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Gorillacam for iPhone

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Gorillacam is a free iPhone app by Joby, which makes the popular Gorillapod bendable tripod for cameras. The iPhone app complements the company’s Gorillamobile system, which includes an iPhone-sized portable Gorillapod and case.

Control Your Camera: Gorillacam adds a number of controls to the iPhone’s camera, include a self-timer and time-lapse capabilities. Those features come in handy if you also use Joby’s Gorillamobile tripod system with your iPhone.

Gorillacam gives you the ability to utilize some needed features when taking photos with a mounted camera. Automated methods of releasing the shutter on the camera—such as a self-timer and time-lapse—are the core features of the Gorillacam app. While most standard cameras have a built-in self-timer function, the iPhone doesn’t. When you set up your iPhone using a Gorillapod, you’ll still need a way to take photos automatically—that’s where Gorillacam’s self-time and time-lapse functions prove valuable.

The app is very simple and easy to use. When you launch Gorillacam, it looks almost identical to your phone’s built-in camera app, only with a new button on the lower left. When you tap the button, a menu pops up that allows you to choose what type of shot you’d like to take, and whether or not to add some helpful options. A bubble level and grid help you take properly aligned shots, and an anti-shake feature (with three levels of sensitivity) helps you capture the most crisp shot possible.

Gorillacam’s two main shot types are Self-Timer and Time-Lapse. When you choose either of these options, another button appears next to the shutter release that allows you to set the self-timer delay (from three to 90 seconds), or the number of frames to be captured in the time-lapse (from three shots to infinity, with an interval of one to 120 seconds in between shots).

There is one more option that is available on all shots: Press Anywhere. This is a common feature with a lot of iPhone camera apps that allows you to touch anywhere on the screen—not just on the release button—to take a shot. However, the iPhone 3GS also allows you to tap anywhere on the screen to selectively focus on that area. To avoid any confusing commands, Gorillacam supports the tap-to-focus feature on the 3GS, but if you select the Press Anywhere option, tap-to-focus gets overridden. If you’re not aware that you’ve disabled tap-to-focus, you can wind up taking a bunch of photos without realizing it.

Gorillacam aims to be an extension of the physical Gorillamobile product, but there are enough helpful options that it’s a useful app on its own. When you combine the features of the app with the expanded possibilities that the Gorillamobile kit provides, it’s a super combination for the iPhone photographer on the move.

[Macworld contributor Beau Colburn lives in Boston where posts some of his favorite iPhone photos at Snap different.]

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