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