Apple opened up a lot of new API’s for developers in iOS 8. One of the most important one was for the Camera which allowed apps to directly access the camera allowing even changes at a finer level. Manual Camera uses those new API’s to give an amazing camera experience with the iPhone.
The default camera on your iPhone is great for most of the picture taking. It is fast, and just works. It works like a digital camera, Automatic ISO, Shutter Speed and Focus. Some of us want an extra level of control and auto mode does not always produce the best result. This is where Manual Camera app comes in. The app costs just 2$ and it’s super minimal. It has all the tools we need and nothing else, which is a good thing.
On the bottom, You have the ISO settings which can be varied between 34 to 2000. Next to it on the right allows you to adjust the shutter speed which can be set anywhere between 0.5″ and 1/2000. You can set the white balance and most important, the adjusting the Focus to get amazing Bokeh’s!
Another app, Camera+ has been updated with similar features. Camera+ has been there for a really long time. It comes with a lot more features like filters and what not. It gets confusing and you don’t really need most of those features. Between Manual and Camera+, I would pick Manual every single time. The app is fast which is how every camera app should be just like the default camera app on iOS but better.
I cannot imagine photography on my iPhone without Manual now. It is a must have for anyone into mobile photography. There is nothing to complain about the app. The only downside of the app is that the Aperture level cannot be controlled. This is a limitation of the Phone itself and the app cannot be complained. It’s probably the best camera app for iPhone on the App Store.
PS: This app could be given a perfect 10 on the review but then there is always some room for improvement!
- Manual Exposure time, Shutter speed and focus
- Minimal Interface
- Aperture cannot be adjusted(It is a limitation of the iPhone)