Have you ever found yourself using an app, and at that very moment, you came upon a picture-taking opportunity? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed a great picture just because I couldn’t switch to the Camera app quickly enough.

A new jailbreak tweak aims to eliminate the “shutter-shock” syndrome that’s been responsible for tons of missed photo masterpieces. QuickCam is a Cydia release that makes it possible to invoke a camera overlay on top of the current running app by means of an Activator gesture. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for the details.

After installing QuickCam, you’ll notice that it’s devoid of any settings in the stock Settings app. What you will find, however, is a new Activator action that’s configurable via Activator’s preferences.

As I normally do, I assigned QuickCam to a double-tap on the status bar gesture. Doing so invoked QuickCam, which is basically just a quickly accessible camera overlay.


It doesn’t matter where you are on the iPhone’s screen—you can be within an app, on the Home screen, on the Lock screen, etc. The camera overlay sits right on top of the current running apps, and it is focused and ready to go out of the box.

The camera present in QuickCam’s overlay is stocked with a flash toggle, along with a button that allows you to switch between the front and rear cameras. Overall, I found that QuickCam was easily usable, and able to be operated with one hand.

There have been a few tweaks like QuickCam before, but I don’t recall any of them being as fast or as polished as QuickCam is on day one. What do you think? You can find it today for $1.99 on the BigBoss repo. Sound off in the comments section.

  • Merman123

    $1.99 for this? No thank you.

  • d3si 5abi

    @JeffBenjam:disqus at 1:22 “the point is you can do it wherever, wherever u feel like doing it” and than the laugh after when u realized it lol

  • Anonymous

    It’s got a clean look, but using activator, you can step up the same thing. Actually I have my phone set up that way. I agree with Merman123, for 1.99 not sure its worth it. Um, perhaps if i decide i want a cleaner look I will muster up the money. But not at the moment.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Completely unrelated to this article (well not completely unrelated) but how come the video is only available in 4K when using the YouTube flash player? Is this a problem with YouTube?

  • CS

    I’d rather not pay $1.99
    That’s a bit ridiculous for a simple Activator gesture

  • Vckmkr

    Call me pedantic but can’t you already launch the cam (a millisecond slower maybe?) with an activator gesture from “anywhere” – these devs must be taking crash courses on how to encourage ppl to make $ = free – these tweaks just make ppl feel more justified in trying b4 buying (lol)

  • Chris Gilmore

    It’s only $0.99

  • krill38

    I really like the tweak but there seems to be a bug, everytime i use the activator action and take photos, my iPhone totally freezes and i have to hard reset to close down.
    Anyone else with this issue?