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Quick and simple is the key concept behind MagiCam. From the makers of Camera+, it's a useful app for those that just want to take photos quickly while still having the option to add some filters to them.
It's a relatively minor point, but MagiCam starts things well immediately by asking for permission to use one's camera roll and location politely. Normally, apps will be a bit vague with explanations as to why it's needed but MagiCam starts off the user-friendly trend immediately by being welcoming.
Diving into the app itself is just as simple, with users able to immediately start snapping photos. 9 filters, or "moods" as the app calls them, are available to apply. Popping out as a circular array of options, it's useful to be able to view them so clearly, with a preview for each image prominently displayed. That circular interface continues when it comes to sharing photos with the usual array of sharing options clearly displayed in a similar manner.
MagiCam doesn't offer anything like fixing focus or exposure, but that's also to its strength in some ways. It's an app for those who just want to snap quickly rather than fiddle around with too many options. An auto flash is available, as well as an option to switch the viewfinder to a view that accommodates Instagram's square photos.
Annoyingly, there's no way of importing older images to add filters to, but then I guess that isn't the point behind MagiCam. It's an app that's clearly there for the summer time, when one just wants to take photos fast and see instant results. The results it provides are pretty good with minimal effort. Thanks to that, it's a pretty convenient solution for many.