Camera app Capture allows a user to automatically share their photos with their friends — without letting them view the image first.
According to a report by TechCrunch, Captures allows users to shoot photos in a few seconds without having to think about it — making sharing their life with friends simple, spontaneous, and fun.
When a user opens the app, Capture immediately begins with a viewfinder of the user’s camera. There’s a big shutter button in the middle, and some smaller icons next to it.
TechCrunch reports that when a user takes a photo, nothing happens. There’s no preview screen and no action buttons.
Instead in the background, the photos that a user takes with Capture are saved to their photo library and are shared with friends. Users do not need to think or deliberate over whether they should share a photo or not and who they should share their photos with.
Every photo that a user takes with the camera on the Capture app is automatically shared with their friends.
A Creation-First Camera App
French startup Amo released the “radically different photo-sharing app” to make keeping up with friends online less complicated and more straightforward.
“Consumption takes a back seat, you don’t land into a feed. It’s a creation-first app, and that’s really what it’s all about,” Amo co-founder Antoine Martin tells TechCrunch.
“If I’m walking in the street and I see a Space Invader that I like, I just capture it, I’m there, I take a photo, I turn off my phone, it’s in my pocket. I don’t spend minutes looking at the preview.”
Amo spent more time developing how the app captures photos rather than looking at friends’ photos and the app reportedly takes advantage of the many sensors in a smartphone camera.
According to TechCrunch, when a user taps on the big shutter button, Capture saves two photos — what they see in the viewfinder as well as a wide-angle photo.
There are smaller buttons in the app that are essentially other photo modes. The smiley face lets users capture a “frontback” — what they see and a selfie. Meanwhile, the third button is a superzoom mode that captures a handful of photos that are more and more zoomed in. These features supposedly let users augment their photos with context.
However, when a Capture user looks at their friends’ photos, they only see a photo. But in this event, Capture takes advantage of the accelerometer to turn a static photo into an animated image. A user can tilt their phone forward and backward to reveal the wide-angle shot, the selfie, or the zoomed-in photos.
Once there’s nothing new to view from friends, Capture shuts down so that a user can get off their phone and return to “real life” — offering a refreshing alternative to the overwhelming and consuming feeds of traditional photo-sharing apps.