Disable one feature to improve low-light pictures taken on the Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Disable one feature to improve low-light pictures taken on the Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
Apple gave the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus a bump on their rear cameras to 12MP from 8MP. The f/2.2 aperture remained the same from the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. That aperture setting will allow users to take quality photos in low-light conditions. But if you find that images photographed without a good light source are coming out darker than you'd like, there is one setting that you can disable that will improve this.

It all has to do with the Live Photo feature on the new iPhone models. Live Photo shows you a quick three-second video of a picture you just snapped if you employ 3D Touch on the screen. The video shows 1.5-seconds before the picture was snapped, and the subsequent 1.5 seconds. Yes, it's adorable to see that picture of your kid come to life. But for Live Photo to work, it needs to be constantly filming video at 12fps. Because of this, when you snap a picture, the Live Photo feature commits the camera to continue to video the scene. Thus, the amount of light captured for the actual still photo is less than would be captured in a normal picture.

By disabling Live Photo in the top bar of your camera app, you can snap better pictures in low-light conditions. Under normal lighting conditions, there is not much of a difference, which is why you might have to make a tough decision about what to do. Another thing to consider is that the output of images from Live Camera takes up more storage than regular photos do. If you own a 16GB version of the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you might want to disable the feature for this reason alone.


source: 9to5Mac

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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29 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Nice trick. Any news on the iPhone 6S review?

14. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

I see no difference between those two photos, they look the same in terms of light conditions and outcome

30. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Those are screenshots of the camera UI i.e. no post processing done to improve them

34. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

"The video shows 1.5-seconds before the picture was snapped, and the subsequent 1.5 seconds." Copying HTC.... well done!

36. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Exactly my thoughts too

37. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

sorry or posting her but hey PA Get a couple of photos to prove that you're right about this is better than just words

2. SnakєBoyVincentLiu unregistered

Who would want to disable the innovative Live Photos feature?

7. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Innovative justo look playstore camera mx had shoot TVE past photos And what about zoe con htc m8

11. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Ok, I am now going to do what Apple users normally say when we say turn of a Samsung thing to make thing better, if you need to turn it off to get things good, then it's doa from the get go and so on, hm Apple getting more like Samsung by the day Then in saying that Samsung now as way better looking phones before and after a new iPhone comes out, I never was thinking that was going to happen

17. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Please also note Apple speed of there new iPhones is down to hd as they got there own new format and they not using Emma, but something that like as fast as ufs, but uses ther MacBook controller, no joke, I.e. Al, the new speed is not down to CPU and also why reviews was saying transfer speeds was faster on files

20. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Samsung was 100% right to remove the sd card and go with ufs, I be thinking they was up on this move by apple

21. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Just shoot a timelapse video when you are with your child. Pause the vid, screenshot --> Live photo?

35. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

timelapse videos have resolution of fullHD, too small compared to what Live photo can offer

4. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

This site looks more like iphonearena everyday

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Apple sells 13million iPhones in two days in just what 8 countries? You expect them to spam the site with what, seriously? Galaxy S6 that sells that much in two months? I am not saying they shouldn't post anything non Apple. All I am saying is narrow minded people like you can not comprehend that tech sites post what's usually hot. And anything Apple (good or bad) is always hot. There are plenty of Android sites that hate and spit on anything Apple which you can enjoy. The most sold phone for last 7 years is iPhone, and not by small margin but by huge margin. More people will want and care for Apple news in general tech sites. So ye.

15. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

So by your logic if Apple sells 26million next year, number of articles should also double? I am assuming linear progression for sake of my senses, I can't even imagine what would happen if it's a quadratic or parabolic relation.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30831; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn good post bro. +100,000

6. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

This site looks more like iphonearena everyday

8. johntheone

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Idiot. ^

16. twens

Posts: 1163; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I love apple but I think if the tech site continues to spare Apple when ever they go wrong we consumers (iOS lovers) will continue to pay for tiny improvements yearly. For the price they are asking I think an s6 camera quality is deserved by we that spend money to buy the phone. Most reviews I've seen on YouTube so far against the current Samsung devices clearly shows Apple is taking we the consumers for granted. A new phone can't beat a 6 month old one in photography. I watched a speed test also and the s6 was in most cases faster not that a millisecond speed difference matters that much but we deserve the greatest each year we spend our hard end money.

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

IPhone 5s to 6s perform largely the same. That applies to Windows Phone too. IOS is light weight minors level stuff, anything can run it well. With Android things will only get better once the hardware and software methods imorove. Android OEMs got the teething and growing pains out of the way fast. IOS is just starting to receive theirs the more features they add.

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You can tell that ios devices would hit diminishing perfirmance returns faster than Android due to the nature of IOS giving full priority to the UI.

33. hydrogenet

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I agree. Tech sites are flattering iPhones year after year for their small improvements. Prices kept high. Still mono sound recording (its just horrible for a 2015 phone) and other small nitpicks. If everyone would universally agree that the improvements are worthless and the phone (especially UI) hasn't changed in millenias *cough* *cough* the word would spread quickly and Apple would be f'ed. I hope this day comes.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30831; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Live Photos is da bombdiggaty!

23. jojon

Posts: 426; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

both pics are very poor, now if i had my 1020 there..!

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

So much for the just click and shoot aspect of the iPhone camera the homers championed before.

27. sticker

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

What is Live photo means? Presume like ZOE?

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yup, like ZOE or a GIF. Lol

38. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

have a 6s since launch- low light photography a big disappointment. Yes it lets in more light but almost every detail looks smudgy. Colors are way off as well.

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