Every time the field of mobile photo applications starts looking a little crowded, a new entrant appears to push things forward. One such app, worth a serious look, is ProCamera, developed by Germany-based Jens Daemgen.
Daemgen has been developing iPhone applications since the launch of the Apple App Store, and he is well-known within the European developer community for hosting a variety of iPhone-centric seminars and video-training seminars, and for working in tandem with book publisher Addison Wesley. But his latest creation, ProCamera, is what he may be best known for.
ProCamera aspires to be the premier all-in-one photo and video application. Taking advantage of all the the phone’s capabilities — including motion sensors, compass, graphics hardware, and more — it works on all Apple devices, including the iPod and iPad in addition to the iPhone.
ProCamera is distinguished by several impressive built-in features. For example, it uses the compass for extended geo-tagging. When viewing a photo, you can see which direction the camera was pointing when it was taken. ProCamera also integrates directly with iPhoto to make transferring photos to your computer easier.
The app also uses available graphics hardware to offer fast, full-resolution processing. While this hardware can only process four megapixels at once, the team behind ProCamera has implemented a system that makes it possible to process images of any size. They have tested images as large as 20 megapixels.
The app has already garnered significant praise from the likes of the New York Times’ David Pogue, who said, “the high-end crowd swears by it,” and Gizmodo, which named it the Best iOS Photo App of 2010.
“On a mobile platform there are so many aspects to take care of with camera apps, like a phone call coming in while recording a video,” Daemgen says. “We do extensive testing on the most relevant iOS versions. When we go multi-platform, we will need to do this testing on all available devices for the new platforms.”
Daemgen adds that this is the primary reason his team hasn’t come out with an Android version of ProCamera yet.
“iOS offers a lot of interfaces for developing a camera app,” he says. “So this is a good — and maybe the best — starting point.”
The team behind ProCamera is constantly working on improvements to the app. Daemgen says they plan to launch a crop of new features later this year, and even have a new app in the hopper, though he didn’t provide details.
An amateur photographer, Daemgen credits his team’s expertise for ProCamera’s success. He gives a shoutout to Ali Raeder in particular, who he calls the iPhone expert on the team.
Before he started developing for the iPhone, Daemgen worked in e-learning for years, developing content for media installations for trade fairs. Now that he’s made his name with ProCamera, we’re looking forward to seeing more of his mobile app development talent.
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