TouchMyApps » camera http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:22:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.5 Camera+ updated to support iPhone 5′s new and improved low light mode http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/04/camera-updated-to-support-iphone-5s-new-and-improved-low-light-mode/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/04/camera-updated-to-support-iphone-5s-new-and-improved-low-light-mode/#comments Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:21:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70154 Camera+, one of the most popular and feature-laden third party camera apps for the iPhone, has just become the first app to support the iPhone 5′s dynamic low light mode. As explained on stage during the official unveiling, the iPhone 5′s camera provides up to 2 f-stops greater low light performance, meaning it can go … Read more]]>

Camera+, one of the most popular and feature-laden third party camera apps for the iPhone, has just become the first app to support the iPhone 5′s dynamic low light mode. As explained on stage during the official unveiling, the iPhone 5′s camera provides up to 2 f-stops greater low light performance, meaning it can go all the way up to 3200 ISO when needed (vs 800 previously). As explained by Scott Meinzer of TapTapTap:

Apple has added the ability for the sensor in the iPhone 5 to take pictures at 4 times the sensitivity. If you’re a camera buff this means the ISO can go from a limit of 800 before, up to 3200 now!

We’re excited to announce that Camera+ 3.5.1 supports extended low-light shooting on the iPhone 5! To show you exactly what this means we’ve taken a comparison photo with Camera+ on the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5 with new low-light mode. It adds some additional noise, as you can see in the 100% zoom, but it also enables you to take photos you wouldn’t have been able to take otherwise.

Here’s a comparison shot of photos taken in low light between the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5:

It goes without saying that when the ISO is bumped up on the iPhone 5 – in this case to ISO 2000 – the resulting image quality is one that is quite respectable. Whereas with ISO 800, the images are dark, lack detail and likely won’t make its way into your photo album. It should be noted (as pointed out by John Gruber) that the iPhone 5′s built-in camera can go up to ISO 3200. But current 3rd party camera apps (aside from Camera+ for time being) won’t be able to reach that limit unless they update their apps with several low light boost mode properties enabled. Otherwise, they can only shoot up to ISO 800.

The Camera+ update (v3.5.1) also adds higher quality photos when sharing to Facebook, and general fixes found in iOS 6. If you have an iPhone 5 and need a camera app that not only supports the new dynamic low light mode, but also want some features like Touch Exposure & Focus and dozens of effects (to name just a few), Camera+ is a great choice – and a cheap one too at only $0.99.

Camera+ tap tap tap, Camera+ (TMA Review) – $0.99

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Oh Snap! TapTapTap’s Camera+ gets back VolumeSnap functionality http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/17/oh-snap-taptaptaps-camera-gets-back-volumesnap-functionality/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/17/oh-snap-taptaptaps-camera-gets-back-volumesnap-functionality/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:57:41 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=60934 Fans of TapTapTap’s Camera+ (TMA Review) will undoubtedly recall when Apple rejected an update last year that allowed users to snap photos with the volume up button. The reason Apple provided the devs with was: Your application cannot be added to the App Store because it uses iPhone volume buttons in a non-standard way, potentially resulting in … Read more]]>

Fans of TapTapTap’s Camera+ (TMA Review) will undoubtedly recall when Apple rejected an update last year that allowed users to snap photos with the volume up button. The reason Apple provided the devs with was:

Your application cannot be added to the App Store because it uses iPhone volume buttons in a non-standard way, potentially resulting in user confusion. Changing the behavior of iPhone external hardware buttons is a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.

Well now that iOS 5 itself features the very same functionality, it would only make sense that Camera+ gets its mojo back, right? Lo and behold, with a single addition to its most recent update, TapTapTap somehow sneaked in what’s probably the single greatest “What’s New in this Version” blurb ever:

VolumeSnap is back, beyotches!!

Update: It appears that VolumeSnap on Camera+ only works on iOS 5. So if you’re still on 4.3.3 (and earlier) and want the app mainly for this feature, you may want to hold off until you upgrade to the latest OS.

