Instagram & Camera+ are by far two of the most popular 3rd-party camera apps on iOS today. But that hasn’t stopped other developers from working on & releasing their own camera apps with something unique. Apps like VSCO Cam, Camera Noir and Analog Camera do an exceptional job of offering a specific feature and being very good at it. And then there’s Landcam, the newest kid on the block that offers an “I’ve got it all yo!” experience for your iPhone.
Landcam is an all-in-one camera & photo editor app for iPhone developed by the folks at Simple Simple Apps, who previously brought us Currency — the Simple Convertor app. Similar to Currency, Landcam has a very elegant UI and works really well. It lets you shoot new photos or pick any existing one from your Camera Roll & edit them with a wide variety of tools. However, Landcam only works with Square photos like the ones on Instagram.
Landcam offers a ton of features. For starters, the actual camera view has Focus and Exposure modes which are implemented beautifully. Tapping once on the screen focuses the camera at that spot and you see a while circle with a plus in it. However, tap with two fingers at different positions and you now see two white circles, for Focus and Exposure and instead of a little plus in it, you now see the letters ‘E’ and ‘F’. Landcam also has a nifty ‘Double Exposure’ mode if you want to get artistic with your photos. You can continue clicking your photos and they’re automatically saved to the Camera Roll for you.
Tapping the icon in the lower right takes you to a pre-editor where you can select the photos and Crop it to a square frame. You then proceed to the Edit view, where you can apply filters. Landcam offers over 30 filters (Black & White as well as Color) to choose from, so you have ample styles to make your photos look good. You can shift the mode and edit the photo’s Exposure, Brightness, Contrast, Fade, Highlights, Grain, Sharpness, Saturation & Clarity if you wish to. The 3rd mode is where you can add creative elements like Borders, Text (with over 35 bundled fonts), hand-drawn Sketches, Light Leaks, Textures, Shapes and Vignettes. There are lot of options with which you can manipulate the photo to your liking. You can unlock an additional 15 filters, Fonts and Sketches by “Liking” Landcam on Facebook. Once you’re done editing the photo, you can share it to the usual social networks or save it back to your Camera Roll.
The whole flow within Landcam is great and easy to understand. There are no flashy elements or buttons to confuse you. Since it offers so many customization tools, you won’t have to jump through different apps to get the result your desire. Landcam is a spectacularly brilliant app for iPhone and I’m sure anyone who takes photos is gonna love it. It’s just $0.99 on the App Store.
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