The rise of Instagram has seen a boom in accompanying image-editing apps, and because there are so many around, developers are having to work harder and harder to offer something quirky and unique in order to entice the increasingly-fickle mobile community.
Cortex Camera by Whimsical Productions offers a seemingly unprecedented feature which is almost certainly applicable to all iPhone and iPad users who love taking photographs on their device. Although most camera apps offer great features for editing and improving, there’s usually no getting away from the blurry imperfections that can arise when the device isn’t held by a steady hand, or if the subject being captured can move at any time.
Cortex sorts this problem out with distinction, enhancing the clarity of your shots by capturing over 100 frames of video before combining them smartly to create a still image as close to perfection as feasible. Within our own eyes and brains lies the visual cortex, which enables us to process moving images (or still images whilst moving) without any kind of photographic blur. Cortex Camera takes this ethos into consideration, using a touch of our biological make-up to improve the quality of iPhone and iPad images.
The interface is rather charming, and the app itself doesn’t require an Einstein level of knowledge in order to be navigated. For best results, you can save your images in .PNG format.
As somebody who cannot always keep a steady hand when taking photos, I found Cortex Camera to be extremely useful, and unless you’ve a tripod for your device, this is your best bet in achieving the highest possible quality of image.
Please note, it does not work on any device besides the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the new iPad. Those downloading on an earlier model will be met with a blank screen when taking shots – so you have been warned.
It costs $2.99, but given its good performance and conceptual ingenuity, it’s certainly three dollars well spent, in my opinion. If you’re a photo buff, I highly recommend you check out the download link below and give it a whirl for yourself.
Download Cortex Camera for iPhone and iPad [iTunes link]