Camera+   tap tap tap, Camera+, – $0.99

App Description

It’s all about one thing… GREAT PHOTOS!

Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera, Camera+ will make you love taking photos.

Everybody has a creative side… Camera+ will help bring that creativity out in you, all with a fun, innovative, and beautiful design.

★ EXCLUSIVE Touch Exposure & Focus for the ultimate control…
Set exposure separately from focus for the ultimate control of your shots… simply touch with a 2nd finger while focusing to adjust exposure until your shot is perfect. [available on iPhone 4 and 3GS on iOS4 only]

★ EXCLUSIVE Photo Flashlight to brighten up your photos…
Use the iPhone 4 LED flash as a continuous fill light to improve photo quality, especially for portrait and macro shots.

★ No more blurry shots…
Use the stabilizer to steady your camera and get the sharpest pics you can.

★ Put an end to crooked pics…
Use the grid to line up your shots and eliminate unsightly angled photos.

★ Highest quality zoom…
Camera+ has a 6× digital zoom that simply blows away the competition in terms of quality.

★ Scene modes and flash…
Most modern digital cameras all have scene modes to help you get the best photos for your particular situation. And why shouldn’t your iPhone have this great feature? Well, with Camera+, you get to choose from several scene modes including Backlit, Sunset, Night, Portrait, Beach, and many more. And for the times when your photos came out too dark, we have a high quality digital flash to make them look great.

★ Crops let you frame your pics perfectly…
If you didn’t line up your shot perfectly when you took it, you can easily fix that with Camera+. And when you want to get a bit creative, we setup a bunch of popular crop sizes for you. With a single tap, you can make your pics square, 4×6, 8×10, etc.

★ Dozens of amazing effects…
We partnered with professional photographer, Lisa Bettany, to bring you a slew of stunningly beautiful effects. With a single tap, you can transform a soulless pic into a work of art. Make your photos shimmer with “HDR”… get down and dirty with “Grunge”… fill your pics with emotion and despair with “So Emo”. There are dozens of 1-touch effects for you to experiment with so that you can get the perfect result every time.

★ Wrap it all up with stylish borders…
With Camera+, you get several great border designs so that you can put the finishing touch on your photos.

★ Share your creations…
Whether you want to show your results to your friends and family or the whole world, Camera+ has got you covered. Share your pics on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. Or go the simple route and email them from right within the app.

What are you waiting for? Try Camera+ now and discover that you can truly love taking pics on your iPhone.

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Camera+ in Review – Replacing your iPhone Camera App http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/28/camera-in-review-replacing-your-iphone-camera-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/28/camera-in-review-replacing-your-iphone-camera-app/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:12:40 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=48714 Camera+ v2.0, released in December 2010, is the top selling iPhone photo app for a reason. Developer tap tap tap has built a fantastic app that is well designed with some easy to use workflow that enhances the user’s i-photography experience. The highest praise I can give Camera+ is that it has become my go … Read more]]>

Camera+ v2.0, released in December 2010, is the top selling iPhone photo app for a reason. Developer tap tap tap has built a fantastic app that is well designed with some easy to use workflow that enhances the user’s i-photography experience. The highest praise I can give Camera+ is that it has become my go to app for taking pictures.

The basic functionality of the app allows the user to take a photo, either directly via the app or from the Photo library, and edit it in 50+ different ways. The editing options are defined across 5 different categories.

Even with all of these editing functions, one of my favorite features is the ability to process the photo in the background while opening up the camera for the next shot. As with anyone with young children will tell you, using the iPhone camera can often be frustrating when attempting to capture several quick shots of those impromptu moments. This one feature alone would have been enough to justify the price tag. A second great feature is the “save all” button that will take all of the photos in Camera+ and save them to your photo library for export to iPhoto the next time you you sync to your computer.

My favorite editing category is Scenes, which contains effects such as adding Flash, Shade, and Sunset. There are a total of 15 effects to choose from and they are perfect for improving the quality of your photos when you don’t have perfect lighting conditions. I’ve found that using the Portrait and Sunset effects will add richness and warmth to my photos and this combo is one I rely on more often than not.

