dotfunc, tilt correction, iphone

Tilt correction with dotfunc(camera)

dotfunc, camera, perspective correction, iphonedotfunc(camera), a unique camera app that I figured had been end-of-lifed, has been updated. It’s just a minor update for iOS 6.1 compatibility, but any update is welcome and hopefully indicates that the developer will begin more frequent and beefier updates to this overlooked great camera app.

It’s been in My Camera Bag for over a year. Keep reading to find out what this app does and why I like it so much. >>>

Oroginal perspective shot with Apple Camera

Oroginal perspective shot with Apple Camera

dotfunc(camera) is really two camera apps in one. Its two “modules” really need to be discussed as separate items.

At its core, dotfunc(camera) is a perspective correcting camera app. Simply tilt and rotate until the image is cropped within the floating frame in the viewer. The frame acts as sort of a live preview as to how the image will be corrected and cropped.

dotfunc automatically corrects the perspective distortion, similar to how a tiltshift camera on a movable bellows would correct the perspective in camera. Basically, it’ll take a shot of building looking up and make it look like it was shot straight on from the the center of the frame. Really cool. There are a couple of other photo apps that can do this in post. I haven’t found any other photo apps that do this in camera.

Take a look at the two sample photos above for a striking example of what this app is capable of.

A couple of years ago, tilt-correction technology was something Apple was exploring for its own Camera app, but we’ve yet to see it or even hear any rumors about it.

Its other module is a fairly full-featured image editor and analog film filter set. The built-in image editor has the essential toolset that we’re now seeing in many all-in-one apps. The filter set is different than the standard “let’s be Instagram” filters found in many photo apps. It’s actually a very nice collection of great looking film stock recreations that reminds me a lot of the collection of films in RetroCamera. Unlike many of the faux-retro apps, these filters capture the look and tonal qualities of several analog film stocks.

It’s been over two years since the app’s last update. It still only supports an maximum of 3.2 MP on an iPhone 5, 4S or 4. Originally released when the 5 MP iPhone 4 was the top of the line, it needed the headroom to make its perspective adjustments. While 3.2 MP seems small by today’s standards, there’s still plenty of pixels there to make good-looking physical prints of 10″ x 13″ with these files.

For me, dotfunc is still worth it just for the automatic perspective correction alone. I still use it regularly. Hopefully, this latest update will lead to a resolution bump and better compatibility with the latest iPhones.

dotfunc(camera) is $2.99. There’s nothing else like it in the App Store. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 6.1 or later.