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Just how fast can the iPhone shoot, process, and share a digital photo? The makers of minimalist to-do app Clear decided to find out, and the result is the equally slick Analog Camera. While third-party camera apps usually try to pile on the features, Realmac Software goes in the opposite direction with Analog Camera. While using the app, you can almost imagine the developers hunched over an iPhone with a stopwatch, making sure each step can be done in a matter of seconds.
Analog Camera is ready to shoot as soon as it’s launched, with a handy horizon line to help frame up the subject. Sadly, this doesn’t rotate into landscape view, because Analog Camera does all of its magic in portrait mode only. A two-finger tap offers shutterbugs full manual control for exposure and focus, while a double tap returns to automatic mode. However, like the built-in Camera app, we found the app did a great job without messing around too much with these settings.
The four most recent shots are displayed across the top of the screen – tap one and instant previews appear with eight different filters already applied. Move your finger across these previews for a closer look, which can then be shared to the Camera Roll, email, Facebook, Twitter, or even other apps, with the whole process taking as little as 20 seconds.
Analog Camera saves photos in full resolution as they are taken, but only as Instagram-friendly squares (2292 x 2292 pixels on iPhone 5). It’s unfortunate this has become such common practice, because we'd prefer to shoot at native resolution and then crop if necessary. When finished, a downward swipe returns straight to the camera, while a second gesture provides instant access to Camera Roll and Photo Stream for quickly importing images, which must also be cropped before they can be processed and shared.
The bottom line. When it comes to shoot, process, and save, no app does it faster than Analog Camera – but even at full resolution, we can’t abide the app forcing photos into social-ready squares.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later
Shoot, process, and share photos in as little as 20 seconds. Unique, gesture-based UI. Saves original images to Camera Roll in full resolution.
Forces native or imported images into square frame. Limited to eight available filters. No access to images in synced folders.