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Camera+ 1.2 available with exclusive Touch Exposure feature

by John Casasanta
July 21, 201061 comments

Camera+ 1.2 is fresh off the presses and it’s got some very cool things in it! Get it now in the App Store.

Here’s the big list:

  • [Camera+ exclusive] Touch Exposure: set exposure separately from focus for the ultimate control of your shots (touch with a second finger to control exposure)
  • [Camera+ exclusive] Touch Focus: better than tap to focus because you can continuously drag the focus box around until your shots are in perfect focus
  • [Camera+ exclusive] Photo Flashlight: use the iPhone 4 LED flash as a continuous fill light to improve photo quality, especially for portrait and macro shots
  • speed of photo taking is now lightning fast
  • the high quality zoom control now works on iOS 4
  • stabilizer improvements
  • detailed metadata is now uploaded to photos shared on Flickr
  • fixed a bug where the camera shutter button would stop functioning
  • fixed a bug where photos wouldn’t display in the Lightbox on an iPad when in 2× magnification mode #weird
  • various minor bug fixes and enhancements

Touch Exposure (and Focus)

Touch Exposure

The biggest and best thing in this version is our exclusive Touch Exposure feature (along with a big improvement over Apple’s great Tap to Focus, which we call Touch Focus). I’ll allow the lovely Lisa Bettany to demonstrate this awesome new feature which will help you dramatically improve your photos…

So, you basically touch with a second finger to show the exposure control, then drag it until you get your shot exactly the way you want it. Dragging to a dark area will make the overall photo lighter and vice-versa.

We know you’re going to love this new addition.

Photo Flashlight

In addition to the standard LED flash controls that your iPhone 4 has, we’ve added a nifty mode where you can use the light in continuous mode. This is great for those times when the full flash is just too much and works perfectly for “fill lighting”.

Photo Flashlight

Oh, and what the hell… for those times when you just need a flashlight to light your way, simply switch it on and save 99¢ on a dedicated flashlight app!

Much faster shooting

We’ve dramatically sped-up taking photos in this version. If you felt that the previous versions of Camera+ were a little laggy in that regard, you’ll have a whole new opinion on it with this new version. You can take a whole string of shots in a row and hardly notice any delay.


It seems that some of you noticed in our recent teaser video that Lisa snapped a pic with the volume buttons on the camera. We were trying to highlight Touch Exposure, but a few of you with keener eyes picked-up on this little mistake of ours… and tweeted and retweeted about it. This is actually a feature that we had in the first version of Camera+ that we submitted to Apple. The very version that some of you may remember got rejected. You probably realize now that that was the feature that actually got the app rejected.

We’re still using the feature in our test builds of the app and we love it. We call it VolumeSnap. But we’re not able to include this great feature in the app because Apple doesn’t allow us to change the functionality of the volume buttons, unfortunately.

So our plea to you, if you’d like to see this great feature in a future version of Camera+, is to tell Apple that you want it. Here’s the link to use (“Enhancement Request” is probably the best feedback type to choose for this):

Keep the feedback coming

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  1. Richard Haber
    6:56pm, July 21, 2010

    So, I ask again, what was Lisa doing in the previous teaser video at the end when she tapped an icon in the lower right of the landscape mode display and she appeared on the screen and winked?

  2. Mike
    6:58pm, July 21, 2010

    Very nice, I like the improvements. But one thing (can you guess what?) GPS SUPPORT PLEASE.

    I *love* Camera+, but the *only* reason I don’t use it regularly is that it doesn’t tag photo locations.

  3. Allan White
    7:05pm, July 21, 2010

    The separate focus and exposure controls look wonderful - Camera+ definitely has my attention now.

    Mike brings up a great point on GPS support. I’m curious why that’s not present; I’d have thought it easy to access location services. Nontrivial?

  4. Scott Meinzer
    7:07pm, July 21, 2010

    Camera+ tags photos with location meta data for uploading if you share a photo to flickr/twitter from within Camera+ — of course we’d love to make it so that same metadata is exported to your camera roll when you save a photo… Sadly, that isn’t possible under the current version of the iPhone SDK, but trust me when I say the moment it is possible it will be added to Camera+

  5. Marc
    7:17pm, July 21, 2010

    @Richard Haber - she tapped the button that switches from the rear camera to the front-facing camera on the iPhone 4 - it’s nothing special, it’s the same button you find in the iPhone 4 Apple Camera app

  6. Angel
    7:21pm, July 21, 2010

    Please please please support GPS location!!

