Top 5 Camera Apps for the iPhone

Top 5 Camera Apps for the iPhone

A rundown of five of the best camera apps available for Apple’s iPhone.

These days there really is no excuse to be a bad photographer, especially for Apple iPhone users. IPhones are increasingly sporting cameras that give standard handheld digital models a run for their money. Helping matters are the creation of apps that are able turn otherwise boring and stale snapshots into stunning photographic works of art.

Now there’s quite a few camera apps available in the iTunes app store, amd so sorting through all the clutter can take quite a bit of time.

There are camera apps for fun and pleasure while there are also camera apps for important family moments. Some of them have filters to choose from to make your pictures seem more interesting while others can turn your surroundings into a 360-degree panoramic picture.

Some are instant. Some are for vacation. Some are clean. Some are for art. One thing they do all have in common, however is that they will make your pictures look like you’re a seasoned photographer.

Here’s a list of what I consider to be the top five camera apps of the bunch.

1. Instagram

Probably the most popular iPhone camer app of them all. Instagram as over 10 million users, is free, and simple to use. Instagram allows users to take stunning photographs with the the help of an array of filters and tilt-shift blur effects.


  • Custom designed filters and borders such as XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lomo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.
  • Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.

It allows for instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Posterous.

Price: FREE

2. Camera+

The Camera+ app boasts of the ability to turn the iPhone’s standrad camera lens into a high-quality SLR(single lens reflexive) lens. It’ll help you shoot the best photos with your iPhone that you possibly can.

Camera+ comes packed with several useful features that your standard camera app doesn’t include, and wil make sure your pics will improve the instant you start using Camera+.


  • Exposure and focus control.
  • Photo flashlight.
  • Digital zoom.
  • Shooting modes.
  • FX effects.
  • Clarity transformation.

Share your pcis on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

Price: $0.99

3. Big Lens

Big Lens is another camera app that claims to turn your iPhone into a professional SLR camera. You can snap a picture and then edit it by setting the aperture, changing periphery blur levels, or adjusting background light to create various effects.

I like Big Lens’smart focus and background adjustment tools. You can focus on an object in the foreground, for example, and then blur or darken what’s behind it. This can make for some amazing photos, several of which are shown in the demo video below.


  • Smart Focus System.
  • Aperture Control.
  • Filter Effects.
  • Instant Focus/Blur Tool.
  • Before & After Preview.

Share your pics via e-mail, Facebook, Picasa or Dropbox

Price: $0.99

4. 360 Panorama

360 Panorama is a camera app for the iPhone that should be standard issue for everyone. It’s one of those fun apps that you’ll always find a use for. From stunning vistas to a crowded room you’re able to capture it all.

Simply pan the camera and watch as the 360 Panorama app stitches the images together to form a seamless picture of the world around you.

You can instantly share your panorama via email, Twitter, or Facebook


5. Hipstamatic

The Hipstamatic is camera app for the iPhone that brings back the old time look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras of days past.

With the swipe of the finger you change your lens, flash, or film type. Each combination adds a unique touch to your picture.

It comes standard with four different lens, three film and flash types. There are five other ‘Hipstapaks” available for 99 cents each that include various combinations that recreate other old toy cameras.


  • Swap lenses, flashes, and films for hundreds of different effects.
  • Order real analog prints delivered to your door, right from the app.

Instantly share your prints to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Tumblr.

Price: $1.99

What are some of your favorite camera apps for the iPhone?

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