CameraTweak adds tons of useful options to the stock camera app

By , Oct 18, 2012

From a quality standpoint, the iPhone’s built in camera has always been near the top of its respective class. But, admittedly, there are a few chinks in the armor when it comes to advanced camera features.

For instance, there’s no countdown timer to be found inside the camera app. Also, more advanced features like independent reticles for exposure and focus are no where to be found. And what about a built in time lapse feature? That seems like only a mere dream at this point.

That is, of course, unless you are jailbroken.

Jailbreakers have the luxury of adding additional features to stock apps, and the Camera app is no exception. CameraTweak is a new jailbreak tweak that affords the ability to add all of the previously mentioned features into the stock Camera app, and then some. Take a look at our video walkthrough inside for the full details.

Once you install CameraTweak, you won’t notice any new settings panel inside the Settings app, but you will notice a host of new options within the stock Camera app.

To the left of the camera shutter button resides a new button that resembles the volume control slider knob found in the app switcher. Tapping this button engages a brand new panel, which flanks the stock set of buttons. The functions inside this new panel change depending on the current mode (photo or video) that you have enabled.

If you’re in photo mode, you’re presented with four buttons that perform the following:

  • Advanced mode
  • Time Lapse mode
  • Timer
  • Composition overlays

Video mode features a set of different options:

  • Advanced mode
  • Custom Frame Rate
  • Resolution
  • Aspect Ratio

Let’s break down each of these options, shall we?

Advanced mode
This mode is present on both photo and video. This mode allows you to swap out the combined exposure and focus reticle for two separate reticles geared towards handling exposure and focus. Each reticle can be positioned separately, and locked independently of one another using a tap and long hold.

In my opinion, this is where the stock iOS camera lacks most, though, I can see why Apple omitted the option, because it can make composing photos slightly more complicated than the current combined system. Still, I wish Apple would give advanced shooters the option to separate the two essential entities.

Time lapse mode
Photos only. Time lapse mode, as its name states, allow to to create a series of shots over a specific preset interval of time. This can be very handy if you have your iPhone setup on a tripod system, and want to catch the sun rising, traffic flow, etc. You can configure time lapse photography between 1 and 60 seconds or 1 and 60 minutes.

Timer mode
Photos only. To this day, I still find it hard to believe that iOS contains no built in timer function for the stock Camera app. Instead, you’ll need to rely on 3rd party apps like Camera+ for this function. Courtesy of CameraTweak, a timer can be configured to fire between 1 and 60 seconds.

Composition overlays
Photos only. iOS does feature a built in 9 block grid that you can enable in the Camera options, but CameraTweak goes a few steps further. Here, you’ll find an additional three layouts that can be easily enabled via the tweak’s menu.

Custom frame rate
Video only. The video frame rate can be adjusted between 1 and 60 frames per second. Clock down to the former end of the scale for some very interesting effects.

Resolution
Video only. There are several resolution settings contained within CameraTweak, and they are as follows: Low (3g transfer), Medium (wifi transfer), 352×288, 648×480 (VGA), 960×540, 1280×720 (720p HD), and 1920×1080 (full HD). Since the current jailbreakable iPhones only support 720p, that option was unavailable in my test.

Aspect ratio
Video only. You can select from three different aspect ratios, and they are 4:3, 16:9, and 2:35:1. Letterboxes will be applied to your fram depending on which aspect ratio enable.

The bottom line
This tweak is excellent, especially for jailbroken iPhone 4S users. Not only do you already have a quite capable camera, but you have the necessary speed to go along with the added features. Testing CameraTweak out on the iPhone 4 worked well enough, but you will notice a reduction in speed when using the Camera app.

If you’re serious about iPhone photography, and you have a jailbroken device, then don’t hesitate to try out CameraTweak — it’s just as good as it looks. CameraTweak can be downloaded from Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $0.99, which is crazy cheap considering how many options it contains.

Let me know what you think about CameraTweak in the comments below.

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  • Kok Hean

    Panorama?

