[Android] PerfectShot is a feature-packed camera app

PerfectShot Camera App for AndroidStruggling to get that perfect shot? Well, there’s really no need for you to become a professional photographer just to capture that perfect angle. As a matter of fact, you can take lots of marvelous pictures even if you don’t have a high-end camera. All you need is a good camera app that can provide you with the right features that’s necessary for taking a splendid photo. Anyways, let’s find out if PerfectShot has what it takes to replace your phone’s default camera application.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

Created and developed by Idea Matters, PerfectShot is a feature-packed camera application for Android. It’s a free app and you can even use it as a replacement to your phone’s native camera application. What differentiates this app from other camera apps is the fact that it focuses on almost every vital aspect that is needed in order to capture a perfect photo. In other words, it will provide you with tools that you can use to adjust and enhance your shots just right before you press the camera shutter.

To use PerfectShot, just spin or rotate its main mode dial to set your preferred shutter mode. After that, you can use any tool that you like to make your photo look better. Just remember that you should set everything up right before you click or tap the shutter. You can also use this app to record videos of all sorts.

Pros

  • Neat, well-designed and responsive UI, easy to use
  • You can use this app to take pictures using your phone’s rear-facing or front-facing camera
  • Custom user settings for Shutter Mode, Sensitivity, Zoom, Geo-tagging, Storage and UI
  • Automatically saves your photos and videos to your SD card (/DCIM/PerfectShot)
  • Features five different shutter modes – manual mode, auto mode, semi-auto mode, timer mode and video mode
  • Features a lot of tools for enhancing photo and video quality plus you can easily enable each feature by simply rotating the app’s mode dials. Some of the app’s most notable features are as follows: ISO, AE and AF, Picture Size, Color Effects, White Balance, Exposure, Zoom and Scene Modes. By rotating the “Scene Mode” dial, you can easily change the scene to Landscape, Night, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Fireworks, Sports, Party, Candlelight, Backlight and Auto.
  • Shows help messages – these help messages will show up from time to time but can be disabled in the UI options
  • Can take pictures and record videos in portrait or landscape orientation

Cons

  • This app can take videos but it won’t let you change its default video resolution. You can only take low-quality videos in 320 x 240 resolution (In some devices, this app’s video mode is completely unavailable.)
  • This app cannot take panoramic shots; the smile shot option is also unavailable
  • Free users are only allowed to save ten images per day right after the app’s unlimited period ends. The unlimited period will only last for 168 hours and after that, it is up to you if you want to upgrade to the app’s unlimited version which is currently available at the Play Store for $1.99

Discussion

PerfectShotPerfectShot has it good points and bad points. Before using this app, I didn’t really have any particular expectation. I just wanted the app to be responsive and stable. Fortunately, it did prove that it is truly capable of taking splendid photos.

What I like most about this app is that it gives its users the ability to control, adjust and enhance the quality of the pictures right before they press the shutter button. Aside from that, you can easily switch from one mode to another by simply rotating the app’s mode dials. These mode dials will only show up right after you tap one of the tools that are available on your camera app’s preview screen. There’s also the main shooting mode dial which alternately functions as a shutter button.

When using the app, you’re free to change your default shutter mode. If you choose the manual mode, then you must do everything manually. This also means that you need to press the shutter every time you take a photo. As for auto mode, there’s no need for you to press the shutter. The app will automatically take photo as soon as it detects that you’re keeping your camera in a fixed position. Meanwhile, the semi-auto mode will still require you to press the shutter but it won’t take any photo unless your camera is already in its fixed position. The timer mode, on the other hand, will allow you take any photo right after the timer finishes its countdown. Last but not the least is the video mode. In this mode, you can record low-quality videos in 320 x 240 pixel resolution. This may not be the best option for recording videos but it’s decent enough to allow you to capture your pet cat’s cute yawn.

As I’ve said, PerfectShot also has its bad points. It is not a flawless app but it could still be improved for as long as its developer continues to modify and enhance its functions. Even so, there are certain features that this app failed to include. Speaking of which, this app cannot take panoramic shots plus you cannot adjust the resolution of its video. Most importantly, free users are only allowed to take a maximum of ten photos daily. If you want to take unlimited shots, you will need to upgrade the app to its unlimited version.

Conclusion and Download Link

I like PerfectShot and it’s a great alternative for your phone’s or tablet’s native camera application. I wouldn’t opt to make this app as my default camera app because it cannot record high-quality videos and it gives limited access for its free users, but overall this is a great app if you find your default camera app to be a bit light on features.

Price: Free, $1.99

Version reviewed: 1.9.1

Requires: Android 2.3 and up

Download size: 1.6MB

PerfectShot on Play Store

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4 comments

  1. n.n

    [@davidroper] First, people should be compensated for their time and labor. Second, the use of this product is entirely voluntary. This is not a government mandate, and your compliance will not be coerced. Third, the shareware concept is not so different from other contracts. For example, you are only permitted to “try” your home for as long as you pay your property tax. Finally, even “free” software, books, music, etc. are not free. The costs are merely shifted (e.g. parents). Ideally, the transference of liability and risk will be assumed voluntarily; but, as with the government example above, or less wholesome arrangements, that is not always the case.

  2. davidroper

    [@Ashraf] Gotta disagree. what I am objecting to, Ashraf, is the use of the word FREE. It’s simply Tryware, not Freeware. And a very short time to try it at that.

    Evidenced by this that Kent wrote (and a good article at that) :

    Free users are allowed to save only ten images per day right after the app’s unlimited period of 168 hours expires. – then buy it or try to use it crippled at a child’s birthday party of football game taking only 10 pictures.

    We all know that 168 hours is ONE week, then it’s usable for taking only 10 pictures a day.

    It is just is not FREE to use at all. “Try it out” would be a better offer.

  3. davidroper

    Would not even try to use it at low resolution.

    Also, just sell the thing for $2 up front instead of “allowing” us to use it for 168 hours like shareware or tryware.

    I do not like this kind of marketing. It is NOT free at all. And don;t tell me how they have to make money somehow. No, they don’t. Stay out of software development and do something else in life.