Slo-mo mode is a major feature of the iPhone 5S’ new camera that provides 120 frames per second video capture. Once the video is captured, you can then select the portion you want to make slo-mo, and that clip plays at quarter speed. SlowCam is a brand new app to deliver slow motion video recording to older iPhone models. The main benefit comes to iPhone 5 owners, as the app supports full 60 frames per second fast notion recording, to create a legitimate slow motion effect. The app also offers an alternative to Apple’s method for iPhone 5S owners. The main distinction with SlowCam, is that it offers real time slow motion recording, rather than selecting a portion after the fact.
The app is all about simplicity with the main interface consisting of just four buttons with record, slow motion, flash, and zoom slider. To create a slow motion video, you simply start a recording, and then tap and hold the slow motion button when you want to capture in slow motion. When you release your finger from the slow motion button, the app continues to record at normal speed until you press the record button again to save, and process your video. The app lets you record another video while it’s processing the previous clip, showing the power within. There’s also the ability to set the focus, and exposure point separately.
Now, slow motion recording isn’t limited to the iPhone 5S, and while the iPhone 5 doesn’t record at the same frame rate, it can create a very similar effect. There’s also a smooth transition between normal speed, and slow motion in playback of the videos that the app captures. If on a 5S, SlowCam offers almost identical results to Apple’s choice, and again just gives you a different way to capture slow motion. The app requires iOS 7, and either an iPhone 5, 5C, or 5S with both the 5 & 5C getting a 5S feature with just a $1.99 app. The process couldn’t be simpler, and every part of the app is refined for a minimalistic interface focusing on video capture. Your creations are saved directly to your camera roll, and from there you can do the usual editing, sharing, and use in other apps.
SlowCam ($1.99, iPhone) works just as advertised to give iPhone 5 owners high quality slow motion video capture above all else.