KitCam for iOS review: The camera app that does it all

Some lenses let you adjust effects by making a twisting two-finger motion on the screen. But on the lower left of the interface, there's a gear button for several pro-level camera options. In this slide-up menu, you can choose from continuous-shooting options, high-speed shooting, multi-exposure shots, time-lapse, and more. You also can get an onscreen level, choose from several grid overlays, pick the aspect ratio of your photo, or view a histogram to judge the overall tonal quality of the image. What becomes clear is that KitCam is trying to be the jack-of-all-trades camera app, and I think it succeeds.

KitCam doesn't stop there. You can also use all the same features (except for frames) while shooting video, and view your filters and effects in real time. Even the lenses that offer additional tweaks with a rotating finger motion work as you shoot your video live.

Even with the focus on live previews of films and lenses, you also have the option to edit your photos after taking them. So don't worry if you don't get it right the first time -- you always have room for more tweaks later. Also, in the upper right, there's a film icon you can use to toggle between the original image and your finished work to compare the differences.

When you're finished, KitCam lets you share your project with social networking and photo sites including Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. You also have the option to save to Dropbox, send directly to an FTP site, send via e-mail, or even turn your image into a postcard (for a fee) and send it anywhere in the world.

The new Night Snap lets you set the exposure time up to 1 second, letting you capture shots in low light, and also create those long-exposure shots of a cars headlights as they go by, for example. You already had several frames to choose from in earlier versions, but now you get 10 more geometric shapes to experiment with. You also can now capture images in TIFF format for higher quality and take longer time-lapse movies than earlier versions of the app.

The latest version also adds several small, but useful tweaks. You now have a "flash" for the front-facing camera, meaning that your screen will go bright white just before taking a self picture. A perspective composition grid has been added to make it easier to take perspective specific photos. What all of these changes tell me is that the folks at GhostBird Software are listening to users of KitCam and shows they continue to be active in the development of this already great software.

KitCam is a very well-made app for taking photos and video, with plenty of lenses and filters, unique frames, and tons of pro-level settings you can use. If you're looking for a new camera app that has it all (with still more features on the horizon) I highly recommend KitCam.

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    About The Author

    Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.