The Battle of the iPhone Camera Apps

You guys, I have a serious dilemma on my hands. As an iPhonographer, I’m constantly trying to decide on the best app to use for taking and editing pictures. Because I’m currently not rolling in the dough, I can’t afford a really nice camera (nor do I really have any reason to own a really nice camera). I mean, I took a few semesters of photography in high school, but I couldn’t tell you how to properly develop photos if you offered to pay my rent for the rest of the year. And though I know I can be an insufferable know-it-all about a lot of things, photography isn’t one of them – and neither is iPhonography.

So here I am, conducting a survey of the apps I’ve tried and asking your opinions, since I know you have them.

  1. Camera+. This is what I use now, and I’m kind of in love with it. It’s a full-service camera app intended to maximize everything about your camera, and the color and special effects you can use are fantastic (and adjustable, so your photo can be a little enhanced without looking overly doctored). Plus, it allows for cropping, and they just updated the sharing services to be a lot more multi-interface-friendly, which I appreciate.
  2. Instagram. Instagram, wildly popular and known as “the free Hipstamatic”, is an app that I used to use a lot more. Apparently the social networking part of Instagram has picked up a lot of speed in the last six months, somewhere around right when I stopped using it in favor of Camera+. I do like the ease of sharing with your different social networks (especially Tumblr, since you never see anything hooked up to post to Tumblr), but I didn’t think the effects were amahzing.
  3. Hipstamatic. I bought Hipstamatic at the insistence of just about everyone and, to put it lightly, I was very underwhelmed. I found it clunky, hard to operate, and the effects no better than I could find in Instagram or Camera+. From what I can tell, it’s fallen out of favor in comparison with Instagram, but I’m sure a lot of people still use it. Thoughts?
  4. HDR FX. I’ve downloaded HDR FX and messed around with it a little bit, but not enough to really understand it. As far as I can tell, this is more about adjusting landscape views and colors rather than applying a specific “look” to a photo, which makes it a little different, but I’m not sure it’s enough to make it stand out. It looks like it’s more for landscapes and nature photos than narcissistic self-portraits and other things I like to do, so we’ll see how much I really wind up using it.
And don’t even get me started on the photo booth app trend – I’m still lost trying to figure that one out. I’m using ClassicBooth right now, but if you have any suggestions, I’m open!
So this is where I am right now. I’m sure there are more apps out there that I haven’t even heard of. I do love Camera+, but at the same time, I feel like there’s always something I’m missing out on or that I don’t know about. And since I am taking a lot more pictures now, I want to make sure I’m using the best one I can be. What do you use?
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4 thoughts on “The Battle of the iPhone Camera Apps

  1. I know that hand!
    There’s one in my room doing a fist pump (and being a vase on the rare occasion that I have a flower to put in it)

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