Speed is One of the Primary Features of the iPhone 4S Camera

One of the main reasons Apple has been so successful as a tech company is its focus on usability. Even as competitors’ smartphones screens are approaching tablet screen sizes, Apple has stuck with 3.5-inches — an optimal size for operating the phone with one hand. John Gruber of Daring Fireball just published his review of the iPhone 4S today, and writes that Apple focused on speed as one of the main improvements featured in the iPhone 4S camera:

The most profound difference between the 4S and 4 cameras has nothing to do with image quality. It’s that you don’t have to wait nearly as long. That closed iris comes up for a moment and then it’s gone, and you’re ready to shoot. And after you shoot, the camera is ready to snap additional photos almost instantly. The difference is huge, and it’s especially nice in conjunction with iOS 5’s new lock screen shortcut to jump right into the Camera app.

I spoke to some friends familiar with the development of iOS 5 and the 4S, and word on the Cupertino street is that camera speed — time from launch to being able to snap a photo, as well as the time between subsequent photos — received an enormous amount of engineering attention during development. The stopwatches were out, and every single tenth of a second that could be shaved was shaved.

I wonder whether compact camera manufacturers spend as much effort shaving tenths of a second off their cameras’ startup and in-between-shot times. They’ll want to now.

The iPhone 4S [Daring Fireball]

Image credit: speedometer mileometer 88088 by osde8info

  • Toto

    WTF? is this related to photography?

  • Kokakaste2

    iPhone has camera = snapshots =photography :)

  • Anonymous

    The best camera principle – the best camera you have is the one you have with you.

  • Tran-Shawn Yu

    In case you haven’t realized, the majority of pictures uploaded online are taken with cell phones these days.  Just because its not a “dedicated” camera, does not mean its unrelated to photography.  After all, its about the photographer, not the gear… right?  Obviously it doesn’t hurt to have good gear, and a camera with a good camera is always a plus in my mind.

    I for one love how Apple focuses on things like this… I wish my Android (Bionic) had such an awesome camera but it seems like all the Android manufacturers are always playing catch up when it comes to the details. 

  • C.K. Lee

    Maybe they could have put more effort into fixing that antenna issue a little sooner instead.