Do you need yet another camera app for your iPhone or iPad? Well, maybe you do.
It has some very cool features and, with AirSnap, you can easily include yourself or take otherwise impossible shots.
This app has quite a number of very useful features including using a slider to adjust the brightness of a scene, using a slider to dynamically adjust the focus while shooting a video, a bar that can tell you if the camera is straight or tilted, filter effects and much more.
One of the real innovative features though, is definitely AirSnap. When we say “include yourself” you might think we’re talking about selfies. Guess again. This app includes the ability to link a second device to the primary one that acts as the camera, and lets the second one act as your remote control.
To use AirSnap, you first set up your “camera”, which is the iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 that will take the photo or video. Then you link a second device, also an iOS 8 device, using bluetooth or wifi, and voila! You can see on the remote control device what the camera is seeing. You can snap the photo or record video, adjust brightness, flash, and more from the remote.
We can imagine this enabling some very creative shots. You can position the ‘camera’ device in a hard to shoot location (did someone say drone?) and, when you see the shot you want, you use the remote to shoot it.
Other features include a private folder to lock up personal photos and videos, a ‘soft’ flash for the iPad that is used to make the photo look like a flash was used, photo captions, Pix’d – an enhancement feature that improves the photo while maintaining the original and lets you instantly flip betweent the Pix’d photo and the original with just the touch of your finger, and many more.
Beyond all the camera functionality it’s worth noting that this app supports 11 languages.
Functionality and Ease of Use
With all the excellent features of this app it’s easy to get overwhelmed by them. The good news is that the developers have really done their homework to make using all the great features as easy as possible. When you open the app the icons are mostly self-explanatory and little tips are displayed to alert you to others, such as how to easily set the focus on the exact item you want.
The challenge of building a complex app with lots of features is also make the app easy to use.
The UI of this app is a great example keeping it simple so you can quickly take great shots. Some complex apps overwhelm you with all the options right in your face and others confuse you by making them impossible to find.
This app strikes a good balance so with a minimum of overlaid icons you can access all the powerful features.
A broad range of features and a very well designed UI make the latest version of this app, a real stand-out in a crowded field.
When you think about all the capability this app includes there is no doubt that the $1.99 download fee is well worth it.
Camera Plus requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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