ProShot newcomer shapes up to be one of the best camera apps for Android yet

ProShot newcomer shapes up to be one of the best camera apps for Android yet
The new ProShot camera app that popped up in the Play Store last week may be a debutant when it comes to Android, but it's been on Windows Phone for a while, and, given the camera-centric Lumia phones, has been battling the stock camera interface with great success there. After landing on Android, it quickly became clear that ProShot can rival much more established camera apps there.

One of its advantages lies in the great compression algorithms that shrink the resulting file with minimal loss of fidelity and details. Others pile up when you realize it does almost everything that the old dogs have, like full manual controls, RAW image output, custom aspect ratios, zero-lag bracket exposure adjustments, manual focus assist, and many more modes and features. You can even adjust the video bitrate, zoom and change recording options while you are actively shooting, which is pretty cool. If you are interested to take the newcomer for a spin, take a gander below.

Developer: Rise Up GamesDownload: Android
Category: PhotographyPrice: $2.99



1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

8. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

its been there for got it

9. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Nothing to laugh about, happens to us on Windows Phone all the time. No reason for us to behave like the people we consider to be trolls.

11. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

LOL how many Android apps have been there for ages and wp never will implement it. I've the both, 1020 just to run and pick photos and I can tell you, never I'll change my Android by this wp. You should try it.

2. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

And once again Sony is quiet on their Lollipop 5.1 update for their phones. In the second half of July we should at least know exactly what to expect with the update. Sony has seriously dropped the ball twice and I will be leaving them as soon as I can.

3. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

lol Sony will never update their phones to 5.1 because they're interested in 5.1.1

7. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well that's what I'm referring to but they still have not informed their supporters about what to expect. They announced the update last month so we should at least know what features will be included.

4. netposer

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

Only works on Android 5.1.

5. waddup121 unregistered

Better than open camera?

6. Limbopope

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

No OnePlus One or Note 4 exynos :-(

15. riseupgames

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Unfortunately I can only offer ProShot on Android 5.1 and higher at this point, there were just too many bugs in 5.0, and I didn't want to hurt the user experience. Still evaluating this position, however. I am also working with beta testers to try and get more functionality online for the OnePlus One. Can't promise anything yet, but I remain hopeful :)

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Thanks for the heads up, been using your app on the Lumia for awhile on all our phones.

34. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Wow ya thats to bad indeed. :( I liked this app alot on WP and now Android has Kitkat. I can upgrade to 5.0 but dont want to right now. & your only offering it to 5.1! Your gonna miss out on a lot of sales!

35. riseupgames

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

It wasn't until laaaaate in development that I found out the bugs weren't in my code, but in Android 5.0 itself. At that point I had already invested far too much time into the app to not launch it.

10. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Can't compare it to other camera apps on Android, but it is very functional on WP for still photography. Good luck to the devs of ProShot, they've done really well with the app!

16. riseupgames

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Thank you Penny! I'm having a lot of fun with this Android code base, but I am also looking forward to my next project: updating ProShot for Windows 10. Each platform (Android, iOS, WP) have very different camera APIs, so it will be interesting to see how things evolve to fit the strengths of each system :)

19. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Are you a solo developer? Is it just the API calls and associated data you have to adjust, or is there pretty much no shared codebase between the two? Sorry, just curious as I've gotten into the world of web development over the past 6 months. But yeah, I'm sure it can be interesting getting to look at what each API offers; that gives you a good picture of what the respective platforms care about!

24. riseupgames

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Yep solo :) and each platform (Android, iOS, WP) are completely separate codebases. I did this to ensure the best performance possible, even on low end hardware. It was a *lot* of work, and I had to make some pretty big personal sacrifices to get to this point. In any case, best of luck on web dev! It's a really crazy world that moves so fast; I don't think I have the brain power to keep up :P

31. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Nice, that is impressive dedication! I worked on a startup for a few years so I know what that kind of sacrifice is all about, but yeah decided to pick up web development for myself and recently started my first job in that field. The field does move through languages and trends very fast, but we do at least know that JavaScript is here to stay and that's what I'm gaining my experience in. But yeah, you've created successful apps out in the world, so you're brainpower is proven!

12. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I think snap camera hdr is better than this app as it has a batter camera ui and much better controls.

13. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Snap camera is taking too much longer than other apps to shoot a picture, though it earned the credit to be the 1st camera that can focus well on the galaxy s6.

14. riseupgames

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Thank you so much for reviewing my app ProShot! If anyone has any questions or feature requests, I'm the dev, so please feel free to leave a message :)

21. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Are you going to add more features to the Windows Phone version any time soon ?

25. riseupgames

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

The next big update will be a complete rewrite for Windows 10, and it's going to be massive. I'm really excited for it :)

28. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Thanks for supporting Windows OS and for the Universal app....can you make the image capture even faster, (i know your app is VERY fast at pictures, that's why i LOVE it)...but if you can make it, shot pics like the iPhone, this could be AWESOME.

30. riseupgames

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I always dedicate a huge chunk of my development time to optimization. The new W10 version will load faster and take pics faster :)

17. fancollo unregistered

i purchased it for the LG G4 and it was slow, and has the settings and sub-settings just too complicated and not very useful. until you figured out how to set the..well..settings, you lost the moment. sticking to stock camera app on the G4. might check back once it improved.

18. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That in general is the essence of manual photography though, and ProShot really is all about giving you that power and flexibility. Once you start to understand manual photography, the settings start to make more sense and you can set up your shot faster. There is always auto though if you just want to take the shot like you normally do with any other camera app.

32. fancollo unregistered

I use manual mode in 90% of the situations on the G4. Auto is ok, but i like to set the camera parameters to get the result i want and not the imaging processor ;-). Anyway, i think the app has settings buried down in menus and submenus which are not very easy or comfortable to use. And the actual menu actions are quite slow and to popping. Honestly the stock camera is easier to use. I like to fiddle with the app, but at the moment no desire to. Also purchasing the app and not using it, isn't my intention. So might check it out in the future and see what's new then.

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