Total Score: 27
Gestured based and easy to use, Analog Camera is my new “go to” app for photography. Created by the designers of the marvelous task app, CLEAR, this app pares down the tasks you need to do into simple pieces and allows you to capture moments and share them with only a few easy gestures.
Price Rating = 4 $1.99 – most of the camera related apps are free, but I have no objection to acknowledging the effort it takes to create an app. There is an old saying, “You get what you pay for.”
Ease of Use Rating = 5 It is gestured based and it may take a few minutes to understand all the gestures, but from there it is quite easy.
Readability Rating = 5 There are few words, mostly icons, which removes any issues with font size.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 If you are like most of us, your iPhone is your camera of choice. Using this app makes it even easier to take and send photos.
Downsides Rating = 0 I didn’t deduct any points, but there is a small learning curve.
Consumer Review Rating = 3 There are only about 300 reviews at this time. While most are happy, some complained about the price and features.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 Taking and sharing photos is fun. This app makes it easy to do.
How does it work?
- When you first sign on it will ask for permission to connect to the photos you have stored on the iPhone. Saying yes will allow you to take and share photos.
- The app opens in the photo taking mode. In order to take a photo you tap the CAMERA icon at the center bottom of the screen. The camera has three modes – automatic, adjust exposure or adjust focus. In order to see the non-automatic modes, you tap on the center of the screen and the exposure icon will pop up. You can pinch and move the exposure and focus icons apart to adjust those settings.
- In the camera mode you can also keep pressing the camera icon and take a series of pictures. This helps you find just the right shot.
- After you take a picture you’ll see the photo pop up in the top left corner of the app. You can pull the screen down to see all the photos in your camera roll. Tap the photo you want to edit.
- The selected photo appears with your original in the middle and eight other filtered options. Tapping each one opens and allows you to view and determine which one showcases your photo the best.
- On this screen, and here’s where it gets really easy, you can save the photo to your camera roll by pressing the icon that looks like a photo with a plus sign, email it, or forward it other apps that allow photos – examples are Instagram, Evernote, Skitch, and Dropbox.
- There are also two large buttons to share the photo on Facebook or Twitter. This requires that you be signed on to these apps through your iPhone.
- In order to get back from editing to taking another picture, you just pull down on the screen until the camera icon appears.
As I mentioned earlier, once you learn the few simple gestures, you will be taking pictures and sharing them with ease. Try the app and let me know what you think.
Devices: This app can be used on either the iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S or 5), iPod Touch (3rd – 5th generation) or iPad. It requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app was developed by Realmac Software Limited.