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App Review: ProCamera – brings shake-free to the iPhone Camera

March 19, 2009 by Rob  
Filed under Daily App Reviews, Photography, Utility

procamera12 100x150 App Review: ProCamera   brings shake free to the iPhone CameraBeing a camera Guru that I am I couldn’t pass up the invitation to review ProCamera from daemgen.net.  With promise of sharper pictures and a self timer I was anxious to take the app for a test drive, after all every iPhone owner has been frustrated with blurry images, right?

So, to be clear, ProCamera does not offer anti-shake in the same sense that say, Canon or Nikon would in their current camera roundup.  After all, these cameras implement a system of moving lenses or sensors that counteract the movement of the camera which is clearly not provided by the iPhone’s built-in camera.  With ProCamera, sharper images are achieved by letting the accelerometer trigger the shutter.  So, if you have really shaky hands, then the app waits until movement has come to a stop, or near-stop and then it automatically takes the shot.  ProCamera achieves a sharper picture because the shot is not attempted until the app senses that the camera is held still.  There are three levels of accuracy for the anti-shake, the only notable difference is that in ‘high’ mode there will likely be a longer wait time before the picture is taken because the app looks for a more steady moment before snapping the pic.  Also, if you are taking pics of action (read: kids) forget it!  Undoubtedly the shot you’re after will be long gone before the app triggers the shutter.  This is already a major problem for most consumer cameras that must focus and then take the pic, so speedy shots would be an issue.

The second function: self timer, is actually just that – your typical self timer on any modern camera.  The wait time is adjustable, anywhere from 4 to 20 seconds and when the timer is within a few seconds of the shot it will start to beep louder so that you know its coming.

I took a series of indoor shots using ProCamera to achieve maximum sharpness.  Since it was in low light I was expecting to get some blurry shots, but I didn’t.  However, I did revert to the native camera app and took the same shot and my outcome was the same sharpness.  While my cursory use of the app didn’t achieve any notable difference in sharpness that’s not to say the implementation doesn’t work.  I’ve taken many shots in low light with the native camera app where they’ve all been blurry, my limited use (as of time of this writing) hasn’t shown any change over this.  I’ll amend once I’ve had more of a chance to use it.

If you’re looking for sharper images and a self timer then ProCamera is may just be the ticket for you.

ProCamera is $2.99 in the iTunes App Store.

Developer Website: http://www.daemgen.net

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