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The App Store is saturated with camera apps, so why would you need another one? Despite the many, many photo and filter apps out there, Camera Plus (currently discounted at $0.99) still manages to bring a few fresh features to the table. A long-standing App Store favourite, the app now looks slicker than ever after an update to version 3.0 which melds beautifully with iOS 7’s svelte aesthetic.

In the same way a photographer can never have too many cameras, a smartphone photographer can never have too many apps – right? Let’s find out.

We’re also giving away 10 copies of Camera Plus! Read through our review, then join the competition!

Power to the iPhoneographer

If there’s one thing a surplus of photography apps has created, it’s the need to be different. With so many apps out there, Apple’s surprisingly powerful camera API and the popularity of the iPhone as a shoot and share device, there are a huge number of developers out there trying to be different. Sometimes this leads to innovation, and often it leads to imitation.

Camera Plus 3.0 does indeed try to be different, and some of those differences take the form of genuinely useful features – the most notable of which is the way in which you focus your shots. In addition to the usual touch-to-focus mechanisms seen in the stock camera app, Camera Plus allows you to touch and drag your finger to select one of three focus modes: macro, normal and far.

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This essentially locks the plane of focus, forcing the app to focus on either a close-up (macro) object, a standard roughly portrait (normal) subject and distant objects (far). While it seems like a bit of a gimmick, it reduces the requirement to be quite so accurate with your taps, something a number of competing apps struggle with. My main criticism of the feature is when I forget it exists or I’ve left macro on and nothing will focus, but you do get used to it.

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Predictably, touch-to-focus also acts as touch-to-expose. The area you choose will prompt the app to compensate for proper exposure wherever you touch, and unlike other apps like taptaptap’s (very similarly named) Camera+, you can’t use multitouch to set focus and exposure separately.

Instead, Camera Plus uses a sliding dial labelled Lumy which is presumably short for luminosity. It allows you to alter the exposure value to let in more or less light, allowing you to fine-tune a shot even after you’ve told the app where to focus and expose for. Whether or not it makes up for the lack of separate exposure controls will be down to personal opinion and it’s a nice idea for sure, though things tend to get a bit murky and flat at the low end.

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Photo Tools & Video Mode

Camera Plus does of course come with the usual array of bells and whistles most have come to expect from iOS photography apps. Flash options include a burst mode which fires the flash continually, ideal for close-up macro shots where over-exposure is a problem and there are grid lines and a level for gauging how straight your shot is. Rather frustratingly, it’s not possible to use both the grid and level at the same time in this current version.

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Next to the inviting white trigger button is a smaller settings button, which reveals a couple of extra tools for taking better-than-average photos. Big Button turns the whole screen into a shutter. Stabilize uses the old trick of waiting till your phone is still to take the shot, while burst and timer modes are fairly self-explanatory but not taken for granted.

It is here where you can also choose whether or not to geotag your photos (by default this setting is off, so remember to enable it if you want it), choose between three sizes and enable Volume Snap which lets you take pictures using the volume controls. It’s possible to switch between front and rear-facing cameras, and all of these controls (aside from the flash) are accessible in either.

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Unlike many camera apps Camera Plus lets you shoot video too, in your choice of full-HD and 480p resolutions. If you opt to shoot in 480p, you’ll be able to use Lumy to modify exposure (or brightness, depending on what’s really going on there) while you shoot.

The After-Touch

Like most iPhone camera apps, there are a couple of useful editing features to be found here too. Camera Plus actually saves all images to the Camera Roll directly, rather than using a lightbox (or even the option of one). Tapping on the thumbnail of your last shot image takes you to this list of memories, and allows you to apply an auto-enhance algorithm via the Pix’d button quickly.

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If you prefer to do it manually, you can hit Edit to reveal Tweak, Crop and Rotate options. Tweaks include the usual brightness, contrast and saturation controls as well as an option for altering the temperature of the image. Once done, it’s possible to share your photo to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram as well as via email or message.

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One additional feature is Locked Roll, accessible by swiping right-to-left on your list of Camera Roll shots. This isn’t included with Camera Plus, and instead requires an in-app purchase of $0.99. The Locked Roll allows you to take private moments and hide them in the app by tapping and holding an image before choosing Lock.

