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Camera+ 2.2 available: I can see clearly now!

by John Casasanta
March 29, 201122 comments

I’m extremely excited to announce that Camera+ 2.2 is now available in the App Store.

The big thing… Clarity ~ one tap to awesomeness!

Clarity

Version 2.2 represents many months of work… work that we started all the way back last September when Apple announced that they were including an HDR feature in the standard Camera app. Our main, new feature in this version is something we call Clarity, which, in a nutshell, is our response to Apple’s HDR.

Here’s the blurb on Clarity from the release notes…

Clarity is one of the biggest breakthroughs to happen to image processing in a long time. Simply put, it can make your photos look truly stunning with just one tap.

We created Clarity to help turn all the shots you take into perfect photos. Clarity analyzes your photos and makes several intelligent adjustments that magically bring out details and breathe life into dull photos. There’s no need to futz with complicated and confusing controls… behind the scenes, we do all that and more for you through innovative “smart-processing”.

And with Clarity, you’ll stop throwing out “bad” photos… you’ll be amazed to see what it can do to photos that you’d typically consider unusable, like shots that came out too dark.

The results are so good that you’re going to think that we sold our souls to achieve them. :twisted:

We know you’re going to love Clarity and at the sake of sounding all cliché, it’s going to take your photography to a whole new level.

original

with Clarity

Just look at the huge difference between the original photo and the one with Clarity.

Because of all the time and energy we spent researching and developing Clarity, we seriously considered making it an additional in-app purchase. But in the end, we strongly felt that we wanted the almost 2 million Camera+ users to get the benefits of it for free. We’re really happy about how much all of you enjoy using Camera+ and we’re sure that this will greatly add to that enjoyment.

I want to give a shout-out to the ones responsible for working so hard to bring you Clarity. To put it mildly, Karl and Scott worked their asses off to make it nothing short of amazing.

Some other things

Here are the remaining release notes for this update. There are several other cool things in this release, but they’re all being overshadowed by Clarity. They’ll just have to get over it this time.

  • we’ve added a ‘+’ button to the touch focus control to enable you to easily split it into focus and exposure controls (you can still use the two-finger tap to do this)… THAT’S what the ‘+’ in the app icon was supposed to represent all along!
  • multiple photos are now saved to your Camera Roll according to the order they were selected
  • we’ve made it clearer when your camera is autofocusing
  • improved Pinhole effect
  • improved Vintage border
  • fixed a bug where the shutter button sometimes wouldn’t work
  • fixed a bug where photos could’ve been saved to your Camera Roll with an incorrect date/time taken
  • fixed a bug where the timer countdown time could get stuck on the screen
  • fixed a bug where the Cancel buttons in sharing sometimes wouldn’t work
  • various minor bug fixes and enhancements

Also, Scott, in his other role here as Vice-Minister of Sharing, will be posting soon to tell you all about all the cool, new stuff that we’re adding to our sharing pages.

Check it out… now!

Because Clarity is such a huge advancement for Camera+, we decided to give it its own webpage, complete with awesome Mostly Lisa promo video. If you care at all about the quality of the photos you take, you owe it to yourself to go there this instant and see the difference Clarity makes

Clarity video poster

http://campl.us/clarity


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22 comments

  1. Collin Henderson
    9:13am, March 29, 2011

    For the most part, Clarity is really, really awesome. One thing I noticed is really white areas (like white clouds) seem to overexpose.

  2. Tim Baker
    9:17am, March 29, 2011

    Looks great. I’m a huge fan of this app so can’t wait to test out the Clarity feature.

    One question…since the release of version 2.0, I’ve been unable to add multiple effects to a photo the way I used to. For example, if I want to use “pinhole” and “depth of field”, there’s no way (that I can find) to easily add these multiple filters w/o saving the photo, re-loading it and adding another effect on top of it.

    Am I missing something?

  3. Rob
    9:36am, March 29, 2011

    Wow. This is an amazing alternative to HDR but I would love a slider adjustment cause sometimes the clarified photo is a little too clarified!

  4. maique madeira
    9:48am, March 29, 2011

    another vote for the slider.
    you can actually put a slider on all the scenes, as you’ve done on effects. sometimes it really is too much of a good thing, and it would be super if we could tone it down a bit.

