You’ve got to admire Microsoft.  The company certainly has no shortage of tech and engineers and they just threw a bunch of really cool things together into a new camera app.  It’s called Microsoft Pix  and it seeks to replace your iPhone’s built-in camera app.

Key Features

The goal of Microsoft Pix is to make it easier to capture better photos and to not miss the moment.  Here’s a breakdown on how it works.  The fact that it automatically syncs with your camera roll is very appealing.

  • People-First – Photos with people are automatically enhanced.
  • Smart – Settings are tweaked automatically and multiple shots are analyzed to find the nest focus and composition. Includes optimization for faces as well.
  • Best Image(s) – Automatically selects up to 3 of the best and most unique shots from the burst, and immediately deletes the rest, so you don’t waste your phone’s memory or your time comparing and storing similar frames.
  • Moment capture – Captures a burst of frames every time you tap the shutter button, including frames before and after your tap.
  • Cinemagraph Creation —.Creates a simple looping Live Image from a burst of framesvery similar to a cinemagraph from your photos. Unlike Live Photo from Apple, the image is stabilized.
  • Image quality – Uses discarded burst frames to enhance each Best Image, improving exposure and color, and reducing noise and blur.
  • Hyperlapse – Videos shot with Microsoft Pix can be stabilized and converted to hyperlapse animations.
  • Auto-sync – Seamlessly syncs to your camera roll, so you don’t have to individually import or save your photos and videos to your camera roll.

Availability & Compatibility

Microsoft’s camera app is available immediately from Apple’s App Store.

It works with  iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (6th generation).