Camera for iOS 6
With reduced image blur, it’s clear to see how far camera phones have come

Apple has made several upgrades to the Camera app that make the program more than simply the way you access your phone’s camera. The company has taken pains to reduce image blur, which helps in low-light situations, and it improved its high-quality high dynamic range mode.

The biggest improvement is the option to take vertical and horizontal panoramic photos, which Apple says have a 240-degree range. Taking the pictures requires a steady hand, but it’s well worth the effort. This addition is available on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod Touch.

Apple’s quick editing tools still aren’t as extensive as the tools found in other apps, but they will be fine in a pinch. The app has additional sharing features, including the ability to add photos to Shared Photo Streams — essentially iCloud albums available to specific people.

All in all, this is a solid update that will make you marvel at how far the camera phone has come. Free, included with Apple’s new operating system.

Hayley Tsukayama