2014 was a prolific year for the App Store with over 500,000 new apps over the last calendar year. Now, it’s time to take a look back at all of the apps released in 2014, and pick the best ones. We have broken down the top apps into individual categories as we lead up to the top 10 apps of the year overall. Our rankings are based on a three person panel focusing on iOS uniqueness, overall enjoyment, and complete experience. Now, we present the best photo & video apps of 2014.
Hyperlapse (Free, Universal) [Review]: Time lapse from the makers of Instagram. The process couldn’t be simpler, but that simplicity doesn’t detract from the professional quality that is provided. The time lapse videos look absolutely amazing, and that’s mainly because of the auto stabilization. Rather than requiring a tripod, or extremely steady hand, the app can account for walking, running, jumping, driving, flying, and any type of motion. The resulting videos are silky smooth despite the motion, and it allows for all new potential time lapse creations. No longer are you limited to a fixed position, and instead can show distances, and changing angles, while providing the speed of time lapse. There’s so much creative potential, and the results look absolutely gorgeous to get your mind thinking about what else you can do with Hyperlapse.
Pixelmator ($9.99, iPad) [Review]: The Mac app has been built from the ground up for iPad to emphasize a touch interface, while at the same time delivering an extensive feature set. You can edit photos, compose collages, create images from scratch, and fully interact with photos on a professional level all with just your fingertips. One of the best parts of the Pixelmator on the iPad is the interface with most functions available via a drop down bar at the top of the screen. While it doesn’t fully replace desktop photo editing, it’s the closest yet on iPad, while offering a smooth touch interface that is a joy to interact with.
Litely (Free, Universal) [Review]: The app is aiming to be different from the tons of other photo effects app by offering film inspired tones to apply to your photos. Everything is designed with subtlety in mind, so that the core of your photos remain the same, and are simply enhanced through various presets. The free app includes three variations of three presets offering nine different techniques to apply to your photos with a slider to adjust the impact. You can also crop, adjust exposure, sharpness, and vibrance, and add vignettes to your photo. There’s no doubt that Litely can make some quality results in seconds, but what really makes it stand out is the user interface. This just may be the best UI of any photo effects app, as it gets out of the way to let you focus on your photos, while still offering great ease of use, and direct access to quality features.
ProShot (Free, Universal) [Review]: The stock camera app does most of what you need, but sometimes you want to have more control over your photos, and that’s exactly what ProShot delivers. The app offers five different shooting modes with auto, program, manual, and two custom slots. The manual mode is the most powerful slot allowing you to set exposure, ISO, shutter speed, and white balance for each individual shot. You can fully customize the composition of your photos from the menu on the right side, and then see your adjustments in real time. The app makes it easy to see how different shutter speeds, and ISO levels will change your photos to quickly flip through them to find the best settings for your current conditions.
KitCamera. ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: If you want to take pictures with your iPhone, but still have professional level controls, then you have come to the right place. Kit Camera offers a complete professional package that not only offers a full camera suite, but also includes a deluxe photo editing suite after you take your pictures. KitCamera offers almost every single camera feature you could possibly think of, and it’s all accessible through quickly accessible trays. The tray at the far right gives you access to 16 different lens types, 51 unique filtered film styles, and 40 frames, all with live previews. The next tray over provides real time adjustments to exposure, and white balance through a slider based interface. KitCamera offers standard photos, HD video, continuous shooting, high speed shooting, image stabilization, timed photos, multi-exposure, multi-shot, timelaps, long shutter, light-trail, and night snap, and for all you can set separate focus, and exposure points.