Are you still using your iPhone’s native camera app? If so, you could be missing out. We’ll compare some of the best camera apps for iPhone for you. Each offers something more than the native camera app, improved features or a more intuitive interface.
Native Camera App
Before we look at the alternatives, let’s start out by looking at what the native iPhone camera app has to offer. It’s fair to say that the native camera app is pretty amazing – it has perhaps the most intuitive user interface, several advanced innovative features (Time-lapse, Slow Motion, Pano, Live photos, Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting), and has been developed by a team with full knowledge about the iPhone’s inner workings – meaning the camera app should be nothing short of brilliant. And it is brilliant. For most photographers, in most situations, it does everything very well indeed. However, in order to cater for everyone while still keeping the app simple to use, it has to make assumptions, and reduce the amount of customization available to the photographer.
Portrait mode & portrait lighting
Time lapse, slow motion and pano modes
A limited range of filters
Shutter delay timer
Photographers undertaking general photography who don’t need advanced control or customization of features, and who want a simple, intuitive interface.
This iPhone-only app has a clean, intuitive user interface and some neat features which firmly push it towards the Pro end of the spectrum. Most notable, for depth-capable dual-lens iPhones, is the ability to adjust the depth-of-field after taking the shot. The 3D Tiltmeter gives you precise information about how level your smartphone camera is. Anti-shake and low light capability makes the most of your photography opportunities.
Dual Lens Support
Remote trigger for Apple Watch
Low Light mode (optional in-app purchase)
Vivid HDR (optional in-app purchase)
Front flash for selfies
EXIF/Metadata Viewer & photo compass
Photographers with a depth-capable iPhone who want to work with RAW images and who also enjoy videography, and aren’t put off by in-app purchases.
Another iOS-only camera app with pro credentials, Camera+ offers manual shooting for ultimate control, RAW capture & editing, portrait mode and depth capture & depth editing to allow setting the depth-of-field afterwards (compatible dual-lens iPhones only). All this in addition to class-leading photo editing tools, making it the only camera and editing app you’ll ever need.
RAW capture & editing
Portrait Mode + depth capture & editing
Different shooting modes, including Stablizer, Macro & Slow Shutter modes
Powerful photo editing features
Photographers of all abilities wanting top-notch capture and editing features all in a single app.
Best known for their top-quality iPhone lenses and other accessories, Moment have produced an excellent iPhone camera app too. Now its third version, the Moment’s Pro Camera app gives you full manual control, RAW shooting and a live histogram.
Full manual control
Manual control over which of
Use your Apple Watch as a remote control
Photographers of all abilities who place a high priority on aesthetic user interfaces and who need professional camera features.
The iPhone-only Blackie camera app is fairly unique in that it forces you to take black-and-white photos. This might sound strange, but this drastic ‘limitation’ is actually its biggest strength. As you compose your shot, you see the scene in black-and-white only, which allows you to concentrate on the light and shade, and indeed the composition.
Only shoots in black-and-white
Manual camera control
A range of different grids or perfect compositional alignment
JPEGs stored with no compression, for maximum quality
Lossless TIFF format available
8 custom preset slots
Black and white iPhone photographers
Another slightly quirky camera app is Focus [+]. Its user interface is very innovative, and puts the shutter button slider so that you can control the currently selected feature – zoom (in auto mode), or, in manual mode, exposure or focus, without removing your finger. However, you still have to remove your finger in order to tap the shutter button, so its merits are somewhat muted! In its defence, while you are sliding the shutter button the viewfinder zooms in, allowing you to see the effect of your change to the slider position. This is useful both for manual focus and for checking whether the brightest area of the scene is being properly exposed. You simply move your smartphone camera to ensure the area of interest is in the frame.
Innovative if quirky user interface
Auto and Manual modes
Stills and Video modes
Auto-zoom preview when adjusting focus or exposure manually
Photographers wanting something a little different but who don’t need all the bells and whistle offered by other more popular camera apps, such as filters, effects or other editing tools.
With one of the most intuitive and aesthetic interfaces, the Obscura 2 camera app is a joy to use and does everything well. The app layout has been carefully thought out and puts the right controls at your fingertips at the right time, depending on what you’re doing. It’s a fully-featured camera app with the addition of an attractive set of filters. No gimmicks, it’s just a well-designed app which is a pleasure to use.
RAW image capture
Focus peaking to ensure sharpness
Minimal editing but a great set of filters
Siri-compatible – tell Siri to take a photo using Obscure 2
Photographers wanting an excellent camera app, but who perhaps use other apps for editing.
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