Apple just opened up yet another controversial name. Slofie. It’s the slow-motion selfie cam on new iPhone 11 models. Is it spelled Slofie? As in slow selfie? Or, is it spelled Slowfie? As in, well, you get the idea. How ever it’s spelled you know someone who wants it, right?
I devoted almost 40-seconds to a Slofie search on Google and came up with a Sloth Selfie called a Slofie, and a Slack community database website called Slofie. A search of both Slowfie and Slofie on Apple’s website revealed nothing, so maybe it’s not quite time to add it to our Apple-based lexicon.
How ever you spell it– let’s go with Slofie for now– there will be a few gazillion Slofie videos that show up on Instagram and Facebook in the coming months thanks to new iPhone 11 models.
What’s going on?
Apple is putting the slo-mo– slow motion– into the selfie cam on new iPhones.
Everything looks cooler at 120 fps, even if you’re just saying cheese, waving hi, or tossing your hair in the breeze. And now you can add more of everything to your selfies thanks to the new 12MP TrueDepth camera. Just turn your iPhone to landscape and the camera automatically zooms out to fit more in.
That 120fps thing is how many video frames fit into one second. Slow it down and you get a Slofie video. You just know this will be a thing worse than kittens on YouTube.
What else is coming? Apple not only improves the hardware technology but it also enhances how we use it. For example, Apple introduced QuickTake. So, you whipped out your camera to take a photo, but now you want to take a video.
In the past you needed to stop, look down for the video mode, tap video mode, then start over. No more.
Take a video simply by holding the shutter while in photo mode. Then swipe to the right to continue recording. If you’re shooting outdoors, the A13 Bionic can use machine learning to automatically track a moving subject.
That’s a simple touch but it’s also one that makes sense. Even better are third party apps that can take videos from all four iPhone 11 cameras.
At the same time. FiLMic Pro does that. Those new iPhone cameras also have a new Night Mode which seems to mimic what Google released last year, but based on the number of people who own Google Pixel 3 cameras, it’s good that Apple made such a feature available to the masses.
Like slowfie. Or, slofie. Whatever.