Version Reviewed: 1.0.3
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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I love action sports. Over the years I have had several subscriptions to action sports magazines that I would read every month. As I’ve flipped through these magazines I’ve often seen action sequence pictures of my favorite action sports starts performing various tricks and stunts. Thanks to the developers at CloudRaker, the power to create my own action sequence shots like the ones in the magazines is now in the palm of my hand with their iPhone app, Nabit. Although Nabit is directed primarily towards action sports enthusiasts, it is great for all users that want to capture any action event to create a one of a kind photo.
Nabit refers to the capturing of an action shot as a “Burst.” In order to capture any action shot, simply touch the screen to begin the “Burst” and then the app will capture several quick photos of the action at hand. It is important to hold the camera steady and not to follow the subject as this can lead to heavy blurring and the end result won't look quite right. After all the photos are taken, Nabit presents the pictures in the sequence and allows the user to highlight the objects that need to move within the sequence. Highlighting can be done with a couple of simple swipes with a finger. Once the objects are highlighted, Nabit will automatically merge the objects together to create the action sequence into one photo. The app does a pretty good job at merging the objects together to create a unique photo that can then be can shown off to family and friends. However, creating great looking pictures is going to take some practice. Be prepared to attempt at least five to ten action shots to get used to the app’s functionality and settings before seeing the desired results. It's also best to use this app outside and in the daylight. Low lights and indoor settings seem to not make for optimal action shots.
The best thing about Nabit is it’s simple and clean user interface. It’s clear that CloudRaker took some time to make sure that this app was friendly enough to use for any user. Best of all, there are no complicated settings that need to be adjusted in order to start creating photos. It works well and efficiently from the first launch.
One downfall of this app is that it lacks the ability to highlight the objects within the photo sequence with precision. Not being able to do this can lead to some nasty overlap once each photo in the sequence is merged together. To combat this issue, a pinch to zoom feature was implemented to allow for greater highlighting accuracy. However, once zoomed in, the ability to highlight the object is not available yet. No doubt the developers are aware of this issue and it’s bound to be resolved in an upcoming version.
Overall Nabit is a solid app for creating action sequence photos. It brings to the table a very unique way to create action photos for all of life’s fun events. And for the price tag of free, I find this app the be a very nice addition to all the other photography apps on my iPhone.