The Adjust function will not only rotate the photo but will also flip the image both horizontally and vertically. Personally, I didn’t find much use for it, but I’m sure there are users out there who’ll appreciate having this ability at their finger tips.

The Crop category will give you the opportunity to crop your pictures using either a free form approach or using the Camera+ default crop types.  This is great for when you want to either cut out something from a photo or prepare your photo to print. For example, we print lots of 4×6 photos and Camera+ can crop your photo to this size automatically. This certainly makes the workflow much easier for printing purposes.

FX Effects adds special effects to your photos – sort of like Hipstamatic – and offers 36 different options. This includes the I ♥ Analog FX Pack ($0.99 in-app purchase) that features 9 filmic FXs, giving your photos more retro flair. iPhone users who love and are accustomed to Hipstamatic can get some similar effects here (without the tiny view finder that Hipstamatic uses).

The Borders category offers 18 different types of frames that can be applied to your pictures. I’ve not used this feature a ton but it would be useful for when you want to print a photo with various border effects.

All of the features that I’ve described above can also be combined together. For example, the above photo with the Film border has the Sunset Scene effect and has been cropped to a wide angle 16×9 image.

Camera+ 2.1 isn’t just another photography app with a bunch of random features thrown in; it is truly a wonderful photo workflow app that can be used to take photos, edit photos, and share your work with friends and family. It is extremely well executed and should be on the first page of every iPhone, which is the biggest complement I can pay to this app. Also, if you’re an app developer (or an aspiring one), the tap tap tap blog is AWESOME – they are open with their lessons learned and are very transparent about their business.

Kiss It Rating - 5/5

App Summary
Title: Camera+​ Developer: tap tap tap
Reviewed Ver: 2.1 Min OS Req: 3.1
Price: $0.99 App Size: Size: 17.3 MB
  • Super easy workflow
  • Great value for the cost
  • Stabilization feature
  • Touch Exposure & Focus control
  • Numerous FX effects
  • Improves on the iPhone’s standard camera
  • Please add a video editor too?
  • When selecting existing photos from photo library, only shows the smaller images so its sometimes harder to pick the right picture to edit.

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blueSLR Wireless Camera Control in Review – Gotta have it iDevice camera trigger http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/03/blueslr-wireless-camera-control-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/03/blueslr-wireless-camera-control-in-review/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 05:44:08 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=47620 While certain Canadian icons such as RIM and maple syrup slide in popularity, Sonomax’s unique custom earphone, and XEquals’ BlueSLR, a gotta-have-it dongle that turns your iPod touch/iPad/iPhone into a remote shutter release for your camera, are hoisting the Canadian flag to new technological heights. For me, the latter rocks simple reason that: I always … Read more]]>

While certain Canadian icons such as RIM and maple syrup slide in popularity, Sonomax’s unique custom earphone, and XEquals’ BlueSLR, a gotta-have-it dongle that turns your iPod touch/iPad/iPhone into a remote shutter release for your camera, are hoisting the Canadian flag to new technological heights. For me, the latter rocks simple reason that: I always have my iPod touch with me, and that I’ve been looking for an integrated wireless shutter release for my camera for a long time. Considering that the BlueSLR also does GPS and a host of other things, I think that many photographers will agree that this is a revolutionary product.

Features:
-remote shutter release
-autofocus
-manual control of shutter delay and actuation count
-GPS pass-through
-up to 100 metre working distance
-works with all iDevices from 2nd gen on

Build Quality
This 149$ dongle isn’t bulletproof, but it’s made to accept the rigours of use. Its 10-pin Nikon D200+ mount fits solidly into its coupling unit and is zigg-zagged with ample stress reliefs. Since nothing else hangs off the dongle, there is very little stress put on at the neck or the coupler. I expect the BlueSLR to take drops, tosses, and backpack-mashing with style. But, it isn’t water proof, nor does it like to be pried apart. Treat it like you treat your camera, and it will last a long time.

