PowerCam: iPhone App Review
When it comes to photo editing on the iPhone, you’re really not without your options. In fact, it sometimes feels like we’ve been enduring a flood of these sorts of applications since the ye olden Instagram hit the scene. However, none of them have been nearly as good as PowerCam by developer Wondershare Software. The app provides us with just about everything that we need to accurately and effectively edit photos from our favorite mobile device—and then some. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break, as well.
Concept and Functionality
Before going any further, we’d like to simply get some of the basic stuff out of the way. Yes, PowerCam comes with all of the standard photo editing frills that you’d expect. You’ll get an absolute megaload of filters to work with: With the full version, you’re staring down 120 unique items with which to spice up your images. You’ll also get various resolution settings and the power to upload your work directly to your favorite social media locations.
Now, all of this is great, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. What is different about PowerCam are the copious extras. Have you ever wanted to tilt shift your photos with a single touch of a finger? How about adding color in splashes to your media? This effect, we have to admit, is really quite bloody cool. And lastly, the app also includes a panorama function which allows you to snap pictures of the landscape, and then seamlessly combine them to form a single photo. It’s a magical experience, and combining all three with the existing filters and features, you’re staring down perhaps the most creative and powerful photo editing tool the iPhone has seen yet.
Graphics and Design
Typically this is the point at which we would tell you how the app performs well, but just doesn’t look like we might like it, too. However, with PowerCam that simply isn’t the case. The app is absolutely gorgeous, and furthermore, the menus behave flawlessly. We had a real blast sliding between filters, and the more advanced features mentioned here worked like champs, as well. All in all, PowerCam is a polished effort hiding truly impressive functionality. And in our eyes, that’s about as good as compliments get.
The app itself won’t even cost you a dime, which is quite the boon for those who want to experience some of the basic features without any fiscal investment. On the other hand, unlocking the whole shebang will cost only two dollars via in-app purchase. That’s a tremendous value, and considering PowerCam offers a richness seldom seen in these kinds of apps, that value is only heightened. All in all, the title is a simple recommendation for those that need a new photo editing tool, or for those looking to acquire their first.
PowerCam requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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