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!

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Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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Alli says:

Awesome find! Thanks, Leanna!

hggs says:

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

Binja says:

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.

Binja says:

I repeated myself. How embarrassing.

Jim says:

Binja: yes very embarrassing! Indeed!

Rob White says:

Now imagine having you sort through 800 photos thu find a handful of usable ones. Neat idea though.

Gimme says:

Why don't you just record a video?

Thorasgar says:

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

Leanna Lofte says:

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.

Mav says:

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.

Alli says:

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

thejasonhowell says:

Leanna, there may be a subtle visual cue but there is a camera shutter sound as it takes every picture.

Liam Green says:

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.