ProCamera 7 review: Loaded with features, but poor execution

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The Good ProCamera 7 has an impressive list of settings and features focused on giving you more control over your iPhone camera.

The Bad There's no shortage of bugs and issues in the current version. Filters and editing tools leave a lot to be desired.

The Bottom Line ProCamera 7 could potentially be one of the leading photography apps in the App Store, but unfortunately the bugs and issues in the current build make me recommend that you wait.


5.5 Overall
  • Setup 8
  • Features 5
  • Interface 7
  • Performance 4

ProCamera 7 was formerly called ProCamera, but with the release of iOS 7 the development team redesigned the app and released the revamped version under a different name.

Within the current version is no shortage of tools seasoned photographers and beginners will find useful. The ability to edit and share photos is also built directly into the app, which aims to be the only camera app you use on your iPhone.

Ready when you are
There's nothing special about installing and setting up ProCamera 7. Upon launching the app for the first time you're taken to a familiar camera user interface. Anyone who has used the native iOS Camera app will feel comfortable enough to start snapping photos without having to dig through the app.

Along the bottom of the screen users will find a thumbnail shortcut to the camera roll. The camera roll can also be accessed by swiping from left-to-right from the left edge of the screen.

Next to the camera roll thumbnail is a double-arrow icon that serves as the mode selection button. Currently there are three modes: Video, Photo and Night. Next is the shutter button followed by the motion and menu buttons.

The motion button is a convenient feature that will snap a photo once the camera is steady enough to avoid a shaky pic. Along the top of the screen is the flash and front facing camera toggle.

Tap to focus is implemented the same as it is in the default iOS camera app, with tap and hold to lock both focus and exposure. In contrast to the default Camera app on iOS, users of ProCamera 7 can separate the focus and exposure selection tool; forcing the app to focus on one part of the photo while setting the exposure levels to another.

The ability to set focus and exposure independently of one another has become an expected feature in third-party camera apps, so it's nice to see ProCamera 7 have an intuitive method to accomplish this.

The Menu is where all of the work and magic happens. There are settings to enable grid mode, white-balance lock, rapid fire (a really, really fast rapid fire that takes photos for as long as you are pressing the shutter release), a histogram, ISO, aspect ratio, self-timer, tilt meter, and automatic lock for focus and exposure. It's an impressive list of settings and features, all of which can be quickly accessed and enabled/disabled by tapping on the menu button then the respective feature's icon.

Going beyond taking a photo
Framing and taking a photo is only the start of the battle when it comes to smartphone photography. Filters and editing make up the rest of it. Unfortunately for ProCamera 7, the filter and editing section of the app is lacking. There are filters and effects that can be applied to your photos, but the user interface and methods for applying them ends up causing frustration.

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