iPhones have some of the best cameras in smartphones. A great camera becomes even better when coupled with an outstanding app, and Apple’s default app can be found lacking in many respects. To help iPhone users get the most out of the cameras, I have rounded up the top 9 camera apps for the iPhone users to add editing capabilities, filters, and other features most people only expect from high-end cameras.
1. ProCamera ($8)
The iPhone is much more than just stills. This app sports high-end tools for both photos and videos. It has tons of advanced features, including shooting tools like manual shooting and editing options. Advanced tools like perspective correction and exposure bracketing are also there to capture multiple photos at different exposure. Despite the focus on advanced options, the app also packs a minimalist interface, with a host sophisticated features for setting exposure time, tint, ISO sensitivity, and more. ProCamera supports portrait mode and dual-lens tools also for dual-lens iPhones. It also sports a night camera and full-resolution previews in addition to robust exposure control and more than 70 unique filters and effects.
2. Obscura 2 ($5)
This app is created by Ben McCarthy. This app has more intricate photo features that iOS has to offer into a single, minimal package. It supports RAW capture mode, HEIC, JPEG, Live Photo, and Depth capture modes. It also sports flash control, grid overlay, and every manual control imaginable. One of the best features is the haptics and gesture control that makes the app feel great to use too. You can also customize the gestures to your tastes.
3. Camera+ 2 ($4)
Apple Camera+ 2 offers a wider range of exposure controls and advanced features like continuous flash, touch-focus adjustment, frontal flash, 6x digital zoom, a timer, and preset filters. The decent interface also makes it a breeze to utilize, whether snapping or sharing shots on social media. This application has been recently redesigned from the scratch and now also includes depth tools for dual-lens iPhones, new shooting modes, RAW photography, new shooting modes, with faster performance. A recent update also included the facility to batch edit multiple photos at once by copying and pasting those edits to other photos.
4. Darkroom (free)
The name could be misleading considering the lack of any analog design but it takes a literal approach with a blacked-out interface programmed to let your photos shine. In this app, you can control everything from saturation, hue, and luminosity (HSL) sliders to curves. You will also find many advanced tools like the option to create your filters, batch edit, portrait mode adjustments, and content-aware frames. Also, curves and color adjustments are available with an in-app purchase.
5. ProCam 6 ($6)
With amazing control and DSLR-like functionality, ProCam 6 stands true to its name. It features seven different shooting modes, including a time-lapse setting and modes for light trails, motion blur, or sharp low light shots, offering you the ability to choose what’s best for your particular environment. You can also capture crystal-clear photos of moving subjects, while the embedded audio meter ensures audio levels are kept to a minimum when shooting video. The app can also snap simultaneous photos from both lenses or capture depth effects with non-human objects if you’re using the XR. All these features and the quality of said features make ProCam 6 worth the small fee.
6. Instagram (free)
This photography app roundup cannot be complete without the mention of the undisputed king of photo filters. There are dozens of apps out there that allow you to do the same thing, but Instagram is the best due to its large user community. It has a bevy of classic filters to choose from, along with the ability to comment, like, share, and send photos directly to friends of your choosing.
7. Halide ($6)
This is an amazing camera app for beginners who want to start with automatic and slowly ante up their work to manual mode. An automatic mode makes it easy to capture photos on the fly, and tools like RAW capture, focus peaking and more give ultimate creative control in an easy-to-navigate app. It also offers portrait effects that aren’t limited to people, blurring the background on shots of your cat or your lunch on the iPhone XR. Halide mode is excellent for the iPhone XS and later models.
8. Pixlr (free)
This is a web-based Pixlr which is one of the favorite image editors, and, thankfully, so is the mobile incarnation of the software. The app allows you to choose from four pre-defined dimensions when resizing photos, where you will find tools like cropping, rotating, stylizing, and sharing photos on standby. You can also use the overlay and lighting effects to adjust the mood, while one-click adjustments allow for quick and automatic control. Apart from quick edits, the app includes a good selection of tools for creating collages, as well as creative edits like double exposures.
9. Facetune 2 (free)
With this camera app, you can convert any “meh” selfie into a Tinder-worthy profile pic. This application allows you to perform specific touch-ups like teeth whitening, blemish removal, and color correction. You can make your photos perfect before posting the pics to your social media profiles. This app allows you to change your eye color, color over grey hair, or imitate the look of shooting with a ring light. It is free for use but some of the most advanced features require an in-app purchase.
These are the top 9 camera apps for iPhone users which can not only offer you an added benefit of improvising your photos but also make you look good and stylish with its unique features.