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The best camera apps for iOS

Michael Simon | Aug. 10, 2015
Not only is the iPhone one of the most popular point-and-shoots on the market, if you had to pick one feature that sets it apart from its smartphone competitors, it would have to be the camera. The secret is in Apple's proprietary image signal processor, which handles things like autofocus, face detection, and noise reduction to reduce the strain on the main processor and optimize the camera for iOS.

Another favorite is Shoot ($2), whose refined interface provides plenty of control without bogging you down with too many settings. It isn't quite as minimal as Manual, but it does a fine job of striking a balance between simple and complex, with sliders, grids, and meters all working in unison to help you quickly nab a perfect shot.

The second runner-up for best overall camera (finishing just a hair behind VSCO) was ProCamera 8 ($5), a full-featured manual camera with a nice interface and a slew of manual controls. A cool feature called Exposure Swipe Control lets you regulate brightness just by moving your finger around the screen, and a series of advanced shooting modes cuts down on the amount of adjustments you'll need to make. And if you're a fiddler, ProCamera gives you settings aplenty.

Instagram junkies will appreciate EyeEm's (free) filter-focused camera, which features 24 adjustable screens, textures, and patterns to give your photos a unique look. And its camera isn't too shabby either, with a minimal interface that gives you about as much control over your picture taking as Apple does.

Colors ($1) offers more than 1000 filters that can easily be applied to your photos. You won't find too many unique ones--true to its name, most of them are simple shades of color--but for a buck it's worth keeping around just for the sheer volume of options it provides.


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