  7. Jacob
    7:28pm, July 21, 2010

    These new features look cool! I can’t wait to use it when I get around to buying an iPhone 4.

    @Richard Haber: I’m guessing it flipped to the front facing camera.

  8. xenohawk
    7:29pm, July 21, 2010

    Great update! Absolutely love the Touch Focus and exposure control, two things I really wanted after the touch to focus. Too bad about the VolumeSnap though.

    Would really love if you can include this in the next update - Direct loading to camera view instead of the DSLR default (missing a photo opportunity is a waste)

  9. Palaemon
    8:44pm, July 21, 2010

    I noticed a bug. When you turn from landscape to portrait and back, the on-screen icons leave a ghost image as well as the original icons.

  10. RickB
    9:55pm, July 21, 2010

    Yep same here as @Palaemon it looks like the switch from front facing to rear facing camera icon is portrait then when you switch to landscape you still see the portrait icon and now a new landscape icon over the top of it.

    Also Im not sure if this is a limitation to the rear facing camera (self portrait), but the tap to focus doesn’t seem to work. Otherwise this is a really sweet update! :)

  11. Phil
    10:26pm, July 21, 2010

    The update looks great :)
    I have one issue when I try to sync the photos I have taken with Camera+ to iPhoto as the photos are not displayed in iPhoto. When my iPhone is plugged I can actually see all of the items from the Camera Roll of the phone but can’t see the pictures. What I get is a dashed square for each item with the name of the item.
    Am I the only one experiencing that issue?

  12. Mike
    11:04pm, July 21, 2010


    Really? I was under the impression that iOS4’s SDK permitted it. I’ll have to take a look again (I’m a dev as well), but if that’s the case, then I understand why the feature was left out.

    Nice to know that it works via the sharing/upload feature though - that *might* just make the difference for me.

    Keep up the good work guys!

  13. Andrew
    11:30pm, July 21, 2010

    Really love Camera+ - I use the camera on my iPhone *so* much more than I ever did before using this app. Quick question - the new second-touch exposure with v1.2 doesn’t seem to work for me; touch focus works fine, but nothing at all happens with the second touch (I’m doing exactly what Lisa’ video demo shows)… I have an iPhone 3GS with IOS3.1.3… IOS4 vs IOS3 issue? Apart from that, love your work!

  14. Marc
    12:00am, July 22, 2010

    I just posted the following to Apple for an “Enhancement Request”:

    With separate, gorgeous steel buttons on the new iPhone 4, being able to use those buttons for application functionality is more exciting now than ever.

    Camera+ originally submitted their app such that a volume button would take the photo, giving a physical camera shutter button.

    When people see videos of “VolumeSnap”, everyone seems to want it. It really is a great way of taking photos, and a popular request.

    However, I do understand why it isn’t allowed. The volume buttons should control volume, nothing else.

    But what if, by default, the feature was off? And it was up to the user to switch it on within the app? I know I’d love this feature along with a whole lot more people.

    Please consider lifting your ban on this. I think it would be great.


  15. Richard Haber
    12:34am, July 22, 2010

    @jacob and @marc: Ah, thanks for the clarification. I’m stuck in the dark ages with my 3Gs, so it was not a familiar feature.

  16. Frank Jonen
    12:58am, July 22, 2010

    I would urge you to consider reason over features.

    The volume buttons are what I use to control the volume of whatever audio is playing. If you were allowed to take that away from us users it would inevitably hurt your sales.

    It would make the iPhone seem defective to non tech savvy users if they run your app and the volume buttons stop responding because someone did a functionality override. And the coincidence of your app running AND the volume buttons misbehaving would lead to bad press as well as negative reviews.

  17. Zee
    1:51am, July 22, 2010

    Does Touch Exposure not work on iPhone 3G?

  18. Moira
    2:51am, July 22, 2010

    The touch exposure is not working on my jailbroken 3GS with 3.1.3.

    Otherwise, I love the app, though it seems very heavy on battery.

  19. Tim
    6:42am, July 22, 2010

    In playing with my iPhone as though I had that feature, it seems to that adding shutter to volume would increase the risk of camera shake. Every time I pressed the volume the camera rotated slightly. I’m pretty much with Frank on this one.

