New ProCamera 3.8 update gets iPhone 5 right

ProCamera, for iPhone and iPadThe new ProCamera 3.8 update was released yesterday. ProCamera is the third-party camera replacement of choice for many iPhoneographers. It’s fast, powerful and gets you shooting quickly.

The new update has some outstanding new tools and features. More importantly, the new features are ideally optimized for the larger screen of the iPhone 5, which should make ProCamera one of your first choices when looking for a new camera app.

Since the iPhone 5’s new, larger screen adds about an additional half inch to the iPhone’s screen, many camera developers have simply been stretching the viewfinder to fit, which cuts off a bit of the image and makes it impossible to accurately frame in camera. Apple’s Camera and the venerable Camera+ have taken this route. While the UI may look aesthetically pleasing onscreen, it really hacks me off when I’m trying to take a photo.

Most of ProCamera’s new features are iPhone 5 and new iPod Touch specific.

The new ProCamera update has put this new space to great use with several new pro-level tools. The viewfinder is still the same accurate 4:3 aspect ratio meaning no surprises in your image.

On the iPhone 5he new, larger viewfinder now boasts a new tool area with a live histogram to help you determine on the fly whether there really will be enough light for a shot. The camera’s ISO and shutter speeds are now clearly shown in the area as well. What’s cool is that these update live so you’ll know before you shoot, for instance, if the shutter will be too slow and blur may occur.

ProCamera now also lets you shoot with the iPhone 5’s new ISO Boost low light feature. Where previous iPhones top out at about ISO 800, ProCamera on an iPhone will let you shoot all the way up to ISO 3200. Unlike Camera or Camera+, you have the option of easily toggling this feature onscreen — an ability that I like a lot.

The new 3.8 update also features Video Stabilization (“Anti-Shake” for video recording, iOS 6 only), Adjustable JPEG compression (70 – 100%, iOS 6 only) and is now iOS 6 optimized with faster photo saving when compared to iOS 5.

Volume Trigger has been removed from this update removed as requested by Apple. I have a lot of thoughts about how Apple is randomly letting this feature being used, but that’s a topic for another post.

If you’re an iPhone 5 owner, this is an outstanding update. If you’re looking for a full-featured Camera replacement app, there are plenty of compelling reasons to have a look at ProCamera.

ProCamerqa is $2.99 in the App Store. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

ProCamera - Jens Daemgen



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  • Steven010

    Please do post an article on the volume shutter business. I absolutely hate that it’s deleted from the app. For me it’s an essential part of a photo app. I’ve also paid for that feature so really Apple should provide for compensation if they force developers to delete this feature. I guess it’s back to camera+ now… :-(.

    • I am extremely pissed off at how Apple is inconsistently enforcing the use or inability to use Volume Shutter.


  • Robyn Littlefield-Dudley

    I use the volume snap feature too often to even want to update. I guess you all will have to tell me how great the update is, cause I just cant do it!

  • I think I've used the volume button as a trigger one or two times. And then, only out of curiosity. I always thought that using the Apple earbuds as a remote trigger was a neat idea but never had a situation where I needed it. I love this update. Sorry about your trigger button bro! 🙂

  • Christopher

    I'm seeing a bug with the new update. On my iPhone 5, when switched to the front-facing camera, moving the exposure reticle over a bright area makes the image brighter and a darker area makes the image darker. This seems opposite to how it should be working.

    Exposure setting works normally on rear-facing camera.

  • Les

    I almost bought the app until I saw the comments about use of the volume control / button issue. Also, when I went to the website, it still showed version 3.5 and the compatibility matrix does not reflect the iPhone5.

  • JCM

    Another app that got the iPhone 5 is Scout Camera very nice and simple camera app you guys should definitely check it out!

  • david

    this stupid volumeshutter debate is pissing me off. apple, this is a very poor show. my android can do this and my K800i could do this and its riduculous that a 700€ cellphone cannot do this.

    anyways, why arent any new blog entries here? Everything fine at Hope you guys are well!? missing new entries…

  • Hi, David,

    Yes, the Volume Shutter issue is frustrating to me as well.

    All is well here. Working on three magazine projects right now in the day job and keeping some pretty hellish hours at the moment. I should have time for a few new posts this week. Thank you for your concern!


    • Helder

      Sorry about the long hours. Glad to hear that it's nothing worse than that.

  • Andrew

    Blux camera is now free until Halloween
    645pro got a bug fix update

    I think that’s it for now

  • Lex

    Hi Guys, Talking of ISO does anyone now of an App that allows you to set the ISO at the lowest possible with the iPhone? Help much appreciated!

  • NJB_Photo

    Hi – there has been an upadate and volume+ shutter is back – works great

    so 5 star for this app again

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