takes advantage of the new low-light capabilities of the iPhone 5. Keep reading to find out “MOAR”. >>>

Sorry. I couldn’t resist that. If you’ve read the App Store description of the update, you’ll understand why.

With the 3.5.1 update, Camera+ now supports the same low-light sensitivity as the native Camera app on the iPhone 5. Basically, this boosts the ISO of the camera in low light situations, increasing the light sensitivity from 800 up to 3200 (higher/faster is better), allowing for the same improved low-light performance and reduced noise of Apple’s Camera app. It’s kinda cool watching low-light mode kick in.

This makes this the first third-party camera app to support the feature in the new camera. This doesn’t effect owners of the iPhone 4S or older.

The update now also supports higher quality photos than previous versions when sharing to Facebook, saving at 900×1200 pixels. You can upload to any of “My Albums” that you have access to — a cool sharing feature.

Unfortunately, the viewfinder has not been fixed on the iPhone 5. Because of the iPhone 5′s larger screen, like Apple’s Camera app, the viewfinder of Camera+ 3.5.1 is still inaccurate. While images still have an aspect ratio of 4:3, the viewfinder in this update is still the slimmer 3:2 and won’t show all objects on the long edges of the frame. Some might call that a feature. I call it broken.

One more undocumented casualty of the new updates — Camera+ no longer supports iOS 4.0. You’ll need iOS 5.0 or newer. If you’re still on an old iPhone 3G or 3GS and haven’t upgraded to a newer OS, you’re now out of the upgrade path.

I’m glad Apple is giving developers access to this functionality right out of the box, rather than go through the nebulous and confusing debacle that has happened with Volume Shutter. The low light mode of the iPhone 5 is pretty amazing and I’m certain this is the first of many third party app updates to take advantage of the feature.

Camera+ is on sale now for only $0.99. Its regular price is $1.99. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.

  • Rob

    No one should call the viewfinder that doesn't show everything in the photo frame a feature. I really hope they fix that SOON.

    • Kodachrome

      It's kinda like the viewfinder of a Leica, which basically is "meh, close enough" accurate. It's just like Steve Jobs always dreamed.

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