All three of the new iPhones have support for Apple’s new Night Mode. That allows the phones to take better shots when the light isn’t great, and it’s pretty impressive. It competes with Google’s Night Sight, which is amazing considering how far ahead the Android maker was. But to get the best of Night Mode you need a tripod. Let us explain why.
The way Night Mode works is simple. When the iPhone detects that light levels are low, it displays a timer. That’s how long you need to try and hold the phone still while it gathers enough light to make something out of it. Usually, that’s around three seconds, which is fine.
But if you want to take astounding images, you need to let the iPhone sit still for longer. If it detects that it is motionless – like, on a tripod – that three second timer increases to anything up to 28 seconds and that’s when things get interesting. Images look better and if you’re lucky you’ll get some of that gorgeous motion blur, too.
Basically, if you want the best out of Night Mode, you need a tripod. Thankfully, there are tons to choose from and here are the ones that we think are the best. When you use one you’ll get the very most out of your new iPhone’s camera, and considering how much those things cost, you really ought to do that.
Manfrotto PIXI Mini
One of the best tripods around, the Manfrotto PIXI Mini has a sturdy design and a clamp you can rely on. Grab this and don’t think about getting another tripod for a long, long time.
You really don’t need any introduction to what DJI makes. This is an image and video stabilizing gimbal that lets you take shots so steady that even you won’t believe whether it’s pure technology or sorcery.