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The PowerCam iPhone app combines a range of features and allows you to use some of them on photos as well as when shooting videos. On test here is the iPhone version, if you're an iPad user there is a separate HD version for you. The PowerCam iPhone app is available from the iTunes Store for £0.69.
- Over 120 real-time effects such as vintage, retro, lomocyan and sketch
- Add effects during or after shooting
- Anti-shake, touch and smile capture modes
- Select separate focus and exposure areas
- Add frames
- Shoots videos
- Combines shots to create panoramas
- FaceTimer which automatically recognises faces
- Colour splash
- Funhouse mirror
- Create collages
- Share with single or batch uploading to Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr
- Option to purchase an in app creative pack for £0.69
PanoramaPanoramas look decent enough for sharing on the web, but when you look closely they aren't perfectly stitched. With Apple updating their own camera app to include high-resolution panoramas, this isn't a feature that you'll want to use.
Tilt-shiftTilt-shift images are decent enough, although they are a little fiddly to create. You use pinch zoom to resize the focus and rotate, meaning it's quite hard to do them independently. There are circular and linear options available to choose from.
Colour SplashThis is one of the better shooting modes on PowerCam. When you open this mode there is a small circle which appears, you place this over the colour which you want to remain in your photo, you can either shoot straight away or hit the padlock. This memorises the colour and allows you to recompose your shot.
EffectsThere are far too many effects to show here, the ones you'll find below are available in post-shooting editing, so they can be applied to any picture in your camera roll. When using PowerCam to shoot there are even more filters, borders and effects to choose from.
Wondershare Software PowerCam iPhone App Sample Photos
Effect Rice Paper
Effect Sweet Paris
Effect Old Photo
Effect Tahole B
Effect Sketch B
Effect Flip Wall
Effect Flip Table
Effect Flip All
Effect One Colour
Effect Lomo Cyan
Effect X Rays
Effect Gray Scale
Effect Tri Tone B
Original Portrait 1
Effect Big Face
Effect Super Chin
Original Portrait 2
CollageAnother excellent feature, you can choose up to 8 shots to create a collage from. There are three types to choose from: template (1st image below), free (2nd image below) or join (see here). You can choose from many different arrangements of your images and pick different borders and backgrounds.
VideoWhere PowerCam is fairly unique is that it allows you to apply many of the features to videos as well such as colour splash, filters and borders.
SharingYou can share your images to your computer over Wi-Fi. Head to your gallery and press the Wi-Fi icon. This gives you a URL which you need to enter into a web browser. We found it took a while to upload your pictures, but once done you can save them to your computer. Personally, I'd rather just stick with sharing them via Dropbox. You can share multiple images to numerous social networking sites all in one go as well.
|The PowerCam app offers plenty of features and is ideal for those who like to share their iPhone pictures on the web.|
PowerCam iPhone App ProsFeature packed
Wide range of filters
Most features work on both video and photos
Can upload multiple pictures to various places in one go
PowerCam iPhone App ConsPanoramas aren't well stitched
Sharing images via the URL takes ages
Separate purchase for the iPad HD version
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
The PowerCam iPhone App is available from the iTunes Store for £0.69. For more information please visit the Wondershare website.