You know what smart photographers say. ‘The best camera is the one you have with you when you need to take a picture.’ Expensive hardware doesn’t mean much if the camera is back home, at the office, or packed away while you travel.
Is it any wonder the iPhone is the world’s most popular camera? Where you go, the iPhone goes. Each generation of iPhone brings a better camera experience. Add this inexpensive camera app to a new iPhone and the photos get even better.
When Plus Really Means Plus
The iPhone 5 is my fourth iPhone. It’s also taken the place of a few point-and-shoot models because the photo quality has improved so much.
In true Apple fashion the Camera app in iOS 6 is simple, elegant, and not cluttered with many features.
The iPhone’s camera is quick and easy to use, but it can be replaced. If you want more capability then try the Camera + app.
For mostly throwaway money, Camera + brings just the right balance of additional features that can be used immediately; no learning curve.
Touch Exposure & Focus lets you set exposure separately from focus so you control more of the shot. Touch a second finger to the screen and exposure changes until you’re ready to take the photo.
Camera + can turn the iPhone’s LED flash into a continuous stream of light for videos and macro shots. There’s a built-in image stabilizer which reduces movement so there’s less blur.
The screen has a grid overlay so shots can be lined up properly to reduce strange angles.
You’ll appreciate how simple Camera + has remained through the years. It’s not cluttered with buttons and options. Select only what you need at the moment.
But you can still share on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr, or all three at once with a single tab.
Point and shoot digital cameras have scene modes and so does Camera + (Backlit, Sunset, Night, Portrait, Beach, and others).
Camera + comes with a bunch of built-in photo effects which can be applied to any photo as you shoot. There’s even built-in photo frames. Probably the neatest feature is the zoom slider bar, which brings a 6X digital zoom that doesn’t explode with jaggies.
If you’re bored with the iPhone’s built-in camera app, try the one that gets the best reviews. It’s one of my few ‘must have’ iPhone app recommendations and worth the jingle price tag.