How to make the stock Camera app more minimal


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.