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.
PowerCam iPhone App Features
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
Combines shots to create panoramas
FaceTimer which automatically recognises faces
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
PowerCam iPhone App Performance
The apps homepage has four options: capture, edit, collage and gallery. We'll take a look at what you can do within each of them.
Panoramas 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-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.
This 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.
There 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.
Another 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.
Where 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.
You 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.
PowerCam iPhone App Verdict
The PowerCam app is ideal for those who like to take pictures, edit and share on the web. Instead of just being yet another app with filters for editing your photos it goes further. They can be used during shooting on both photos and videos, with other extras such as Colour Splash, Collages and Panoramas available. Colour Splash and Collages look good, but panoramas aren't great, no where near the quality that the updated iPhone app can manage itself. If you enjoy sharing your images on the web, PowerCam has plenty to offer for its £0.69 price tag.
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 Pros
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 Cons
Panoramas 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.