As many of you know, my number 1 camera replacement app has been 645 PRO from developer Mike Hardaker. I even wrote about how I used the app, in a post titled "645 PRO: my settings up close and personal". In that post, I wrote about how I exclusively shot with 645 PRO in "Q-Mode", with high quality JPEG on, and all the other bells and whistles off. It turned out that I wasn't the only person who liked to shot high quality JPEGs or TIFFs in this "quick mode" [Q-Mode], so Mike set about creating a new simpler and streamlined app, which has just been release, and is called PureShot.
Built around 645 PRO, PureShot offers:
- A choice of HI_Quality JPEG, MAX-Quality JPEG or dRAW TIFF output*
- A choice of standard multi-zone or (positionable) spot-metering
- Configurable tap-to-focus. Set-and-lock, or simply define the point-of-interest
- Standard 4:3 or square 1:1 image ratio
- A "soft" shutter release button that can be configured just how you want it to be
- Comprehensive on-screen information
- Real-time ISO, shutter-speed and GPS readouts, with optional Ev100, Dynamic Ev, luminance or illuminance reading
- A choice of four real-time histogram options
- Night mode, for real extended shutter speeds of up to 1 sec
- Quality-optimized 6X digital zoom
- Direct integration with other apps, including Dropbox and image editors
- A comprehensive in-app User Guide
- Much, much more!
From day one, I was lucky enough to be part of the beta testing group, and from day one, PureShot replaced 645 PRO on my iPhone 4 (and now iPhone 5). The app is just like using 645 PRO in Q-Mode, but with less knobs and dials on the display.
PureShot and me: Just like 645 PRO, I have my preferred settings for PureShot, which are…
- Image quality: MAX-Quality JPEG
- Format: Standard 4:3
- Shutter settings: Release shutter after AF/AE-L = Lift only
- Copyright: All Rights Reserved
When shooting with PureShot, I have spot metering on, and all other display options off. This keeps everything clean and simple, which when combined with the option to take a photo when lifting my finger off the shutter, makes capturing that moment quick and easy.
PureShot is an app for photographers, and is now my number 1 camera replacement app. If you liked the sound of 645 PRO with its high quality JPEG/TIFF options, but were put off by the apps UI, then PureShot [App Store Link], priced at £1.49/$1.99/€1.59, and with a cleaner interface, may be the app for you.
* The term "developed RAW"—dRAW—is used to describe a TIFF image that has had no in-app post-processing applied and, critically, no JPEG compression at any stage.