New LoFi Poll: iPhone Photo Editors


We’ve got a new LoFi Poll this week.

I’m often asked if I could recommend one iPhone photo editor, which would it be. It really is a difficult question to answer as there are a lot of factors to consider, such as level of experience in photography and Photoshop. Which, of course, leads to the question “If I could  choose only one image editor, which would it be?” And thus, this week’s poll.

Once again, as you can tell by my very carefully worded responses, there is dubious scientific value to the poll. It’s just for fun. Let us know what you think!

The final results for the previous LoFi poll are above. Click the image to enlarge.

You can cast your vote below or head on over to the sidebar throughout the rest of the site and let us know what you think. Comments are enabled for this poll.


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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • Shawn

    I would HATE to have to only pick one, but since you are forcing me to… I would choose Photogene. I pick Photogene for overall usefulness when it comes to exposure correction and cropping. Sure, I wish it had a lot more in the way of photo effects, but maybe that would make it more cumbersome to use. As it is now, it is pretty good at what it does, and is far less annoying to use than PhotoForge.

  • ben

    Short answer:


    Long Answer:


    It provides just enough control over saturation, brightness, and contrast to make photos pop (which is the route that the iPhone 4 camera took, anyway), and with the ability to add (or not add) blur can really add some subtle direction to the viewer's eye.

    If they would just add a color temperature slider,I think it would be perfect.

  • MartyNearDFW

    It is no secret here that I *LOVE* TiltShift Generator. I'm afraid to tinker with the color controls because the default settings create such lush results and great color saturation. I wish it had a reset default settings button.


  • Max

    I might have to agree with Shawn, Photogene seems to be my primary app for cropping and sharpening however i'm not really a fan of the HALL OF FAME feature they added earlier this year…sort of a cheesy ripoff of the BestCamera feature. When cropping a photo for example, I like that Photogene lets you see the dimensions in real time. I would love to be able to set a fixed dimension such as 1000×1000 pixels for example, and as far as I know none of the cropping apps do this. I do like that Camera+app lets you pick prefixed sizes ie. 4×6 , 5×7 or 8×10 which is nice if you intend to print your photos.

  • Max

    As I was writing this I realized you may have been asking about overall editing in which TiltShiftGen would have to be my most used editing app. I thought you meant which cropping & editing app.

  • MartyNearDFW

    The real time pixel dimensions when cropping in Photogene is a great feature. Crop Suey has it as well, by the way. Personally, I like the extensive feature set of PhotoForge and I'm willing to tolerate its less-elegant interface. It's an image editing powerhouse. It really is Photoshop for the iPhone and its interface and feature set are probably better suited for the larger screen of the iPad.


  • Jay

    I find that I use PS Mobile a lot… rotating, cropping, auto-exposure/contrast, the effects and border features are all great in my opinion. Although Plastic Bullet makes some amazing effects too…


  • Max


    Thanks for the heads up on Crop Suey. Are there any cropping apps that allow for setting exact dimensions (ie. 1000×1000)?

  • MartyNearDFW

    I haven't found one, Max.


  • JEff

    PhotoWizard has become my app of choice. It has all the expected features like cropping, brightness, contrast, filters, white balance, and the like. Masking, curves, and saving at full resolution push it to the top for me.

  • Robert-Paul

    It's hard to choose just one app. Very hard. I like the use of filters in iPhoneography, those make some photos so beautiful and better than a Nikon, Sony or even Kodak DSLR camera.

    So, if I had to choose just one, it would be … Camerabag! I would choose Colorcross, Magazine, Helga, Mono, 1974, Plastic over my 2nd fav app Crossprocess.

  • Schocreative

    When I'm not using my Hipstamatic (my current favorite photo app), I process mostly in Photogene. It certainly is better than PS for the iPhone. I have to agree with Robert-Paul about Camerabag, that's also an awesome app!

  • Charles

    OK. I notice that perfectlyclr is not on your list but appears to be in your toolbox. I use perfectlyclr for everything except my Hipstamatic images which it over sharpens and photogene for them. Yes I know I can adjust sharpness but I don't

  • brittani

    hmm..I chose PS Mobile, only bc I have only used that one and PhotoForge, and I'm not fully sure how to use that one yet…


  • MartyNearDFW

    Hi, Charles,

    I think Perfectly Clear is one of few iPhone photo apps that are absolutely essential. I don't consider Perfectly Clear to be an "image editor" per se (like Photogene or PhotoForge), but a DRC (Dynamic Range Correction) app. Its purpose is to quickly & easily clean up an image — to compensate for the weaknesses in the iPhone's camera — to give you a better image that you can load and work in the image editing app of your choice.


  • MartyNearDFW

    Hi, Brittani,

    PhotoForge is pretty full-featured and very powerful. Like Photoshop, it has a lot of features that I haven't used yet, but I'm glad the option is there….


  • Hard2Find4

    Well the listed choices above are kind of limited & pathetic choices. Really if these are considered photo editors something is wrong. I would give my suggestions but it doesn't look like you know much about photo editing from the start of this post.

  • MartyNearDFW

    Hi, Hard,

    Perhaps I wasn't clear enough initially in my scope of this poll. By photo editor, I was looking for one specific class of photo app — a Photoshop on the iPhone type of app. The apps I selected for this poll offer control over Photoshop-like photo editing functions – cropping, curves, levels, sharpening functions, exposure adjustments, HSB, brightness and contrast controls – basically, a type of app with a pretty specific feature set similar to Photoshop's Image > Adjustments menu. As far as I know, the four apps above meet the criteria and are pretty much the big players in this class of app. PhotoWizard is pretty new — it's doing well in the App Store and its omission here is an oversight.


    I probably should have been more clear in my post that apps like Perfectly Clear and Trusight weren't included in this particular poll because of their focused purpose as a DRC. I didn't include any of the highly specialized filter apps because of their lack of image, color and exposure controls. Photo filter apps like CameraBag or Lo-Mob apply effects from a set of preset filters with limited adjustment capabilities.


    In retrospect, I probably should have included a few of the all-in-one Swiss Army Knife camera replacement apps, such as ProCamera or Camera+, which have a decent set of photo editing tools. However, I consider those camera replacement apps first and photo editors second.


    Thank you for your comments, Hard. I'm interested in what you have to say. I welcome your photo editor app suggestions here.