Note: This post is part of a consolidation exercise, and was originally published 16 September 2011 at http://ibsimpson.calepin.co
16 September 2011
Mulling over Hans Petter Eikemo's thoughts on iPhone photo lag. Echoing his sentiments; the problem occurs as I experience some fleeting event. I want to capture it. From my trouser pocket to taking the photo takes me about six seconds, three if camera.app was open and active before I locked my iPhone. I have missed the moment. No Henri Cartier-Bresson chance; the man has met the puddle.
Hans Petter Eikemo of Ideon proposes [for a future iPhone]:
- When the camera app is inactive, a press on the new [camera] button will launch it.
- Every press captures a photo, even outside the camera app. As a remedy for the most fleeting of photo ops; you shoot instantly from the hip, and when the app is ready, you may review the results or continue to shoot assisted by the viewfinder.
- Press and hold the button momentarily to record video. The subsequent press stops recording.
I am against a new button, because we don't need one. The shutter release (sic - pixel sensor ready and capture) could be initiated in different ways depending on the situation. Let's go through some [iPhone] scenarios.
The phone is asleep in your pocket. You want to take a photo. Quick! Take if out of your pocket and either:
- double-click volume-up button (hold for video)
- double-click volume-down button (hold for video)
- depress volume-up and volume-down button simultaneously (hold for video)
- depress-volume-up and home button simultaneously (hold for video)
- depress volume-down and home button simultaneously (hold for video)
- A setting would allow you to enable the feature to capture photos and/or video from sleep mode. Thus, Private Percy's Privacy is Protected from Prankster Peter.
- A setting would allow you to launch into camera.app (or not) after taking photos from sleep mode.
- Initiating video capture from sleep mode would launch camera.app while you are shooting that video.