Dream Camera: iPhone Video App Review
If you’re the sort of person who detests having to go back to your already captured photos and apply nifty editing to them after the fact, you’re in luck. This week we were fortunate enough to have the Dream Camera iPhone app here at The iPhone App Review. This app from Palm Shadow Apps allows you to arrange custom settings as you’re taking your picture, so it’s easy to tell what features will help you achieve the desired effect. Sounds interesting, right? Let’s see.
As photo capturing apps go, Dream Camera appears rather simple at first glance. That’s possibly because the app is designed in such a streamlined manner (more about that in a moment). All the cards are on the table, so to speak, right away.
When you launch the app you are instantly taken to a photo capture screen. Your options for adjusting the scene’s lighting and effects are right there on the screen. Dream Camera allows you to easily change between different coloring options, adjust the brightness and contrast in the scene, turn on special processing features or use the edge ability. All of these special effect categories are available in photo mode, and some of them are also available in video mode, it just depends on your device.
In the more section you’ll find options to enable guiding grid lines, time, date and location tags, flash adjustments and even a timer or burst photo capture option.
One of the biggest improvements over the standard camera roll interface is the app’s ability to share photos taken in it directly via Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Flickr and email. Photos taken in Dream Camera appear in the Dream Camera photo roll, and also in the camera roll by default. So no more searching endlessly through local storage to find your shots.
Layout & Design:
As we mentioned, Dream Camera is arranged quite simply, which we think is to the app’s advantage, making it more universally appealing. However it also gives users the impression that there’s not that much to the application, which really isn’t the case. Sure, we’d love it if the app allowed you to revisit shots and further edit them after capture, but that’s not the app’s MO.
All the on-screen menus in this app are translucent, which makes them easily accessible without spoiling the live preview effect of the app. It’s well done.
For an introductory period the Dream Camera application costs $.99. If you want a sleek photo capture app that’s easy to use and features a live preview so you know exactly what you’re going to get, we highly recommend this app. It doesn’t have all of the advanced features we’ve seen out there, but its small collection of special effects hold their own. Unfortunately we did experience a few issues with the app, including an error trying to change the special processing settings, so the app could still use a bit of polishing. All in all, a good effort.
Dream Camera iPhone app requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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