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Vhoto review:

Action shots have never been easier

With Vhoto's social feed you can see what others are posting. Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

In addition to posting to the Vhoto feed, you can share to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or send your image via email or iMessage. The app gives you suggested tags for your photo, but in my testing, I got some strange results. One photo I took of a coworker gave me the tags #party and #newyork (we're in California and at work). It's easy enough to replace the tags with your own, so I would definitely check that they're accurate before sharing.

A few rough edges

Along with the strange automatic tags, Vhoto has a few other idiosyncrasies worth mentioning. In addition to scanning videos, the app has a tab at the top of your library that lets you choose photos. Obviously, with a still photo there is nothing to scan so presumably the option was made available so you could apply filters or make fine adjustments before sharing. The only problem is, the app doesn't seem to like landscape photos because nearly every time I selected one, all I got was a blank screen in the editor.

The scan process isn't exactly perfect either. Though most of the time I would agree that it picked the best face shots from a video, it sometimes missed the mark.

You get a number of editing tools to perfect your image. Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

This leads me to my other problem with the app: the inability to pick the frames myself. I like that the scan does the work for me, but if I know from watching the video that there's a better shot in there, I would like to be able to select it. This feature is not likely to change because it's a main function of the app, but it's something you should know before downloading. Again, most of the time it does a great job.

Finally, it's important to note you're not going to get a resolution with these video frames as good as you would with a regular photo. They look good enough for social networks or sending a quick picture to a friend, but you probably won't want to print them for framing.


Vhoto is great for capturing the perfect action shot and also for picking out the smiling faces from your videos. It has quality filters for giving your photo a different look and the fine adjustments are great for perfecting your images. It also lets you share to most of the major social networks.

The app is not without problems, though, such as the odd auto-tagging suggestions, and the fact that it can't recognize landscape photos. It's also not going to give you the best resolution, but is fine for social sharing.

Even with its minor problems, Vhoto is a great way to get photos from your videos, and its added tools make it a great download for any iOS photographer.

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