Back in August I had a review of Camera+ up, just a day after it got pulled from the AppStore for a secret feature that you could enable, assigning the volume control buttons on the iPhone as the shutter control button. This was a bit sad to see as the app is brilliant. This is why I am now very pleased to be able to review an update to the app, Camera+ 2.0, which is now available again in the App Store!
This review is very much going to focus on what is new in Camera+ 2.0 and if the changes are for the better or not.
Touch Exposure & Focus
Why leave the best until last? The most brilliant new feature in the update, which makes Camera+ my favorite photo application currently out there. Sure, the built-in camera application lets you touch to focus and in a way do touch exposure as well, however it will measure the light at the point of focus. Of course this means that you either get a perfectly exposed photo, or one that is in focus.
The beauty here is that you can control both exposure and focus separately and the way it works isn’t all that bad. Focus is, like in the built-in camera app, done by tapping anywhere in the scene. To set the exposure, you touch with a second finger at the same time as you are focusing. Being able to set these independently is just amazing to me and will make iPhone photos much better. The only downside is that the control is slightly clunky while trying to hold the iPhone still and then take a photo at the same time.
Note: This feature is only available on the iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4 running iOS4.
I get what you are saying now. The built-in camera app has support for the iPhone 4 led flash. Yes, it does, however not in the same way that Camera+ has.
One of the most common problems with using built-in flashes is that it is hard to control the light and knowing how the image will look, before you take it and look at it. Ever since I played with the LED light in video mode (where it is continuous), I wanted the same continuous light when taking photos. Cmaera+ enabled this for me, which makes me a happy photographer.
The two major enhancements are the ones above. Camera+ still comes with all the beloved editing presets too, which was one of the highlights in the first review. Now however, you have the added bonus of being able to change the amount of each effect by sliding your finger over the image.
Before using Camera+, I have never seen an iPhone app that gave me the EXIF data of my photos as well as the editing presets applied, however Camera+ does it and include a map of where the shot was taken. Not huge, but nice to have!
In the previous review, I gave many compliments to the great interface. This time around, it has been updated to make the app even more intuitive and faster to use. While the old opening screen, showing the back of a dSLR was cool-looking, it make taking photos a little slower. Because of that, the screen is now gone and you get directly to the gorgeous take photo screen when you launch the app.
I confess, I truly love Camera+ after the 2.0 update. They have made it a great deal faster to use and that is what matters to me when taking and editing photos. Having to wait for the camera to open is something that should be long past. The additions of the modeling light (continuous light) for the flash and the touch exposure and focus also raise it to another level, making this my current favorite photo taking and editing app. It should therefore come as no surprise that Camera+ gets the full marks.