    • Dlevi309

      that would have been a good idea

    • http://twitter.com/OmarAldeek Omar Aldeek

      Ive made one , but only for 5.0 and 5.0.1 . Contact @omaraldeek (twitter) to get it :)

      • Kok Hean

        There’s a reason why I requested the Panorama functionality, and that’s because I’m on currently on iOS 5.1.1.

      • http://twitter.com/OmarAldeek Omar Aldeek

        oh ok

  • billy bob

    Tweaks like these is why I jailbreak.

    • http://twitter.com/imperiumSG Andy M.

      100% agree

  • http://twitter.com/rashadnoor2005 R N

    Now, i can’t wait for iPhone 5 Jailbreak, so i can use this, this is brilliant and worth the money!

    • Blahfoe

      I agree. I can’t wait too

    • http://twitter.com/alexx1291 Cazz

      (insert S00N meme here)

  • http://ppy.sh Dean Herbert

    60fps video? i’d be interested to see how this performs (is it increasing the shutter speed, and if so how does it handle indoor situations?). any chance of a sample video? :)

    • Kok Hean

      Just ‘trialed’ it, and anything recorded over 30fps only plays the audio ._.

      • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

        Export to PC

  • Matt

    This is awesome! Just purchased and totally worth it. Exactly what I needed!

  • http://twitter.com/alexx1291 Cazz

    Month later; apple announces new camera functions
    (Pulled straight from this tweak)

    • http://twitter.com/Nashafa Nathan

      that can’t be more true!

    • http://twitter.com/redevil1987 Damian W

      I would say in 2 yeras. Looking at the progress Apple makes.

  • http://twitter.com/monster_hazardo Roger Riekki

    This is iPhone only right, no iPod Touch support?

  • http://twitter.com/redevil1987 Damian W

    3 tweaks came out at the same time…and the least important one (shake animation) has the highest price. Respect for the developer of Camera tweak, for not making price too high.

  • http://twitter.com/iPak0 iPak0

    Can’t think of a better word to describe this.. AWESOME!
    Been waiting for something like this.

  • http://twitter.com/pw5a29 Philip

    This tweak is Class, should be highly promoted.
    Especially for video part, the framerates and Resolution part.
    - It supports up to 60 fps, which is very good for motion videos (only work with 1280×720 Reso, or else video won’t work)
    - It also supports low fps, so its very good in low-light environment (e.g. 1920×1080 15 fps)
    The reason I prefer this is, you can easier adjust the mode you like at different scenes without having to modify plist and reboot, also using the STOCK CAMERA APP

  • twited21

    1080p at 60fps is where it’s at super smooth video and if you run it thru adobe after effects at an adjusted frame rate you get the best Solwmo video ever

  • http://twitter.com/robin086 robin

    Iphone 4s can have such excellent features on jailbroken device but one can play planet burn full version on normal device.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nnoppon Noppon Ngowsirimanee

    It’s not works on iPhone3GS. I just installed it but nothing anything in Camera app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rohitzsingh Rohit Singh

    My first paid Cydia app :)

  • http://sn0wblog.com/ Blend Kransiqi

    Or you can just get camera awesome for free with more features

  • Dan

    Gotta love the fact that a great tweak like this costs .99 cents and other useless tweaks sells for 2.99$ and above.

  • http://twitter.com/KingDavid3g David Saltares

    Too bad there won’t be a ios 6/iPhone 5 jailbreak for a long time :(

  • http://twitter.com/grantster5405 Grant Lawrence

    is it just me or did he say that there are a few “chinks” in the armor?

  • http://twitter.com/Dynomite232 Nino 0raham

    killer tweak just purchased it becuase of iDOWNLOAD BLOG THANX SEBASTIAN think u can ask the dev to add date and time stamp on the tweak it be good , then instead of having another tweak like timestamp all in one tweak would be killer

  • http://twitter.com/im_known_bro John

    Just bought the tweak and it’s really awesome! 60 FPS is super amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Awesome Tweak!!! 100% Worth the pricing :D

  • http://twitter.com/justkevinblog justkevinblog

    How the hell do you get out of time lapse mode? Lol