iApp Review – GorillaPod gorillacam

I love my GorillaPod. So much so I bought Nicole an additional one. I used it during RIAdventure 2009 to hold my Flip cam while recording sessions, and we’ve used it at the end of a trekking pole when hiking.

When i saw that GorillaPod had an iphone app, and a camera app no less I was intrigued.

The iPhone camera is kind the suck. At least for anything more than, “Oh hey a unicorn in the middle of the street, lemme snap a pick for twitter”

Try taking an “arms length” picture and good luck tapping the right place on the screen.

Enter GorillaCam (iTunes Link)!

It’s pretty simple, it replaces the existing camera app on your phone. It replaces it with WAY more functionality.

Pros

Timer: Awesome. Especially when doing arms length photos, etc.

Time Lapse. Less impressive only because of the apps slowness (see the ‘cons’ section). The lapses would be 30 seconds or more apart. not sure what benefit that gives.

3 Shot burst is nice.

Bubble level: blah whatever. I don’t need perfectly level photos from my iPhone.

Grid: Kinda cool, just for lining things up in the shot, I like it, but I think i like for some useless nerdcore reason.

Press Anywhere: Worth the price of the app just for this. Again, when taking those arms length-eiffel tower-in the background shots, having to tap the exact spot on the screen where the shutter button appears is almost impossible. It’s led to plenty of pics of me and Nicole where we’re laughing at the silliness of the problem or making a weird face thinking I hit the button, when I didn’t, but then did hit the button when I wasn’t planning to.

Being able to just tap anywhere on the screen is AWESOME. It’s made the app really useful.

Cons.

The biggest, and only real downside to the app is the saving. I don’t know if it’s the app, the camera API, or what, but it’s slow. Almost unusably slow. It’s fine if you’re just taking a one off photo of something, but if you’re trying to snap pics at an event or something where you’d like to take more than 2 pictures a minute, you’re out of luck. Hopefully it changes in a future release. Right now it’s not a full replacement of the Camera app. Close though.

In the end, if you’re looking for more features from your iPhone camera, this app is great. It offers a ton of cool (and some less cool) features that just make taking pictures easier/better. If you can live with the delay, it’s worth it, no question.

Oh and I’m on a 3GS, so it’s not (I assume) a hardware issue.

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