Written by Ronald Lye
The iPhone camera has evolved from a run-of-the-mill afterthought to a key product feature of genuine quality. The original iPhone and iPhone 3G had mediocre 2MP cameras, the iPhone 4 came with a better 5MP one, and the iPhone 4S was equipped with a really nice 8MP camera. The latest iPhone 5 also has a 8MP camera, but modifications such as a larger screen and a faster processor were made to further enhance an already quality feature.
Such a good camera should be paired with equally great photo apps, so that iPhone users can take full advantage of the increasingly popular trend of substituting an actual camera with a phone “pretender”. Here are some of the best iPhone photo apps around.
This app hardly needs any introduction. One of the most popular apps of its kind today, Instagram combines artistic filters with accessible social networking options to create a unique and shareable user experience. Photo editing features are not as advanced as other apps, but the wonderful social functions make this a must have for all iPhone users.
2. Photoshop Touch
For users looking to indulge in heavy editing, Photoshop Touch is a great choice. It successfully ports over many of the outstanding features from its desktop counterpart, such as layers and specific colour adjustments. The app is also supplemented by Creative Cloud tools, allowing you to transfer PSD files from your phone to desktop, and vice-versa.
3. Camera Awesome
Camera Awesome is a big upgrade over the default iPhone camera as it offers much more variety in terms of shooting modes, editing, and effects. The ‘Awesomize’ button is a unique feature which automatically adjusts contrast and colour to create a better image, and also provides the option to further fine-tune manually.
This app is worth a download simply for the Voice Picture feature, which enables recording of voice messages when taking pictures. This innovative function is a fun alternative to written captions, and could even be an upcoming trend. Besides that, it is solid but unspectacular, offering a good range of useful editing options similar to most other photo apps.
5. Vintage Photo
A must-have app for fans of the 50s era, Vintage Photo allows users to apply vintage effects to selected images. It is easy to use and the retro images look fantastic, but it offers only basic editing functions. A fun app to use at first, but the novelty may wear off quickly for more advanced users.
What sets Aviary apart from other photo apps is the easy-to-use yet sophisticated editing functions, lightning quick processing speed, and superb navigation. It manages to find the perfect balance between serious photo editing and a playful interface, making this app a great choice for advanced users and beginners alike.
7. LINE Camera
If you have kids, this app will keep them occupied for a while. Line Camera allows you to add hilariously cool stickers to your photos, some of which are sure to delight your kids. You can also select your text from over 100 fonts and 20 colours. This app is not really for serious users, but it’s perfect for kids and casual users.
8. Rakuga Cute
At first glance, Rakuga Cute may seem like a shallow app only for fans of all things Japanese and cute. Do give it a chance, as it actually contains some cool editing functions such as mosaic which can pixelate selected parts of a photo, and monochrome which can alter the colour of a photo.