So you’ve heard all the talk about how great the camera’s are in the iPhone 4 and the new iPod touch? And then you saw the app that you use to actually take the pictures! While it is simple to use, certain parts of it are kind of slow and there are not very many options to customize it. If you’ve been looking for a way to really take control of the great camera in your device you might want to check out “Almost DSLR!”
The first thing I really noticed about this app is that it loads very quickly, even a little faster than the default iOS app. Once the app is loaded up you’ll see a menu full of options on the left side, two buttons for taking pictures and video at the bottom, and a small row of buttons in the upper right corner of the screen.
The app adjusts quickly if you tilt it to the side, and all of the buttons remain in the same general area of the screen in landscape mode. If you’re using an iPhone 4 or a 4th generation iPod Touch you can also switch cameras by touching the button in the upper right corner of the screen.
If you touch the settings icon on the right side of the screen you’ll be able to set the camera to a variety of different quality settings. Depending on your device the settings are slightly different. For example, the iPhone 4′s maximum resolution for video is 1280×720, while the 3GS can only shoot 640×480.
There are a few other options in the settings menu that allow to set how the “Focus” and “Exposure” controls work. Basically, the way that the app works is you touch something on the screen it will focus on the area. In addition, if you double tap something on the screen, the app will set it’s exposure to the area of the screen that you select. In the option screen, you have to ability to set whether the Focus and Exposure stay set at what you select, or if they continue to auto-adjust after you move the device.
Overall there plenty of features in this app to keep most users happy. You can set your devices LED flash to be a camera flash or a torch. You can also Turn Focus and Exposure lock on/off, and turn the “grid” that helps you line up your pictures on or off as well!
My favorite features of this app though have to be just how quickly this app loads and that it has the ability to take pictures and to take video with the press of just one button! There is no sliding a button to the side to switch between video and photos!
Unfortunately, as good as this app is, every app has it’s faults. The main thing that really disappointed me is that “Almost DSLR” lacks a digital zoom feature. While there is a button in the upper right corner menu that allows you to select what kind of screen resolution you want, there is really not a way to zoom way in on something far away get good pictures.
All things aside, I really think that this app is going to replace the built-in iOS camera app for many people. the speed, and added features will not only allow you to take pictures more quickly, but it will also help you to take higher-quality pictures in bad lighting as well!
If you’re still reading this review and you’re just not sure if you want to download it yet, then you might want to check out the free version of the app. It has the same basic feature set as the full version and will give you an idea of how it works and feels. So what are you waiting for? Click one of the links below and check it out yourself today!