Control The Camera Of One Android Or iOS Device Using Another With Remote Shot

Just recently, one of my AddictiveTips colleagues covered WiFi Camera, an iOS app that, by pairing a couple of iDevices together over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, allows one to snap photos with the camera of the other. As is often the case, whenever an interesting app arrives on one platform, users across the other platform tend to become curious about the availability of similar apps for their devices. While it is unknown whether or not WiFi Camera will be made available to Android users, we do have a very fine alternative for our readers. Remote Shot is a free Android and iOS app that works in almost the same way as WiFi Camera, meaning that you can remotely view and capture whatever the camera of the other device is looking at. However, connection can only be established over Bluetooth. Once paired, you have complete control over the camera of the target device, including toggling between front and rear camera view, capturing images or videos, selection of flashlight mode, and triggering the self-timer or burst mode. Read More

WiFi Camera: Remotely Capture Photos With One iPhone Or iPad Using Another

The introduction of panorama mode in iOS 6 seems to have tickled the fancy of many app developers, as these days, a lot of creative camera-related apps have started coming out. Recently, we covered Signature Camera, an app that makes use of the front and rear cameras simultaneously. WiFi Camera goes one step further, and lets you connect cameras of two different iDevices. Using the app, you can access the camera of other iDevices nearby, over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Once linked, it becomes possible to send a capture command to the remote device, thereby saving the shot on both phones in one go. WiFi Camera supports both front and rear cams, and you can choose to flip between these at any time. The inset viewfinder shows the scene your own device is currently capturing, but the image that will be captured by hitting the camera button is the one in the main viewfinder. The app is perfect for collaborative photography in crowded spaces. Read More

Signature Camera For iPhone Includes A Shot Of The Photographer In Captured Photos

Ever since cameras became mainstream, the problem of including the photographer in group photos has been a persistent one. You can ask some passerby to help you out and shoot the photo for you, but that almost never works out well enough, as a random person isn’t likely to be familiar with your camera’s working. The second option is to set a timer on the camera and hurry back to your group, but you will need to have a camera stand in this situation, something that people don't carry around with them at all times, even if they do own one. Signature Camera is an iOS app that provides a really creative and simple solution to this problem. All you need to do is capture a photo like you would with the stock camera app and the end result will be a photo that merges the shots taken simultaneously from the back and front-facing cameras of your iPhone or iPad. Signature Camera is not an app that comes with too many bells and whistles, but it certainly gets the job done and is based upon a refreshingly unique concept. Read More

Manga-Camera For iPhone Makes Your Photos Look Like Japanese Comic Strip Panels

It is a testament to anime’s popularity that there are a lot of Japanese manga and anime-related apps in the iOS App Store. A couple of weeks ago, we covered Anime Doctor, an iPhone app that lets you view information and photos associated with any anime series. New to the App Store, Manga-Camera is a photo editor that offers just one functionality; the app lets you convert any ordinary photo into an image that looks like it's been taken from a manga comic strip. It's not like you can create your own manga strip with this, but it is sure to provide you with something fun to share with your manga buddies. The app is pretty simple in nature and without too many options. It has a bunch of effects emulating different kinds of situations from a comic strip, all with the same great sketch filter. The effects are quite different from each other, making sure you don’t get bored of the app after a couple of uses. Read More

CamVintagizer: Cool Photo Effects & Camera Options For Windows Phone

Despite interface being Windows Phone’s strongest point, a lot of third-party apps in the Windows Phone Store are accused of being a bit too simple, or poorly made. Some go as far as saying that a few of the stock apps and menus in WP7 can use a little spicing up. The camera app in Windows Phone is quite simple, and lacks all but the most basic features. While it can be argued that the stock Camera app in iOS has even fewer features, WP7 lacks the the kind of third-party apps that make up for this deficiency in iOS. Things are always improving for the Mango platform though, with new and improved apps coming out in the WP Store all the time. CamVintagizer is a WP7 app that can be used a photo editor, as well as a replacement app for the stock Mango cam. The camera mode in this app offers an overlay grid, timer, flash control and choice of image resolution. CamVintagizer comes with an impressive collection of photo effects that can be applied on both camera roll photos, and shots takes from within the app. Read More

