iOS 4.1 Features: First Look At HDR Photos

iOS 4.1

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos is one of the major new features introduced in iOS 4.1.

At Apple’s September 1 special event, Steve Jobs explained that HDR photos are created using 3 photos taken in rapid succession: one normal, one under-exposed, and one over-exposed. The photos are then combined using some pretty sophisticated algorithms to create an enhanced composite photo.

Folks at Gizmodo tested the new feature in iOS 4.1 to find out how the HDR photos look. Here are some of their observations:

While we’ve only played around with the feature for a while, we noticed that it seems to favor—or even privilege—highlights. This makes some of the HDR photos seem washed out next to their non-HDR counterparts while making the colors look more natural. It also means that the iPhone 4’s tricky white balance troubles are practically an issue of the past.

Gizmodo found that the HDR feature doesn’t work too well in places where there is low level lighting:

It’s worth nothing however, that the HDR feature does seem to struggle a bit in case of environments with low level lighting or situations where there isn’t a dynamic range to exploit. My bathroom appears to cause one of those situations because my poor rubber duckies confused the HDR feature and resulted in a funky, messed up image despite the iPhone being held perfectly still during the photo.

iOS 4.1 - HDR photos

Gizmodo concludes:

That little quirk aside, the HDR feature seems to lead to far more natural looking photos in general. But since it’s not always easy to predict when this will be the case, I recommend toggling the photo settings to save both the HDR version of a photo as well as the normally exposed version.

You can checkout some of the HDRs photos taken using an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1:

iOS 4.1 - HDR photos
iOS 4.1 - HDR photos
iOS 4.1 - HDR photos
iOS 4.1 - HDR photos

I’m no expert when it comes to photography but the photos look much better with the HDR feature except for the photo in low level lighting.

iOS 4.1 is scheduled to be released on September 8.

Let us know what you think about the new HDR feature in iOS 4.1 in the comments section below.

[via Gizmodo]

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  • Ju1cebox

    Well 1st of all you can see some improvements, but will you notice a difference with the 3GS. Looking forward to 4.1 and the release of JB for it as well

  • how much time dev-team might take to realease the jb for 4.1?

  • It is hardly HDR.
    It just seems to save some detail in the highlights, not much else?

    There is an app in the app store called "Pro HDR" that actually exposes twice to produce a fairly decent hdr image from the phone.

    It is cool to have this feature in 4.1 but calling it HDR is like calling iTunes 10 new logo "good".

  • Hmmm Da Dum

    is this feature for all iphones or just the iphone 4?

  • Brad

    Wrong thread douche. Try and ask about jailbreaking on the article about warning jailbreakers to stay away from os 4.1 until we hear further from DevTeam. I'm pretty sure this article (though it has many spelling errors) is about HDR — not about Jailbreaking. I saw your Twitter account – you're a twit for sure. You're following @MuscleNerd and a few others. I'm pretty sure he'll be tweeting about the jailbreak as he is working on it, and or when it becomes available. Do you see others asking here? Don't you think that whomever jailbreaks 4.1, that we're all going to find out? Maybe you're just that ignorant. I guarantee one thing though, this won't be the article they're going to post it on. You're a moron spoonie. You like to be fed information like babies need to be fed. Unless you have something worth while to say, keep it buttoned.

  • Jcm800

    Lmao! Now that was a very funny reply. That tickled me, thanks for that 🙂

  • Jcm800

    Lmao, that was hilarious 🙂

  • Jcm800

    Damn that was meant to be in reply to Brad.

  • Bmoney

    It's seems that the non native camera apps are better than the native camera. The HDR app has been out for awhile. I don't see why this is even news.

  • jdb

    It was hilarious. Perhaps a little drawn out, but that's my sense of humor. I'd like to buy this guy a beer, end up offending him or getting offended, fight, and then drink some more beer.

  • CristV77

    i just hope that no A*&$)*# will start asking the Dev Team the JB release date, so plz, we all should be a little patient, it will come soon, we know thats how they work

  • Robinho

    It's not something new !

  • SOoooooo, anyone heard when this jb will be out? LMAO

  • Snap… very true about the logo next time Steve pay me lots of money to design it for you. hell i can do at least better than that?

    LMAO you know what happened.. apple went broke from giving out free bumpers and could only afford stock vectors from istock. BAZING

  • djman10

    I understand that totally new features are exciting but I'd rather see Apple spend time and effort in fixing or refining the things that don't work well in iOS 4. Examples? 1. The Notes App needs to have user-selectable sorting orders instead of automatic sort by modified date, and/or a folder or grouping mechanism. As it is now it takes way too long to find a note among 50 or so.
    Ex2: Too many steps are required to delete a calendar entry or a contact. Move the delete button a screen before the edit screen.
    Ex3: Quick access to toggles for wifi, bluetooth, and airplane mode are needed.

    And the list goes on……

  • anon

    I agree with needing quick toggles. I dont know why they couldnt be added to the task switcher screen. The whole top of that task switcher is blanked out and just the 4 icons at the bottom are shown. You could add toggles and better music controls there. I hate swiping to the left to get to the music controls after I double tap home.

  • uk joe

    what a fucking idiot who the hell are you to tell people they are ignorant morons because they simply asked a question. is this your page you stuck up twat. this is iphone hacks what does it matter what is asked if its about iphone. go shove your head up your arse you tosser. your just a show the way dont bother answering this i wont be hear to read it.

  • superfreak

    Why so much anger??? LOL

  • CristV77

    lol, if thats what u call yourself, lol, be my guest

  • Naco

    I'm sure their $30 pieces of plastic drove them to bankruptcy. You know, since we're not paying like $200+ for a new phone, with a new version coming out every 6 months or so. Oh, wait…

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  • Johnny

    Hey Brad…Go f*** yourself!!! Who the f*** do you think you are talking like that? This is the internet and people are free to ask whatever questions they want!

  • Johnny

    Oh Brad, I also wanted to mention that YOUR A F***ING TOOL!!!!