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orangebluedevil
Dec 21, 2010, 06:08 PM
All three of these apps have been updated in the last 3 days (or risen from the dead in Camera+'s case). I guess they are gearing up for the holidays. My question is which app deserves my $2 and why? Are there any small features that sets one apart from the others?

Camera+:
http://campl.us/

ProCamera:
http://www.procamera-app.com/

Camera Plus Pro:
http://www.globaldelight.com/iPhone/camerapluspro/#



harry20larry
Dec 21, 2010, 06:23 PM
Camera + as it provides the best all in one solution

iPhone1
Dec 21, 2010, 06:33 PM
Get Instagram instead. It's free.

iTiki
Dec 21, 2010, 07:09 PM
Camera+ is awesome. Glad to see it is back on the app store. Well worth $1.99 price.

JDeluis
Dec 21, 2010, 07:43 PM
Camera+ is currently on sale for $0.99. I'm finally going to purchase it now that it's back after hearing all the recommendations.

lsvtecjohn3
Dec 21, 2010, 08:16 PM
Camera+ is currently on sale for $0.99. I'm finally going to purchase it now that it's back after hearing all the recommendations.

When Camera+ get back in the App store?

STARTS SCREAMING LIKE A SCHOOL GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!

QuarterSwede
Dec 21, 2010, 08:34 PM
When Camera+ get back in the App store?

STARTS SCREAMING LIKE A SCHOOL GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today.

orangebluedevil
Dec 21, 2010, 08:38 PM
thanks for the responses guys. Seems like Camera+ is the overwhelming favorite. Don't forget though that while it was the #1 camera app about 2 months ago that both of these others have just been updated big time. Does anyone have them yet? Can anyone speak to Camera Plus Pro or ProCamera?

Keleko
Dec 21, 2010, 09:01 PM
I prefer Camera+ as well, and I'm glad it is back in the app store. I tried Instagram, and I wasn't as impressed. I just noticed that you can now adjust the amount each effect is applied to a photo. I don't remember if the old version did that or not, but I'm really happy to see that ability.

Chromus
Dec 21, 2010, 09:06 PM
Of the three I've only used Camera+ and it's great! The one downside is that there is no video mode, so you still have to use the default camera if you're looking to shoot some video. Other than that it really is the best camera app out there!

lsvtecjohn3
Dec 21, 2010, 09:07 PM
thanks for the responses guys. Seems like Camera+ is the overwhelming favorite. Don't forget though that while it was the #1 camera app about 2 months ago that both of these others have just been updated big time. Does anyone have them yet? Can anyone speak to Camera Plus Pro or ProCamera?

Camera Plus Pro blows I wish I could have gotten my money back. I wanted to downloaded ProCamera but I accidentally downloaded Camera Plus Pro instead.

Hipstamatic is another great app

iceterminal
Dec 21, 2010, 09:15 PM
I'm on the Camera+ side as well. Just wish it had more filters.

genshi
Dec 21, 2010, 09:26 PM
I'm on the Camera+ side as well. Just wish it had more filters.

Another vote for Camera+ and they did add 9 more analogue-style filters in today's update (as an in-app purchase), along with a whole host of bug fixes and reworking of the interface (it's faster now and opens up right into shooting mode instead of the silly faux DSLR interface.)

Los
Dec 21, 2010, 09:33 PM
Camera+. I loved the app back before they pulled and today I saw that it had an update, and I'm in love all over again. The camera loads up a lot faster and I also like how the filters have percentages now. That's great.

It also looks like they might add more filters, but you'll have to buy them within the app, this is a good way to support the application.

Like someone earlier mentioned, it really suck that there's no video mode, I know it's mainly for pictures, but it would be nice to include a video mode like the native app so we can replace it.

Mitchelino
Dec 21, 2010, 09:47 PM
I personally prefer the default camera app. But between the 3 you've listed, I prefer Camera+. I've also tried Camera Plus Pro, but do not care for it.

orangebluedevil
Dec 21, 2010, 09:52 PM
Camera Plus Pro blows I wish I could have gotten my money back. I wanted to downloaded ProCamera but I accidentally downloaded Camera Plus Pro instead.

Hipstamatic is another great app

wow really? even with the update? That was the one I was thinking of wasting my money on :)

QuarterSwede
Dec 21, 2010, 09:55 PM
Does Camera+ take HDR photos? Has Apple even opened up the API for that yet or is it still private?

orangebluedevil
Dec 21, 2010, 10:35 PM
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Well I went with Camera+ (for now) and it's great. It opens INSTANTLY and is immediately ready to start snapping, and it doesnt take the time to process the pics until you go into the camera roll (which they call lightbox) which helps to take pics over ad over very quickly. Awesome. I can say that it is perfect except for the lack of video. I would not consider Camera Plus Pro in the running. It's between Camera+ and ProCamera.

LifeInLoFi
Dec 22, 2010, 03:49 AM
Both Camera+ and ProCamera are fast. They open in about the same time -- both about 3-4 seconds until you're ready to shoot from a cold start. Both will take photos as fast as you can shoot -- they are as fast as Apple Camera in that regard.

