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Microsoft Pix app uses AI for better photos

by Jacob Kleinman | July 28, 2016July 28, 2016 6:30 pm PST

Microsoft has been bringing some great app experiences to iOS and Android. Now the company is pushing into new territory with its latest release, a camera app called Pix that uses artificial intelligence to take the best possible shot.

Pix offers a few special tricks to improve your photos. It takes a burst of images before and after you click the shutter and then picks the best ones automatically, making a few small tweaks before you ever see them. It can also recognize faces and make sure they’re visible in your shot. That all happens behind the scenes so there’s no need to mess around with settings and modes.

Microsoft’s app also has an answer to Apple’s Live Photos. It can recognize interesting movements and create GIFs automatically. These short videos are called Live Images.

Pix is integrated right into your iPhone camera roll so it’s easy to find old photos. It works with older models up to the iPhone 5s, though you’ll need to be running iOS 9.0 or later to download the app.

Microsoft is also bringing its Hyperlapse app to iOS for the first time so you can shoot awesome time-lapse videos. The service, which was already available for Android and Windows Phone, uses a special algorithm to decide which images to include each video and which ones should go in the trash.

You can grab Pix via the App Store link below, or check out Microsoft’s announcement video for more info.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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