ProCam: iOS Camera App With Face Detection, Volume Flash & More

The iOS 6 panorama mode might have won over a lot of iPhone users, but apart from that one feature, Apple has left the Camera app practically untouched. While the app has always been good to use when in a hurry, you have to rely on third-party apps if you need features like automatic timers, multiple alignment grids and the choice of image resolution. While there are many third-party Camera replacement apps available in the App Store, we haven’t come across one as comprehensive and fun to use as ProCam in a long time. Unlike many other apps in its category, ProCam keeps things simple by fully focusing on being a perfect camera app, and doesn’t offer any image editing options. The camera features are numerous, but are laid out in a way that is easy to understand. ProCam offers both video and image capture, and the interface is constructed just like a real cam (complete with dials and knobs). The app comes with a lot of camera activation options, including face detection, anti-shake and the hitting of the volume keys. Read More

All You Need To Know About iOS 6 Panorama Camera Mode

Usually, Cydia tweaks and even App Store apps benefit from absence of features in iOS. The stock Camera app in iPhone and iPad is rather minimalist, and maybe, that is why there are so many photography apps available in the App Store. It’s a good thing that Apple seems to have noticed that, too, and have started making their Camera app better in their mobile platform's recent updates. iOS 5 brought new lock screen shortcut and interface changes to Camera, and now, iOS 6 has gone one step ahead and offers a Panorama mode right within the stock Camera app in the iPhone. Read More

CamTime Adds A Countdown Timer To The Stock iPhone Camera

When it comes to smartphones, most people like it if things aren’t too complicated. One of the reasons iOS has been so successful is the fact that Apple prefers keeping things simple, rather than stuffing too many features in all their apps. The stock Camera app for iPhone is a pretty simple one, and if you need a lot of photo effects or other photography options, you will have to rely on the apps available in the App Store. Having said that, this emphasis on simplicity has the potential to leave out a few feature that are really useful, and this can get a bit annoying for users. The camera in iDevices does not even have a countdown timer, and if you want to add a delay before a picture or video is automatically shot, you can’t do it with the stock iPhone camera. Luckily, the Cydia store can help you with that. CamTime is a new Cydia tweak that adds a timer button to the stock Camera app in iOS. This button works in all areas of the iPhone that make use of the stock Camera. Not only is the functionality offered by CamTime a really useful one, it is also really easy to use and requires users to just enter the desired delay period before each shot is taken. Read More

Facebook Camera For iPhone Now Lets You Upload To Any Album & Adds Notifications

Facebook appears to be taking iOS pretty seriously these days. Only a few days have passed since the Facebook app for iOS got revamped completely, and now Facebook Camera has been improved as well. The iPhone app now offers all the features that users have been demanding ever since Facebook Camera first came out. While the app wasn’t too bad initially, there were a few things that certainly needed attention. For one, the notification system in Facebook Camera was largely disappointing, and there was no way of knowing whenever there was some activity on any of your photos. Also, users could only upload photos to the app’s own album via Facebook Camera, and there was no way of adding new photos to other albums. Apart from that, the app suffered minor problems as well, like the lack of likes for individual comments and difficulties in reading of long captions. The latest update addresses all these issues, and then some. Read More

Nokia Camera Extras Adds Face Detection, Panorama Capture & More To Lumia Phones

Windows Phone 7 might not be an obscure smartphone platform anymore, but still the biggest selling point of the Nokia Lumia series is its awesome Carl-Zeiss camera rather than the OS. Having said that, a lot of people have claimed to be rather disappointed by the picture quality of the cameras in Lumia phones, and the companion camera app isn’t too mind-blowing either. Fortunately, instead of trying to sweep the issue under the rug, Nokia has taken it by the scruff of the neck. A few months back, the camera received some basic improvements via a Lumia-exclusive update, and now the Finnish mobile makers have launched Camera Extras, an app that adds a host of new features to the stock camera app in Lumia 710, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900. The new options introduced by the Extras app include the addition of panorama mode, smart group shot (a feature that makes good use of automatic face recognition), better capturing capabilities for moving objects (via the Action Shot menu) and even a nifty little self timer. Read More

