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Welcome to ProCamera 7 for iPhone. A whole new shooting and editing experience for iOS7

Submitted by on September 19, 2013 – 1:22 pm 11 Comments

ProCamera 7 new app

Photo by Cassie Sullivan

Welcome to a new era of mobile photography. Welcome to ProCamera 7

After many months of research and development. Cocologics are excited to announce the brand new ProCamera 7 – purpose built for iOS7! The app is based on five years of feedback received from the app’s dedicated users.

This is not the Life In LoFi review of ProCamera 7. It’s merely the developer’s announcement. Our review of this excellent update is coming. Keep reading past the jump for full details on the app. >>>

[This post originally appears on the ProCamera Blog and is reprinted here by permission]

procamera, procamera 7, iPhone, iOS 7Before we get to the features, we’d like to share why we’ve chosen to release a new paid app rather than an update.  This was not an easy decision.  Since we entered the AppStore in early 2009, there have been over 30 free updates to ProCamera – taking it from a simple photo app to a powerful photo and video solution.  When we started developing for iOS7 we realized that we had an opportunity to reimagine what we could do with the app.  In order to get the most out of iOS7 we decided to create a whole new app that only worked on the iOS.  This way we could focus on implementing cutting edge technologies for existing and new users. Releasing a new app also allows us to recoup a small part of development costs.  We understand that our existing users should not have to pay the same $4.99 again.  That’s why we’ve reduced the price to only $0.99 for launch.  We think that it’s worth the extra dollar and hope you do to.

There is good news for those of you that can’t or won’t yet update to iOS7.  ProCamera 4.2.2 has also been updated and works smoothly on the new OS.  This way you can come over to ProCamera 7 when you’re ready.

INCREASED CAMERA CONTROL

Ok, on to the good stuff.  Our core philosophy for the redevelopment was about making it faster and easier to take great photos and videos.  To achieve this, we completely reworked the user interface, applying flat design principles to limit distractions.  Importantly, we kept the main functions in the same place (including the Exposure and Focus points, two shutter buttons and Control Panel).  This way long-term users can pick up the app and shoot in exactly the same way as before.

To help users we’ve improved and refined the Control Panel.  Now you can access more core functions in a single tap.

Here’s what’s new in the Control Panel:

1. Inspired by iOS 7, the new capture formats (including Square and 16:9 Widescreen) maximize screen space for accurate composition and framing. New 3:1 and Golden Mean formats have also been added.

2. The F/E Lock takes the place of Expert Mode. Turning on F/E Lock makes the yellow Exposure Circle and Blue Focus Square lock on release.

3. The 3D Tiltmeter replaces the Compass and adds a third axis for levelling off your photos.  Perfect for getting your design and foodie shots perfectly straight.

4. The Rapid Fire function is moved upfront.  This way you can quickly switch the main shutter between single and burst mode.  The app now captures photos faster on both the iPhone 4s (up to 2 shots a second) and 5 (up to a DSLR level 8 shots a second).  Hold the Rapid Fire trigger down to see the shots tick over in the Lightbox Preview counter.

5. Sometimes all you want to do is focus on the image. The new Fullscreen mode turns off the bells and whistles and lets you get to work.  You can see below how beautifully simple the 16:9 widescreen format looks combined with the Fullscreen mode.

6. The White Balance function has also reworked.  Allowing you to toggle the entire button on and off the main screen.

Advanced users may have noticed the gap in the Control Panel.  This will shortly be filled with the Histogram – which has taken just a little longer than expected to get ready.

The next exciting feature sits under the Camera Mode Switch (left of the Main Shutter).  Pressing the switch reveals the video and all new Night Camera mode, which builds on the two-step slow shutter controls on ProCamera Classic.

Now you can take even more control over your shutter speed, with the app letting you select between 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1 second as the lowest exposure limit.  We can’t wait to see the beautiful night shots that will be taken with the Night Camera.

The video mode has also had a tune up, with a new higher frame rate options found in the Control Panel (60fps on iPhone 4 and 5).  The video mode also has a new top bar indicator that shows how much storage space is remaining, helping to limit crashes during recording.

ADVANCED EDITING

Now for the fun stuff! You’ll notice that ProCamera 7 now has a Lightbox Preview on the Capture Screen.  This replaces the PRO button with the Advanced Settings sliding over tp the Control Panel (they are also accessible by swiping left to right from outside the screen).  Clicking on the Lightbox Preview opens into our completely remade ProCamera editing suite.  The new editing tools are ridiculously easy to use, allowing quick, seamless switching between the filters, image adjustment tools and crop functions.  We’re proud of these new features and hope they help open up creative opportunities for our users.

50 PROFESSIONAL FILTERS AND EFFECTS

The first thing you’ll see when you open the editing suite are the new ProCamera Filters.  We’ve developed over 50 free filters designed with professional photographers in mind including completely new color, black and white and cross process effects. Filter strength can be controlled with a simple up/down swipe on the screen – that’s right, no more fiddly sliders.

