By Michael Hardaker
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Take your camera-equipped iPad back in time with a full-featured steampunk 4x5-inch field camera. FieldCam is about having great fun while taking great photographs!
✓ Glorious steampunk interface
✓ The Time Machine lets you pick from eight different epochs each with their own visual identity (some colour, some B&W) from 1855 on
✓ Spot or multi-zone exposure metering
✓ Control focus and spot-metering points-of-interest independently
✓ Optional framing grid to help you keep your verticals and horizontals where they should be
✓ Lockable focus, exposure and white balance
✓ Nine colour and B&W photo filters, with level control
✓ Optional real-time preview
✓ Optional image flip, for a true view camera experience
✓ Optional Night Mode allows long exposures in low light (<1 second)
✓ Correct proportions reflect the 4-inch by 5-inch* viewfinder (1.25:1, rather than the standard, unnecessarily stretchy, 1.33:1—perfect for printing at 8x10!)
✓ Period-styled photographs provide a true, sharp, grunge-free vintage feel: these crisp photos look like they would have when "new"
✓ 5X digital zoom
✓ Saves straight to Camera Roll
✓ Review your photographs and share them via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram—or open them directly in an editing app
✓ Full in-app user guide
✓ As always, Jag.gr's full-service technical support
If you think your iPad might be a tad bulky to use as a camera, just marvel at how much slimmer and lighter this "steampunk" alternative is when compared with an *actual* Victorian field camera—and how much more capable!
Built on the same core technology used for Jag.gr's groundbreaking iPhone app 645 PRO, FieldCam gives you the chance to take great photographs with your iPad, while having great fun!
* On iPad 2 and later, the viewfinder is exactly 4x5 inches. On iPad mini, the viewfinder is smaller, but in proportion
What's New in Version 2.02
* Added GPS direction information to metadata
* Fixed: some obscure focusing issues
Stupendous--THE Definitive iPad Camera
FieldCam, with its latest update, is simply unreal. Mike Hardaker/jag.gr have unleashed a beautiful, powerful monster-camera.
I have just about every worthwhile camera for the iPad and iPhone--dozens. FieldCam, however, is the first time (since I bought Hipstamatic in May 2011) that, the first time I used it, made me feel a little guilty since the result was so effortlessly amazing. But, hey--that's fine by me!
FieldCam is ultra-flexible, easy to use, stable, full-featured...and it produces gorgeous photographs.
Not only is there the "Era" wheel which lets you choose from eight different looks (Daguerrotype-ish to modern "2015; mono, bw, and color), there's an optional filtration system that consists of a 9-position selector and a smooth slider to control the filter intensity.
Two fantastic features are included: selectable spot/multi-zone metering, and the Night Watchman Switch. The Night mode allows the shutter to "open up to fifteen times longer than usual". It really works, and isn't a gimmick. It somehow manages to work without graining your images up to all hell, too, under reasonable circumstances.
Developing is fast, and accepts a queue while you continue to shoot. JPEGs save as medium--possibly medium-high (unlike some of the other jag.gr cameras which save as highest JPEG and/or TIFFs). I'm guessing this is to keep the processing fast, though I'd love to have the option to select high quality JPEGs, if not TIFFs.
The preview can be set to live, to give you real-time viewfinder with color effect. There's also a zoom, but I can only get it to display when the real-time preview is off. Standard locks are available for white balance, focus, and exposure. Grid and Flip are also present, in addition to readouts for ISO and shutter speed.
I highly recommend FieldCam, and offer a big, fat cigar to the devs.
Get it--you'll be glad you did.
All the best,
Painter, Photographer, Illustrator
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