For years now, iPhones have shipped with consistently great cameras. So much so that many casual photographers, like me, have almost entirely ditched their digital point-and-shoot cameras in favour of carrying just one device: the iPhone.
The default iOS Camera app is decent, and it received some updates with iOS 7. But if you want more power, or maybe just something a little bit different to the default app, then the App Store has thousands of alternatives for you.
We’ve trawled through quite a few (believe me) to bring you some of the very best (and just in time for all of your snaps this holiday season).
Analog Camera, by Realmac (the team behind Clear and Ember), is a simple and fun camera app with a few usability features over the default iOS Camera.
Quickly snap a picture in the ever-popular square aspect ratio, add a filter and share it to your social network of choice. Images can also be saved to the Camera Roll, emailed or opened in another photo editing app via the share sheet. It’s not all about the quick tap and snap mindset though, with tool to help with leveling and the ability to control focus and exposure if you want to fine tune your photograph.
Analog Camera is really smooth and straightforward, exactly as you’d expect from Realmac, and excels over the default iOS Camera app in usability and charm.
$0.99/£0.69 – Download now
There are a number of reasons to opt for Camera Awesome over the default Camera app. Camera Awesome is packed full of features including self-timer, exposure/focus controls, image stabilization, slow burst, virtual spirit level and many more shooting options (including video).
The app features editing tools too after you’ve taken your shot allowing for cropping, filtering, and adding effects, filters, textures and frames. You can also “Awesomize” your images which autocorrects your sharpness, temperature, vibrance and contrast levels.
You can share your images to just about any social network from the app too. It’s easy to see why this has been an App Store favorite for many for some time now as it packs in all the functionality the enthusiastic smartphone photographer needs.
Free – Download now
Camera Plus by Global Delight is a thoroughly well designed Camera.app alternative which will be pleasing to anyone who is particularly fond of iOS 7’s design aesthetics.
Functionally it’s great too with a plethora of features. Easily switch between Normal, Macro and Far focus modes when shooting and adjust the exposure. Big Button mode for easy snapping is available as well as image stabilization, burst and timer modes.
Edit images after the fact with a feature dubbed Pix’d to auto-enhance levels, or manually adjust brightness, temperature, saturation and contrast as you see fit.
Share your final images via Messages, Email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
$0.99/£0.69 – Download now
Camera+ by tap tap tap has been one of the most popular alternative camera apps for quite a while.
Full of power user features like focus, exposure and white balance locks, 6x digital zoom and live exposure, Camera+ makes for a really powerful alternative to the default Camera app. There’s also a front-facing camera flash feature for those late night selfies.
Editing photos is also a large part of Camera+ with its digital Lightbox where photos can be altered in innumerable ways including Camera+’s innovative Clarity feature which auto-enhances dull pictures and brings out the hidden details. Photos in your Lightbox can also be synced between devices via iCloud so you can edit photos on your iPad too.
Sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr are also built in.
$1.99/£1.49 – Download now
ProCamera 7 is another nicely designed, iOS 7-optimized app for photographers and it has the full feature set you’d expect. Take a quick snap or spend some time playing with settings like focus, exposure, white balance and aspect ratio adjustments to enhance your shots. Anti-shake, self timer, rapid fire and on-screen ‘Tiltmeter’ round out the features and make the shooting experience as advanced or as simple as the user wants.
After your shots have been taken, you can edit them. Quickly flick through filter previews and colour optimizations or manually adjust levels to get the perfect result.
$2.99/£1.99 – Download now
We know you are pretty good at finding some gems in the App Store. Do you have any favorite camera replacement apps that you’d add to this list? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter: @TodaysiPhone.