Live Photos: Feature or a Gimmick?

With the iPhone 6s Apple added a new feature to complement the 3D Touch Display: Live Photos. What this does is it takes 1.5 seconds of video before and after your picture. So, when you press the display you’ll see a playback of the seconds before and after the picture was taken. While this may seem cool, it really isn’t. We’ve had all weekend to play with the iPhone 6s and our opinion on Live Photos is mixed. They’re cool when you’re taking a picture of the right thing, like a waterfall, but when you’re taking a picture of something else like a person it isn’t that cool. No one would really want to watch a short video of someone getting ready to have their picture taken, getting set up, and then walking away. While we may never say something like this again, this seems like something HTC would do. To us it seems more like a gimmick, rather than a feature. It won’t come in use many times and just takes up more storage. Luckily, they’re easy to turn off. Just click the Live Photos button in the middle top of the camera window and Live Photos will either be turned on or off. It’s really not a huge issue that it’s there but we just don’t see many uses for it.

If you’re interested in learning more about Live Photos you can watch our hands-on video here.

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