The Apple iPhone gave the start to the smartphone revolution nearly six years ago, and with time it slowly evolved to be more than just a terrific device for accessing the web. It became the world’s most used camera. Most recently, we compared the latest iPhone 5 against its 2013 rivals and concluded that on many occasions Apple’s smartphone bested them all delivering consistently pleasing colors and performing well in both sun and rain, day and night.
Being such a prolific device, it’s no surprise there is a huge enthusiast iPhone camera community. Instagram did not become a billion dollar company by chance - it was mostly because of the iPhone.
But as a simple device with an almost fully automatic camera, photo enthusiasts crave more manual control: more settings, more filters, more editing options. Good news is all of that is there. Some of the best camera apps are built for the iPhone. Here are the ones that stand out from the rest, ones that you won’t regret buying, here are the essential ones.
Best iPhone camera apps
Best iPhone camera apps
From a live histogram through time lapse and to white balance and exposure settings, KitCam seems to have it all. It is a brilliantly profound camera replacement app for those who want to be in control of their shots.
Camera Plus Pro is an interesting alternative for those who want a bit more advanced settings without a cluttered interface. It comes with an anti-shake feature, white-balance lock and an option to turn the entire viewfinder into a shutter button.
645 Pro feels like a true mechanical camera with all sorts of dials. The 645 name comes from the 6x4.5cm format size which happens to be with the same proportions as the 4:3 one on the iPhone.
The interface does take some getting used to as you can both tap and long hold the dials, but once you get used to it, you’d appreciate its unmatched depth such as the ability to save native TIFF images to Photoshop later. This app has filters but it is mostly about the manual photographic controls. Also, it does not work with video.
Similar in depth to 645 Pro, the ProCamera application has a much more modern and appealing interface. Among its particularly useful features are ISO settings and a live histogram. Along with the more usual settings, it offers the neat QR scanning mode and works with video.
The only free app that we find fit as a more advanced camera replacement, Camera Awesome lacks a lot of the manual settings others have, nor does it have a histogram. It does feature a simple interface, though, and offers extremely rich sharing options.