    However, it gives you the opportunity to build an add on gizmo with a button and scroll wheel on it.

  20. Joe
    6:51am, July 22, 2010

    I can’t get the camera to work at all on a 3GS under 4.1 (beta)

  21. alex
    8:08am, July 22, 2010

    Are you planning to add image rotation feature to the lightbox in camera+?

    Great app, I quite like the new features.

  22. rosenkrieger
    9:04am, July 22, 2010

    Please give us a setting that goes right into the full view instead of the “cameramode” - for alot of users its a time-waster to get the cam/lightbox menu first because we want to take pictures - fast - thats the reason I still use the built in cam app when its snapshot time.

  23. Jose Betancur
    10:36am, July 22, 2010

    The camera isn’t working for me since the update, when open, it takes a snapshot of the camera, and keep it still even if I do zoom or move the iPhone it keeps showing the same image. But if press the shutter button it takes a photo of what it should be showing in the preview.
    [iPhone 3G]

  24. Dave
    11:10am, July 22, 2010

    Great update. I love the app and now it’s even better. How about export to DropBox in addition to Twitter/Facebook/Flickr. I use DropBox as a way to move photos from my Camera Roll to my other computers over wifi. Would be great to be able to do this right from my Lightbox, especially if it would retain location data.

    Thanks for the update. Keep up the great work!

  25. Kyle
    1:11pm, July 22, 2010

    Awesome update to Camera+ 1.2. Went ahead and submitted a comment to Apple regarding the allowance of VolumeSnap and EXIF geodata to be applied to the camera roll.

    Noticed a bug of moving from portrait to landscape… Looks like the buttons for front vs rear facing camera and flash modes rotate as expected, but portrait buttons still stay on screen, causing a weird overlay. Will submit a screenshot of my screen as an example.


  26. maique
    4:46pm, July 22, 2010

    very sorry to see the volume buttons as shutter didn’t make it to the released build.

    and i did send the enhancement request to apple.

  27. Nick
    5:42pm, July 22, 2010

    Is anyone else having issues showing the camera image on iPhone 4? I’ve tried reinstalling, restarting but the issue is still there.

  28. Jason
    7:01pm, July 22, 2010

    No offense but the lightbox is the worst feature of this application. It makes dealing with pictures a multistep process when it shouldn’t be and the user interface is clunky at best. Is the Sdk metadata issue because you’re not saving directly to the camera roll as you probably should be?

  29. JP
    7:47pm, July 22, 2010

    Hey, why does Real Camera app let you use the volume buttons, silent button and prox sensor? And not you? I call apples BS. Look into it cause I really want that shutter button!

  30. Ambrosia
    10:53am, July 23, 2010

    As a few others have mentioned, the touch and exposure focus don’t work on my phone, but I am running 3.1.2 - is this an issue?
    Thanks for your reply.

  31. Digital Artist
    2:18pm, July 23, 2010

    Does anyone see this with Camera+ ?

    At the main screen there is a button on the right side, I remember pushing it before and it would take a picture, now it does not and or sometimes just closes the viewfinder window. The red light on the left side used to change to green when pushed also.

    The new version does not work, anyone see this also?


  32. Samuel
    3:55pm, July 23, 2010

    The thumbnails in lightbox do not represent the edited picture. I guess this is a bug in 1.2 as it worked fine in 1.0 and 1.1.

    I’d like to have an option to keep the image in lightbox once it’s been saved/exported to the camera roll.

    EXIF is still missing on the images saved to camera roll. Can this be cured by saving diretcly to camera roll instead of into lightbox?

    And please include an option to ‘time stamp’ the images. (orange digital date ie. 2010-07-23 in the down right corner or something like that)

  33. T-Will
    6:10pm, July 23, 2010

    Awesome update!

    As others have mentioned just have a few requests:

    1. Option to start in camera mode, maybe even an option to immediately take a photo to save even more time.

    2. Geotags (understand this is an Apple limitation grrrr).

    3. Add an intensity setting to the filters and allow multiple filters.

    4. Basic brightness/contrast sliders in Lightbox.

    The focus/exposure is extremely useful and intuitive, can’t wait to see what else is in store!

  34. Jim
    9:56pm, July 23, 2010

    I use iphone 3gs 3.1.3, but it doesn’t work for ver 1.2, please help, thanks

  35. Drew Campbell
    10:19pm, July 23, 2010

    I absolutely love the app. If there was captioning functionality I’d delete every other camera app on my phone.

