KitCam, a brand new iPhone camera by the developers of PhotoForge2, is ready for takers in the App Store now (video above pulled from YouTube). I’ve reviewed the excellent PhotoForge2 previously.
For $1.99, KitCam offers up quite an amazing array of options all put together in a neat little package. Optimized for the iPhone 5, KitCam sets itself apart from the everyday by doing what it does in a very excellent way.
The features are similar to many you may find in a lot of other 3rd-party cameras, but the precision with which they are tied together and the elegance of the package may just make you want to consider another camera.
As you can see in the photo at left, KitCam has a lot of standard settings, some not-so-standard, and they’re all arranged so neatly, you’re sure to be able to figure this little beauty out in no time.
All the menus tuck away neatly when you don’t need them. The only reason you see so much menu there is because I have 3 open at once.
If you press the button that is not lit up in the photo above, you are given quite a few choices in quite a wonderful way to adjust the brightness level of the photo you’re shooting. You can increase/decrease the brightness, but you can also choose the type of lighting that you are shooting with, as well.
In addition to functioning as a regular camera, KitCam also works as a video camera, a timed camera, and can take multiple exposures shots. It also has a great continuous shooting mode that can be set to save at high speed (in low res) or at a slightly slower speed in a higher res.
One of the main features of KitCam is the fact that it has full resolution live previews of 13 lenses, 30 film types, and 18 frame styles. Three styles in each of those categories are in-app purchase upgrades though, but it is still a nice range of styles for a new offering.
The fish-eye camera (an in-app purchase) is good enough that I’m considering adding on the lenses.
If you currently own PhotoForge2, you get an extra FREE film, and I discovered that if you Tweet about loving KitCam from within the app, you receive a 2nd FREE film.
There is a really nice integration between PhotoForge2 (reviewed here by me) and KitCam. It works 1 way of course, but any photo that you take in KitCam can easily be ported over into PhotoForge2 (assuming that you own PhotoForge2) for more heavy duty editing.
KitCam also features Dropbox integration and lets you archive using Ftp and uploading to Flickr. Other services include Facebook and Tumblr uploading.
Some of the other settings include: capture location, camera SFX, face detection, video stabilization, low light boost, and volume shutter.
From within KitCam, you can do quite a bit of editing, though. In addition to the usual adjustments, you can change all the lens/film/frame type settings for each photo even after you take it using 1 set.
As part of the regular editing, I am particularly fond of the Clarify auto adjustment that really sharpens up a photo without pixelating it any.
The only thing that you CAN’T do is bring a photo that you’ve already shot into KitCam to edit. So, no adding these awesome films/lenses to photos shot in other cameras. I hope that changes in the future.
KitCam saves photos at up to 8MP for the iPhone 4S/5 and shoots video in full 1080p HD.
So, if you’re looking for a great, all-around camera, you need look little further than KitCam. If you’re full to overflowing with cameras (like me), you may still want to consider shelling out this rather reasonable sum for what could become your favorite way to shoot.
That’s it for me today. Until later, …