Yes, I admit that this is a radical departure from what I normally write about, but I discovered an iPhone App that I think could be very popular for anyone who has done their first muscle up, only to have a blurry photo to celebrate the accomplishment.
The App is called Fast Camera and it is published by i4Software. It provides High Resolution, High Speed Photos that can actually be saved to your Camera Roll, rather than to a separate proprietary photo directory. So how fast is fast? Up to 800 photos per minute! Do the math, that’s up to 13 pics per second. If your buddy can’t capture your muscle up with that speed, it’s because you didn’t do it.
This App is $1.99 and I believe it is worth every penny, but right now they have freebie downloads if you redeem a Starbucks | App Store card that you can get at the Starbucks register with your next latte. That’s how I found the App. I had tried to capture Tia performing a Muscle Up Monday morning only to get a blurry photo. Now when she perfects the move, everyone in the Gym can capture the moment for posterity.
My camera would choke on 800 photos, since I have so much stuff on it already. There is limited disk capacity. 800 photos at 8 Mega-pixels per pic will eat up disk space at a rapid rate. But there are user settings that you can tweak. When you first launch the App it goes into a staccato machine-gun shutter-clicking as it is already capturing photos before you have even aimed the camera. Go to settings and disable the “Auto-On” feature.
There is also a timer so you can set a delay if you want to be in the photo. Delay settings are Off/3/5/10/30 seconds. You can set a max limit on how many photos can be shot at a single press of the button. You can set burst mode, where it shoots pics until you release the button. And you can set it for manual mode.
When you have shot a bunch of photos, you can review the Thumbnails and select the “Keepers” and import them into your Camera Roll and delete the rest.
I think we should rename this the “PR Camera App”. Check it out, it’s got serious potential for some quality shots without needing to pack a Digital SLR in your gym bag.