Now that the weather is getting nicer, you’ll be spending more time outside with friends and family. Chances are you’ll want to capture some of these moments with your iPhone. But while your iPhone’s camera is capable of amazing things, it can be a challenge to capture fast-moving targets, like your dog, toddler, or even your best friend racing by during his or her first marathon. It’s also great for group pictures.
That’s where Fast Camera can help. As soon as you launch the app it starts taking pictures at a rapid (almost ridiculous) rate — up to 800 pictures per minute! During testing, I didn’t realize what was happening until I had almost 150 pictures of my leg. Fortunately, you can adjust the settings so the “Auto-on” feature isn’t the default. This will also give you much better control over what you’re shooting (instead of getting 10-20 “oops I wasn’t focused yet” pictures of your feet.
Navigating Fast Camera is almost as easy as taking the pictures. The layout is very basic, letting you focus on your subject rather than buttons. When you’re ready to start snapping (assuming “Auto-on” is turned off), just tap “Start.” In the lower left corner, you’ll see a ticker which displays the number of pictures being taken. I should note that this is the only visual cue you’ll have when pictures are being taken. If you’re not paying attention, you might end up with 800 pictures to sort through!
You’ll be happy to know that not all 800 pictures make it to your iPhone’s Camera Roll. Instead, you can browse your shots within the app and only the ones you manually select to save will make the cut. You can even save them as a video. The rest will be deleted when you switch back to camera mode. Speaking of camera mode, you can also change the speed at which the pictures are taken. If you’re familiar with photography lingo, navigating the Settings screen should be a breeze. But if you’re a newbie like me, you might need to play around a bit.
Adjusting the shutter speed and resolution will help you to slow down the rate of shooting and improve the quality of images. If you’re shooting with an iPhone 5 or 4S, the rear camera saves images at 1280×720, or about 0.9 MP. The front camera saves at 1280×960, or 1.2 MP. At 8MP, I was able to take about 111 pictures in 20 seconds. Adjusting the settings to 1.2MP resulted in about 207 pictures in 20 seconds and VGA returned 157 pictures in the same amount of time.
There’s no shortage of photography apps in the App Store, but if you’re looking for a better way to capture fast-moving targets, I recommend giving Fast Camera a try. It’s really fast, consistent, and relatively easy to use — plus, it’s universal, so it’ll work with your iPad as well.