The iPhone 5 was announced yesterday along with the new operating system called iOS 6. The new iOS will be released on Wednesday, but some developers have started using it to get their apps ready to run on it.
Apple discussed the new panorama feature during their presentation yesterday.
iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. For good reason. Photos look so stunning, it’s hard to believe they were taken with a mobile phone. And everything that made the iSight camera in iPhone 4S the world’s favorite is now on iPhone 5 — and then some. The new panorama feature lets you capture everything from a family reunion group photo to a jaw-dropping shot of the Grand Canyon. With one smooth motion you can shoot up to an impressive 240 degrees. The gyroscope, A6 chip, and Camera app work together to create one seamless, high-resolution panorama up to 28 megapixels.
This feature will also work on older iPhones. When you have the camera app open, you tap the Options button and then tap on the Panorama button that you see. After that you just rotate around and keep a cute little arrow along a line in the middle. It’s really simple.
I took this shot at lunchtime with the glaring sun up in the sky. I haven’t done a lot of testing to see how quickly you can spin, but this one was done in just a few seconds. Click on the image to see it on Flickr (full resolution has been uploaded).
When you update to iOS 6 (available next week) you’ll get to make nifty shots like this one. The size of the shots are really large, and depend a bit on how straight you kept the camera. The images turn out to be around 10800 x 2430 pixels on my iPhone 4s during my testing. This type of image has problems with items that are close to the camera, since it has a problem aligning/splicing these things together (example is when you stand next to a fence or a cubicle wall) so the clearest shots are the scenery type.
There are a number of apps available that already create panoramas so the developers of those will have to work to include more features than the built in camera app. I’m guessing we’ll see more panorama images on the various photo sites in the upcoming year.