Developer: Occipital

Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.7.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

I’ll admit to initially looking at ClearCam and thinking “Really? Do I really need another camera related app? Can’t I just stick to the built in app?” I misjudged it and expected it to be really rather gimmicky and pointless. I was clearly quite wrong. ClearCam is inexpensive and perfect for taking a photo if you’ve got a shaky hand or like taking photos of moving objects.

I had two perfect examples of this when testing out the app: my mother and the cat. My mother has a disability which means, amongst other things, she can’t keep her hands as steady as she’d like to. Cue the ability within ClearCam to take 6 images and pick out the best one. This has the added advantage of being great when taking photos of my cat for instance. The cat doesn’t like to stay still when he sees a camera, instead he goes a bit mental and tries to eat it. Don’t ask me why, it’s just one of his quirky ways. ClearCam meant that I could finally get a good photo of him while he was awake – an instant endorsement in my eyes.

Besides its ability to take multiple images in a series, ClearCam also offers the ability to set exposure points and focus points at the tap of a finger. It’s a similar tale with the ability to light up the area with the LED light, again at a (triple) tap of the screen. It’s simple stuff all round and it was quickly evident just how useful enhancing an image is. The app allows you to compare original photos to the enhanced version and it’s clear to see that noise has been reduced and the general quality of the photo is almost always slightly improved.

There’s also the ability to rotate the image and to zoom in as much as you like once the photo is taken. These are all small bonuses that quickly add up to make a very useful package.

As cynical as I was at the beginning, it’s clear to me (pun not intended) that I’ll be using ClearCam regularly instead of the built in Camera app. The quick mode enables me to allow the app to sort out the best photo for me, while the enhanced mode gives me something to fiddle around with if I want to take my time taking a shot. For days when I haven’t got my digital camera around, this’ll make a fantastic replacement for the all too useful snapshot.

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