Oct 10, 2011
When it comes to camera apps on Android, well, things are still barely off the ground. Granted, the new apps that hit the market continue to expand capabilities, add in new effects, and push creativity, and Camera ZOOM FX is one of those apps. However, it is still far from a perfect all-in-one photography tool.
This camera app certainly tries to do all things for all people. As a straight up way to take better photos, this is extremely powerful. Options like time-lapse, burst mode, timer mode, steady shot, and even noise-activated shooting make this a wonderful tool. I found the sound activation a bit finicky, while steady shot took a few seconds to do its magic. Despite these quirks, I found the pictures came out great and the app responsive enough to handle spur of the moment shooting that required quick reaction time.
It is not all about camera control here, as there are special effects that can also be applied to the resulting photos. Options here range from adding on lomo effects to various distortions and warping. There are even a few collage settings for those that want to tell a story in images. Some of these effects are viewable in real-time, mainly borders and vignettes, while the rest are stackable during post processing (lomo, black and white conversion, and vignettes all applied to one shot). There is a little something here for everyone, and it rounds out the app nicely.
The feature I enjoyed the most was how this app integrated with others that I had installed, especially when it comes to sharing. When I wanted to export/share a shot, the app brought up the standard programs like email/Twitter/Facebook, but then it also incorporated items like Bluetooth and Lightbox. Sure, I could save the finished product to the memory card and then launch these separately, but having access right from the app is a big time saver.
Things are not perfect here, however. I found the lack of control over the effects limiting, particularly when trying to apply a tilt-shift filter and I could not move the focal point to where I wanted it. This lack of control ultimately made certain filters useless unless some pre-planning was used for these specific conditions.
From a camera standpoint, this is possibly the best app I have ever used. The amount of control from how fast burst mode works to adding in custom buttons/gestures put a lot of power in the hands of the user. There is a nice collection of filters that cover a wide variety of tastes, though some are more usable than others. Regardless of a few finicky quirks, users that want to get the most out of their camera need to add this to their digital tool bag.