The camera app built into iOS isn't bad thanks to it's speed and ease of use, but it isn't exactly chockablock with features. That's why, over the years, a plethora of developers have released new camera apps that give you a bit more to play with. Most famous is Instagram but the latest to step up to the plate is KitCam, made by Ghostbird, the developer of PhotoForge.
Kitcam is designed to be a complete replacement for the iPhone's native camera app and its philosophy seems to be more is more. It really is so rammed full of features that it's unlikely you'd need any other camera or photo editing app installed on your phone.
When it comes to actually taking pictures it's got the usual range of tools. There's a timer function as well as an image stabiliser. You can also set different focus and exposure points in the frame to stop images coming out too bright or too dark when you've big differences in lighting levels across the photo. You can also lock the white balance and there's also a handy continuous full resolution shooting mode. Unlike Camera , it also supports video shooting at up to 1080p resolution so it really can act as a full replacement for the native iOS camera app.
Kitcam also has a range of different lenses, films and frames that you can use to jazz up your photos. The cool thing about these is that they can be previewed live so you can see exactly what your photo will look like before you shoot it. The effects are pretty much all of a very high standard too, with very little in the way of fillers included - a common mistake made by many alternatives.
Once you've captured your photos you can tweak them further with the shot editor. It includes tools like auto adjustment, cropping, colour mixing and straightening to help you get your images looking their best.
As you would expect direct photo sharing to a range of different social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr is supported. Helpfully, it also integrates with Dropbox, Flickr or FTP, so you can set it up to automatically back up your photos as you go.
The only real complaint is that you can’t open existing images in Kitcam to edit them. This is quite annoying, but is presumably a move by developer Ghostbird to protect the revenue it's already earning from its PhotoForge editing app.
Kitcam isn’t exactly innovative, as you can already find most of its features in other apps. However, the difference is that Kitcam brings them all together in one place so you can shoot, edit and upload your pictures from one app, and do so in a very quick and simple way thanks to it's easy to use interface. It's a serious competitor to established camera app favourites like Camera .