If you just purchased the iPhone 5, upgraded to iOS 6 on a previous model or are thinking about doing either, one feature you are sure to love is the new panorama feature on the built-in camera app. I played around with it this weekend in the mountains while the aspens were turning bright yellow so I’ve got a few tips and comments for you.
iOS 6 Panorama Examples
Before we get any further, check out the samples below. Overall, I was very impressed with the picture quality. You could definitely print these out and hang them on a wall (as shown in the “Cheese” commercial for the iPhone 5). In fact, when I opened these in Photoshop CS6, it recognized them as RAW images. The biggest issue I had was with sun glare as you can see in a couple of the samples. This could be avoided by shooting away from the sun, but that isn’t always possible in a time crunch. The colors are magnificent and you can quickly get a handle on how to use this function after about 3 test shots, if not before. The best part? No tripod needed. iOS native functions always beat add-on apps if you ask me. I have used a number of panorama apps and this is now my definite favorite. One reason why is that it is fast… other apps take forever to save and/or export to your camera roll.
Tips for Getting the Best Shot
- Avoid shooting into the sun if possible to avoid glare.
- Go slow. If you take your time, you can avoid missing pixels at the top or bottom of your shot.
- Shoot on level ground if possible. Otherwise, you may think you are moving straight when you aren’t.
- Don’t freak out if the arrow deviates from the center line… correct the position and go on.
- If necessary, use the HDR function in combination with the panorama shot (they can work together).
What do you think of the new iOS panoramic camera function? Do you have any other thoughts/tips/feedback to add?