  36. JaymeOhh
    4:03am, July 24, 2010

    like JP said how come real camera was able to use the volume buttons to zoom and silent button to take pictures(which is a horrible.. should just be one of the volume buttons to take a pic).. you should definitely bring this up with apple.

  37. Jay
    6:26am, July 24, 2010

    @Scott: I’m a bit confused why you say it’s a limitation of the SDK that you can’t include full metadata (EXIF & GPS) when saving out to the camera roll. When iOS 4 was first announced, and Jobs was going over some of the new features, there was a slide showing a bunch of features. Here’s a screencap of it:

    It very clearly states “full access to still and video camera data”. Am I wrong in understanding that to mean you now have full access to read/write EXIF & GPS data? Meaning you should be able to read in a photo from the camera roll, and it not be stripped of it’s metadata. Likewise you should be able to save out to the camera roll with all included metadata.

    Also you say that all the metadata will be sent when you share on Flickr. I’m curious if that’s metadata recorded at the moment of capturing the image, or if it’s metadata recorded at the moment of uploading to Flickr? If it’s the former, I guess as long as we don’t want to back up our photos on our computers, we could just not save them to the camera roll and it be somewhat of a workaround for the metadata issue. Maybe you could add DropBox support and let us export to that with all the metadata?

    But if it’s the latter, as it has been previously with photo uploaders, it’s a rather useless feature. Unless I immediately upload a photo I just snapped to Flickr, the capture time/date, and location are going to be wrong. They’ll be set at the point when and where I upload, and that could be hours, even days after I actually snapped the shot. Particularly egregious for something like a road trip where you may not even be remotely near where you were, even shortly after taking the shot.

    That all said, I love the new drag focus, and separate exposure control. That’s freaking brilliant, and really the only thing keeping me from replacing the default camera app on my dock with Camera+ is the current lack of metadata handling.

    If I had to think of new features (aside from the obvious metadata issue) for upcoming versions, I would say we should have an option to immediately go into shooting mode when we launch Camera+. The eye candy is nice, but if it makes me miss a shot because I had to wait and take another step before being able to shoot, then it’s a point of frustration. I know there’s the little shutter button to the right of the “viewfinder”, but A) you don’t get the awesome new focus and exposure control, and B) it doesn’t appear to be working in 1.2. It blacks out the viewfinder, but doesn’t take a picture.

    The other feature I’d love to see added is when taking a shot, not only does it add the picture to the lightbox, but it also saves that picture to the camera roll. That way when I go into the lightbox and edit a picture, then save it, it’s saving a copy/duplicate, and preserving the original “as shot” image. Either save to the camera roll immediately, or when making edits and you hit the save button, it saves the “as shot” version, and the edited version. I may not be entirely happy with the edit once I get it on my big monitor, and want to re-work it in Aperture. To do that now, I have to take the shot, copy and paste it from within the lightbox, edit one, and then save all. Does it work? Sure. Is it a pain in the ass? Oh, most definitely. Frankly, with a photographer endorsing/working with you guys on this, I’m kind of shocked it doesn’t already work this way to begin with.

  38. Digital Artist
    9:25pm, July 24, 2010

    Great to see the app INCLUDE a “white balance” addition to the program. Why Not!!!

    THAT would be a excellent addition to this App.

    Please add this touch


  39. Digital Artist
    9:28pm, July 24, 2010

    Also can we get a slider or something so when we add effects to a image we can adjust the AMOUNT of the effect?

    Wow, that would be great, adjustable with percentage or 0 to 100.

    As it is everything seems canned effects, great but let the user decide how and how much a effect.

    Lets see it…

  40. Rich
    11:14pm, July 24, 2010

    Uploading 4 pictures at time. Facebook crashes everytime.

  41. David
    9:48am, July 25, 2010

    Any chance of porting this to android?

  42. Shootsbooz
    5:32pm, July 25, 2010

    Image rotation please. Keep up the great work!

  43. Frank
    4:54am, July 26, 2010

    Same here, don’t understand why you can’t save a copy to the Camera Roll… As with ProCamera, which combines filter effects, photos are getting stored directly to the camera roll, so that I can plug my iPhone to the computer and transfer pics instantly…

  44. James
    5:19am, July 29, 2010

    Since upgrade, unable to see preview of image on iphone4
    If you press the shutter , the image is taken and appears in lightbox.
    Of no use until this is sorted.

