Camera+ Comes to the iPad with iCloud Sync Support

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NewImageCamera+, the top-selling non-game app for the iPhone, has made its way to the iPad.

The app, which has sold more than 9 million copies, is a full-featured replacement for the standard Camera app that comes with the iPhone. It includes a plethora of options for editing and sharing pictures, as well as a variety of different shooting modes.

The new version of Camera+ adds support for iCloud, as well as the new iPad app that will sync photos between the iPhone and iPad versions of the app to make editing easier.

Together, the iPad and iPhone apps should pose a challenge to Adobe, which offers a suite of Photoshop apps for editing photos on the iPad, as well as its own cloud storage service.

Like the iPhone version, the iPad app was designed to make editing photos quick and easy. It has five basic tools: Scenes for applying automatic touch-ups for photos taken in certain light conditions, like in low light or indoor areas; Adjust for making basic adjustments like rotating the image or removing red eye; Crops for cropping portions of a photo; FX Effects for applying fancy filters; and Borders for adding stylized borders.

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The New York Times spoke with the developers behind Camera+, hearing how difficult it was to make iCloud work the way they wanted it to. They said Apple's iCloud API's were inadequate and that it took their developers "twice as long as it should because of the problems with it."

Regardless of the difficulties in developing it, Camera+ is now available on the both the iPhone and iPad for $0.99 each. [Direct Links: iPhone, iPad]

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105 months ago

It seems iOS 6's Camera app takes different looking picture than third party apps.

According to Gruber's Flickr stream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gruber/sets/72157631638585684/), the built-in app has wider ISO range (up to 3200), whereas third party apps are restricted to 800. ISO 800 might be a plus to some (less noisy), but it is a difference worth noting.

From Gruber: (http://daringfireball.net/linked/2012/09/27/consumer-reports-iphone-5)
I posted three photos taken with an iPhone 5: one using the built-in Camera app, and two taken with third party apps (Camera Plus Pro and VSCO Cam). I included one taken with the built-in Camera app on an iPhone 4S.

Looking at the EXIF data, the big difference is that the photo shot with the built-in Camera app on the iPhone 5 had an ISO speed of 2500; the other three all maxed out at 800. It appears the iPhone 5 can go up to ISO 3200. That’s the two-stop difference Apple is promoting.

No, the iPhone 5 takes a different looking picture than third party apps that were made for the iPhone 4S; in other words, the iPhone 4S had a maximum ISO of 800, so third party camera apps were made to take advantage of that. Now with the iPhone 5, the max is 3200 ISO, so third party apps simply need to be updated; Camera+ was updated today (not to be confused with Camera Plus Pro which is a completely different app/company.)
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105 months ago
I use the lock screen shortcut to access my iPhone's Camera app almost always. Even if the phone is unlocked, I will lock it and access Camera through the lock screen because it's faster. Not having lock screen access to Camera+ would probably keep me from using it as my primary camera app. So that's one disadvantage I can think of immediately.
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105 months ago

It seems iOS 6's Camera app takes different looking picture than third party apps... <snip>

No, the iPhone 5 takes a different looking picture than third party apps that were made for the iPhone 4S; in other words, the iPhone 4S had a maximum ISO of 800, so third party camera apps were made to take advantage of that. Now with the iPhone 5, the max is 3200 ISO, so third party apps simply need to be updated; Camera+ was updated today (not to be confused with Camera Plus Pro which is a completely different app/company.)

Developers have no control over what ISO is used... unfortunately it's not a simple matter of updating a camera app to support up to ISO 3200.

I was going to say, "maybe they just didn't update the ISO part yet in today's update"

Actually, it looks like I spoke too soon. Apple provides some properties developers can set to support the iPhone 5's "low light boost mode"... I just missed it because it's not fully documented yet:

http://blog.crushapps.com/2012/09/the-iphone-5s-low-light-boost-mode/

Looks like my original statement stands then; Camera+ was updated again TODAY (October 3, 2012) with the ability to use the 3200 ISO mode on the iPhone 5 when in a very low light situation...
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105 months ago

Not to sound like a troll, but do folks really take a lot of pictures with the iPad? I have an iPad 2 and the camera on the back is lousy.


I think it's mainly for taking pics with your iPhone and then being able to edit them on the iPad. Am I missing something?
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105 months ago
iCloud API blows!

Apple REALLY needs to streamline their iCloud API, especially since much of so much of their future depends on developers integrating iCloud


You are sooooo right, I've had to abandon planned functionality because the codebase was dominated by recovery code - too many exceptions and not enough reliability. I think the API must work because Apple's apps work but the sample app and the provided docs blows beyond belief.
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105 months ago
Apple REALLY needs to streamline their iCloud API, especially since much of so much of their future depends on developers integrating iCloud
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