If you take a lot of pictures with your iPhone, you might enjoy the oddly angled photo or two. Everyone has a couple of off-center shots they’ve taken and posted to Twitter or Facebook, but if you’re a professional photographer, or at least an enthusiast who wants to take even, perfectly framed shots, Tripod Camera is the app for you.
Tripod Camera is an app from MK HQ that adds a host of features to your iPhone’s camera, features any shutterbug has been sorely missing, especially if you don’t have the enhanced iPhone 3G S. The first thing you’ll notice when you boot up the app is that it behaves a lot like the traditional camera app the iPhone already comes with. The screen reflects what the lens sees and there’s an easy to use one-tap control for the shutter.
That’s what makes Tripod Camera so great in my eyes. Every feature it adds essentially replaces the included camera controls with one boasting a much more robust feature set, including 4x digital zoom, digital stabilization, flash effect, timer, preview, and tap-to-focus (for those of you with 3G S iPhones).
Of course, the 4x digital zoom detracts from the quality of the picture you take, but it’s a feature that’s present in any $30 digital camera you can find off the rack at Target, so why doesn’t the iPhone have digital zoom too? Even more necessary is the digital stabilization, which really helps to combat the blur I get whenever I take a picture with my phone. The flash effect is another feature that helps with the overall quality of every picture I take (at least in the evening or at night). These three enhancements all do a great deal to make me happier with every picture I’ve taken since getting Tripod Camera.
Preview is another feature I can’t seem to do without. Essentially, before Tripod Camera saves the photo you just took, you can see if it’s worth keeping around. It’s kind of a pain in the butt to go through and delete photos I’m not happy with one at a time, and preview lets you keep those bad photos (not that there’ll be as many of them with Tripod Camera’s other features) from ever reaching your photo library.
I can’t say I used the timer feature that much. Tripod Camera does a lot to add what a regular tripod would lend your iPhone’s camera, but I’ve never had success propping my phone up on a bench while I ran back to jump in the frame. Of course, that’s not to say timer won’t be a necessary feature to someone out there, and more features is always a good thing when you’re trying to get everything you can out of one app.
Tripod Camera does a great deal to alleviate some of the problems iPhone users can experience when taking pictures. Pick it up today if you consider yourself a shutterbug at any level.
Tripod Camera is compatible with the iPhone. It requires the iPhone OS 3.1 or later.