Wed, 28 Dec 2011 Top Camera for iOS review
All-in-one camera app would be great for photographers, if only it had AE/AF lock
- Manufacturer: Lucky Clan
- Pros: Impressive photo-editing tools; numerous photo-taking modes; create folders
- Cons: No auto exposure or auto focus lock; poor video shooting mode
- Price: £1.99
- Star rating:
Top Camera packs numerous photo-taking modes, impressive photo-editing tools, and more into one app. Not only does it include different still-shooting modes such as HDR, Burst, and Slow Shutter, but users can also shoot video, organise photos into folders, and edit and add filters to photos.
From the Settings menu users can modify each shooting mode on an individual basis. You can also tap on the bubble icon at the top right corner to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and temperature, and see the changes happen live before taking a shot.
Top Camera comes with fairly advanced editing options: you can crop and rotate a photo; adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation; add one of more than 30 filters; and add a border or vignette.
Unfortunately, Top Camera suffers from one major flaw: it lacks an AF/AE (Auto Focus/Auto Exposure) lock in Camera mode. The app is constantly refocusing and re-exposing the shot, and if you move the frame the focus and exposure box will jump back to the middle.
You can choose between low-, medium-, and high-quality video shooting, but high quality shoots look as if you’ve zoomed in, medium is somewhat grainy, and low is just plain awful.
Top Camera’s Photo Editor offers more than 30 different filters, and lets you adjust, crop, and edit the image