ReconBot Turns Your iPhone Into A Spy Cam & Audio Recorder

You can use the camera on your smartphone in many ways, both appropriate and inappropriate; good and evil, if you may. The same holds true for ReconBot, an iPhone app that lets you play detective by secretly capturing videos and photos, recording audio and remotely streaming a photo feed captured by your device. The app comes with all the options necessary for a stealth camera; you can configure a trigger time for it, and when the capture starts, the screen will remain blank so that the target is not alerted. So, if you're in the mood to give Mr. Bond a run for his money, or just want to keep an eye on your toddlers while you're at work, , ReconBot is the app you need. More past the break. Read More

Photosynth Comes To WP7; Lets You Create & View Amazing 360 Degree Panoramas

Photosynth, the immensely popular photo app for iPhone, is an official Microsoft release, and that’s why its absence from the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has been a source of constant annoyance for Mango users, especially given to the fact that the official client for the photo-stitching service has been around in the iOS App Store for a long time. Finally, the guys over in Redmond have paid attention to their own mobile platform, and Photosynth is now available in the WP7 Marketplace! The app can be used to view the gorgeous 360-degree panorama images that characterize Photosynth, and not only that; you can use the app to create your own panoramas, too! Of course, there are a few shortcomings and limitations when you compare the WP7 client with the iOS one, but overall, the app is everything users have always wished for. Read on for details and screenshots. Read More

Facebook Camera For iPhone Joins The Photo Sharing Foray With Instagram-ish Filters & Batch Upload

When Facebook acquired Instagram a few weeks back for a whopping $1 billion, speculation was high as to what the social networking giant would do with the famous and viral photo sharing service. While it remains, frankly, to be seen how Instagram will fare in the long run, Facebook seems to have taken a leaf out of the latter’s book with the release of their fresh iOS app, Facebook Camera. A fresh entry to the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPod touch (not a universal app, at least at the time of this writing), Facebook’s latest release brings easy sharing and viewing of all the photos from your timeline and newsfeed on your iOS device. The app focuses solely on photos, and other than supporting batch sharing of snaps from your iPhone’s camera roll, you can also consider it as a photo-only viewer for your Facebook profile, including those that you were tagged in, those that were shared by your friends, and those that you uploaded. On the sharing front, you even get a very decent set of nice looking filters and effects, some of which even put Instagram to shame. Despite the app’s rather-restricted App Store description, it packs a pretty decent offering, and we take you on a guided tour just past the jump. Read More

FunCam For Android Offers 10 Great Real-Time Camera & Photo Effects

Several recent surveys reveal that apps belonging to the multimedia genre are perhaps the most popular ones among mobile users. Narrowing down these survey results even further, we find that it’s the photo and video-based apps that keep mobile users occupied for most of the time. No surprises there, to be honest, since app stores across both major smartphone platforms – Android and iOS  – are full of plenty of quality multimedia apps. When it comes to the photography genre, Google Play Store, too, has a huge variety of apps on offer. While some apps are based around the rather simple concept of capturing and sharing your snaps, like Instagram, others offer several exciting camera effects and filters that you can apply to your photos to make them look more vivid and appealing. Belonging to the latter category, FunCam is the fresh entrant into the Google Play Store. The app features 10 different camera effects that you can preview in real-time via the viewfinder, and instantly snap photos using an effect and image resolution of your liking. Details to follow. Read More

KLIK For iPhone Automatically Tags Your Facebook Friends In Photos

Most of us have been on some trip or gathering where literally hundreds of photos were taken by friends and then uploaded to Facebook, the most popular social network. If you were a part of some large group in an event, it can get tedious trying to tag everyone. KLIK by takes this burden off your shoulders and does all the tagging automatically through facial recognition. The best feature that can be programmed into an artificially intelligent being is the ability to learn with time, and that’s exactly what KLIK has on offer. If it doesn’t recognize the face automatically, you can enter the Learn mode of the app and teach the app yourself. The app has got some pretty good photo effects as well, and you can learn all about them by heading past the break. Read More

