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Now, I often talk about loving simple apps that offer only one or two features, but do them very well. Sometimes I feel like a broken record on this front, but an excessive number of features can often detract from the overall experience.
Take QuickShot, for example, an iOS app that helps you capture those Kodak Moments with literally one click. It focuses on one simple USP, and does it very well.
Now, there’s another camera app going by the name of DuoCam for iOS, which takes photos with both the front-facing and rear-facing camera at the same time, and lets you stitch them together to create a mash-up of sorts.
How it works
When you first launch the app, you’re taken to a simple camera. You click the button as you would with any camera app, and it snaps what it sees out of the main rear-facing lens.
It then snaps a picture of you – the photographer – from the front lens. When you go to your DuoCam image library, you click on the image, and then swipe to see the two photos.
When you click the share button, you’re invited to display both photos side-by-side for the purposes of creating a 2-sided print (if you wish), blend them together into one, Front in Back, Back in Front, and a number of other variations.
Then, you can choose to share it through all the usual social channels.
DuoCam is a peculiar app for sure, and I’m not sure it actually solves any particular problem per se, but it’s the first time I’ve seen an app like this that uses both the front and rear-facing camera in one fell swoop. Still, the creator reckons this will find itself a niche in the camera-app space.
“When you’re taking photos it’s the guy that’s holding a camera who’s always left out,” says Zuzanna Stanska from Appvetica lab. “Also, you never get to share your emotions when you take a picture, you can describe it later, but it’s so much better just to take a picture of you.”
So, DuoCam lets you see what happens on the other side of the camera. It’s available to download from the App Store now, costing $1.99 or your local currency equivalent.
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