To download first and read later, here’s the direct link to Camera+ in the App Store:
After a 4-month hiatus, the excellent, sought after photo app Camera+ by tap tap tap is back in the App Store. If you’re a previous owner of the app, this is a free update. If not, you can purchase this version 2 update for only $0.99 for a limited time.
I was provided with a beta copy before the app was rereleased. With the tremendous improvements in the recent ProCamera updates, along with the frustration among the user base concerning tap tap tap’s silence on the app, the return of Camera+ really had to hit it out of the park. This update does that.
Click past the jump to find out what’s new.
The app is fast. Very fast. It’s as fast as the Apple Camera and ProCamera — it’ll shoot as fast as you can. The SLR startup screen is gone, getting you to shooting faster. Camera+ now goes straight to the camera on start up. Cold startup time is less than 3 seconds from a opening the app to ready-to shoot. Opening Camera+ with the app in the background in iOS4 takes about 1 second before you’re ready to shoot.
The anti-shake stabilization has been fixed. Gone is the “what was this for?” 3 second delay in version 1.2.1. Anti-shake stabilization now works properly, holding the shutter release until the camera is stable and no longer.
The digital zoom has been bumped up from 5x to 6x digital zoom.
The two-finger separate exposure and focus controls still work great. I love “tap-to-focus+second-tap-for-exposure.” They seem a little more responsive in this update. There’s also a new onscreen white balance lock. They all hold their onscreen position, but not their settings until you backout of the camera.
The excellent set of filters has not only been enhanced as part of the free update, you can now purchase additional filter packs via in-app purchase. I haven’t tried the new Analog Pack yet, but from the previews, it looks like 9 quality filters.
Of course, the VolumeSnap hack is nowhere to be found.
It works on any iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad running iOS 3.1.3 or newer. It goes without saying that you’ll need a device with a camera to take advantage of all of Camera+’ features.
I’ll have a full review in the coming days. For now, below is the official list of new features.
Camera+ is back. This update improves the speed and usability of the app. It’s a great camera to shoot with and an extremely impressive all-in-one photo app.
1. removed â€œSLRâ€ screen for a simpler user interface
2. reworked much of the user interface so that itâ€™s more unified and much more intuitive
3. improved usability of Touch Focus/Touch Exposure
4. significantly sped-up startup time
5. increased menu size and included it on both camera screen and Lightbox
6. added shooting preferences panel
7. improved operation of stabilizer
8. added timer shooting mode
9. added burst shooting mode
10. added white balance lock
11. Touch Exposure now works on iPhone 4 and 4th generation iPod touch front facing camera
12. improved most effects
13. improved most borders
14. improved most scene modes
15. added Cyanotype effect
16. added Tailfins effect
17. added Depth of Field effect
18. added in-app purchasing of effects, with the first being the â€œI â™¥ Analogâ€ effects pack
19. added Diana effect (in I â™¥ Analog pack)
20. added Silver Gelatin effect (in I â™¥ Analog pack)
21. added Helios effect (in I â™¥ Analog pack)
22. added Contessa effect (in I â™¥ Analog pack)
23. added Nostalgia effect (in I â™¥ Analog pack)
24. added Expired effect (in I â™¥ Analog pack)
25. added XPRO C-41 effect (in I â™¥ Analog pack)
26. added Pinhole effect (in I â™¥ Analog pack)
27. added Chromogenic effect (in I â™¥ Analog pack)
28. grouped borders into Simple and Styled sets
29. added Light Mat and Dark Mat borders
30. added Round White and Round Black borders
31. added Offset border
32. renamed Grit border to Light Grit and added Dark Grid border
33. added Viewfinder border
34. added Old-Timey border
35. added Film border
36. added Sprockets border
37. added Darken scene mode
38. added Cloudy scene mode
39. added Shade scene mode
40. added Fluorescent scene mode
41. added 3Ã—2 crop
42. added rotation of photos
43. added flipping of photos
44. added sliders to effects for adjusting effect amount
45. added exporting geolocation and metadata when saving to the Camera Roll
46. added a function to save and leave photos in Lightbox
47. added a function to commit all edits in photos
48. added a function to copy photos with edits committed
49. added a function to copy photos without edits
50. added a function to undo all edits in photos
51. added a function to remove geolocation in photos
52. added photo info panel which shows photo metadata, editing recipe, and map with photo geolocation
Major bugs fixed
â€¢ fixed a bug in which the keyboard wouldnâ€™t appear when posting to Twitter
â€¢ fixed a potential crash when posting multiple photos to Facebook
â€¢ fixed a bug where no previews were shown for photos taken with Camera+ and later imported into iPhoto or Aperture
â€¢ pasting photos now preserves the photoâ€™s metadata
And many, many, many minor enhancements and bug fixes.