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Best Camera for iPhone finally gets an update

Submitted by on October 6, 2010 – 2:27 pm 3 Comments

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Best Camera is one of the classic iPhoneography apps. It’s the app created with photographer Chase Jarvis, who popularized the iPhoneographer’s mantra “The best camera is the one that’s with you. The app finally got an update recently. It gets a few new features and compatibility for new iDevices, including the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch, but the new 1.3 version is really more a compatibility update than one really blows you away with new, must-have features.

Best Camera now supports full resolution on any iPhone, including 2592 pixels from an iPhone 4. The previous version only saved out to 2048 pixels. It now supports iOS4, including multitasking, but Best Camera has always been pretty fast, though, and it was configurable to always save the current state of the image.

The dock is now customizable, so you can remove any filters you never use. There are no new filters per se, but there are now a ton of 50% filters, that is applying one of those only applies half of the effect of the filter. These are not added to the dock by default and need to be added manually by customizing the dock. It’s not a bad feature for the app as there have been times when 100% Jewel may be too much, for instance. There are no other filter adjustments, such as sliders for precise effects control.

Best Camera has been a staple in many an iPhoneographer’s camera bag since its initial release, however in recent months its appeal has been overshadowed by other cool apps with wow features and filters, including any number of apps such as PictureShow, Hipstamatic and SwankoLab. This update does little to address and leapfrog the new apps and filters that have been released since.

In its day, Best Camera was a must-have app. It helped to define iPhoneography as an artform. It’s still useful. Check out Chase Jarvis’ Twitter stream to see what this app is still capable of. He still uses the app and posts some great iPhoneography created with it.

It’s showing its age, however, and this update does little more than let it run better on the newer devices. It’s still a good app, but for $2.99 there are now much better ones.

You can use it as a camera or load images from your device’s photo library. Best Camera can be used on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running iPhone OS 3.1.3 or newer.

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Marty Yawnick

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.

  • http://www.eyephoned.com James Campbell

    At least I can save full res now on my iPhone 4. Also layering multiple effects can create some interesting results.

  • http://www.lintlife.com Metroknow

    This was definitely one of my "go to" apps early on with the 3G S, but these days I rarely use it. Although Chase Jarvis has rightly argued that it has orders of magnitude of filter combinations available (since you can reapply filters over and over again for different effects), it's biggest flaw in my opinion is the lack of control over how heavily a filter is applied, which seems pretty standard today in most of the apps I use. I'm a big Chase Jarvis fan, but the app needs either a big feature update, or a new app with the features that would make it more competitive control-wise.

  • http://chrislae.posterous.com/ Chris

    I've owned this app since the day is was released in the app store, but I pretty much just use this app to upload pix to FaceBook, Posterous, Twitter, etc……the filters are too strong and tend to wash out the pix.