How to make the stock Camera app more minimal

By , May 30, 2014

MinimalCamera

MinimalCamera is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to remove the UI elements from the stock Camera app’s viewfinder. It works in all modes, including photo mode and video modes.

This tweak provides users with a simple and distraction free canvas for composing new shots. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break to catch a glimpse of MinimalCamera in action.

Once you install MinimalCamera, it should begin working immediately. There is a preference panel for the tweak located in the stock Settings app, and it contains a kill-switch that is disabled by default.

MinimalCamera Settings

To use MinimalCamera, launch the stock Camera app, and tap-and-hold on any area of the viewfinder. This will cause the UI elements to disappear, and you’ll enjoy a distraction free canvas.

Since the shutter button disappears along with the rest of the stock Camera app’s elements, you’ll need to perform a simple tap gesture anywhere on the viewfinder to snap a photo or begin taking a video. To get all of the UI elements back, perform another tap-and-hold gesture anywhere on the viewfinder.

As you might imagine, the one downside to MinimalCamera is the fact that it eliminates the focus lock feature that is normally accessible via a tap-and-hold gesture. If you’re using MinimalCamera, this will have to be a tradeoff that you’re willing to make.

Other than that downside, MinimalCamera is a solid jailbreak tweak that provides a distraction free picture taking experience. It’s free on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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  • Framboogle

    What is the point of this?

    • Ampe

      It’s free

    • Varun Soi

      Nothing.!

      • onesimpleclickk

        As much as I dispise ‘the selfie’, this is actually a good point.

    • Eric Castro

      You can use it as a real-time monitor that you can put somewhere in your house and connect to your computer/ATV via AirServer/AirPlay and watch things happen :P

  • onesimpleclickk

    The camera app is pretty damn minimal to begin with.

  • Dan

    saw this one in cydia a while back, utterly pointless imo

  • jake kneller

    This is a nice tweak for takeing quick full shots I like it you see the picture before takeing it

  • Mike

    Not only is it pointless but it also removes one of the best feature of iOS 7 camera app (that’s been missing from previous iOS): a viewfinder that actually captures the actual ratio of the sensor (4:3) and therefore giving you a 100% view of the captured image. Removing the UI (and the translucent parts) not only gives you a 16:9 viewfinder but remove thr ability to properly frame your image.

  • john

    hey jefff what program do you use to record your iphone screen?

    • im2slick4u

      95% sure he uses display recorder which requires a jailbreak.

  • jaysoncopes

    Update to the application: Focus lock feature is brought back by a change in gestures. The tweak now uses a two-finger tap to toggle UI, and a double-tap gesture to snap a photo, allowing manual focus setting. It also has an option for keeping the aspect ratio of 4:3 with black bars at the bottom for anyone who’s concerned.