How to use the iPhone’s camera without exiting the current app

By , Mar 11, 2013

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InstantCamera is a $0.99 jailbreak tweak available on the BigBoss repo, and it lets you access the camera from within any app using a simple Activator gesture. The fact that the developer charges $0.99 for this tweak, when another tweak just like it — a tweak called CamFast — is already available on Cydia free, baffles me.

In fact, both tweaks work exactly the same. Both use Activator gestures to invoke the Camera app API from anywhere, including your Lock screen. So why would you pay $0.99 for this tweak, when it’s already been available for free since last year?

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Same jailbreak tweak, same Activation method, yet one was first and totally free

Good question, you shouldn’t. Download CamFast instead, and save yourself a buck to spend on a jailbreak tweak that does something original. Hit me up in the comments section.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1619320729 Manolo Prado

    We want the Filippo Bigarella’s harlem shake NOW!!! ;)

    • http://twitter.com/Max_Dale Max Dale

      YES YES YES YES YES.

  • Primo Sidone

    Jeff, I find myself constantly opening links to posts like this one from Twitter to then realize that they’re for jailbreakers only, which I’m not. It’s becoming annoying. Just like sponsored tweets, you guys should warn us about these by posting JAILBREAKERS: HOW TO ACCESS THE CAMERA… etc.

    I think that would make you guys be more professional. Thank you.

    • Jeff

      Dude. I’m sorry, but 90% of the apps and stuff we cover here is jailbreak related.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1619320729 Manolo Prado

        And why you DON’T want to review the EXCELLENT BatteryDoctor PRO from Cydia?? It has literally TONS of functions. Brrr….

      • http://www.facebook.com/Dj.HenriX Henri Ib

        This is THE BEST TWEAK EVER and no review about it ==> big lol at idb

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien

      The majority of the apps we review on iDB are jailbreak apps. Unless it says “no jailbreak required” in the headline, I think it’s safe to assume the app we’re talking about is a jailbreak app :)

    • http://twitter.com/ReyATX Rey

      Really? You are on iDB and upset most articles are about jailbreak app/tweaks? If you click on “About” you should see…”iDownloadBlog (iDB) was founded in May 2008 as a weblog focused on
      delivering jailbreak information, Apple news, reviews, editorials as
      well as guides and tutorials about the iPhone, iPad, and everything iOS” …Key point “Jailbreak”

    • Nestea80

      You must be new.

    • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

      Jailbreak your phone Newb, its a one click process and gives you access to an IMMENSE amount of amazing features that are otehrwise completely disabled. Join the amazing community!

  • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

    I thought FastCam could only access the camera, not video. It seems that this can do both.

  • iOSHack

    CamFast does not support snap with volume button and landscape and share function

  • http://twitter.com/justkevinblog justkevinblog

    Ah, how about neither and just use an activator method to open up Camera app. Unless I am missing something here?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Bailey/100001793622814 James Bailey

      No you are right I just did it to make sure.

    • SimonReidy

      Close, but its not quite the same. Both Fastcam and InstantCamera open as a layer over your current app (like the notification centre) so pressing home takes you back to the app you were in. They also open faster than the full camera app. The camera in these tweaks is stripped down, and doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the main cam, but it opens truly instantly (rather than waiting for the multitasking animation to get to the cam, as you do using activator).

      • http://twitter.com/justkevinblog justkevinblog

        I guess so, but then wouldn’t that really be only relevant on iPhone 4 and earlier where it is noticeably slower to open the full blown camera app? On the 4S I find there is really no lag at all opening the full app and wouldn’t then you’d want the one that has all the features opened rather than a limited camera app?

        But still doesn’t give me the ‘layer’ over existing app I guess, ah well each to their own.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

    You should REALLY do an article on QUICKSHOOT! its an amazing tweak to take Quick Pics from tapping the camera button on SB twice, or by tapping the Cam button on the LS twice! its a great tweak when you just wanna capture that quick picture in a hurry! and its FREE – it has troble working with AndroidLock XT on tap to open for obvious reasons but its truly amazing and quite bugfree!