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Camera apps are among the most popular on the App Store. From social networks based upon photos to simple apps that make collages, all types of activities that are based on photos are active pieces of the market.

Most of these apps rely upon Apple’s own Camera app for the photo itself. This isn’t surprising — the native Camera app is utterly fantastic in almost any condition, as Apple has taken its time to optimize in every possible way. Camera Plus — note the word “Plus,” not the symbol — takes on Apple’s solution, as well as all other competitors. (more…)

I’m really smitten with all these camera apps for iPhone. Maybe it’s clichéd at this point, but Instagram is still my favourite. Its community is awesome, and the filters are still pretty top-notch. (Seriously, when I’m working on photography for a client, making anything near the quality of an Instagram quality filter is a chore, and the app makes them available one tap away. That’s pretty marvellous.)

The problem with Instagram, though, is that it’s no different than taking a photo and posting it anywhere else (that’s why there are plenty of Instagram photos around). These photos are pictures we’ve taken and then chosen to share. It’s a philosophy that’s existed for not just photographers, but every creative, since the dawn of time: inspiration first, creation second, sharing third.

OKDOTHIS turns that convention right around, and then keeps it upside down. Read on to find out if it’s the photo app for you.

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Camera+ has been one of the most popular camera apps for the iPhone ever since it debuted back in 2010, offering a dizzying array of features and advanced controls for composing shots. To say that Camera+ was groundbreaking would be an understatement and it set the benchmark for how a camera app should be. It even introduced new features, such as the rather controversial VolumeSnap: a feature that led to the app being pulled from the App Store, only to then see it become part of the built-in camera app.

With the iPhone now the go-to camera for almost every user, the market for camera apps on the App Store has become one of the largest and second only to games. Camera+ has had some fierce competition since our last review in 2011 but the developers, tap tap tap, have now launched their next major iteration: Camera+ 4.

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In the wake of iOS 7, it feels like the App Store is the Wild West. Every app territory is up for grabs again — it’s no longer about who has the best app, but about who’s made the best iOS 7 app. Camera apps, despite iOS 7’s arguably disappointing camera filters, aren’t excluded from this. In fact, thanks to iOS 7’s renewed focus on clarity, I think that camera apps could benefit more than most.

Landcam requires iOS 6 or higher, but it looks like it’s been made for iOS 7 from the get-go. This is the rare camera app that surprises and delights as often as it snaps a shot. Let’s take a look and see whether or not it can supplant your current favourites.

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My business doesn’t just include writing, but also photography. And one of the things I love about my iPhone is that it’s a great opportunity to practice taking photos. It eliminates the need to worry about things such as aperture, soft focus and lots of other technical gibberish. My iPhone tears down the technical walls and helps me focus on taking photos with great composition.

But is there a place for an iPhone app designed to completely replicate the experience of an authentic digital SLR? While I’m a big fan of apps like Analog Camera and Instagram, I can definitely see the market and desire for an app that offers me more control over the technicalities of my photos. In that regard, 645 PRO Mk II wants to be your go-to app. Its tagline states that 645 PRO “feels like a pro camera. Because it is one.” Read on to find out whether or not it lives up to that claim. (more…)

I was actually really late to the photo filter game on my iPhone. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I really got into Instagram, and Analog Camera really rejuvenated my love for a truly mobile camera app. (Actually, I’d say it spoiled me). The iOS 7 camera has me excited, but I’m not sure it can replace both those apps on my home screen.

That being said, I’m always up for trying new camera apps, because I think they’re a lot of fun. Recently, Sprinter caught my eye: It’s an Instagram-like camera app that uses App.net as its social network, so the community is already there. Sprinter’s goal is to make sharing photos to ADN as easy as possible. Read on to find out what I think about this new app. (more…)

I’ve spent the past six months or so looking for a great replacement for the stock Camera app. The nice thing about the stock app is that it’s accessible from the lock screen and it’s incredibly quick. Things like that are valuable in a smartphone.

That being said, the stock app also ignores social capabilities for the most part. You have to open a different app to share photos from the camera roll to Facebook or Twitter. Beyond that, it looks more like a point-and-shoot than it does a camera specifically designed for mobile. Now, there’s finally a camera app that addresses these problems with ease: Analog Camera. (more…)

So you’re out and about, searching for that special tool that you need to get your project done — a screw, piece of shiny fabric or whatever it is. You find it, but it’s pricey, and you want to know if you can get it cheaper somewhere else. So you pull out your iPhone, take a shot of the item with CamFind, and sure enough, it’s out there.

OK, now it’s Tuesday and you’re in a part of town where there are a lot of good looking restaurants with menus written in languages you don’t understand. No sweat. Out comes CamFind, you take a picture and next thing you know, you’ve got a translation.

Alright, one last one. You’re in a strange city for work, and you walk past a memorial to something that seems important. You want to know more, but there doesn’t seem to be any pertinent info anywhere about. Pull out CamFind, take a shot of the memorial and it comes back with info on it. Like magic.

CamFind is a little bit of magic in your pocket. It can do all of the things listed above, as well as find reviews and trailers for movies; restaurant reviews from photos of their sign; find nearby coffee shops; and scan QR codes. It’s got a lot wrapped up in a nice little package, making it an app that you’ll surely want to have on your home screen.

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For the past few days I have been able to play around with Clinch, which is somewhat similar to another app I just reviewed, Qwiki, but it does things a little different. If you read my review on Qwiki, you’ll see how much I raved about it and how simple and easy it was to use. Well, I didn’t think I would say this, but I think I may have found one that is even simpler. On top of that, Clinch adds some features that I think are pretty neat.

Let me show you more about what I am talking about after the jump. (more…)

In recent months, Google has shown an increasingly intense focus on iOS. In addition to last year’s acqui-hiring of the popular Sparrow and Snapseed teams, they have released new apps for Chrome and Maps, and overhauled existing YouTube and Gmail offerings. However, larger waves are being made under the surface; the uniform design language being rolled out across their entire catalogue may not be entirely innocent. Does Google have a subversive agenda on iOS? Well, if YouTube Capture is anything to go by, nothing is off the table.

On the surface, Capture appears to be just another simple video recording app offering only minor improvements over the stock iOS option. However, its simplicity should not be underestimated; it may just be its most threatening attribute. How does Capture fit into Google’s iOS plans? Can it replace the default Camera app? Let’s check it out. (more…)

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