News: Camera+ for iPhone now offers TIFF
I don't know if I have many iPhone owners here, but I'm sure they're interested in this: Camera+ for iPhone now offers the lossless TIFF format setting - an improvement, although not comparable with the raw .DNG format* Nokia introduced in smartphones with the Lumia 1020 and you'll now find on the Lumia 1520 and 930 as well (830 to follow soon). The app developer tap tap tap writes:
"For those of you who are willing to sacrifice your precious storage space for the sake of capturing and saving the absolute highest quality images you can get with your iPhone, this feature’s for you. With this setting, your photos are stored and processed in the TIFF format with lossless compression. Pro quality isn’t the kind of setting you’ll typically want to use all the time, but for those extra-special shots where you want the utmost in quality, this will definitely do the trick."
Now at the club I hardly ever write about post-processing which you will need to work with files like TIFF and raw. but I'm sure many who do will appreciate the possibility to work with what they capture with their iPhone. Also, they added an auto setting for the front flash: "Before this update, you were limited to either having it on or off. But now in Camera+ 6.1, you also have an Auto setting for it so that you can let the little gnome that lives in your iPhone decide whether it should be on or off." That may be less revolutionary if you're used to work with other brands, but I'm sure many will love to have the option.
Finally, if you ever used Camera+ before but couldn't anymore on iOS8, it will work again on iOS7: "Of course, you won’t have the benefit of being able to use the new manual camera controls, macro mode, and Photos extension that are only available on iOS 8, but those are just an OS upgrade away for you when you’re ready." So it looks like with updates of popular applications like this, Apple is offering more interesting possibilities in mobile imaging.
* Update (
Here's some extra information I received in a reaction below, concerning the pro's and cons of TIFF:
- No image data is lost.
- Better image quality than even the JPEG fine quality (See Figure 5 and Figure 6 below).
- Good for images that will be heavily manipulated in a photo editing program.
- More tolerant of poorly exposed images – similar to print film.
- Saved at the camera’s max color bit depth, which is probably 12 bit (or higher) per channel image which can represent 4096 shades for each (red, green, blue) color. (This is only important if you are doing a lot of digital manipulation of the image – it will not add any visible quality to the image.)
- File size is very large, resulting in slow saving of image between shots.
- Camera processes the image when saving it to TIFF, so the photographer still need to make sure that they set the camera properly for white balance, color saturation etc.
- Still need to make sure that exposure, white balance and color saturation are properly set because fixing these in the photo editing program will degrade the image to a certain degree.
- Overkill for typical snapshots or to send by e-mail.