Built in Camera app or Camera+

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by stockcerts, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. stockcerts macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I've been using Camera+ for some time as my primary camera. With the recent update to 5.1 and the release of iPhoto, I'm wondering if it makes sense to start using the built in camera app.

    Any thoughts?
  2. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Reasons for using Camera+:
    • Cheaper than iPhoto
    • Faster shooting performance
    • Stabilizer, timer, and burst shooting modes
    • White balance point
    • If your needs are simple, you may prefer its easier to use set of filters and effects

    Reasons for using Camera.app and iPhoto:
    • Easier to launch (directly from the lock screen)
    • Video
    • HDR
    • Far greater photo editing capability
    • Organization features
    • Journals

    Personally, I use Camera.app for shooting video and Camera+ app for shooting photos. And I prefer to use iPhoto on iPad for post processing and sharing needs.
  3. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Just to note, Camera+ 3.0 is coming soon (currently in App Store review).
  4. pbkiller macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2007
    Puerto Rico
    Cool... Any specific new features worth mentioning?
  5. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Details are not known but we will find out soon enough. 3.0 is coming out on Wednesday.
  6. Mac In School macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    I love Camera+ for the two-finger shooting. I don't know what they call it, but press and hold 1 finger, then press a second finger. Square gives you your focus point and circle gives you exposure point.

    I'd love to see this in high-end cameras.
  7. DuckSoup macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2008
    Upstate Central NY
    In addition to Camera+, I recently got ProCamera which I am liking. Haven't used it too much yet, but I just wanted to mention it. It's very similar to Camera+

  8. pbkiller macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2007
    Puerto Rico
    Well, the 3.0 update for Camera+ came in a day earlier, so grab that in the App Store. Gotta say that app feels more fluid and faster...
  9. haxrnick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2011
  10. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    I’ve been using ProCamera for a long time, and it has been far superior to Camera+ (which I also own.) With the new update to version 3.0, Camera+ is now comparable to ProCamera in many ways for taking still photographs, but ProCamera is still superior due to its video recording capability.

    ProCamera video recording has many options including:
    • Choice of focus lock or autofocus
    • Choice of white balance lock or auto, adjustable live while recording
    • Independent focus and exposure points, adjustable live while recording
    • Digital zoom up to 6×, adjustable live while recording
    • Choice of resolution, 1080p, 720p, 640×480, and 480×360

    Camera+ has one advantage with built-in photo editing, but I use a separate app for that, usually PhotoForge 2 and occasionally Photoshop Express, so I strongly prefer ProCamera.

    Neither of these does HDR, but the built-in camera’s HDR is not very good either. An HDR app is the way to go for that, just make sure it does multiple exposures. The ones I know of are ProHDR, HDR Fusion, True HDR, iCamera HDR, HDR Photo Camera, and Top Camera, but I can’t give a definitive recommendation among them. ProHDR is more vibrant, HDR Fusion is often more realistic, Top Camera is a general purpose photo/video app but its HDR is mediocre with a poor interface and no ability to process saved photos, and I’ve never tried the rest.

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