Camera+ updated to support iPhone 5’s new and improved low light mode

Camera+, one of the most popular and feature-laden third party camera apps for the iPhone, has just become the first app to support the iPhone 5’s dynamic low light mode. As explained on stage during the official unveiling, the iPhone 5’s camera provides up to 2 f-stops greater low light performance, meaning it can go all the way up to 3200 ISO when needed (vs 800 previously). As explained by Scott Meinzer of TapTapTap:

Apple has added the ability for the sensor in the iPhone 5 to take pictures at 4 times the sensitivity. If you’re a camera buff this means the ISO can go from a limit of 800 before, up to 3200 now!

We’re excited to announce that Camera+ 3.5.1 supports extended low-light shooting on the iPhone 5! To show you exactly what this means we’ve taken a comparison photo with Camera+ on the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5 with new low-light mode. It adds some additional noise, as you can see in the 100% zoom, but it also enables you to take photos you wouldn’t have been able to take otherwise.

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After a weekend with the iPhone 5, here’s what I think of the latest Apple device

After countless browser reloads on UPS’ tracking page and waiting for the UPS truck to show up, my pre-ordered iPhone 5 (Black/Slate 32GB) finally arrived on Friday afternoon. Upon opening the box like a slobbering kid in a candy store, I was greeted with a familiar looking iPhone, one that was noticeably taller, but not wider. Despite reading all the reviews online and hearing about how it’s 20% lighter, I was still taken aback by just how much lighter it actually felt in my hand. It almost felt like I was picking up an iPhone made entirely of plastic. And the fact that it’s 18% slimmer is also immediately apparent when held. All in all, the iPhone 5’s form factor is just sleek and sexy as hell. Factor in that I skipped the 4S, this was one heck of an upgrade.

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iPhone 5’s camera: 8 MP, 25% thinner than 4S’, and improved low light shooting

Like the new A6 processor, the iPhone 5’s camera isn’t a monumental leap over its predecessor. In fact, it’s the same 8MP, f/2.4 aperture and 5-element lens found on that of the iPhone 4S, but it’s 25% thinner to compliment the phone’s slimmer profile. Improvements come in the form of a dynamic low light mode, which gives up to 2 f-stops greater low-light performance. A new sapphire lens crystal cover is now used, and it’s more durable and clear. The A6 chip also lends a helping hand, as it further reduces noise and includes a “smart filter” for improved color matching. Oh yes, you can expect 40% faster image and video captures, and even take stills while video recording.

And for those who want to get fancy with their photography, the iPhone 5 camera features a new panorama mode. By stitching together a string of snapshots, the camera will create one large panoramic image (28 megapixel!). As for videos, the rear camera will still shoot in 1080p, but it’ll feature better video stabilization and facial recognition. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera is now 720p (backside illuminated), thus giving you better Facetime resolution. Speaking of video chat, you can finally FaceTime your other half over cellular networks.