Autodesk 123D Catch For iPad Lets You Convert Images Into 3D Models

No one can doubt the hardware quality of the camera in most iOS devices, especially the newer ones, but many have complained that the accompanying software is not up to the mark. Even something as simple as panorama mode is missing in the stock iOS Camera app. However, all these shortcomings don’t count for much, thanks to the large number of photography-related apps available in the App Store. 123D Catch is an iPad app that aims to turn panoramic images into a thing of the past. Using this app, you can convert simple images into 3D models, and view them from any angle using the 123D Catch viewer (available within the app). All you have to do is snap a bunch of photos, submit them to the Autodesk cloud, and within a few minutes, you will have a three-dimensional adaptation of the images. Read on for details. Read More

Set iOS 5.1 Camera Grabber To Launch Any App With GrabberApp [Cydia]

Back before the release of iOS 5.1, we covered a Cydia tweak named AnyAppLock (reviewed here), which simply allowed users to replace the iPhone lockscreen camera button with a shortcut to any app of their choice. A lot has changed since then, and camera grabber has taken the place of the camera button on iPhone’s lockscreen. This implies that now we need a new Cydia tweak that can launch an app (other than the stock Camera) when the grabber is slid upwards. Fortunately, such a tweak has already arrived in the iOS jailbreak store, and is named GrabberApp. Even if you haven’t updated to iOS 5.1 yet, the tweak can still be of use to you, as it will add the camera grabber to your lockscreen first, and then allow you to program it to open any app you want. Head past the break to know all about GrabberApp, the useful new tweak in the Cydia store. Read More

HTC Sensation Camera Mod Ported To HTC Vivid, Improves Photo & Video Quality

The HTC Vivid boasts an 8MP AF camera with the ability to record videos at 1080p. However it’s Android, and with that label comes the urge to increasingly push a device to its limit. Camera Mods are not really a new concept and have been around for quite a while now. However, as the camera sensors and over all technology crept to astonishing heights, it is only fair that all that potent hardware is used at its maximum potential. Something like this happened for the HTC Sensation a while back, where the device could record full HD videos at 40mbps! Stuff like 0 compression on JPG images (photos taken), experimental addition of ISO 1250 mode and more were part of the deal. In short, huge improvement in the video and photo quality overall was achieved. Well guess what? The HTC Vivid just got all that! In fact, XDA-Developers forum member zacgoesrawr has simply ported the mod for the Sensation onto the Vivid. So if you’re hungry for some uber camera improvement on your HTC Vivid, read on after the break. Read More

645 PRO: Professional-Grade Camera App That Lets You Save Photos As Lossless JPEG & dRAW

iPhone camera apps are numerous, owing mostly to the awesome quality of photos that Apple’s hardware (the iPhone 4S, in particular) can offer. You can edit your photos, snap them in any way you want, but ultimately, it is the quality of the device's camera that has the most profound effect on the result. 645 PRO is a camera replacement app for iOS that brings the best out of the device's camera, producing results with quality that is on par with that of digital cams. It is, as the developer claims, the first app of its kind that allows you to capture dRAW (TIFF) and lossless JPEG images. Results aside, the interface itself provides the look and feel of a professional-grade camera, making the app an excellent substitute to the stock camera app for photography enthusiasts. Details regarding the apps many features after the break. Read More

Get An Invisible iOS 5.1 Lockscreen Camera Slider On Any iPhone Or iPod Touch [Cydia]

As trivial as it might sound at first, the new and revamped lockscreen camera button in iOS 5.1 is among the biggest talking points in the latest iOS update. In older versions of iOS, users had to double-tap the Home button to make the camera icon appear on the iPhone’s lockscreen. In the new version of the operating system, however, the camera shortcut is always visible and ready to be used. The method of using the shortcut has changed, and instead of just tapping the button to launch it, you have to use the shortcut as a slider to bring up the camera app. iOS5.1 Camera Lockscreen is a Cydia tweak which brings this new camera button to all iOS devices, even those which aren’t on iOS 5.1 yet, but with a slight twist. If you install this tweak, there will be no button, but rather, the whole lower part of the lockscreen becomes a slider that can be used to bring up the camera. Read More