PowerCam Review


Version Reviewed:
25th Jul, 2012
Review Date:
Reviewed by Chris


5 out of 5


  • Publisher: Wondershare Software Co. Ltd
  • Version Reviewed: 1.9.3
  • Review Date: 25th Jul, 2012
  • Cost: FREE
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After I'd stopped messing around with the transform filters in PowerCam, I thought it would be good to have a look at what other features it has to offer. After all, with over 19 millions downloads (developer quote), there has to be somthing more to this app then a few filters.

PowerCam is a photo and video app that allows you to apply effects to your own media. There are plenty of similar apps available but none quite as feature rich as PowerCam. The app has four main features and it's Capture and Share that stand out.


The Capture mode is the meat of the app. It's basically a camera view with some tasty extras included. Some of the main options are listed below.

Face Detection - Face Detection automatically searches for a persons face and exposes for that. So no matter how rubbish your camera skills are, PowerCam will do it's best to help you out.

Grid - If you're cock eyed, don't worry, you can select to show a grid overlay so you can position your subject in the right place. Rule of thirds should keep the artistic happy.

Resolution options - The app includes options to select the resolution based on what you're using it for. What's different about other settings is you choose what you're using it for, wallpaper, social networks or print. How refreshingly simple, thanks Wondershare.

Mode - PowerCam includes four different modes, Magic-Shot (overlay effects), Colour Splash (black and white with a touch of colour), FaceTimer (for those handheld shots, you know, the ones you do on holiday with your partner when no ones around to take it for you), Tilt-Shift (unusual perspective affect that makes things look like minature models)


After you have your masterpiece you might want to share it with the world and you can do through a choice of social network sites, including:

  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • Tumblr
  • Facebook

Of course, if you don't have an account with any of the networks included, you can always just email your friends.


If you've taken multiple shots you want to share in one photo, the collage feature allows you to do this by selecting a layout and framing your photos. This feature is quite basic and I'm not entirly sure why WonderShare have included this. I guess they thought it would be a fun thing to have but it doens't seem quite as finished as the other parts of the app. Still, it doens't take anything away from the app and I'm sure some people will have fun with it. 


The gallery allows you to quickly flip through your photos and create collages with by selecting multiple photos. It's a quick way to view all the media you've captured through the PowerCam app.

Final Thoughts

PowerCam is an excellent app to have in your virtual collection. The Gallery and Collage are interesting features but the real meat of the app is in the brilliant capture mode. Whether you want to create something fun or get all artistic using the vintage and distorted filters, you should find something you like. I loved the tilt shift option and the ability to apply effects to videos is a great inclusion. PowerCam is in the App Store now and what's great is it's completely free.

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  • AppStore Rating: "4 stars, 2703 Ratings"
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