Photoloupe ($0.99) by Revolutionary Concepts is a photography app that lets you view your iPhone/iPod touch pictures in full resolution view so you can explore them in detail. Instead of fitting the photo to your display screen, this app shows you the image at its original size.
Utilizing the iDevice’s gyroscope feature, you are able to pan around any photo from your camera roll, taking in the minutest of details. The app offers a handful of sample photos for you to experiment with. You can then import photos either from your iDevice’s camera roll, from Dropbox or from your computer using a USB connection. Once imported, you can view your photos in their original, massive size.
You are able to move around the image by tilting your device up, down, left or right. You will be able to see objects and details better than you ever thought you could on a mobile device. You can even set the app to screensaver mode and view your photos as an automated slide show.
I had a lot of problems with this app. It may be related to the fact that I am using an iPhone 3GS. First of all, loading photos from my camera roll took so long that I kept thinking that the app had frozen. Then, when the download finally finished, the images wouldn’t show up in my Cover Flow. I would have to select a pre-existing photo to view and when I exited out of the photo, the newly downloaded picture would appear in the Cover Flow. I also had issues when I would select a photo to view. Sometimes, it wouldn’t show me the one I chose, but the one next to it instead. I also never got the screensaver feature to work at all.
Overall, the concept of this app is a good one. Being able to see your photos in their original size lets you explore the landscape that you just captured. You may see things you never noticed before, like that guy photo bombing your picture from 20 yards away. Because I had too many problems trying to get the app to work correctly, I am leery about recommending it, but I have a feeling it might be because my 2-year-old phone is already becoming obsolete. Since this iPhone/iPod touch app is only $0.99, it might be worth the risk to try it out, especially if you have an iPhone 4.
If you have an iPhone 4 and you bought this app, please comment below and let us know if it worked for you.