The iOS camera doesn’t come with a timer, which makes it difficult for some of us to capture good photos on our iPhones & iPads. Even the new iOS 6 will not bring a self-timer to the camera app.
But why is Apple not working on it? Probably because there are already several special iOS apps available in the App Store that comes with a timer functionality. But you must know that none of these apps will add a timer button to the existing camera app, which means you have to launch these apps each and every time you want to capture videos or click photos. But jailbroken users are in for a treat.
A free Cydia app called CamTimer adds a timer button to the built-in camera app.
CamTimer brings custom timer on your iPhones and iPads, which means you are free to set the delay in timer — 2 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, etc. To get this app, head over to Cydia, go to Search and type “CamTimer.” This app is available under BigBoss repo, and it’s completely free to download.
Note: CamTimer doesn’t work on iPads.
After installing CamTimer, there’s no need to configure anything. Launch the default camera app of your iPhone (4S/4), iPod Touch and you will notice a new button with a clock inside. Tap on this button.
A window pops up asking to set the delay time in seconds. Once done, click OK and the timer will begin. For example, if you have set 5 seconds delay, the photo (or video) will be captured exactly after 5 seconds.
The current version of CamTimer will not be activated when you launch the camera app through the lockscreen. However, the camera timer will be available and actively running when you want to upload photos through the official Facebook or Twitter app.