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ProCamera 3.0 update released. First impression? Not thrilled

Submitted by on December 10, 2010 – 2:24 am 4 Comments

UPDATE: The camera module works flawlessly. It feels even faster and more responsive than before. After my initial issues with the crop module (which involved quitting the app and rebooting my iPhone twice to resolve), I’m unable to reproduce the cropping problems. If you experience them, I suggest you force-quit the app and reboot. It seems to have solved the issue for me.

If you don’t plan on using the new Studio module extensively, this is an awesome update. After testing this update further this morning, I still have some issues with the Studio module. Typing up my review now…. =M=

The ProCamera 3.0 update hit the Apple Store tonight. This is a huge update with many new features and enhancements, including enhancements to the interface and a huge upgrade to the studio module — the photo editing part — of the app.

I’ve had the app for about an hour now. In many ways, it’s an improvement over the previous version. But my first impressions of the new studio enhancements are that I’m not really impressed. The new effects compare favorably to the now-unavailable Camera+. I had some initial problems with the new crop module. It’ll be great when it works reliably. Overall, for me the studio module is slow and laggy in this update.

I’ve heaped high praise on ProCamera. The previous version was the best shooter in the App Store in my opinion. I don’t recommend updating right away, unless the new studio module additions aren’t really important for you. And then, I highly recommend that you don’t trash your previous version just yet.

Right now, I think Pro mode needs some testing. This update should be fine for everyday shooting.

I’ll have a better rundown of this new ProCamera update later today.

Anyone else having the same issues with the ProCamera 3.0 update? Let us know how it’s going for you in the comments below.

=M=

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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.gregmills.com Greg Mills Photograp

    I agree and disagree. I'm one that uses the app for the camera. Decoupling the exposure from the focus position is exactly what I want. The new interface is a nice upgrade for me. Heck, it's worth the upgrade just for the new icon.

    The refinements in the studio are good. The flyout controls in the "pro lab" section are nice. They are surprisingly intuitive considering the learning curve required on the camera side. The "Pro Cut" section seems adequate as far as cropping tools go. The only disappointment is in the "Pro FX" section. Some of the basic corrective filters may be useful but a lot of the others are just a little over the top for me.

    Overall, I think it's an excellent upgrade. I usually do my processing in PhotoForge and Photo FX anyway. ProCamera could drop the "Studio" section entirely and it would still be the best camera app around.

  • http://robert-paul.tumblr.com Robert-Paul Jansen

    I agree with Greg, I have lots of better apps to process. I don't need it in ProCamera. I just use this app to shoot.

    I had stopped using this app because it had the tendency to not save all photos. Now it does, even if you press really fast!

    That said, this is the best native camera replacement app around!

  • MartyNearDFW

    Greg, Robert, I agree and disagree with you…!

    I agree that the camera module is by far the best in the App Store, and I can't be sure, but I think daemgen.net improved the speed of the camera *yet again* over the previous awesome speed improvements.

    That said, the studio module is a new, highly touted feature of this update. A lot of readers are going to be excited about this new feature and it has the possibility of drawing in a lot of new users, especially displaced Camera+ users.

    Regardless of how I use the app, I've got to look at it as a whole — camera module and studio module.

    =M=

  • http://twenty200.com Rob

    If you're a photographer… If your priority is shooting… If you want to take great shots now and mess with them later… well …if that's you, then this is your camera app.

    I love the camera in my iPhone so much. There are only two camera apps I regularly use: Hipstamatic and ProCamera. Obviously, Hipstamatic is great for snapping wacky/arty stuff, but this is my go-to app for everything else. The slide-diamond for exposure is phenomenal. ProCamera is THE app for getting the shot as you see the shot the moment you see the shot.