I like the extra grids in ProCamera. I also prefer the three-level anti-shake that ProCamera has. ProCamera will shoot video. Pro Lab and Pro Cut are nice tools to have in a camera app.

Camera+ has all of the features most people will use, though. Plus, the effects in Camera+ are much better than ProCamera.

If you like to get the best shot, I think the latest ProCamera is the best camera in the app store. But for shooting and processing in one app, Camera+ is the best all in one Swiss Army knife photo app available. The new update improved an already great app.

awtryau89
Dec 22, 2010, 10:10 AM
I'm guessing that most on here touting Camera+ have never used ProCamera. I purchased ProCamera well before Camera+. I tried it and it didn't last long on my springboard. When Camera+ came out, it was a much better app than almost any other camera app. With this latest round of updates, ProCamera far surpasses Camera+. It is quicker, save directly to the Camera roll if you like, has more editing options, offers video mode. These are the options that it has over Camera+. Maybe more but those are the main ones I use and notice. Neither one have HDR yet. Not sure why and hopefully they will both offer this. Even so, they both offer white balance adjustment and editing features which are better than HDR IMO. As I said, I own both but if I were spending money on one right now, go with ProCamera.

Gokunama
Dec 22, 2010, 11:19 AM
If you like to get the best shot, I think the latest ProCamera is the best camera in the app store. But for shooting and processing in one app, Camera+ is the best all in one Swiss Army knife photo app available. The new update improved an already great app.Definitely agree with this. I use ProCamera for shots, and Camera+ for processing.

jw nyc
Dec 22, 2010, 11:21 AM
Is there any way to apply a specific setting in Camera+ (scenery, text etc.) BEFORE taking a photo or are the effects and edits only applied after the photo is in the lightbox?

LifeInLoFi
Dec 22, 2010, 12:37 PM
Is there any way to apply a specific setting in Camera+ (scenery, text etc.) BEFORE taking a photo or are the effects and edits only applied after the photo is in the lightbox?

Nope. It's all applied in post-processing in Camera+' Lightbox.

DB24
Dec 22, 2010, 05:09 PM
Hipstamatic?

MEJHarrison
Dec 22, 2010, 05:25 PM
I have and have tried all 3. None of them are horrible apps. But for straight up picture taking, my preference would be for either Camera+ or ProCamera. Just because of the raw speed. Beyond that, I'd have to play with the interfaces some more to see which I prefer.

One feature I do love about Camera+ that I've not seen elsewhere yet is the ability to turn the flash on and leave it on. I've heard that's not as bright and using the flash properly. But I find it useful from time to time. Of course that advantage is undone by the need to save from the LightBox to the Camera Roll. I wish there was a way to skip that step.

For post processing, I like Camera+. But it's just one of several go-to apps for that kind of thing. I don't like to limit myself to a single app. That seems very limiting. In fact, I like to run photos through multiple apps to give each a unique look. But I find myself coming back to Camera+ a lot.

MEJHarrison
Dec 22, 2010, 05:28 PM
Hipstamatic?

Hipstamatic? Is that Camera+, ProCamera or Camera Plus Pro? ;)

Sorry, I'm not a Hipstamatic fan. It produces factastic pictures, but I prefer to do the post processing and keep my original photo intact. Not snap a picture and hope you got a good one.

Anyway, I doubt that it answers the question being raised here. Neither does Instagram which someone else mentioned.

nutmac
Dec 22, 2010, 08:08 PM
I have purchased Camera+, largely due to $0.99 promo price. Aside from missing video recording feature (which is solely needed), it seems about on par with ProCamera (which I have not tried) for 1/3 the price.

That said, new Camera+'s UI is almost a shameful clone of ProCamera, although to be fair, ProCamera borrowed some of earlier Camera+'s UI elements. And I dislike how quiet the company was during its absence.

That said, I like Camera+. It's fast, easy to use, and attractive. I wish Camera+ would add following ProCamera features (but not enough to pay 3 times the price):

Video recording: I want to remove Apple's Camera app from my main home screen.
Adjustable anti-shake: the default is a bit too restrictive.
Although built-in scenes are sufficient in most cases, they are not adjustable. I want to adjust exposure, color temperature, etc.
Lightbox: I actually like the fact that photos are saved in lightbox instead of Photo Albums, but it gets crowded fast. I should be able to to sort, move, and create rolls.

canyonblue737
Dec 23, 2010, 09:39 AM
That said, new Camera+'s UI is almost a shameful clone of ProCamera, although to be fair, ProCamera borrowed some of earlier Camera+'s UI elements. And I dislike how quiet the company was during its absence.

1. The UI of ProCamera is the shameful clone of Camera+. Period. Camera+ uses the same UI in 2.0 as it did in 1.0 with only the slightest changes, it is ProCamera in 3.0 that simply ran the xerox machine on Camera+ while it was missing from the App Store.

