Photo app Camera+ has been updated to take advantage of the iPhone 5’s new low light boost mode. This feature is new to the iPhone 5, comes enabled automatically in Apple’s camera app, and is available to third party developers as an option.
Camera+ is the first non-Apple app to incorporate it.
The boost mode ups the iPhone 5’s maximum ISO from 800 to 3,200 — a two-stop boost (stops in this case work by doubling, so the sequence goes 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200). It manages this at the expense of adding a little extra noise to the picture (just like high-ISO film would give grittier, grainier negatives), but offers the huge advantage of letting you grab photos you normally wouldn’t get.
The sample shots from Camera+ show the difference. You can choose between a black frame, or a noisy-ish photo. And amazingly these pictures actually look pretty great for something shot at high ISO with a tiny camera-phone sensor.
Camera+ stays at the forefront of alternative camera app design with this update, after being the first to bring proper, full-featured app to the iPad 3 (barely six months after its release!)
As ever, the update is free for existing Camera+ owners. And if you don’t have an iPhone 5, don’t bother.