Developer: Kenneth Kao
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Along with probably every other iPhone owner in the world, I've always been frustrated with the native iPhone camera. Sure, it takes a decent photo at close range if the light is good and if you hold the phone perfectly still, but beyond that, not so much. For the Twitter-obsessed like myself, for instance, who might want to TwitPic a concert shot, you're pretty much out of luck if you're not in the front row.
KendiTech has cooked up somewhat of a solution with Camera Zoom. While it's not perfect, this application does at least provide a few options to help with your photo-taking.
The most obvious of these, of course, is the ability to zoom in, hence the name. Camera Zoom allows for up to 4x digital zoom when taking photos with your iPhone. The interface is nearly identical to that of the native iPhone camera, with the addition of a slider across the bottom. It's all pretty self-explanatory. Once you've taken a photo with Camera Zoom, it automatically adjusts the image to Best Quality.
The three photos above should give a decent idea of what Camera Zoom has to offer. The first shot is a photo taken of my friend's cat with the regular iPhone camera. The middle shot is a screencap of Camera Zoom in action, and the third shot, on the right, is the photo taken with Camera Zoom. As you can see, there's some pixelation, but I think overall it's pretty decent. The backlighting was obviously not the ideal condition for taking a photo, but a cat at least seemed like a better subject than a piece of furniture.
In addition to the zoom capability, Camera Zoom also offers an option (which you can turn on in settings) to turn the entire screen into a shutter, which I personally find handy.
While it does have its flaws, all things considered, I think Camera Zoom is worth the $0.99.