Paparazzi, infamous for their ability in carrying out their work employing questionable methods, are often masters of quickness. It doesn’t take a paparazzo though to know that in some instances rapid fire — also referred to as burst mode or continuous shooting mode — can be your best friend. This doesn’t only include situations where subjects are moving quickly in front of the camera, but also situations where light is far from optimal.
Paparazzi Photo is a simple app which makes use of continuous fire mode to rapidly take series of photos.
- Full resolution available;
- Combine photos on/off;
- Flash on/off (only on supported devices).
Getting the hang of Paparazzi Photo is very simple. Once you open it, the app will immediately start to take shots and save them automatically to your device’s Camera Roll. You have to do nothing to make the app work, you do not even have to press a shutter button; all you have to do is aim the camera at the subject that interests you and then let the app do the rest. To stop shooting, you simply close the app.
In your device’s settings, you can set the final resolution for saved photos, enable flash and activate the combine photos feature. Turning this last option on, the app will save shots at a medium resolution in a 2×2 format; turning it off, the app will save every single image separately at the resolution of your choice. Be aware that choosing the highest resolution available could slow down the shutter, especially on older devices.
Paparazzi Photo makes use of the basic continuous shooting mode that many cameras include among their features. The 2×2 format however looks like something straight out of an action sampler camera. Overall, this is a no-frills and very easy to use app. Still, effectively handling the burst mode is not as easy it may seem and for this reason getting used to this app to achieve satisfactory results may require some time and lots of guessing and checking. The fact the app starts shooting as soon as you open it doesn’t give you much time to think and frame properly; also, that you cannot stop taking photos unless you exit the app can be a bother sometimes. My impression is that a shutter button of some kind would definitely give users better control, without necessarily taking away anything from the app’s effectiveness. Perhaps a shutter control could be included as an additional feature that users could enable or disable when they need it.
Paparazzi Photo perhaps feels a bit too limited as a standalone app, especially as it doesn’t allow extra functions as bracketing. Even so, as a supporting tool in instances where rapid fire is your absolute priority, this app can come in handy.
The developer of Paparazzi Photo kindly provided us with a code for reviewing purposes.
Name: Paparazzi Photo
Developer: Functional Insight Ltd
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch 4th, iPad 2. iOS 4.2 or later.