If I had a friend who’d just discovered iPhoneography through Instagram and I could recommend only one app for them to buy, that app would be Camera+. I think it’s the best overall all-in-one Swiss Army Knife camera app.
The new Camera+ for iPhone update was just released and it’s chock full of awesome, including the return of sorts of a popular filter that Instagram discarded years ago.
This update’s on sale now for $0.99 for a few days for both iPhone and iPad versions. If you don’t already have Camera+, it’s worth a buck just for the new/old Gotham filter.
There’s a lot of great new stuff in this update. The big new feature is effects layering. Camera+ has already had this ability (kind of) but it was clunky, wasn’t obvious and it wasn’t intuitive to use.
In this new update, layering effects is just about two-click easy. In the effects window, open the advanced button, apply your effect, apply additional effects, adjust opacities. Boom. Easy.
The new effects layering makes it super easy to combine effects and get more mileage out of the limited number but good static effects of the app.
This new update also features a new effects pack. The Hollywood Effects Pack is available as a $.99 in app purchase and adds nine new filters and nine new frames to Camera+’s toolbox.
I love the new effects pack. The nine effects are designed to emulate different cinematic film stocks. They range in style from a warm black-and-white silent movie filter all the way to cold, saturated, JJ Abrams, Star Trek filter that even includes a lens flare.
The real hidden gem of this filter pack is the Gotham filter. Original Instagram users will be happy to see the return of this filter which was removed from Instagram a couple of years ago. With a click or two, Camera+ can now easily re-create the look and tonal qualities of that classic Instagram filter.
I’m less impressed with the collection of new frames. Thematically, they try to give your photo edges a cinematic look. But for my case they are too sterile and don’t look like the analog film stock that they re-create. That doesn’t stop me from recommending this in-app purchase. The filters alone are worth a buck.
Camera+ for iPad has also been updated with the new Hollywood Effects Pack and crop aspect ratios.
In keeping with the overall cinematic theme, this update also adds several new crop presets with widescreen cinematic aspect ratios.
Camera+ has been quiet for a while, but returns to the scene with a great new update. The new update brings the app into closer parity with the iPad version.
Camera+ and Camera+ for iPad normally sell for $1.99 each and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them at that price. Both are on sale now through Sunday for only $0.99. A steal! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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