In the world of iPhoneography, you can never have enough camera apps. Whether it’s photos, videos or selfies – there’s bound to be a better tool for the job than Apple’s stock app.
Thanks to the work of creative app developers, the App Store is home to hundreds of camera apps – only a handful of which are worth your time. Luckily, we’ve found a few more to add to your collection that go beyond what the default iPhone camera app can do.
If you’re new iPhone photography, don’t forget to check out our beginners guide to the iPhone camera too.
ProCam 2 ($1.99)
ProCam 2 is an iOS 7 redesign of the original ProCam app, though it closely resembles another camera app of a similar name.
ProCam 2 has a much cleaner, “flat” style user interface, and it’s chock full of filters, vignettes, and various “lenses” to flavour your shots. Other features include various camera aspect ratios (square photo lovers rejoice) and a whole host of shooting modes: single shot, night mode, burst mode, sound snap to activate the shutter, face detection, anti-shake and big button mode which allows you to snap a photo by tapping anywhere on the screen.
ProCam also provides support for live view of selected filters and camera settings. This allows you to do things like tweak white balance controls in real time, while adjusting the exposure and contrast settings before snapping your photo.
You’ll want to spend some time getting acquainted with the numerous settings that include date stamps, geotagging, embedding a copyright stamp, file format and resolution (which includes .TIFF) or setting the self-timer time. There’s also a handy quick launch notification, which sends a notification when the app is closed or goes into the background – and lots more.
For videos, ProCam also puts Apple’s default camera to shame. In this mode, you can select from various resolutions (low, VGA, HD, Full HD) and pick your own frame rate. Similar camera settings also exist for video recordings, including time lapse settings such as interval and screen brightness. ProCam really does provide the iPhoneographer with an endless box of tricks.
One noticeable missing feature in ProCam, however, is the lack of a photo and video album. Instead the app sends all captures straight to the iPhone Camera Roll. This can be accessed from within the app, but you will need to open the iPhone Photos app to actually delete the photos and videos shot with ProCam.
Vyclone Video (Free)
If you’ve ever wanted to shoot multi-camera video productions using your iPhone or iPad, Vyclone enables you to shoot and sync a three minute video, with up to three other Vyclone users shooting video in the same area. The app also works with the Android and Windows Phone versions of Vyclone, so this really broadens your options for collaboration.
After all the related videos are uploaded to the Vyclone server, they are digitally mixed into one multi-shot video. While the automatic edits don’t always have precise edits, users can remix the video in the built-in editor for a more seamless end result. Vyclone is certainly not for professional video productions, but it is a cool, low-budget way of producing a multi-camera video production.
Your video productions can be kept private, or posted publicly on your Vyclone stream, where video links can be shared to social networks. Videos can also be saved to your camera roll.
oSnap for Selfies ($0.99)
oSnap is one of the many camera apps designed for quickly snapping selfies. Instead of trying to hold the iPhone steady while tapping the shutter button, oSnap allows users to snap anywhere on the screen to take a shot. Since the iPhone camera lens is above the screen (be sure to look at it when taking a selfie), it never captures your thumb or finger in the shot.
The user interface of oSnap also includes a preview of the last three shots saved to your Camera Roll. With the app open, you can swipe down to view all photos in your Camera Roll, shake the phone to flip the camera, and swipe to the right to adjust the flash.
While ProCam also includes a screen “button” for activating the shutter, oSnap is for users who might not need all the bells and whistles of a pro camera app and those obsessed with taking selfies!
Let us know what you other apps you recommend for iPhone camera users – which is your favourite?