BlueSLR’s design has one somewhat serious drawback, however. The 10-pin wireless release port on Nikon cameras is threaded much like the front of your lens is. Unfortunately, the BlueSLR mount isn’t threaded. It is pressed into place. While not unstable, it could to the ground during use. A twist-mount would be a great addition in future BlueSLR models. Adding to that, it sits in a semi-awkward place, blocking the input/output doors of the camera, and precluding the use of mounting the camera in portrait orientation with certain tripod mounts.

There are smaller, more robust bluetooth units out there, but they both cost a lot more and require the use of an extra trigger. The reason the BlueSLR is amazing is that it uses your already much-used iDevice to trigger your camera. In my case, my iPad always sits in my camera bag. It offloads pictures from my card, sorts my photos, and in the odd case that I have internet connection, post processes and uploads photos to my flickr account. (Items tagged BlueSLR are taken with the BlueSLR module.)

Expanding the usefulness of what has become the second most used gadget in my camera bag is wonderful. Of course, I can re-sync my iPod touch with the BlueSLR for even more portable/discreet use. Considering, too, that there are amazing cases and accessories that both protect your iDevice and expand its usefulness, the BlueSLR/iDevice combination is one of the most robust accessory packs in the wild.

The App
BlueSLR is free at the App Store, but does nothing without the dongle. That, of course, is your 149$ responsibility. Its most basic function is to remotely control your camera’s shutter. You get full control over GPS accuracy, update speed, autofocus, and a handful of shutter options.

To get it working, you have to enable Bluetooth and location services from the settings menu. In previous builds, achieving good connection took some work and more than a little prayer. Since version 1,1-1,2, connection has been easier to achieve, and from version 1,3, achieving connection is sure and quick.

The GPS portion of BlueSLR simply feeds information from your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, to your camera, so as long as you are connected to a network, your pictures will be GPS tagged and timestamped. In Korea, foreigners aren’t allowed to sign up for smartphone contracts, so the only time I’ve been able to use the GPS portion of the BlueSLR is when I’m in cafes that have free internet. Even my home rejects the use of iDevices. In any case, BlueSLR will feed timestamp and GPS information to your camera and print that information into the exinfo of each photo.

BlueSLR has received a number of visual tweaks. As mentioned before, connection issues have been addressed. The working distance is an incredible 100 metres. I’ve used a number of Bluetooth devices over the years and one thing that sticks in my mind when the word Bluetooth is mentioned is ‘weak’. Even with my favourite Cy-Fi Wireless Sports Speaker, the working distance is only up to 8 metres, but often, connection is cut at much less than that. The BlueSLR really achieves miracles. In crowded areas, I can achieve wireless connectivity at up to 80 metres in a straight line.

The thing to look out for is lag. There is a minimum delay of 200ms from the time you press the virtual shutter release on your iDevice till the camera fires. In other words, while you can shoot burst photos, you won’t be able to fire immediately. I don’t know if this can be addressed with future versions of the hardware, or software.

Another thing to look out for is battery life. With all the bells and whistles enabled, BlueSLR really drains the battery of your device. My iPod touch loses about 20% after just about 10 minutes of use, maybe less. I can get a lot of photos fired off in that time, but much less than I wold hope. Turning off GPS from the app helps, but then, it also limits some of the best functionality of the BlueSLR itself.

On the camera, the battery drain isn’t as severe, but it is noticeable. Of course, the D200 is a noted battery hog, so the difference between 300-400 RAW shots and 200-300 RAW shots per charge isn’t that noticeable. It’s something to keep in mind though.

I hope that in later iterations of the hardware or software, location services can be set to off as I would like to use more and worry less about battery.

Why is BlueSLR good?
If you religiously read TouchMyApps, you probably have an iDevice of some sort. if that device is anything but the very first generation of iPod touch or iPhone, you’ll be able to use BlueSLR with your camera. It is the perfect companion to photographer that subscribes to Apple’s marketing brainwash.

Think of the possibilities.

Stacked photography, fixed-angle sports shots, remotely trigger flashes, remote nature observation and photography, HDR (note: bracketing has to be set manually, from the camera), family “let me just set the timer, hunn” shots, and many more.

