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Your iPhone’s camera is fantastic, and not because it has the best lens or the widest array of features, but because it’s always there with you, ready to take a shot in seconds. What if you have a little more time to get just the shot you want, frame it right, and set the focus, but don’t want to carry around another device just for snapping photos? For those who want to control more parameters and apply filters before clicking the shutter – or have the app do it all for you – Blux Camera Pro is a very good option to consider.
Swiping from left to right reveals the saturation, contrast, brightness, and sharpness controls, while a top-to-bottom swipe pulls up flash controls and lets you switch between cameras or apply an edge blur. Additionally, a bottom-to-top swipe lets you see the photos that you take; you can save them to your iPhone's camera roll from that screen. Tapping on the filter button reveals a vast array of preset settings, each bearing the name of a famous international city. You can also choose more traditional settings like portrait, cloudy, macro, and HDR, depending on your needs, and tap on the "plus" button to customize your interface – like adding a histogram or a grid, for instance.
Clearly, there's a lot in play within Blux Camera Pro's interface, but if that all sounds too confusing, simply tap on the blue icon at the top left of the screen and the app will analyze your shot and determine – based on your geographical location and the current weather conditions – which filter combination could be best for you. When taking the same shot using this method and our iPhone's default Camera app, more often than not, the former gave the better result with clearer, sharper, and better defined photos. It not a foolproof system, but it's easy to see when something is amiss before you take the shot.
Although the sound effects are great, the visual ripple used when adding or removing interface elements is fun at first, but lasts for too long and ultimately becomes annoying. The UI also doesn't rotate depending on how you hold your phone, so you could end up with all of the buttons upside down based on your preference. Also, you can’t take a shot using the phone’s physical volume button like you can with the default Camera app or most top-level third-party options.
The bottom line. Blux Camera Pro's vast array of options make it a great app to have if you’re serious about getting the best out of your iPhone camera, and it's wrapped up in a very clever interface, despite a few niggles.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later
Control virtually every aspect of your shot. Numerous filters are available. Can analyze the shot for you and suggest the best setup. Burst mode, anti-shake, and timer options are very welcome.
Interface is locked in a specific orientation. No physical shutter button available. Some options only available to those who purchase separate Blux Lens app. Potentially intimidating to novices.