Magnifying Glass With Light
If you don’t have the best eyesight or struggle to read really small font, the Magnifying Glass free iOS app is a must-have on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Users may question what the logic of getting this app is, as Apple devices already have an inbuilt magnifier. This is because the magnifier uses Digital Zooming in camera mode or Lighting in video mode. It is not possible to access both of these features with the inbuilt magnifier. The iOS app gives you the ability to do both at the same time, and it is especially suited for low light conditions.
The app needs access to your phone camera, therefore, enable this feature in your permissions settings. It gives you access to useful tools such as light level and brightness control, 5-times magnification capacity, a full-screen UI and supports both landscape and portrait modes. It also provides auto-focus lock and image capture on zoomed images which allows you to store these images in your gallery or external media.
In low light conditions which the app is specialized for, the auto-turn on and detection for lighting is enabled. The app also lets you use the front camera on your iPhone or iPad.
The pro version lets you access features such as an image stabilizer, tapping to freeze and unfreeze images, high contrast, and crystal clear modes and enhanced freezing allowing you to reposition the frozen image.
The app is only compatible with iOS devices (including iPod touch) which run 11.0 version. Android isn’t supported.
Ease of Use
The app constantly bombards you with tons of ads if you are using the free version. Clicking the screen redirects you to external ad websites which means you have to exit the application and start again. This is quite the nuisance. Other than that, the image quality is great although it seems the app is optimized more for iPad than smaller iOS devices. It suffers very few glitches.
The latest version offers support for iPhone X, and also provides updates for the frequent bugs affecting the app. The image quality is also significantly enhanced, especially on iPad.
The design presentation is simple and intuitive, and you’ll immediately get used to this app. The UI on the camera covers the entire screen which is quite convenient, with icons and menu tabs taking up either the bottom or top rows of the screen.
The app is free to install. The premium version of the app will cost you $1.99.
- Few glitches;
- Great image quality;
- Combines both camera zoom and lighting modes concurrently.
- Only available for iOS devices;
- Intrusive ads on the free version;
- Optimized more for iPad.
This is the leading magnifier app for iOS that I have used and offers a great experience especially if you have poor eyesight or need to work in low light conditions. It’s easy and pleasant to use, and I’d definitely recommend it.