As mentioned before, there is a minimum 200ms delay. That will limit the usefulness of this app to control remote cameras for flash triggering, especially at sporting events where timing is essential. But apart from that, and the ability to trigger more than one device at a time, the imagination is the limit.

You can also wirelessly autofocus, so as long as you’ve got the camera pointed in the right direction, and aren’t training on fast-moving objects, you can set your camera to take incredible staged shots. I’ve been using the BlueSLR to trigger remote flashes, for stacked photography, for snooping, and for HDR tripod shots.

Again, the working distance is stated as 100 metres, which I think is a good, best-case scenario. If you live in a city where people carry one phone for every lover they have, you’ll get less. Again in Seoul, I get about 80 metres line of site working distance. At home, that distance drops as I the signal has to travel through doors and walls, but remains respectable. I’ve had my camera firing through three doors before I had to reconnect. BlueSLR hasn’t conquered my steel front door, though, and even if it did, I’d be more worried that my ‘steel’ door is another lie that EG The 1 (Cr)Apartments have laid on us.

Points to Ponder

GPS
If you are in love with the GPS functions of BlueSLR, you’ll have to be careful. As soon as you lose connection because of dead battery, or distance, or software instability, you lose GPS functionality. You can use your camera as you usually would when plugged into the BlueSLR and app. Make sure the two are connected, and then raise the camera to your eye and shoot. GPS information will be embedded into your files. Yay.

Pairing
Funnily enough, I’ve gotten the BlueSLR to pair with my iPad while really wanting to use my iPod touch. The reason is that Bluetooth was turned off in my iPod touch general settings, but on in my iPad. The result? I hijacked my camera. Bluetooth is rudimentary enough to allow only one device to connect at a time, but if that device isn’t switched on, and in the case of another compatible device being around, your BlueSLR and camera, could be hijacked. Of course, another photographer would have to have the BlueSLR app handy to hijack your camera, a feat I don’t think likely.

Conclusion
Overall, BlueSLR is the perfect companion for the iDevice-toting photographer. If you don’t have an iDevice, don’t rush out to get one and the BlueSLR – it sort of cuts out the cost advantages of the system. Currently, there is no cheaper way to fire your camera via Bluetooth and no better way to sync it than with an iDevice. Pass-through GPS information is an added, and exciting bonus to the BlueSLR that easily makes it worth the price of entry.

149$ sounds like a lot on paper, but after utilising the GPS, remote firing, and triggering functions of the BlueSLR, it is a pittance. XEquals – if you can bump battery life and secure the BlueSLR with a threaded mount, you’ll have a perfect accessory for the iDevice-toting photographer.

App Summary
Title: blueSLR Developer: XEquals
Reviewed Ver: 1.3 Min OS Req: OS 3.1.3 or later
Price: FREE (app) 149$ (blueSLR dongle) App Size: 2.2 MB
  • GPS pass-thru
  • Great wireless range
  • good build quality
  • opens doors for extreme creativity
  • possible wireless security
  • battery drain

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New iPod touch 4G and iPod nano 6G details: unibody MacBook Pro-like aluminium back http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/27/new-ipod-touch-4g-and-ipod-nano-6g-details-unibody-macbook-pro-like-aluminium-back/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/27/new-ipod-touch-4g-and-ipod-nano-6g-details-unibody-macbook-pro-like-aluminium-back/#comments Fri, 27 Aug 2010 14:23:44 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38404 There is one in my house, a beautiful 13 slab of aluminium and glass that flexes even less than MIT’s champion chess team. Well, that perfect sexiness might make it to Apple’s 4th generation iPod touch. Currently, the iPod touch uses a rounded shiny (and easily scratched) steel back. Apple’s 2010 iPod event is only … Read more]]>

There is one in my house, a beautiful 13 slab of aluminium and glass that flexes even less than MIT’s champion chess team. Well, that perfect sexiness might make it to Apple’s 4th generation iPod touch. Currently, the iPod touch uses a rounded shiny (and easily scratched) steel back. Apple’s 2010 iPod event is only days away and we expect rumours of the new back, dual cameras, FaceTime, and zippy new iPhone 4 internals to be corroborated.

