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|| News Item: Posted 2011-08-07

What’s The Apps? Sports Shooter members’ iPhone favs Darkroom, Due

By David Cooper

Photo by David Cooper

Photo by David Cooper

David Cooper uses Darkroom to snap a picture of himself with Robert Hanashiro.
The camera on the iPhone 4 is such a huge improvement over previous versions that I rarely carry a point-n-shoot anymore. The iPhone 4's rear-facing camera is 5 megapixels and while it doesn't have the lens quality or manual controls of many point-n-shoots, it does a fine job for many situations. The best part about it is that it's always with me and whenever a fun situation pops up, it's only a matter of seconds before I've got a picture.

I like apps that do just one thing and do it particularly well. Darkroom takes a photo only when there is no movement. It means that in low-light situations, camera movement problems are pretty much eliminated. After you touch the camera icon, Darkroom will wait until there is no movement before it fires. Obviously, this is not for moving subjects, but for still subjects in low-light, I've been pleased with the results. This picture was taken with Darkroom on my iPhone 4 after the All-Star Game in Phoenix while Bert and I waited for food at the luxurious Denny's near the airport. Darkroom is free.

Due – super fast reminders
In keeping with the one-trick pony type apps, Due does one thing and does it extremely well. This app is totally dedicated to entering a quick reminder so it will pop up on your iPhone or iPad at the designated time. For those small, or even large things that you know are going to be tough to remember and don't warrant putting in your full calendar app, Due is the way to go. It syncs through DropBox with any other iOS devices you might have. It also has a timer function. Due is free.

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