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Since its inception, the iPhone’s camera has gotten stronger and stronger. While the hardware has improved to the point whereby the iPhone is now the most popular point-and-shoot on the market, the actual app has remained largely unchanged. There’s nothing wrong with it, so to speak, but if you like to make casual edits as you go along, it certainly comes up short.

Camera+ has been around since the early days, back when iOS was known as the iPhone OS, and has been a popular alternative to the stock camera offering. As the name implies, it’s much like your native snapper with a little bit extra, and while other third-party offerings present you with a glut of features, Camera+ has always just stuck to the most popular.

CameraPlus iOS

Having long since been an iPhone-only affair, the long-awaited iPad version debuted in September – much to the delight of those in ownership of the Cupertino’s market-leading slate. With a bunch of new devices having been released since then, maker Tap Tap Tap has released another healthy update to Camera+, driving the version number up to 3.6.

Among the enhancements comes accurate framing on the much-improved shooter of the iPhone 5, as well as a professionally-orientated Live Exposure feature that displays ISO and shutter speed changes in real-time. In addition, there’s a “flash” for the front-facing camera. The screen flashes a bright white color at the moment you’re taking a snap, giving you a tidbit extra light if you’re stuck somewhere particularly dark.

Camera  iOS

The Live Exposure feature will certainly go down well with those familiar with a more professional photography environment, and while you may think the phantom flash of the front-facing camera is a bit of a gimmick, it actually works rather well.

Camera  iOS

Currently, it costs $0.99, or £0.69 on both iPhone and iPad, and if you ask me, it’s certainly an investment worth making. I’ve been using Camera+ since I can remember, and have all-but disregarded the stock offering due to its lack of features. The price of Camera+ for iPad will rise pretty soon, so now would be as good a time as any to grab it.

(Source: Camera+ for iPhone on App Store)

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