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Apple buys SnappyLabs for high-speed iPhonography burst tech

updated 09:22 pm EST, Sun January 5, 2014

Now-withdrawn SnappyCam could take up to 60 pictures per second

Apple has confirmed that it has bought a one-man company called SnappyLabs, makers of iOS-only camera app SnappyCam. The app (prior to being withdrawn) was able to take full-resolution picture at up to 30 frames per second, three times more than Apple's camera software offers in "burst mode." With resolution scaling, the app could even manage up to 60 frames per second with continuous, DSLR-like shooting.

Unlike most of Apple's acquisitions, the purpose of this one is obvious and direct: future iPhone camera software will be able to offer faster burst-mode photography, in some cases at speeds that many consumer and prosumer "real" cameras can't match. Snappycam's highest photo speeds were limited to the iPhone 5s, but even on an iPhone 5 it could shoot eight-megapixel full-frame images at 20 frames per second.

The original app offered full EXIF tag support, left-hander control support, and an iPhone 5s-esque method of quickly selecting the best photo taken in burst mode and discarding the others. The technology SnappyLabs used to enable faster burst photography, combined with the existing iPhone camera software (which can help and pick the best shots of a burst session), alongside the iPhone 5s' intelligent flash, image stabilization and other features should ratchet the iPhone camera even further ahead of rivals, even against those with higher resolutions.

by MacNN Staff



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