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SnappyCam Pro is the perfect app for sports, pets and kids pictures

Mel Martin

Did you ever wish you could use your iPhone camera to take images at rapid-fire speeds and save the best ones? SnappyCam Pro does just that. The app is US$0.99 for a limited time.

The app's developers claim it will shoot up to 20 full-resolution pictures in one second when run on an iPhone 5. That's very fast. Rather than take time to save to your camera roll, the app presents a display of your images, and you can select the ones you want to save. GPS data is included, and all the other metadata the iPhone provides is tagged to each photo.

This is a great way to get decent sports, pet or kids photos. The app is working within the Apple SDK, so it doesn't break anything, but it fine-tunes and speeds up the taking of images to a degree that just hasn't been seen before.

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I tried the app outside on some plants being blown in a light wind. Some were blurry, but some frames were caught in perfect focus. Shots of people walking or running produced similar results. The app gives you some choices about how it operates, so you can control the way the shutter interacts with your touch, and you can choose the aspect ratio of your images. You can adjust the camera field of view, and as you reduce resolution, the camera speeds up. At full resolution the app claims to do about 20 frames per second. I tried some photos in low light and was getting roughly 12 frames per second at full resolution. You can also turn geo-tagging off to get faster speed. Sound effects can also be switched off.

One criticism. Saving images is not intuitive. There are a couple of steps, and until I figured out the workflow, I didn't save everything I wanted. Better onscreen guides would help.

SnappyCam Pro is a rather extraordinary achievement in improving the flexibility of the iPhone camera. It's not going to get you perfect pictures with every frame, but it will give you the ability to pick and choose for a better chance at having a "keeper." There are some examples and more information on the developer website.

Reviews of the app are positive and well-deserved. It's one of the most innovative camera apps I've seen.

SnappyCam Pro supports iPad and iPhone from the 3GS and up. The newer your hardware, the faster the camera will run. The app requires iOS 4.2 or later, and the app is optimized for the iPhone 5.

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