iLounge shed some light on the new iPod touch:

…Familiar. Think of the top of a MacBook Pro, only smaller, which is to say flat rather than curved at the center—closer to the look of the first-generation iPod touch’s back, only with modifications. The rear camera is there, but there is still some question as to whether what’s next to it will be a LED flash like the one in the iPhone 4, or a microphone like the one next to the video camera of the iPod nano. We’ve been told to expect a microphone rather than a flash, with a continuation of the bottom-mounted headphone port and Dock Connector port.

iLounge also mention the above cases: one for the upcoming iPod nano refresh and for the new iPod touch. The new nano may sport a darling 3cm*3cm screen and shave over half its size. Something in me wonders if the shuffle will be retired.

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Camera-touting iPod touch leaked http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/19/camera-touting-ipod-touch-leaked/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/19/camera-touting-ipod-touch-leaked/#comments Wed, 19 May 2010 11:34:27 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33132 Someone’s got to fix the roof here cuz we gettin a bit leaky. This time not a stolen iPhone 4G, at least. Still, the iPod touch camera rumour is getting old, and was bound to snap up. This time, Vietnamese rumour-grinder Tinhte are back at it with some nice hi-res shots of the now-aging design. The deadly eye … Read more]]>

Someone’s got to fix the roof here cuz we gettin a bit leaky. This time not a stolen iPhone 4G, at least. Still, the iPod touch camera rumour is getting old, and was bound to snap up. This time, Vietnamese rumour-grinder Tinhte are back at it with some nice hi-res shots of the now-aging design. The deadly eye is powered by a 2.0 megapixel camera and somewhat easier framing than the iPhone’s corner-dwelling cam. A camera would solve some App Store fragmentation problems, sure, but Gee Apple, why the same ol’ iPod touch 2G design? Part of me wants this to be rumour, but the smarter part reckons this is Apple’s next iPod touch.

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iZoom – 8X optical power for snipers and peeping Toms http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/20/izoom-8x-optical-power-for-snipers-and-peeping-toms/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/20/izoom-8x-optical-power-for-snipers-and-peeping-toms/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2009 14:54:18 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=23490 Princeton, the web-store responsible for the off-kilter “Invitation to the Innovations” slogan, have a beautiful piece of glass for the iPhone. The iZoom provides 8X optical zoom lens, a tripod, and a screw-in lens mount for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. And, according the the spec, this cheap attachment shoots at F1.1 speed for out-of-focus … Read more]]>

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Princeton, the web-store responsible for the off-kilter “Invitation to the Innovations” slogan, have a beautiful piece of glass for the iPhone. The iZoom provides 8X optical zoom lens, a tripod, and a screw-in lens mount for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. And, according the the spec, this cheap attachment shoots at F1.1 speed for out-of-focus blurring. For the artistic sniper, this ~45$ attachment may mean the difference between simple head shots and sexy glamour shots. For peeping Toms… well, this lens should do the trick.

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The iZoom is scheduled for an early December release with the above specifications and a ~45$ price tag.

PIP-CK1 iZoom

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Latest iPod touch Camera rumour comes from App Store http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/07/latest-ipod-touch-camera-rumour-comes-from-app-store/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/07/latest-ipod-touch-camera-rumour-comes-from-app-store/#comments Mon, 07 Sep 2009 12:47:56 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=19555 One of my favourite app developers is Takayuki Fukatsu, the legendary personage behind apps such as ToyCamera, SepiaCamera, and QuadCamera among others. His apps are solid, have real-world results, and are based on important photography and editing principles. TiltShift Generator (say that 5,5x fast) which hit the App Store on or around 27 August looks … Read more]]>
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Takaki Fukatsu's TiltShift Generator

One of my favourite app developers is Takayuki Fukatsu, the legendary personage behind apps such as ToyCamera, SepiaCamera, and QuadCamera among others. His apps are solid, have real-world results, and are based on important photography and editing principles. TiltShift Generator (say that 5,5x fast) which hit the App Store on or around 27 August looks to be another great hit, and unless my eyes are playing tricks on me, is the #1 hit at Japan’s App Store. It also houses evidence that the iPod touch will indeed feature a camera (information after the gap).

