Live Photos Can Be Great

Jeremy Olson, Medium:

Sometimes hiding behind a bad photo is a beautiful moment. These moments are elusive. They happen too fast to catch on video. You can’t catch them intentionally. The only possible way to catch them is… accidentally.

You can mock Live Photos for many reasons (it particularly sucks the video part is only 12 fps) but they do have value, sometimes. Most of the time, the accompanying motion will be nonsense, redundant or just uninteresting preshow. But sometimes, it will capture moments that don’t exist in the static image and you’ll love it. It is truly ‘hit and miss’. The downside is you have to leave Live Photos enabled constantly, sacrificing storage space on every snap that’s a miss, to make sure you save those hits when they happen.