Just the other day, while exchanging some cool ideas with Michael Fisher, he told me about how awesome it would be if phones had flashes for front-facing cameras. I, of course, didn’t necessarily like the idea (because you barely use it and it would crank up the costs) but said it would be nice if they turned the screen into a flash (like Photo Booth on Macs turns the screen bright white when you snap a picture).
The latest version of Camera+ for the iPhone does exactly that, among other new things. When switching to the front facing camera and having the “flash” on, the screen will light up bright white acting as a pseudo-flash. Of course, this is no real flash but it makes pictures “usable” from arms length, which is definitely better than nothing.
There’s also a neat “Horizon Level” option so that your pictures are horizontal, alongside a new Live Exposure feature with which you “get all the details of your shot before you take it”. There are also a lot of camera, performance improvements and bugfixes and if you have an iPhone 5, device specific improvements too.
If you have purchased the app, which is commercial and goes for $0.99, make sure to grab the update. If not, We consider this app a definite “Editor’s Choice” in terms of iOS photography.
Just for fun, here’s a picture taken with the front facing camera of the iPhone 5, “flash” enabled, zero light conditions.