So, my journey has continued and it hasn’t been without a few bumps. The primary one is self-inflicted. You see, when we got into using iPhones for my family many years ago Apple didn’t allow for multiple accounts so everyone shared my Apple ID. This meant that we didn’t have to purchase apps multiple times, but it also has a few side effects. Let’s talk about two of them. The first is that when you add an iPhone to your account and sign in with the shared Apple ID you end up getting text messages that are meant for other phones. It is easy to fix. You go into the Settings and then the Text Message area and there is a section in that called Send & Receive. Every phone and email that you have linked to your Apple ID will be in that and by default you get messages from all of them. Just select the ones that you want and you will be fine.
The other Apple ID related issue has to do with Photos and the Photo Stream. If I turn on My Photo Stream in the Photos & Camera section of Settings then my daughter’s explosion of photos of anime characters and her friends shows up on my phone. Not quite what I want. I can turn that feature off…but I am not sure that it what I want either. Hmm. I will have to investigate. Perhaps when I get the family Apple IDs setup it will all work out.
Photos and Videos
Overall I have been impressed with the quality of the iPhone camera, especially the digital zoom. When I got the Lumia 920 an later the 1520 the camera was billed as top notch and the best on the market. It was decent. but my photos were never spectacular even if they were extremely high resolution. I took this photo today through the back door to my house using the digital zoom at a target that was about 15 feet away.
Here was the shot without zoom
Then with the iPhone zoom
Then I uploaded it to Instagram and got this shot
You can see how it broke down in the last view, but that may have been Instagram as well. Here are a series of other photos that I have taken in various light conditions to showcase some of the photography features. None of these have been edited.
This first one is neat because it uses the screen as the flash for a selfie in low light conditions.
So, I also like to take videos and while I haven’t played with the slo-mo or time lapse techniques yet it is easy to get a video and the camera loads very quickly and switches between photos and videos very fast. That is a big improvement from the Lumia series where the camera load could be irritating. I do miss the hardware camera button though. It takes me a while to get to the camera but once there it is extremely responsive. Here is an example of some video I took in my backyard today. Bright light and an action subject.
The video quality is very good and the sound is decent as well.
Video Editing on the iPhone
In the past, when I got video you either uploaded it in raw format to YouTube, or you used something like MovieMaker to edit the video together. I tried editing a video on my Lumia and even in the past on an iPhone and it was rudimentary, but with my current iPhone has iMovie. This app allowed me to take four raw videos that I took of my dog playing Frisbee and put them together with some photos and some sound effect to make a simple movie that rivals MovieMaker.
Overall, I give it a big thumbs up and likely will use it to make many more such movies.