If you’ve always wanted to play around with the idea of using a Leica M rangefinder but don’t want to shell out the cash, Lifelike Apps has a new app for you. Called Red Dot Camera, the iOS app aims to bring the feel of a Leica camera to your iPad or iPhone; it was “inspired by the retro craftsmanship of the classic M camera series” and does “without the interference of gimmicky filters.”
Red Dot Camera allows you to control your smartphone’s ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and focus. There is also a simple exposure compensation dial for quickly selecting how you want your image exposed without needing to fiddle with real dials. The app allows ISO to be adjusted between 30 and 1600, while the shutter speed can be set between 1/2 and 1/800 of a second.
The focus of your device can be adjusted using a wheel displayed on the right-hand side of the screen. Just pinch with your fingers and a magnified patch appears at the center of the frame for a higher level of precision. Other features include display frame lines, a self-timer with three countdown settings, and a classic black and white mode.
Red Dot Camera can be purchased from the Apple App Store for $3.