The Bottom Line

Camera Plus is a capable camera app that’s packed with the usual array of features we’ve come to expect from phones that do everything. The ability to restrict focus is handy, and Lumy does make it easy to fine-tune your shots. The included editing features are basic but always welcome, and it’s nice to be able to quickly switch to video with a tap, rather than switching apps like so many other iPhone cameras.

I’m really not sure whether it’s going to replace my go-to camera app, but it definitely introduces some improvements over the stock Apple offering.

Buy it now for just $0.99 at a 50% discount for a limited time only.

How do I win a copy of Camera Plus?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, November 22. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Submit your apps and software to be reviewed. Contact Jackson Chung for further details.

  1. Anna Marie M.
    November 22, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I love Camera Plus because I know my hubby (a photography newbie) would love too. Great app. Kudos.

  2. Cheridene B
    November 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I like the features of close ups

  3. Mesut Yaver
    November 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Its configuration capabilities.

  4. Parampreet Chanana
    November 19, 2013 at 5:55 am

    The Clear Look -- Really Great Thing!

  5. Ruksana M
    November 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Quality

  6. Sampath S
    November 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    It has awesome features

  7. David Heath
    November 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I like the features of close ups

  8. Ismail K
    November 16, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Great features

  9. Mary VanTil
    November 16, 2013 at 5:10 am

    I like the features of close ups, editing, zoom, just to name a few

  10. Suresh V
    November 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Good App.

  11. Mike S
    November 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    great app

  12. Baldo S
    November 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

    like

  13. John Agwazim
    November 14, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I love everythimwg about it. It`s cool.

  14. Patrick
    November 14, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Awesome features! The best!

  15. Nick
    November 14, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I like the filter option as well as quality.

  16. M
    November 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    It is one of the most intuitive and still elaborate apps for photography!

  17. Serg O
    November 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Like!

  18. Jaypee C
    November 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Options for focusing objects like a boss! m/

  19. Vijay
    November 13, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I like its editing feature and the facility to provide various mode of capturing a photo.

  20. Daniel Ooi
    November 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I like the camera plus because we can take nice photo with the stabilizer feature

  21. doesmith
    November 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Great interface

  22. Maribel Ramirez
    November 13, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I like that the pictures are more brighter and the focus modes are great

  23. Tomasz J
    November 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Easy way

  24. DAN J
    November 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I love the quality.

  25. Jaime B
    November 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I really like that the pics turn out so nice and clear, thank you:)

  26. Mihir C
    November 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    The focusing and the fine tuning feature is a standout!

  27. Andrew
    November 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I like the focus modes that this app has.

  28. Nikola T
    November 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

    continually flash

  29. Mile Z
    November 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

    interface

  30. David S
    November 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

    The macro feature is my favorite feature in Camera Plus!
    Not many camera apps have this focusing feature.
    It's definitely a big plus compared to what Apple provides!

  31. Stoja Todoric
    November 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

    App looks is great

  32. Julian
    November 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I like the interface. Matches up nicely with iOS7

  33. syd
    November 12, 2013 at 5:35 am

    I am pleasantly surprised with how the app looks and feels. Very effortless and intuitive with all the tight functions baked in; minus the "bloatware". I love how everything is so pleasing to the eye and hope they continue the development of this wonderful app. Thanks guys, it's worth it

  34. Anonymous
    November 12, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Unique option compared to Apples product.

  35. Andrea
    November 12, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Adds more tools to the photographic toolbox.

  36. Marcela
    November 12, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Love it!

  37. James G
    November 12, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Cool features!

  38. Christian
    November 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I want to try a new app and Camera Plus will let me do that.

  39. Catherine M
    November 11, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    compatible with IPOD Touch as well!

  40. Daichi
    November 11, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Wow so many functions :P can edit all my photos without plugging them in to the computer

  41. Kyem G
    November 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Well, I use the default camera much more than any app as it is also available in the lock screen (iOS7). But some times I do use Camera! by Smugmug if I need to set timers or shoot in burst mode... This app seems to be a great one. I like to win this!!! ;)

  42. Kyem G
    November 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Well I do use the default camera of my iPad and some times the Camera! by SmugMug when I need to set up timers, capture photos in burst mode. I need a copy of this if and only if this is available for iPad or else give it to some other person

  43. Steve
    November 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I like the overall package

  44. Scott H
    November 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Good review though

  45. Scott H
    November 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    it a shame i do not have iphone :(

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