Camera Zoom v1.1 in Review – Close To Perfection

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One of the upgraded components of the new iPhone 3GS was the 3MP camera (up from 2MP on the 3G). Apple also finally integrated both a tap and auto focus system to give users a bit more control while taking their pictures. With the upgraded camera, you are now able to take even more amazing photos using your phone. One feature that was still lacking unfortunately, was a zoom function.

There are external options, lenses and cases that you attach to your phone to add functionality to the fixed lens. The problem with that is you end up with big, bulky pieces attached to your phone making it much less convenient. I recently was able to check out on the latest version of Camera Zoom (v1.1 now compatible with OS 3.0) from KendiTech, a software solution to the problem.

Camera Zoom is one of the most simple apps I’ve come across in the App Store. Its main and only real purpose is to do exactly what the name implies – it adds zoom capabilities to the built-in camera.

App Features

  • Tap anywhere to take pictures (optional)
  • Up to 4x digital zoom
  • Realtime zooming camera preview
  • Auto-adjusts photo to best quality after taking picture
  • Tap to focus and aut0 focus for 3GS
  • Ask before saving a photo (optional)
  • Customize zoom slider’s position
  • Fullscreen slider (optional, swipe anywhere to zoom in/out)

On launch the layout is similar to that of the regular camera app. The main screen area is the live preview of the camera and there are options below to take the picture, open the Quick Preview page (the apps equivalent to the Camera Roll folder) and the settings page.

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The bar going across the bottom is the zoom meter and the app adds a digital zoom of up to 4x. Although it may not seem like a lot, looking at the pictures I posted below it really is quite a jump from the standard camera.

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Regular Zoom

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50% or 2x Zoom

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100% or 4x Zoom

There aren’t much in the way of options within the settings. One makes it so that it saves the images at a smaller resolution, thereby ensuring the images are saved faster and less blurry. The other options just change the functions of the app (e.g. tap anywhere on screen to take picture instead of just the camera button).

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I was extremely surprised and pleased with the results of the images taken by Camera Zoom v1.1. At first I was unsure whether simply using software on it’s own would be able to make much of a difference, but I was definitely (and happily) proven wrong. One thing you do have to keep in mind when using this app is that it enables digital zoom while taking your photos, and not optical zoom. As with most, if not all digital zoom functions (even on your typical point and shoots), the image quality will decrease as you zoom further out. The same logic will apply here with Camera Zoom. Once you keep this in mind though, the app is a solid little piece of software that I would recommend to anyone looking to add some zoom zoom zoom to their built-in iPhone camera.

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App Summary
Title:Camera Zoom v1.1Developer:KendiTech
Price:$0.99App Size:0.3 mb
  • Up to 4x digital zoom
  • Amazingly simple
  • Low price
  • Can be used by all iPhone models
  • Quality of images will decrease somewhat, due to digital nature of zoom

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  • http://ipodmobilegamer.com OTGGamer

    I’m entering…

  • PimpToxie

    A much needed feature to the traditional iPhone camera software.

    Why it’s absent, I’ll never know.

  • http://www.youtube.com/theiphoneczar Logan Voss

    Nice review! I really want this app! :D No itunes tho :(

  • http://www.gamezoneglobal.com wargamer17

    Too bad this is only for the 3GS models, but still I really like this idea. I know it isn’t a big deal for the iphone to have zoom, but for those times you wish you had it, this a good option for that. Quality looks really good too.

  • NICK

    I WANT TO WINN

  • radsauce

    i totally need this. hope i win!

  • Alison

    Looks extremely handy. Definitely entering to win!

  • http://ipodmobilegamer.com OTGGamer

    Looks like it works really well

  • http://twitter.com/iSpaghettiCat iSpaghettiCat

    Woot woot. I wanna win! FTW!

  • dfrisco

    All this app does is crops the image. If you check your album after you take a photo you will see two photos, one normal size and the “zoomed in” version which just is a crop of the original. This app does not zoom it just crops the image. You can do the same thing by taking a normal picture and going to an online image cropping site and cropping it to the size you want. Very deceiving but for $0.99 what would you expect.

  • SteveNaka

    The whole point of the app is that it does the work for you. You could do a lot more with the photos by using another software or website or program after the fact. This app is benificial to those that would want a zoomed in picture now. as soon as it’s taken. Instead of a zoomed in picture after they’ve taken it, gone to x-site/opened x-program/etc loaded picture, edited picture, re-saved picture.
    It’s not deceiving at all because what they are doing is digitally zooming in on the photo.

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