To complement the free filters, our ProCamera guru Jens Daemgen has developed 14 filters inspired by his visits to San Francisco. The filters evoke the colors of different districts and landmarks of the city.   In addition, Misho Baranovic, our Chief Blog Editor and resident photographer, has joined Jens to create the Street Pack. Which includes 14 black and white filters inspired by the films used by the masters of street photography.

NEW SHARPEN, VIGNETTE AND BOOST TOOLS
Similar to the filters, the ProLab tool intensity is controlled with an up and down swipe on the screen.  The new Vignette, Boost and Sharpen tools add even more control to the already advanced collection (including Exposure, Contrast, Saturation and Color Temperature).

AIRDROP AND BATCH DROPBOX SHARING

Yep, we haven’t used it yet – but we’ve got Airdrop!  You can also batch upload and backup your photos to Dropbox.

This really is only the tip of the iceberg!  Nearly all the other features that you know and love are still there and working the same way (QR code, Histogram and Autosave will all return soon!)

We’d love to know what you think about ProCamera 7.  Please let us know at feedback@procamera-app.com or leave your comments below.

The brand new ProCamera 7 is available in the App Store for only $0.99. Hurry as this is the launch price. 

ProCamera 7 is iOS 7 only.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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ProCamera

ProCamera for iPhone and iPad has been setting the standard for professional camera replacement apps since the early days of the App Store. Its high-end features and intuitive, easy to use design make it the app of choice for professional photographers and videographers.

  • http://gregmills.com/ Greg Mills

    “Submitted by ProCamera?” App developers are LifeinLofi contributors now?

    • http://lifeinlofi.com/ Marty Yawnick

      Hi, Greg,

      Just an explanation of that here….

      Actually, ProCamera have had a login here on LoFi for some time. Misho Baranovic is writing some pretty killer stuff over on the ProCamera blog and we repost it here from time to time.

      About this post, Misho reached out to me late last night (his tomorrow. He’s in AUS…) if I needed any help in reviewing the new app.

      I was not part of the beta team for ProCamera this time around so I was not able to have a review ready in time for the app’s release. In my day job, I’m in crunch time for two magazines, doing two days of photo retouching for a company here in Fort Worth, and I’ll be out of town this weekend, so I probably wouldn’t be able to even mention ProCamera here on the blog until Tuesday at the earliest. At that time, there’s a good chance the $0.99 sale would be over.

      I asked Misho if he could simply repost the announcement on this blog so at least LoFi readers are aware of the app and the sale.

      I’ve tested ProCamera 7 a lot since getting it. For me, it’s one of those “Look what this app can do on my iPhone” apps and I’ve been showing it around the office all morning. There are no claims in this post that I disagree with. In fact, my review is going to be pretty glowing.

      ProCamera don’t pay for these posts. They don’t advertise on the blog. Jens bought dinner once. Over the years, I just really like ProCamera. And I really like the ProCamera 7 update. For a buck, it’s a no brainer if you’re on iOS 7.

      =M=

      • Akhil

        I 100% agree with Marty.

        I saw yesterday night (I am in CA) that ProCamera 7 has been released and was on sale for $0.99. I bought it, mainly for burst-shooting and for night-photography (two features I would want in iPhone to keep improving in years to come). After buying the app I realized that the burst shooting gives high resolution photos. 1 sec exposure for long-exposure photography was also very good.

        All the best to ProCamera 7

  • WeiKhuen

    Missing touch light function

    • mishobaranovic

      Yes, it is missing at the moment. We were not able to debug it in time for the iOS7 launch. It will be back in very soon.

  • barrist

    For those users sticking to iOS 6 (jailbreak), will the original version still be getting updates?

  • SpicyLizard

    Control panel functions I´ve activated are turned off (for example live exposure data and image aspect ratio) when I exit and relaunch ProCamera 7… I´m on iPhone 4…

    Anyway, thank you for excellent app… I use it daily :)

  • Daryl

    is my current procamera app getting a free upgrade or do i buy the new version?

  • Larry Zasitko

    Is a HD or iPad version coming? I asked the same question on MobiTog but no answer…. If it is coming when?
    Does it save as tiff instead of jpg? Not mentioned so I assume not.
    Is this a universal app. In the store it’s under iPhone so again I assume it is not

  • toastist

    I don’t mind paying for an iOS 7 update when it is this good! Like the slick effects interface. Something very different. I like that is not only a makeover. Great Job ProCamera 7!

  • Graeme Roy

    I’ve been using the earlier versions and really liked the app so ya, I coughed-up the buck. It is well worth it, there are a couple of little things that are pretty great. I like the interface and can’t wait to try out the night mode.
    It’s totally fair to classify this as a new version rather than an upgrade, it has obviously been completely reworked.
    If only it had volume shutter it would be pretty perfect in my books!