Apple has recently filed for a patent that seeks to improve the quality of smartphone pictures. The patent shows that the new camera would start capturing the images as soon as it is opened. When the user hits the shutter, the camera would automatically select the best photo.
The patent is titled “Image capturing device having continuous image capture” and it was filed in October 2012. If this system is implemented, it would improve the quality of the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad photos. The phone will choose the best photo based on certain criteria. This essentially solves “shaky camera syndrome.”
When taking a picture, the “viewfinder” on the display shows an image that is not full-resolution. When the user releases the shutter, there is a delay so that the camera can go from partial to full resolution.