That tiny round camera lens on the back of your phone or tablet is quite powerful. We guess you’ve already had a chance to use it instead of your traditional digital camera.
To help you make the most out of your device’s camera, we’ve put together a list of 6 incredible camera applications for iPhone and iPad. They were designed as replacements or enhancements for the default iOS camera app and come with various features, many of which are very unique.
Living up to its name, Manual takes advantage of iOS 8’s improved API to give you a full control over your device’s camera. The app uses a simple interface to allow you to manually adjust camera settings, such as shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure compensation. It also has live histogram and exposure monitor, grid overlays, and built-in EXIF viewer.
If you think your phone doesn’t produce images that are crisp enough, try Camera+. This smart application has been built as a functional upgrade to the default camera app. It comes with a load of options and settings that will make your photos better than ever. Those include 16 different scenes and shooting modes, touch-based focus and exposure control, 6x digital zoom, over 30 one-touch effects, and advanced sharing features.
Similarly to Manual, ProCamera8 gives you the same level of control as with a DSLR camera. You can set exposure time, ISO sensitivity, color temperature, and tint as well as capture incredible photographs using the app’s vividHDR mode. Other features include gray card calibration, night camera mode, dedicated lightbox, and advanced editing controls with more than 70 filters and effects.
PRO HDR X is an award-winning application that brings automatic high dynamic range photography to your iPhone and iPad. Before you capture the photo, the app analyzes the scene and up to 10 additional stops of dynamic range. It generates HDR photos using three separate full-resolution exposures, offering you the best quality and crispness without image aberration that often appear on photos taken with other applications. If you don’t fancy the automatic mode, you can control each and every option manually.
There are quite a few panoramic photo apps in the AppStore, but Cycloramic is probably the most unique one. Thanks to its own patented technology that uses vibrations to rotate your phone while taking photos, it lets you capture the best 360-degree images. It has an easy and intuitive interface that displays guides to help you capture and stitch together multiple photographs. All panoramas can be converted into videos and shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others.
Light Meter is not a standalone camera app, but many professional photographers may find it useful. As the name suggests, it is a well-calibrated lux measurement tool with a gorgeous and intuitive interface. Tap the button and see the app measure the lighting conditions in a jiffy.
If you recommend any other great camera for iOS, be sure to leave them in the comments below and we may add them to the post.