Moment Pro Camera – Best New Camera App

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However, if you already have manual controls on your phone, if you already have Filmic Pro, or you just like to turn on and shoot in auto, well then this app probably isn’t for you, and no, you don’t need it. But if you don’t already have an app that allows you to shoot with manual controls, and your phone doesn’t have manual controls, for $2.99, you should really look into this app. So let me dive in and show you some of the features of this app. So when you first open up the app, you’re going to be able to choose on the bottom right hand corner between photos and videos. To get started, we’re going to start on video. Now as you move across the bottom, you’re going to see the little swirly arrows. If you tap on that, that’s going to turn on your front facing camera.

The red circle here, that’s the record button and the little sliders you see on the left of that, that opens up your settings and if you open up your settings, and for iPhone users, you’re going to see 3D Shutter here, and that’s something that’s going to allow you to long press or force press and use some of the features with that. The Histogram, you can turn that on or off and that’s just another way to look at your exposure and if you want to geo tag your content, you can turn on your location. Now I’m looking at this on my iPhone, so you’re going to be able to see the High Efficiency HEIF, or the compatible JPG option and for video, you’re going to see High Efficiency HEVC, or Most Compatible H.264. Now for video, I do shoot in H.264, but for photos I shoot in raw because it’s an uncompressed format and it gives you the most flexibility if you want to do some manipulation to the photo later or color correction or exposure correction. So moving up just right above those controls, you’re going to see an S. That’s your shutter. If you tap on that, it’s going to open up the little slider. You can put your thumb on there, move it to the left or right. It’s going to adjust your shutter speed.

Go to the right of that, it’s going to adjust your ISO and you’re going to notice as you move it, and a little white line there shows up underneath it. Either on shutter or ISO. That means that it’s locked. So once it’s locked into place, you can move it and you don’t have to worry about it. To the right of that is EV. Now EV is kind of like an auto. It’s going to choose the best settings for you. But you can still move it to the left or to the right to manually control it if you’re just kind of out and you want to run a gun. To the right of that is auto-focus which is pretty self-explanatory. However, it does have some focusing features that you can tap on the screen and use, just like your native video recorder. However, if you double tap on them, it will separate and you can use exposure in one bubble and focus in another. To the right of that is auto white balance and if you put your thumb there and scroll to the left or the right, you’re going to see the numbers up there next to white balance and that’s going to be the Kelvin scale. If you want to go out and shoot in the daylight, the Kelvin scale for that is 5600. If you want it a little bit warmer, bump it up a notch or two. Now going to the top of the screen on the top left, you’re going to see a little grid.

You can tap on that and it’s going to change the type of grid that you can have, including a square in case you want to shoot for Instagram. I personally don’t know why you’d want to shoot for Instagram this way because you can crop it there. However, it is kind of good to have it there if you want to frame it to make sure that when you do go to crop it later, that it is going to fit. Next to that, moving to the right, is your flash. Next to that is your stabilization. Now if there’s no stabilization on, you will not see an A. If the A is showing, that means the stabilization is turned on and their stabilization feature is actually really good. Moving next to that is your resolution. You can shoot in 720p, 1080p, or 4k. Next to that is your frame rate. Now your frame rate is going to be dependent on what your phone will actually support. Now to the right of that, you’re going to see a circle and if you tap on that, you’re going to see all the lenses that Moment makes.

Now this is not for lens correction. It’s actually going to tell you what type of lens you used in the meta data. Now some people might not care about that. But if you’re someone who wants to look back later and say, “Oh this photo looks great,” or “this video looks great, how did I shoot it?” selecting the right lens here is going to be able to tell you how you shot it. But I don’t have the lenses, so I have no lens. So now let’s go to the bottom right and tap on that video camera and let’s open the photo features. Now everything you see along the bottom works exactly the same, just like it does for the video features, so we don’t need to go over that again. But if you go to the top, there are two more additional features here. One of them’s in the middle. It’s a little timer. This is going to give you a countdown of either three seconds or 10 seconds. Each time you take a photo using one of these settings, it’s going to take three photos. To the right of that, you’re going to see JPG, and if you tap on it, it’s going to change to TIFF, and if you tap on it again, it’s going to change to RAW and then to the right of that is the lens setting, which works just like the video.

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