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  • 'FrontFlash' Simulates a Camera Flash for the Front-facing Camera


    Hey Apple! The rear-facing camera has an LED flash for low-light photographs, so why not the front? – Well… you would probably blind yourself. So that’s probably why they left it out.

    On the other hand, there are ways to simulate a camera flash that won’t necessarily blind you as much. For example, a new free jailbreak tweak called FrontFlash by iOS developer PoomSmart will simulate a camera flash by forcing a white display with maximum brightness for the duration of capturing a photograph with the front-facing camera. As soon as the picture has been taken, the display returns to the Camera application interface and the brightness returns to the value it was at before taking the photograph.

    Because the screen turns white, and the display’s brightness turns all the way up, the tweak effectively helps illuminate front-facing photograph pictures in low light situations. It’s not as blinding as an LED flash on the front of the device would be, and it’s still somewhat effective at what it aims to do.

    When you are using the Camera application and you turn on the front-facing camera rather than the rear-facing camera, you will notice that a flash button is added to the top left just like if you were taking a rear-facing camera photograph. It behaves the same way as it does when you are using a rear-facing camera, offering you manual and automatic settings.

    FrontFlash comes with a preferences pane allowing you to enable or disable the front-facing "flash" for taking photographs or shooting video individually:



    If you would like to give FrontFlash a try, it's available for free in Cydia's BigBoss repository. We highly recommend this tweak for people that use their front-facing cameras a lot!

    Name: FrontFlash
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0-1
    Requirements: Front-facing Camera
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: PoomSmart
    Editor's Rating:  5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'FrontFlash' Simulates a Camera Flash for the Front-facing Camera started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Raybeast's Avatar
      Raybeast -
      I actually really find this amazing! Nice! Great concept.
    1. kokhean's Avatar
      kokhean -
      There are bugs. For me, video recording doesn't work with it. At times, you have to relaunch the camera app to make it work again.

      However, this is great and the bugs aren't really that annoying anyway. And it's free!
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Appstore app Camera+ has had this feature for a while now.
    1. wiipro's Avatar
      wiipro -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Appstore app Camera+ has had this feature for a while now.
      Well, this just gives the normal Camera App fans a useful feature without the need to pay for a separate app.
    1. front-flash's Avatar
      front-flash -
      Or you can just use Front-Flash on the regular App Store. There's a free version as well, and it take's pictures and records video too! You can also see yourself before you take the picture or video to prevent blinding that regular LED flashes cause as well. Check it out!

      Paid Version:
      Appstore.com/FrontFlash

      Lite Version:
      Appstore.com/FrontFlashLite
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wiipro View Post
      Well, this just gives the normal Camera App fans a useful feature without the need to pay for a separate app.
      Yep. Choice is always good. I had purchased the Camera+ way back when and I tend to keep Cydia tweaks at a minimal. Especially when the latest iOS is not jailbroken and I'd hate to restore my phone because of some tweak.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      In my opinion, in terms of both UI and aesthetics, it's better to have new features integrated into a feature that already exists on the device (aka Camera application) than to download a second application that does most of the same things as the existing application. So I think this tweak is better than some of the applications being mentioned from the App Store. Not to mention, you can't beat the free price tag.
    1. wiipro's Avatar
      wiipro -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Yep. Choice is always good. I had purchased the Camera+ way back when and I tend to keep Cydia tweaks at a minimal. Especially when the latest iOS is not jailbroken and I'd hate to restore my phone because of some tweak.
      + 1

      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      In my opinion, in terms of both UI and aesthetics, it's better to have new features integrated into a feature that already exists on the device (aka Camera application) than to download a second application that does most of the same things as the existing application. So I think this tweak is better than some of the applications being mentioned from the App Store. Not to mention, you can't beat the free price tag.
      Agreed. Plus, if you do purchase it, you can't delete the normal Camera App. And I STRONGLY DISLIKE throwing my undeleteable stock apps everywhere.
    1. zareeba's Avatar
      zareeba -
      Nice app, but buggy. It messes with FaceTime front camera. Dont install until bug fix if you use FT.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Doesn't work for me.