With our smartphone snappers creeping ever closer to the standalone professional brands in terms of features and quality, iOS app developers are having a field day in trying to entice the many millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to part with their money in exchange for those cutting-edge utilities which enhance the photo-snapping experience found at stock level.
Here at Redmond Pie, we love a good image taking / manipulating / sharing app, and try our level best to feature the ones we feel provide that something extra and in turn warrant a download. Free for a limited time, ActionShot tries very hard to fall under this umbrella by allowing you to shoot a one or two second clip of any movement and morph it into a sequence shot.
As the example in the app’s description depicts, this would be ideal in the situation of a skateboarder or skier, in which case you could capture stills from every moment as your subject passed the lens of your device’s camera. The interface of the app itself is clean, and doesn’t unnecessarily bamboozle you with a plethora of needless options.
Once you hit the camera button for the first time, the sequence is automatically captured, and you can alter the amount of time between each capture within the settings menu, in which you can also change the quality between SD and HD. Although SD is okay if you’re conscious about space (or own a pre-iPhone 4 device), you’re probably going to want to capture your action sequence in 720p – which even then is a little behind the times given the iPhone 4S can muster 1080p these days.
As with most of today’s photo-centric apps across Android and iOS, ActionShot includes all of your essential social plugins including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – which is now of course a subsidiary of Zuckerberg’s social network.
For the best results, developer CloudRaker Inc. recommends it’s used outside, in the best possible lighting conditions, and the camera should be held as still as possible for optimal results. You can either opt for a lowly two shots in your sequence, or include as many as ten, although in most cases, I suspect, the default setting of five should be more than enough.
Download ActionShot for iPhone [iTunes link]