HDR or High Dynamic Range photography has long since aided those looking to take snaps in low light, but while the HDR setting has been available on iPhone from the 2010 introduction of the iPhone 4, video is quite a different matter. But for those in ownership of the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, help is at hand courtesy of a new, third-party app, which shoots video in HDR and can, when tweaked properly, offer a better standard of output versus Apple’s stock software.
Live HD/R, as the app is known, takes advantage of the new A8 processor and improved camera components that Apple has bundled into its latest smartphones. As well as bumping the hardware, Apple has also made significant inroads on the software side of things with iOS 8, but while camera aficionados have been queuing up to heap praise on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Live HD/R proves that there’s still plenty of scope for improvement.
Once you’ve made the adjustments to suit your environment, you can shoot HDR video to your heart’s content, and with author Promanthan now proving that HDR is possible with these newer handsets, let’s hope that it’s something Apple will consider adding natively perhaps with iOS 8.x or iOS 9.
Once you’ve done tone mapping with noise reduction, global contrast, local contrast and the like, you’re left with a 720p video, and even though Apple’s device is now capable of shooting 1080p clips at a whopping 60 frames per second, you’re likely to be better off in poorer lighting conditions with the flexibility of Live HD/R.
It’ll set you back $2.99, or £1.99 in the UK, but if you like capturing great videos and happen to own one of Apple’s month-old devices, then you won’t be wanting to pass up on this one. And remember, like we mentioned above, you must have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to take full advantage of the app.
(Download: Live HD/R for iOS on the App Store)