Takaki Fukatsu, TiltShift Generator, 0.99$, 0.3 MB
TiltShift Generator

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In the iTunes Application Description under NOTE:, Mr. Fukatsu mentions the following tidbit:

If you are using iPod, you can edit a photo in the album, but you cannot use a camera until iPod with camera will be out.

While a collection of cases and random shots on the internet do little to assuage Apple’s fears that their next iPod will again be publicly outted before its release, a camera app developer’s word is as good as anything.

Had Mr. Fukatsu been a hardware designer with peep pictures, this would be a 007 spy-shot, but as he is merely a developer with an amazing portfolio, it can only be a timely and interesting hint. However, with only two more days until Apple’s 9 September, “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll” event, there isn’t time enough to toss rumours around, though it surely would be nice to get a bit more battery life.

The following rumours might also interest you.
Breaking News – iPod touch “P”iPhone HD – more evidence emergesThe oPhone and iDell PhoneiPod touch camera – caught on camera

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3rd Gen iPod touch and 5th Gen Nano Cameras Revealed? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/23/3rd-gen-ipod-touch-and-5th-gen-nano-cameras-revealed/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/23/3rd-gen-ipod-touch-and-5th-gen-nano-cameras-revealed/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:49:33 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=16244 If this rumour can be believed, it is another cemented piece of evidence that the new iPod touch will receive a camera. This time, the evidence comes from pictures of what is purported to be new iPod cases from China. The pictures come from several case manufacturers. Rather than traditional media sources, case manufacturers – … Read more]]>

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If this rumour can be believed, it is another cemented piece of evidence that the new iPod touch will receive a camera. This time, the evidence comes from pictures of what is purported to be new iPod cases from China. The pictures come from several case manufacturers.

Rather than traditional media sources, case manufacturers – who are under no scrupulous obligations with Apple for secrecy – are the new sleuths in rumour industry. Because industry is highly competitive, any extra publicity goes along way, but more so, delivering product which can be purchased on launch day (or as close to launch day as possible) is pertinent. CultofMac got hit with a barrage of hi-res photos for the new devices.

While neither device appears to have undergone heavy design-knifing, the iPod touch is adorned with an unfamiliar centre camera. The Nano receives amore traditionally mounted in the bottom-left.

Following Apple’s traditional release schedule, we can expect the new devices to debut in September with greater storage at lower corresponding prices.

[via CultofMac]

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Next Gen iPod touch: camera and mic http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/21/next-gen-ipod-touch-camera-and-mic/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/21/next-gen-ipod-touch-camera-and-mic/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2009 12:29:36 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=15968 Dime a dozen rumours are again in full swing with this bout of conjecture pointing not to a next iPhone, but the next iPod touch. Wired.com evidently have special monkeys within the business who have sussed out the innards of the next iPod touch. It is only fair too that the iPod finally gets some speculative … Read more]]>
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Thanks Wired!

Dime a dozen rumours are again in full swing with this bout of conjecture pointing not to a next iPhone, but the next iPod touch. Wired.com evidently have special monkeys within the business who have sussed out the innards of the next iPod touch. It is only fair too that the iPod finally gets some speculative press after surviving in in the iPhone’s shadow for far too long.

Wired.com’s article points to an industry-wide prevalent trend: upgrading low end hardware with the left overs from last years’ high end. Case in point is my Centaur grouppo. Just two years ago, it was 1000$ more expensive and mounted onto road bikes as Campagnolo’s Record but this year, it can be had in composite or stainless for much, much less.

