Take up to 800 pictures a minute with Fast Camera for iPhone

Take up to 800 pictures a minute with Fast Camera for iPhone

800 photos a minute -- this an insane amount of photos and Fast Camera for iPhone accomplishes this without skipping a beat.

Fast Camera is one of the more interesting apps I've come across lately. The second the app launches, it opens the camera and a little ticker starts rolling. There is no visual cue that photos are being taken except for this ticker, and I'll admit, I was a little confused. Once I realized what was happening, I tapped stop, then preview, and boom, there was 200 photos of my MacBook Air, in only about 15 seconds.

Then I thought out loud -- "holy crap."

After further investigation, it turns out that if you want photos to be taken at this rate, you must have it set to VGA quality, even from the rear camera. At 8 megapixel sized photos, the rate is closer to 140 photos per minute - which is still pretty darn fast. (Take a look at the larger version of the above photo to see the stopwatch times while taking 8 megapixel sized photos).

Situations where Fast Camera will be helpful could include trying to capture a series of photos to tell a story, wanting to catch an exact moment (like your dog catching his ball mid-air), or even for group photos -- prop up your iPhone, set the built-in timer in Fast Camera, then press start and run into the group. After the photos are taken, you can scroll through to find the best shot.

Fast Camera is normally $0.99, but for today only, it's free! So go grab it!

Free - Download Now!

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Take up to 800 pictures a minute with Fast Camera for iPhone

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Great recommendation, Leana. And free to boot, too. The iPhone camera keeps getting better with these types of apps.

You can't change the resolution settings if you are on an iPhone 4. The button does not work. But once they fix that with an update, this will be great. These guys also make the best flashlight on the app store. It's icon is gorgeous and the app itself looks very nice. It has all the extra bells and whistles, but it does it's job as a basic flashlight very well. The other flashlights are all lacking in one way or another. These guys nailed it. Even the icon is gorgeous.

I would like to hear from an expert on this. Generally it is hard to get a decent still from video, maybe possible with the iPhone

No. If I want a video, I'll record video. But if I want a photo from an action or small series of photos, this app is great. All of these photos are not saved to the camera roll, only the ones you want, so it's not like you'd be cluttering up your Photo Stream with these pics.

Unless you use a video compression algorithm where every frame is an individually compressed still image (such as Motion JPEG, for example) most video compression formats will contain only a fraction of visual data in most frames, hence a typical video frame is nowhere near the quality of a still picture.

To get a photo out of a video you wind up doing a screen shot, which gives you a far lower quality photo.

This is awesome thanks :). Also if you go into settings you can turn the "Auto On" off so it won't take take photos when you open the app.