iPhone 6 camera indoors.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bcc212, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. bcc212 macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2012
    Just noticed this guys. Read a topic with a bunch of people saying the same:

    When using your camera for a photo indoors, the photo is as expected, good, and quite bright actually.

    When shooting a video, in exactly the same place, at the same time with the same light conditions, the video is dark and horrible. As if I'm wearing sunglasses whilst watching the video back. Changing brightness level does nothing.

    Can anyone else with an iPhone 6/6+ check this out?

    Conditions are dark outside, indoor lights on fully.
  2. Bahroo macrumors 68000

    Jul 21, 2012
    its like that with all smartphone cameras, being in camera mode will pick up much more light, but once you go to video mode it picks up less light, has something to do with the aperature/focal length, whatever, when going from camera to video but that is completly normal behavior for smartphones, all of them. including mine, does the same exact thing and I too have always wondered why it does that
  3. bcc212 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2012
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Taking a single image will allow the camera to use a longer shutter time in poor lighting.

    Taking a video does not.
  5. Gmcube macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    Not just phones, cameras in general. As I understand it photos don't need as much light because they use longer shutter speeds. Letting more light in longer is what makes images brighter. Video being shot at 30, 60 whatever frames per second has to be a under a certain speed or else you'll get too much motion blur. With photos its not always as important or apparent.
  6. bcc212 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2012
  7. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    As others have said, it comes down to shutter speed. You can get away with say a half second shutter on photos, but when video is trying to record at 30 or 60 frames per second, that is obviously not doable, and the frame rate can't be lower than 1/30 or 1/60 or else you get stuttering.

    That's why you should never use 60fps and especially not 120/240 in poor light.

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