  45. Samuel
    5:33am, July 30, 2010

    Manual White-balance would be a nice thing to have.

    Maybe a few ‘presets’(Manual, Tungsten, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade) and a few ‘use-presets’.

    That is if it’s possible to do with the current sdk…

  46. Nico
    2:03am, August 2, 2010

    - I agree with the commenters how suggest to remove the viewfinder mode. Just go directly to camera mode and add a button to switch to the lightbox.

    - After updating the iPhone 4 to iOS 4.1 Beta, the camera “live view” stopped working. It shows a static picture (grabbed when the App starts). I know this is an “early adopter” problem, but it may persist one iOS 4.1 is released…

  47. JP
    3:32am, August 2, 2010

    Have you consisted addind video recording so you don’t have to switch apps to record video. Often I don’t know beforehand if I want to record video or take pictures.

  48. Chris
    7:11am, August 5, 2010

    I would like to second a few feature requests:

    1. Add a video button. Having to switch to another app is a pain.

    2. Photo rotate button

    3. Option to skip the camera on start up

    4. EXIF\location data to photo roll

    Other than that this Is the best camera app on iphone

  49. Paul
    2:19pm, August 11, 2010

    Brilliant app with a lot of great features.

    It would be great though if you could skip the camera on start up as suggested by other people. Please add an option to do so if possible!! :)

  50. Chris
    8:52am, August 15, 2010

    @Phil I’m having the same problem importing pictures using iPhoto, in fact, any app I try including Image Capture and Picassa cannot thumbnail any image which Camera+ transfers to the camera roll, thumbnails only appear for pictures taken with the native camera app.

    I have tested this with several other camera apps and it seems like it is an issue with any non native app saving pictures to the camera roll, they all “break” the thumbnails in iPhoto although they are still able to be imported without a problem.

    So it seems this is a problem with the iPhone software, or some restriction placed on images saved to the camera roll from third party apps…either way, it would be nice if the issues was acknowledged and addressed in some way?

  51. Mark
    8:19pm, August 23, 2010

    I’m having the same trouble. 3Gs, OS4, Snow Leopard. I’m seeing more than what @Chris is seeing as I get a blank screen when I try to edit the imported photos in iPhoto as well as the missing thumbnails. I know, why would you edit in iPhoto? It was a test to see what would happen.

    I find this quite frustrating as we use iPhoto for managing our photos and I wanted to use my iPhone more for taking candid shots of the family. You know, the precious moments and unexpected things.

    I would really like to know what the source of the problem is and how to work around it.

  52. Rick
    8:16pm, September 25, 2010

    I keep Tryin to get this app on iTunes but can’t seem to find it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

  53. Belle
    1:31am, December 24, 2010

    I don’t get the tap to focus feature. All I see is a big red circle which is the focus button. I have version 2, which I just downloaded.

  54. Belle
    1:32am, December 24, 2010

    Sorry, I mean the exposure button. I don’t see the focus button.

  55. Belle
    1:44am, December 24, 2010

    Opps, I meant I see only the exposure button, but no focus.

  56. Fonde
    3:52am, March 13, 2011

    I just purchased Camera+, and am using version 2.1.1 and am using an iPod touch (ver.4.2.1). When I touch the screen to take a picture I only see the exposure button, not the focus button. What am I doing wrong???

  57. grub
    5:23pm, April 28, 2011

    hi, i understand that some features of camera+ don’t work on the ipod touch 4g. could you *please* write a post that clarifies exactly what is not included on the ipod touch. thx

  58. JoelSoRandom
    11:54pm, August 5, 2011

    I don’t know of this is a feature or not, but I was wondering if you can combine two photos with this… Like have two photos in one picture, and be able to set transparency?

  59. BMWTwisty
    1:42pm, December 30, 2011

    Please, please, please add an 80a blue filter for correcting images shot under tungsten lighting! You have many other filters except this very basic and important one. Excellent app otherwise!

  60. macflyer
    12:52pm, December 31, 2011

    great work thx, but pls give me a button for ‘delete all’. it tooks a long time to remove one by one of over thousand…
    thx and a happy new year

  61. icarlexe
    7:21pm, January 3, 2012

    Why doesn’t wor the exposure on my IpodTouch 4g IOS 4.3.3? can you repair or something like that please.

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