If you are one of the lucky few that got your paws on the much sought after iPad 2, Camera Boost is exclusively for you. This new, iPad 2-only app is a revolutionary camera enhancement that is unlike anything in the App Store at this time. While you may still be wondering why the iPad even needs a camera (other than for Face Time, of course), Camera Boost may just be the thing that puts it all in perspective for you.
The thing that makes this app so special is that it allows you to enhance your image in real time. There is no need to make the adjustments in post-processing.
You can see what your image will look like before you take the picture. If you don’t like what you see, you can change the effects or move to a more suitable location to take your photo. I’ve taken pictures with my iPhone that were too dark and assumed I could adjust later with one of my many camera editing apps, only to find out that increasing the brightness didn’t fix the problem. With Camera Boost, you can adjust the brightness first and relocate yourself or your subject in order to get the perfect shot.
There is a front-facing and back-facing option and, besides the image correction features like sharpness, brightness and contrast, the app includes effects features so you can have a little fun with your shot. You can adjust the hue, add a color wash or remove color entirely, you can posterize, make it a negative or reverse-negative, show thermal-vision or any combination of the above. The options are practically limitless. Additionally, Camera Boost has zoom, something the iPad’s native camera app does not even have.
You can save the picture to your photo album, email it, add it to your Flickr stream or post it to Facebook. The images save in the app and do not bog down your camera roll with failed attempts. You can easily delete the duds without having to leave the app.
What I liked: The features are easy to use and fun to play around with. If the subject of your photo is either a very patient person or an inanimate object, you could spend hours trying out all of the features. The camera loads just as fast as the native iPad camera app and does not lose any of the precious-little pixels of the camera technology. The zoom alone is worth turning this app into your main camera app.
What I didn’t like: You can’t select more than one photo at a time, which could be a time saver if you want to send multiple pictures at once. Also, there is no support for the video camera, which, in my opinion, would be a lot more fun than still shots.
To buy or not to buy: At only $2.99 this is a must-have for iPad 2 owners. There is no reason this app should not be in your photography arsenal.
- App Name: Camera Boost
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Photography
- Developer: Inrealtime
- Price: $2.99