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Is CameraTweak worth jailbreaking your iPhone for?

Good examples of CameraTweek's capabilities are few and far between on the Internet, but this one from TechKnot shows that the app available for jailbroken iPhones adds separate exposure and focus controls to the native iOS camera app.

For mobile photographers who love the iPhone’s hardware but hate Apple’s restrictive iOS interface, jailbreaking has long been the solution. Jailbreaking removes the limitations on iOS devices and allows the download of applications, extensions and themes that are unavailable in the Apple App Store.

After Apple released its software update iOS 6.1 last week, iJailbreak was quick to issue its latest solution for unlocking the mobile software. Jailbreaking has a lot of perks. In the U.S., jailbreaking allows for device usage with otherwise unapproved carriers like T-Mobile (though full unlocking of devices has been banned by the U.S. Library of Congress). Jailbreaking also lets users personalize their user interface to be free of Apple’s default app arrangements and notification system. 

Perhaps the best reason to unlock an iOS device is the plethora of unapproved apps that become available. The Cydia store in particular has an impressive selection of applications for jailbroken phones. Mobile photographers who are frustrated with the native iOS camera app might want to jailbreak just for Cydia’s CameraTweak. 

CameraTweak costs $0.99 and  brings in ProCamera-like controls to Apple's native camera app to allow for separate exposure and focus, time lapse and timer functions and a golden ratio composition overlay. The benefits of fully replacing your camera app instead of just downloading a camera replacement app like Camera+ are seen in the app’s integration. You get the quick access to the native camera app with the added manual features of third-party software.

But the downsides of jailbreaking are as numerous as the apps in Cydia’s store. Jailbroken phones can sometimes become glitchy and slow. Jailbreaking your iOS device also voids the warranty so you might want to invest in a super rugged case for your newly freed device.

What do you think? Is CameraTweak enough incentive to jailbreak your iPhone?


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I fully support this post in ever shape and form.

Unlock and get the full potential. Its your device, you can do what ever you want with it. PERIOD


"Unlock and get the full potential. Its your device, you can do what ever you want with it."

Exactly. Jailbreaking adds a LOT of additional goodies - seriously widened FoV while recording at high resolutions etc.

And not anyone should listen to Apple fanboys' claiming jailbreaking is dangerous / worthless. It isn't.


Pointless. This app does nothing that any of the apps available in iTunes do and do better or just as well. Yes jailbreaking lets you do interesting things, but this app isn't one of them.


You seem to have forgotten that CameraTweak lets the user use the stock Camera client, which is a big advantage particularly if you shoot video. AppStore apps are not allowed to do the same.


Big advantage how? I have timed several apps and few of them really take any extra time to launch. Many of my favorite camera apps will do video as well, and some will even let me adjust frame rates and resolution. Nothing in this article, or in your comment, has shown me ANY reason to jailbreak my phone.


"Big advantage how? I have timed several apps and few of them really take any extra time to launch."

I, along with a lot of users, prefer using the stock Camera client as there have been reports of 3rd party camera recorders crashing during recording, which is, in many cases, unacceptable.


There are many reasons to jailbreak, CameraTweak is just one of them. Checkout Youtube clip "100 Reasons to Jailbreak your iPhone [2012]" for more. :)


Yup, iOS is pretty dated compared to Android or even WP8 if you don't jailbreak. Jailbreaking lets use a LOT of cool tweaks - including other photo apps like Photo Info or making use of the entire sensor surface when shooting hi-res video (see )


As uptight as DPR has been over the years about other's use of THEIR "proprietary content", it's pretty amazing you're now promoting jailbreaking. Shame, shame.

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No shame in anything. I unlock the bootloader on every android phone i have had to date. Just dont get motorola.....

Uping the bit rate is a major thing you can to to improve video.
Also if anyone can figure it out....DNG/Tiff vs jpeg....

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What an absurd thing to say. How is using your device an abuse of Apple's content? Jailbreaking is not the same as taking someone's content, lifting it out of its context, and using it elsewhere- possibly even presenting it as your own.

I don't know enough about your gripe with DPR to fall either way, but it's a pretty silly comparison.


I have tried it, separated focus/AE is working, but video tweaks are not. It records 1920x1080, 30fps whatever you change. iPhone 5, iOS 6.1. Can anyone record more than 30fps video with iPhone 5?


Probably not, but you can up the bit rate for higher quality.


It's currently impossible to shoot at more than 30 fps under iOS 6, unlike under iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S.

This also applies to jailbreak hacks. There's a lot of info on all this at


I don't see the point here. Is there anything you cannot do with a separate camera app which does not require jail breaking?

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See my related post above: this tweak lets users use the built-in camera app. No third-party app is necessary.

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