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As outstanding as apple iphone video cameras are nowadays, it’s still easy to mess up a media event with bad lighting, wobbly hands, blinking eyes, or somebody sneezing when you take the shot.

At least, that was the situation. Thanks to Microsoft’s recently released video camera application for iOS, the days of ‘take a 2nd one – simply to be sure’ might be an obsolete concept.

Making its debut on the App Shop today, Microsoft Pics combines burst digital photography as well as clever picture editing and enhancing in one place, scanning your image topic and also extracting the best-looking shot, all while automatically enhancing it so there’s no demand to mess around with setups or filters after.

Smartphone in hand, we placed Pics to the examination to see exactly how the clever electronic camera works, along with see if Microsoft’s newest can really replace our standby camera apps.


Take your Pix

When you press the shutter switch on your phone, Pics takes a minute to comb through individual frameworks it captured right before and also afterwards moment making use of an algorithm that looks for shots that, state, are clearer or have everyone grinning with their eyes open.

From there, Pics presents the one (or in some cases numerous) shots it deems most ideal, currently modified for exposure, color adjustment, and sound decrease. If you like the results, every other shot is erased – making sure all that burst photography doesn’t take up your storage.

The smart camera can also piece with each other a special lil’ something-something in the type of an Online Photo, which identifies intriguing activity like moving fallen leaves or running water making a breathing looping image along with a still, such as this one right here coming with the picture below.


Our top Pix?

Pix’s features, while a blast to utilize, are points we’ve seen prior to in various other separate apps, most modern apples iphone could do burst photography as well as the apple iphone 6S has its very own take on Live Picture, called Live Photo.

Also, numerous third-party picture modifying apps like Adobe Photoshop Express have provided handheld photogs the ability to make their images ‘stand out’ for ages, with much more control to boot.

That all claimed, we loved conserving time not needing to jump between applications. What’s more while, Apple’s Live Photo just exists on the iPhone 6S, Pix works with the majority of iOS tools made in the last three years.

While Pix falters with restricted controls – we can not set off Real-time Images if Pics doesn’t think there’s anything interesting to reveal, and also the custom-made editing and enhancing functions are very slim – it’s tough to beat the large amount of time saved in between pressing a button and also obtaining a fantastic image keyed for social media.

Like a lot of video camera applications, it won’t replace excellent lights or composition abilities, but let’s say you’re taking a quick picture with your preferred writer at a publication signing, getting hold of a shot of your child’s winning objective, turning over your phone to a not-so-tech-savvy family participant, or other circumstance where you may not have the time to line up the best shot – that’s where Pics shines.

We would certainly such as a bit more control, yet Microsoft is really onto something here, so here’s to hoping it makes its method to Android and also Windows 10 Mobile so they too can appreciate fire-and-forget quality snaps in no time.

[The images in this write-up were taken using Microsoft Pix on an iPhone 6]