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Slow Shutter Cam

By Cogitap Software

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Slow Shutter Cam brings new life into your device's photo toolbox by letting you capture a variety of amazing slow shutter speed effects that you only thought you could get with a DSLR. Continue reading to learn why you should download this app today!


■ Featured by Apple in "App Store Essentials: Camera & Photography" and "Extraordinary Photo Apps"

■ Nominated for the 2010 and 2011 "Best App Ever Award - Best Photo App"

■ Recently mentioned by the NY Times


"It’s one of those rare photography apps that creates effects that few others are capable of, and it does it easily and with better results."
— Marty Yawnick, Life In LoFi


How many times have you tried to capture artful images with your iPhone camera but were left wishing you had more features to work with? Slow Shutter Cam puts an end to mere snapshots and gives you some of the most powerful features of a DSLR camera. All this, in a package that fits in your pocket.

Slow Shutter Cam offers three capture modes to capture unique images:

MOTION BLUR: Equivalent to the shutter priority mode on a DSLR, the Motion Blur mode is perfect for creating ghost images, waterfall effects or suggesting movement in your photographs by adding a blur.

LOW LIGHT: In low light conditions, this capture mode allows the camera to accumulate every photon of light hitting the sensor. The longer the shutter speed, the more light it will accumulate. You can even fine-tune the result using the exposure compensation slider to achieve the exact effect you want!

LIGHT TRAIL: The Light Trail mode allows you to 'paint' with light, show car light trails and fireworks or capture any other moving light in a unique way. Unlike shooting with a DSLR and being tied to specific rigid settings to obtain good results, the Light Trail mode takes care of the essentials, letting your creativity soar!


● Full resolution (on every devices)
● Real time live preview
● Innovative 'Freeze' control
● Exposure compensation
● Tap to adjust focus/exposure
● Exposure lock (from shot to shot)
● Handy Self-Timer

With Slow Shutter Cam on your iPhone or iPod touch you get the features of a DSLR camera with the convenience of a device that you can drop in your pocket and take with you wherever you go. Download it now and put an end to mere snapshots!

Search #slowshuttercam on Instagram or visit the "iPhone - Slow Shutter Cam" group on flickr for amazing samples!

What's New in Version 2.0

Slow Shutter Cam goes iOS 7!!!

We’re really happy to bring you this completely redesigned version of Slow Shutter Cam which includes tons of new features. We hope you'll like it!

● Dramatically improved output quality and full resolution support on all devices

● Ability to pause and resume capture (To get behaviour of previous version, please select the ‘Auto Edit and Clear’ workflow in app settings).

● The Automatic capture mode has been renamed Motion Blur and now includes a very versatile Blur Strength adjustment.

● The Manual capture mode has been renamed Low Light and now includes a powerful Exposure Boost adjustment.

● Zoom (Not available for some Picture Quality).

● Tap to focus and to adjust exposure (Double tap screen to reset).

● Basic image edition.

● Additional Shutter Speed (now named Capture Duration) and Sensitivity options.

By the way, every time we release a new version, we loose all our ratings on the App Store which negatively affects our sales. Thus, we would REALLY appreciate if you could update your rating on the App Store (simply tap the ‘Rate or Review on App Store’ button in the app settings). Many thanks!!!

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Customer Reviews

The best app for taking pictures on iPhone

Yes, indeed. This is the best app for taking high quality low noise pictures on iPhone. I used to use Night Modes, but this is so much better. For instance Night Modes only offers 1/2 sec exposure, and with Slow Shutter Cam you can make 30/60 sec or even bulb if you use your headphones to press the volume button. If you want to take long exposures (longer than 1 sec), buy a small tripod and a holder for the iPhone (it mounts on the tripod, just buy the cheapest on ebay - search iphone tripod holder). The joby tripods are a very good option. They have smaller tripods for phones and point and shoots and bigger - I use the focus with the ballhead primarily with my DSLR, but it is perfect for iPhone as well - just too expensive if you plan to use it only with a phone...
I haven't even tested yet the light trail and motion blur modes and I know this is the best app for my iPhone photography. When compared to pics taken with the stock app, the difference is enormous. The ones taken with slow shutter look like made with a dslr - very smooth, no noise even in shadow areas. Just perfect! Do yourself a favour and just buy this app! But don't forget to get a small tripod and holder as well or it will be pointless.

Finally, a "real" camera

I have been able to get results with this similar to that of 400 film in a manual SLR. The only problem I have is that the modes aren't well explained. "Light Trail" seems to work similar to night mode, taking the photo at full exposure, then overlaying that with a timed exposure biased towards highlights. "Motion Blur" seems to work the same way, but adding artificial blur to the second exposure and removing highlights. In "Low Light", setting the "Exposure Boost" yields the same exposure value regardless of "Capture Duration". Because the iPhone 5 has a fixed aperture, all I can assume is that there is an artificial gain at work. Longer "Capture Duration" does seem to result in less noise.

Once, I loved this app! Not so anymore :(

I have used SlowshutterCam to take awesome light trail photos on my iPhone for almost a year. People on Instagram ask me often about my technique.
A few months ago, the software upgrade made me so excited...30 second exposure!! Unfortunately, we can no longer capture the awesome images in Freeze mode - it functions totally different, now. Worse of all, the light trails are blotchy and wiggly when they used to be straight and consistent. It's as if the program is re-focusing during the exposure over and over. The result is an image that I'm not proud to share with others. Once in a while, I get a better photo, but it's so rare I've begun using a DSLR. Thank you SlowshutterCam for pushing me to learn a new skill, DSLR photography. I hope this app with work so well again, one day!

Slow Shutter Cam
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2013
  • Version: 2.0
  • Size: 1.8 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Cogitap Software

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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