While Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus broke the opening weekend sales record, it appears as if the high-end flagships have hit their first road bump. Several early adopters of Apple's latest flagship smartphones are complaining of grainy images in low-light conditions. While the Cupertino-based tech giant is mum on the subject, there is an instant fix for your camera troubles.
Folks at 9to5Mac dug into the settings of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S camera to realise that turning off the Live Photos feature significantly improved low-light imaging.
"To take a Live Photo, the iPhone 6s has to be constantly recording video at 12fps. When the photo is snapped, it cannot leave the exposure long enough to capture more light and generate a clearer image for the actual static photo, because of the requirement to continue the video recording. It can't get the same exposure or ISO that the camera normally can when taking a normal photo," 9to5Mac explains.
Disable Live Photos
In order to disable Live Photos, open Camera app on your iPhone and toggle the circular icon on the top right next to HDR option to off. When the icon appears white, Live Photos is turned off. You can turn on Live Photos by tapping on the circle icon so the colour changes to yellow.
What is Live Photos in new iPhone 6S?
Apple's camera improvements included an introduction of a new feature called Live Photos. Using this, users can capture a three-second short video clip to bring life to photos. According to Apple, "A still photo captures an instant frozen in time. With Live Photos, you can turn those instants into unforgettable living memories. At the heart of a Live Photo is a beautiful 12‑megapixel photo. But together with that photo are the moments just before and after it was taken, captured with movement and sound."