Hands-Free iOS Photograpy: Self Timer App

Price: $0.99
Self Timer: Written and Video iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Philip Chan

Are you an iOS photography fan? Ever wanted to use a self-timer camera function on the iPhone or iPod Touch, like you would find on your standard digital camera? Relax; there is an app for that. Self Timer app from developer Apimac is a new photography assistant app just released at the end of February. So, how does it work and is it worth the $0.99 price from iTunes? Let’s find out!


Self Timer offers a variety of functions in addition to its delayed shutter release option. You can take up to 4 photos in a sequence at the end of the timer, view high resolution previews of the photos you took, and create a automatic or manual flash for your photos through the app. However, the key focus is the self-timer. Simply load up the app and you’ll be presented with a view from your front facing camera. Tap the camera icon in the top right corner to switch views to your self-facing camera, if you prefer. Then, set the timer (bottom right corner icon) to the delay you want; 3, 5, 10, 15 seconds, and tap the camera icon (bottom center of the screen). Smile! Snap! That’s it! It’s really straightforward and afterward you can browse the photos you have taken without leaving the app, choosing which to save and which to delete. Need more sharing options? There are icons for Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter sharing of photos at the bottom of the screen. You can also geotag your photos, if you want to organize them as such or show your friends exactly where you are at the time. For a $0.99 app, Self Timer is pretty chock-full of options.

Controls and Layout:

Self Timer App Review

The only critique I have with Self Timer is the app’s overall stability. On most occasions, the app performed well with no hiccups. However, on a couple of uses the app froze after taking photos, and wasn’t fixed by exiting and reloading (I had to completely power off/on the iOS device before it started working again). The developers have indicated a willingness to fix this bug and hopefully will do so soon; thankfully it was only rarely encountered when I used Self Timer. This aside, the controls for Self Timer are pretty great and really intuitive. The layout is very clean and professional looking, as are the different icons used in Self Timer. Furthermore, the developers have an excellent support website available should you have any questions about Self Timer.

Educational Value:

Overall, Self Timer is a pretty solid app meeting a great photography need for iOS camera fans. Of course, to really get the most out of this, you probably should invest in a tripod or other iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad holder, allowing you to keep it hands free and get eve more quality photos. Hopefully, the developers will address the stability glitches (very few) soon, making this an even more awesome app. With its load of features and great interface, Self Timer is a bargain at $0.99, definitely one any iOS user should consider!

Self Timer iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 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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