Moment camera app

I became aware of the Moment camera app which they had developed for use particularly with their Moment iPhone case. But it is a free app which will work on an iPhone even without the Moment case. Now I would seriously consider buying this case, if it came with a belt holster, as it would make handling the iPhone 6 plus much easier particularly for taking photographs.

But the feature which has me most interested is the fact that it allows for the photos taken with the iPhone to be saved as .tiff files (rather than .jpeg), which means that there is more data preserved in the file and hopefully will allow for recovery of the highlight and shadow area, like what is possible with a proper digital camera. But it also has many manual control features which will appeal to the person who likes to be in control of the various aspects of the photograph: the focus point, the exposure, the tone curve of the image, even the white balance. You can choose continuous autofocus and continuous exposure as well.

What do I like about this app?

1) It is free and does not need a Moment lens for it to work.

2) It allows for many manual control settings to be made to suit individual preferences – makes the iPhone camera like a manual camera.

3) It can save tiff files which preserves more data for subsequent post-processing.

What could be improved?

1) The side of the app has a huge space for the various controls, so it is difficult to know what your final image will look like i.e. what is in the image and what is not.

2) When switching between shooting jpeg and tiff, there needs to be a reset (either by getting out and back into the app or changing the selection of the lens on the camera), or else you will not be able to take a photograph.

3) No HDR shooting mode for jpeg images (unlike the iPhone camera app).

Anyway enough said. Here are some of the images I took. Where possible, I have taken a tiff file and converted it via DXO Optics Pro 7 to jpeg. Unfortunately Capture Pro One V8 (and V7) is unable to detect tiff files and hence I have not been able to do post-processing with this program (thumbs down for Capture One Pro 8 – the developers do need to work on this).

The first two images are screen grabs from the Moment App. As you can see, there is a fair chunk occupied by the interface on the side, so I’m not too sure what else is included in the image until after it is taken. I have set the image capture for tiff.

View of subject on Moment App
View of subject on Moment App

In the settings menu, it allows for Manual control to be set on or off, continuous autofocus, continuous exposure, as well as the horizontal and vertical sliders (i.e. when you slide on the screen horizontally and vertically) which can be used to set exposure, focusing point, tone curve and white balance.

Moment App - various manual control options
Moment App – various manual control options

Now for some actual images taken with this app. The first is of the ship behind Four Pillars Hotel taken as jpeg, while the second was taken as tiff file and converted in DXO Pro 7. I include 100% crops from these two images as well.

Jpeg shot
Jpeg shot
With Moment wide-angle lens Tiff file
With Moment wide-angle lens Tiff file
Jpeg 100% crop
Jpeg 100% crop
Tiff file 100% crop
Tiff file 100% crop

From the 100% crops, I think that the tiff file manages to save more data in the shadow areas, which allows for recovery of these areas in post-processing.

River Thames
River Thames
Path leading to the river
Path leading to the river
King's Arm Pub outdoor seating
King’s Arm Pub outdoor seating
River Thames
River Thames
Boat along the River Thames
Boat along the River Thames
Mushroom in the ground
Mushroom in the ground

The Moment App does work well, and would be particularly useful if one did get the Moment case for their iPhone as it allows for the auto detection of lens being used and the linking with the bluetooth button on the case. But if preserving photo data is important to you, then this is a good app to get – particularly as it is free.

Boon