The iPod touch 2G’s big upgrades were 1: the volume rocker (for which I upgraded), better battery life, a disabled Bluetooth chip and a few other things hidden under the bonnet. Since both platforms share the same development engine and more and more apps are making use of the iPhone’s camera and microphone, it would be a wise decision for Apple to implement the iPhone hardware. The App store is already feeling the effects of fragmentation as its hardware continues to branch up and out with every release. In a couple of years, the new iPhone could be branded with all manner of ‘made for App Store 7′, or ‘iPhone OS 5 Ultimate Steve Jobs Autographed Version Ready’. Who knows, there could even be an upgrade version where you buy an extension to your iPod touch which will allow it all the privileges of the iPhone, but with greater physical weight and more hassle.

While Skye, Fring and a few other telephony apps at the App store are good, they are a far call from a dedicated land line in terms of audio quality and connection strength. Keep in mind though, that rumours are plenty and often easily faked. I am voting this rumour as ‘true’ – Apple can’t keep turning out dissimilar logic boards, their leftovers have to go somewhere.

[via Wired.com]

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Get Ready to Listen Upside-Down – 3rd iPhone Pictures leaked http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/05/get-ready-to-listen-upside-down-3rd-iphone-pictures-leaked/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/05/get-ready-to-listen-upside-down-3rd-iphone-pictures-leaked/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2009 10:51:38 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=12299 Yup, that time again. Yup, will continue being that time until the device makes actual appearance at either WWDC or another event. Next year will be the same. Anyway, take a look above and tell us: what do you think of the iPod Touch-like bottom-mounted headphone jack? Personally, I love it.  Top-mounted headphone jacks are … Read more]]>
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What say ye, me luvies? 'Tis all bout the eadphone jack!

Yup, that time again. Yup, will continue being that time until the device makes actual appearance at either WWDC or another event. Next year will be the same. Anyway, take a look above and tell us: what do you think of the iPod Touch-like bottom-mounted headphone jack? Personally, I love it. 

Top-mounted headphone jacks are harder to wield when listening to music. I have been surprised after the iPod Nano’s initial debut that the 5G and 6G iPod continued to use a top-mounted jack. But such an annoyingly small tidbit is hardly going to frazzle any of our stalwart readers who just care about bigger and better specs as well as how many more games can fit inside, right? You probably are more interested the hazy looking front-mounted camera and maybe the extra button. It could be a button for a camera? Bother that stuff!

So, to hell with OLED, faster processor, better gpu, video recording, rubber back, etc., I just want to hear what you have to say about the bottom-mounted headphone jack. Remember, this is just a rumour, but it is nevertheless, a serious concern for those inflicted by the same headphone-luvosis. 

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Could Shutter Technology Make its Way to the iPhone Camera? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/18/could-shutter-technology-make-its-way-to-the-iphone-camera/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/18/could-shutter-technology-make-its-way-to-the-iphone-camera/#comments Mon, 18 May 2009 13:37:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11082 While not likely to be implemented in the near future, Samsung‘s MEMS (Micro Electromechanical System) shutter is a technology to look out for in the world of mobile phones. Shutters allow light to the sensor for a determined amount of time and more quickly prepare the sensor for another shot by physically blocking light from … Read more]]>
Don't Blink!

Don't Blink!

While not likely to be implemented in the near future, Samsung‘s MEMS (Micro Electromechanical System) shutter is a technology to look out for in the world of mobile phones. Shutters allow light to the sensor for a determined amount of time and more quickly prepare the sensor for another shot by physically blocking light from the sensor as the image is transferred to memory. No matter the advantage to image quality, mechanical weight and voltage requirements have kept their application in the mobile phone arena impractical.

However, with Samsung’s technology, MEMS shutters could theoretically be made to work within the tiny bodies and power reserves of today’s mobile phones. Since launch, the iPhone’s camera has come under considerable fire for lack of autofocus, zoom, video, flash and very slow reaction times. While many of these are features deliberately left out of Apple’s firmware and may be addressed in OS 3.0, it is safe to say that in 2009, the iPhone’s camera is not sweating from being ahead in the races, but rather behind.

Samsung’s MEMS type shutter closes with a 30V electrical charge and opens again when no electrical force is applied. Samsung have not revealed if their technology is headed for consumer devices or not, but it is probably safe to say that as mobile phone cameras increase in pixel count the need for a shutter will come to light.

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