ProCamera 8 will change how you use your iPhone’s camera.

Apple has done a really nice job of staying on top of the customer demands for better quality cameras on their phones. In fact, the camera has gotten so advanced that photography and videography professionals have been using iPhones for their secondary and in some cases, their primary cameras on production. Even as good at the iPhone camera is, it still lacks in the ability to focus in on the in-camera effects that you can get with a DSLR camera.

I used to take exposure control for granted. I guess I’ve used too many automatic cameras. Now, I long for the ability to use specific functions like this because I inevitably need to do ‘touch up’ work within Photoshop because my in-camera products aren’t enough. This is why developers have taken it upon themselves to improve the in-camera product with apps. One such app is ProCamera 8.

procamera-1ProCamera 8 by Cocologics is a fast, simple, professional-grade app that allows users to shoot like a pro with a single app. It is designed for iOS 8 with HDR and manual control. The developer really took mobile photography into consideration when designing this app. It’s not a camera replacement, but rather an enhancement. Cocologics looked at what was being offered by the iPhone’s camera and its software, and they added to it. Some of the features include:

  • Advanced editing control including dozens of filters and effects
  • Full resolution photos preview
  • Increased camera control like separate focus and exposure control
  • Night camera
  • Square and widescreen capture formats
  • Dedicated Lightbox
  • Steady light
  • Sharing options

While these are the main features of the app, there are also a few that are brand new to this update (version 6.0) – vividHDR (in-app purchase), Exposure Swipe Control, Pro Control, and the Slow Motion Video Player.

When I began testing this app, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought it might just look like the Apple included Camera software, but ProCamera 8 is so much more. First of all, it’s a very easy to understand interface. It looks very similar to the Camera software, but with more features. I think this was a smart choice by the developers because beginner photographers will be familiar with the interface from using Camera and well-versed photographers will appreciate the efficiency of features.

procamera-2The Exposure Swipe Control is one of the features I like the most because, as I described above, exposure is one of the areas I could use some photography help in. The Exposure Swipe Control allows you to pull the exposure compensation tool to the left or the right and adjust the exposure. This makes it very easy to adjust your picture with your thumb while you’re holding your phone.

I also love that you can adjust your ISO levels. This is something I’ve been longing for with a camera app or addition to the Apple Camera app. You can also control the ISO setting with one finger by sliding it across the bottom of the screen.

ProCamera 8 is a wonderful addition to your iPhone’s photography toolkit. There is so much more depth to this program – I’ve barely scratched the surface of it. ProCamera 8 is available for $3.99 and can be downloaded from the App Store. For more information visit,