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geepondy

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Does the iphone (in my case iphone 14 pro) have a fixed aperture (wide lens)? If so, are there third party apps that can somehow simulate manual control to set/change the shutter speed and aperture?
 

RRC

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Does the iphone (in my case iphone 14 pro) have a fixed aperture (wide lens)? If so, are there third party apps that can somehow simulate manual control to set/change the shutter speed and aperture?

Give Halide a go… they offer a free trial you can adjust everything manually if you so wish.
 

jazzpolizei

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I was just going to post a recommendation for Halide, so I'll just second this. Their website is pretty informative if you want to scope that out. I've used this app from the get-go and it is a gem.
 

Pandyone

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Yes, the phone has fixed aperture.
You could get third party apps like Moment, Halide, Proshot and similar to change shutter speed and other settings.
Simulate aperture can be done in portrait mode in stock camera app.
 

geepondy

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I will explore Halide. Unfortunately Portrait Mode won't do much to blur a waterfall to simulate motion.
 

Pandyone

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I will explore Halide. Unfortunately Portrait Mode won't do much to blur a waterfall to simulate motion.

For that effect it’s mostly the shutter speed, but slower shutter usually means more light in to the camera.
I can recommend Spectre Camera (same devs as Halide). It takes a picture for a few seconds and “understands” what’s in motion. Spectre then simulate motion and the photo also saves it as Live Photo so you get just the water moving.
 
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Rise Up Games

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Hi there, I'm the developer of ProShot, I saw my app mentioned so thought I'd chime in :)

Phone cameras generally have fixed aperture lenses. This is to keep costs down and to keep as few moving parts as possible in the camera housing, decreasing the chance of things breaking if the phone is dropped.

With computational photography its getting easier to get around camera lens / sensor limitations. Apps like ProShot can use disparity maps or LIDAR data to produce natural looking portrait photos from both the tele and wide angle lenses.

When it come to slow shutter photography, ProShot gives you several options:

1) A bulb mode to keep the shutter open. This is great for capturing star trails. And if you leave Live Photo enabled it will also capture a video of the long exposure developing.

2) ProShot's Light Painting mode has two submodes (Light, Water). The Water submode allows you to take photos of running water even in full sunlight. And again, leaving the Live Photo option enabled allows video of the exposure developing to be saved as well.

Hope that helps, and enjoy your new iPhone!
 

jazzpolizei

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Apr 13, 2015
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Hi there, I'm the developer of ProShot, I saw my app mentioned so thought I'd chime in :)

Phone cameras generally have fixed aperture lenses. This is to keep costs down and to keep as few moving parts as possible in the camera housing, decreasing the chance of things breaking if the phone is dropped.

With computational photography its getting easier to get around camera lens / sensor limitations. Apps like ProShot can use disparity maps or LIDAR data to produce natural looking portrait photos from both the tele and wide angle lenses.

When it come to slow shutter photography, ProShot gives you several options:

1) A bulb mode to keep the shutter open. This is great for capturing star trails. And if you leave Live Photo enabled it will also capture a video of the long exposure developing.

2) ProShot's Light Painting mode has two submodes (Light, Water). The Water submode allows you to take photos of running water even in full sunlight. And again, leaving the Live Photo option enabled allows video of the exposure developing to be saved as well.

Hope that helps, and enjoy your new iPhone!
Thanks for chiming in! It’s always interesting to hear a developer’s POV.
 
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Fat_Guy

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The Verge reporting three days battery life on the iPhone 14 Plus. I’d say that is the record!
 
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