Recently launched in the App Store, King Camera (for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) promises to become your perfect photo companion. I don’t know if I would speak about perfection, but sure enough, with its impressive array of tools, King Camera doesn’t look like your average newcomer.
- Full resolution available;
- Switch between rear and front camera;
- Set focus and exposure separately;
- Zoom in/out;
- Grid on/off;
- Flash on/off;
- Big shutter button;
- Sound trigger;
- Burst mode;
- Time lapse;
- Video recording;
- White balance and exposure lock;
- Adjustable contrast, brightness, shadows and highlights;
- Adjustable tints and saturation;
- Crop, flip and rotate;
- Adjustable vignetting;
- Add simple and styled borders;
- 45 presets;
- 15+ textures;
- Save custom presets;
- EXIF data access;
- Extensive video tutorial;
- Send via email or share to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Dropbox.
In King Camera, the built-in camera offers a wide range of instruments to help you take photos in the easiest way possible: from individually adjustable focus and exposure to the big shutter button, from stabilizing tools to burst mode, from flash options to white balance and exposure locks. For creating time lapse or stop motion animations, you can enable a dedicated feature.
Once the photo is taken, it is stored directly into the Photo Desk area, the app’s gallery where all photos are neatly organized in stacks and thus easily browsable. You can also load photos from your device. Other than photo taking, King Camera also allows video recording. However, videos taken cannot be edited and processed within the app; unlike photos, they are directly sent to your Camera Roll.
Effects can be applied to photos either in QuickMatik or ProMatik modes. Both modes can be accessed after your photo is stored in the Photo Desk. Photos can be re-edited over and over, but you can always retrieve the original from the Photo Desk. This way, you can keep multiple versions of the same photo and keep on working on the original.
As the name clearly suggests, QuickMatik allows quick — and easy — processing. QuickMatik is basically a collection of preset styles you can use right away without having to tweak. All the included presets are arranged in categories — Color, Monochrome, Grunge and Themes. Style intensity can be adjusted to suit your photo. You can add your own styles by using the ProMatik editing mode.
In ProMatik mode, you have more control on individual aspects of post processing. You can adjust several parameters to affect the final look of your image, like brightness and contrast, shadows and highlights, tint and saturation, and more. By playing with sliders, you can fine tune everything as your photo requires. Finally, you can choose to add a border, either in a plain color of your choice or picking one among the available designs. If you particularly like a style you have created and want to use it further, you can save it as a preset. When you are done, your photo is saved to the Photo Desk.
Rather than with Camera+ like it was stated elsewhere, a comparison that inevitably came to mind while testing King Camera is with Camera Genius, another multi-purpose camera featuring very similar tools. However similar these two apps may seem at first, King Camera brings the experience a step further, especially concerning the post processing and photo organizing stages. Rendering and saving times are also very reasonable and the UI, in spite of the many options, remains very accessible.
If you’re looking for a valid replacement to the native iPhone app and also a very comprehensive processing utility, King Camera is a new excellent choice.
In occasion of the app’s launch, King Camera is available at a special price of $0.99 in the App Store for a limited time.
Name: King Camera
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. iOS 4.2 or later.