Camera XL - Megapixel Doubler
- #: 4156
- Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
- Category: Photography
- Updated: 2009-11-13
- Current Version: 1.0.2
- Size: 0.20 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: George Talusan
- Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later
- © Hilary Street and George Talusan
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Double your megapixels. Camera XL converts your photos to give you twice the normal resolution. See details in your photos more clearly. Make larger prints with higher resolution. Get more from your iPhone camera. Perfect for anyone using Flickr,…..
What's New in Version 1.0.2
Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.
Only thing missing is auto focus
Brett Smith write:
I love this app I had the free version before this and I love it! The main glaring drawback for me is the fact that there is no auto focus/brightness adjust, add that in the next version and this will replace my camera app! Thanks and keep up the good work!
Suprisingly good resolution enhancement
The images are surprisingly good! Definitely worth a dollar!
After kicking the tires for a couple of days, there are a lot of things I like about this app. Camera XL is yet another camera. You need to use its own built in camera to take advantage of the pixel doubling. Camera XL does NOT double the resolution of images that are either in your camera roll or in your iPhone image library. In fact, the app won't even see any images in your photo albums --you can only open images from your camera roll.
It really does double the number of pixels in your image, although you'll have to sync your iPhone to iPhoto or other desktop application to see the full-sized image. The upsampling algorithm is surprisingly good. The images I've shot don't have any really glaring flaws. The images are comparable in image quality as resampling the image in Photoshop using Bicubic Smoother interpolation. The advantage to doing this in camera, though, is being able to do this on the fly and not having to lug around a laptop with Photoshop. Saving images takes quite a bit of time, so taking rapid fire shots isn't an option with this app.
I like that there's a setting to use the entire screen as a shutter release button. You can also email images from within the app. The resolution of the emailed images is greater than those emailed directly from the iPhone Photos app, but they're not the full, upsampled resolution.
While Camera XL offers a bare-bones camera replacement, there are better camera replacements with many more features that I prefer to use. In future updates, I'd like to see the ability to res up images that are already on my phone -- including those in my iPhone photo albums -- allowing me to use better camera apps and to apply filters or other image manipulation (like adjusting the color in the excellent apps Photogene or Photoforge for iPhone) before sizing the image up. while I realize that there's a bit of image processing going on under the hood here, I'd still like to see image save times go a little faster. I'd like to be able to email the full-resolution images.
Image upsampling isn't a replacement for having a better camera, but if the algorithm is good, it can sometimes yield acceptable results. I was pleasantly surprised at the results I got from Camera XL. Hopefully, future updates will make Camera XL an indispensable tool for iPhone photographers. In a crowded field of iPhone apps, it is a part of my iPhone "camera bag."
The other reviews are spot on
Gary Walters write:
As advertised it does a good job at doubling the pixels. The resulting image will allow zooming and cropping with a bit more range.
That's about it- no autofocus requires you to find good lighting; no steady shot; no burst; coor filters or other toys.
Bottom line, in a pinch without my Nikon dslr, I will use this to get a better pic with more resolution if circumstances permit.
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