Mon, 10 Dec 2012 KitCam for iPhone review
New photo app from the creators of the PhotoForge series impresses
- Manufacturer: GhostBird Software
- Pros: Great range of tools, lenses, films and frames; continuous shooting mode; camera effects previewed in real time; non-destructive editing; choice of aspect ratios; photo sharing and auto archiving; great value.
- Cons: In-App Purchases don't add much to the available lenses, films and frames, some features are iPhone 5 compatible only, a few bugs.
- Min specs: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.
- Price: £1.49 (In-App Purchases - Fancy Lens Pack, Vintage Film Pack, Used Frames Pack - £1.49 each)
- Star rating:
KitCam, from the creators of the worthy PhotoForge series, hasn't been around for long but it's already won rave reviews online and received a prestigious Apple Editors' Choice. KitCam lets users edit photos and video both live and at your leisure, adding a number of attractive and quirky effects while retaining the original image or footage. The collection of lenses, films and frames is impressive, offering a wealth of possible variations, which will likely make it difficult to take a really bad picture. Non-destructive editing also means you can undo any effects you don't like and change any edits made or anything selected when the original photo was taken.
What makes KitCam particularly special is the addition of a range of tools for taking, editing and fine-tuning your handy work, including manual controls that the makers suggest could rival your digital camera. These include the ability to compose a shot better with composition aids, stabiliser, face detection, multiple exposures, multi-shot and a fun time-lapse mode. Other features include the ability to easily adjust clarity, brightness, contrast, saturation, colour balance, levels, sharpness as well as the option to rotate and crop images.
For those who like sharing images, KitCam has support for Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, Instagram and Tumblr and the option to auto archive your work via DropBox, Flickr and FTP. The photo app comes with the option of some cool but hardly essential In-App Purchases covering a small number of additional lenses, films and frames, which users can try before they buy. You can also further edit your images in PhotoForge, which compliments KitCam well. GhostBird Software has already updated the KitCam, based on user feedback, with the ability to import your own photos for editing, which we feel is a great addition to an already excellent app.