updated 11:05 am EDT, Wed May 6, 2009
iPhone 3.0 camera software
Apple has tweaked the developer iPhone 3.0 camera software to produce better images, claim two different sources. iPhones.ru notes that it conducted a series of tests 30 times over, comparing photos of scenes shot using both the iPhone 3.0 and 2.2.1 camera apps. The clarity and overall quality of the v3.0 photos is better, the site suggests.
A briefer test run by Gizmodo concentrates on dim lighting, and is described as showing not only clearer images but less murky shadow detail. The iPhone firmware may thus have been given compensation features common to dedicated cameras, such as software-based image stabilization, and shadow/highlight control that tapers any extremes in exposure. Similar features have been attempted by third-party camera apps, which will for instance use the iPhone's accelerometer to judge when to take a photo.