2. The company was quiet during its absence for one single reason: Apple. Tap Tap Tap screwed up BIG TIME by taking a #1 selling App that was making them hundreds of thousands of dollars A MONTH, acknowledging that Apple forbids them from turning the volume button and then turning around and adding it as a secret feature. They were banned, rightly, from the store for that and started losing unreal amounts of money instantly. Being very vocal about their efforts to be allowed back into the App Store would only turn sentiment against Apple for keeping them out, and Steve Jobs can hold a grudge. By being silent and taking their punishment "like a man" they got back into the App Store just in time for Christmas and already they are #3 on the overall paid app list. The fault on Tap Tap Tap was trying to cheat Apple rules, not that they were quiet which likely was necessary to get back into the store.

3. I agree they need to add video to the app if only to allow it to completely replace the built in Camera app.

phassat
Dec 24, 2010, 04:18 AM
I was a user of proCamera and very much enjoy their ?hard grayscale? effect.....

Until I read this thread and found Camera+ is interesting... So I just downloaded the app for $0.99 (i've already bought too many apps..... for camera I had pro camera, camera plus, hipsmatic, etc)..... The most interesting part of Camera+ is the photographer with her b**bs :D

japanime
Dec 24, 2010, 06:19 AM
And I dislike how quiet the company was during its absence.

That part bothers me a lot, too. I really want to try Camera+, but I don't know if I can trust the company.

I know we're only talking 99 cents for the download. But they admit having made hundreds of thousands of dollars off the first version of their app, then they went completely silent even when their customers were begging for support.

ericg301
Dec 24, 2010, 02:14 PM
That part bothers me a lot, too. I really want to try Camera+, but I don't know if I can trust the company.

I know we're only talking 99 cents for the download. But they admit having made hundreds of thousands of dollars off the first version of their app, then they went completely silent even when their customers were begging for support.

Does anyone think that Apple may have told them to keep quiet about it or risk loosing their developer license?

I doubt TAP TAP TAP went silent on their own terms. They make other apps, including Digg, and it doesn't seem like it's in their best interest to go on radio silence. I bet it has more to do with Apple pressuring them.

That being said, some of the reviews on the app store are pretty funny...a bunch of people complaining that the volume control feature was taken out. Guess they don't know...just the way Apple wants it.

SFC Archer
Dec 24, 2010, 03:36 PM
I use Camera Plus Pro and love it except for start up over the other 2. With the recent update, it now allows zoom function while shooting video and can shoot pictures as fast as you want. It now also makes copies of edited photos and does not touch the original. With grid squares, anti-shake, camera and video zoom all in one...I have no problems and love it. There are more features as well.

The only thing that bothers me is start up...5 sec to shoot the first picture, after that it is shoot as fast as you want.

Every thing stays in quick roll until you are ready to sink with camera roll, I like this feature. There is also a new secure storage folder to pass code lock those private moments that everyone seems to want to carry around.

I highly recommend Camera Plus Pro:)

phassat
Dec 26, 2010, 08:54 AM
Okay, I've bought the app and also bought in app purchase for I love analog FX.

Once I tried this app, it become the default for me when taking photograph. I think it is better than ProCamera and better than Apple's original. I love it for several reasons:
- Stabilizer - helps with stabilizing my hand... I didn't find it too sensitive like some people said
- Flash - it has a feature of keeping the flash on and it is better than only taking a picture with flash on when the shoot made
- The FXs.... Has a lot of option start from basic like mode selection up to its other effects... Lomo is nice compared to others and I love several other type of effect as well... It makes it simple to edit rather than going to photoshop... I am not taking award winning photograph and most of the photos end in facebook or only to view at my MBP, so it's enough...
- Tap to focus and tap for exposure.... at the same time

Some minus aspects:
- The change from camera to lightbox sometimes lagging on my iphone 4.... or the button was sometimes too sensitive... I've tried to change from camera to lightbox several times with the button not being hit (although I am sure that I have tap it at the right spot)
- Lightbox lag a bit compared to native app
- Effect and save option took some time to complete.... It would be better if it can be done faster

However, the minuses are minor while the pros are major.... So overall I think it is a very good app and I would like to delete all other photography app such as hipsmatic, pro camera, camera bag and camera plus as this one already exceed the others quite by far.

For $2.00 investment (the app + I love analog), it is a very good investment and makes me feel like I had wasting money with other camera apps....

wyneken
Dec 27, 2010, 09:40 AM
.... So overall I think it is a very good app and I would like to delete all other photography app such as hipsmatic, pro camera, camera bag and camera plus as this one already exceed the others quite by far.

For $2.00 investment (the app + I love analog), it is a very good investment and makes me feel like I had wasting money with other camera apps....

I hear you, bro. I feel like I've spent enough on photo apps to buy the iPhone all over again. (I'm not going to count it up just in case this is really true.)

But many of these apps I really love. Of the three mentioned here, I've used ProCamera the most, since I only got Camera+ since its return last week to the app store. But I use at least a dozen photo apps on a regular basis, and a few others for special purposes. Each has its own strengths and capabilities. If you browse the iPhoneography blogs you find that these really good photographers often just start with the basic camera app and then dig into their bag of post-processing tools to bring the image to life.

Anyway, I don't regret the money I've spent. This is the most fun I've had with a tech gadget for a long time.