/// A Photo App That Makes ‘Awesome’ a Verb

February 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Photography standards have taken a nose dive lately. The photos shared on social networks are often captured on smartphone cameras, which can take poor quality shots. Even photos captured at higher resolutions get downgraded when posted on social networks, including Facebook. Finally, there is an app that gives smartphone camera photos a major boost with powerful photo-capturing functions and editing: Camera Awesome. This is a free camera app made by SmugMug, the strikingly handsome photography site known best for its popularity among enthusiasts who want unlimited storage and don’t mind paying a monthly fee. I got an exclusive first look at this app and have been testing it for the past several weeks using an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 4S. It was available free in Apple’s App Store starting Tuesday and works for anyone, regardless of whether or not they have SmugMug accounts, though those users get a few bonuses. In short, it is by far one of the most full-powered camera apps I’ve used, and it marks an exciting advance for smartphone cameras. Photos I captured with this app tricked friends into thinking they were taken with a high-quality camera. Of the photo apps out there, few come close to Camera Awesome. The app has 297 presets, filters, textures and frames, along with and many other features like image stabilization and burst modes. The popular Instagram has far fewer photo effects, lacks things like image stabilization or burst modes, and doesn’t include video recording. Inventive Inc.’s Camera+ has some of Camera Awesome’s helpful shooting modes, but costs $1.99 and doesn’t have as many effects, or video mode. Camera Awesome offers an ideal mix of beauty and brains

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