  5. Harrison
    10:06am, March 29, 2011

    AwesomeAwesomeAwesome

  6. James
    10:33am, March 29, 2011

    Awesome – so I bought the additional filters as a way of compensating you for the free clarity functionality!

  7. Anne
    10:33am, March 29, 2011

    Unfortunately I continue to prefer the original Pinhole effect (from 2 versions ago). Am I alone? Here is an example of a photo with the original pinhole effect:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40112934@N06/5396795967/in/set-72157625344046681/
    and the same picture with the new pinhole effect:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40112934@N06/5571550048/
    I find the original Pinhole effect to have much more charm and mystery to it, with fuzzy edges and a more pronounced vignette effect. In my humble opinion, the new Pinhole effect lacks charm and is too grainy.

  8. Cesare R.
    11:12am, March 29, 2011

    Clarity is impressive! Thank you :)

  9. Carlos Toro
    12:11pm, March 29, 2011

    Guys I simply Love camera+ it has been simply the best purchase on the App Store ever. There is only one thing missing. I have spoken this with a lot of colleagues and they want to buy the app but without this feature many people just dont go and get the app. This feature is just to take video. Simply as that, no effects or fancy stuff, just take simple plain video. This will replace the stock camera forever!

    Keep up the good work guys and hope we can take video with these app that would make it perfect!!!

  10. Carlos Toro
    12:13pm, March 29, 2011

    @Anne, I agree the original pin hole effect was way better. The new one looks to grainy and without that magic. :(

  11. Lock
    12:31pm, March 29, 2011

    wow, Clarity is great, thank you guys.

    I also agree on a slider to edit % of effect.

    I’d also like a function to remove GPS info from a photo, sometimes I don’t like to let people know where I am. :]

  12. Sean
    2:26pm, March 29, 2011

    Will there ever be a green circle fix?

  13. Tomas Ponce
    2:48pm, March 29, 2011

    I love Camera+. I’m wondering if/why iPhoto can’t have the same filtering effects somehow built in. I’d easily pay for that app in the mac app store.

  14. Randy
    2:52pm, March 29, 2011

    I would totally pay for Camera+ on the Mac for doing a little processing off the phone.

  15. Brian G
    3:21pm, March 29, 2011

    I updated and only had time to check out the new + button. I noticed if i focus far to the right on the view finder the + is impossible to tap. Just saying :)
    Looking forward to check out Clarity.

  16. Alan / Falcon
    5:57pm, March 29, 2011

    Clarity looks fantastic!

    @Tomas – you can try out the app “Flare” on the Mac App Store, there’s a lot of great filters that can be mixed and matched. I’d still prefer a Tap Tap Tap style app on my Mac for these kinds of effects, but it looks like they’re happy to stick with iOS for now.

    A few of my photos processed with Flare: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dafalcon/tags/processedwithflare/

  17. Keith
    6:47pm, March 29, 2011

    One more vote for the slider. Clarity is awesome, but sometimes it’s “overly” awesome ;)

    Also, if there is a shortcut to Clarity, such as making the beautiful eye as a button next to the magnifying glass, it’d be perfect. Right now, there are just too many taps to get o the Clarity button.

    Thanks, I’ll buy the filter now too to compensate you for this free gem.

  18. Dorothy
    7:12am, March 30, 2011

    Well, I am quite impressed with Clarity. It isn’t appropriate for all photos (close-up self-portraits *cough*)) but it is an amazing processing effect on many others. Major kudos to Taptaptap for their excellent work.

  19. Corey
    5:22pm, March 30, 2011

    I love the addition of clarity. It works great for one-button awesome… However, I have one request for 2.3…. and iPad specific version of Camera+… Now that my iPad 2 has cameras (though crappy ones compared to my iPhone 4), it only makes sense to have Camera+ on the iPad. Even with an old camera, I would love to display and edit photos with the iPad’s larger resolution…. when will we get a true iPad version?

  20. Jay
    8:07pm, March 30, 2011

    Loving Clarity so far but I noticed this bug mentioned: “* fixed a bug where photos could’ve been saved to your Camera Roll with an incorrect date/time taken”

    That either isn’t the same bug I mentioned when the auto-saving to the Camera Roll was implemented (2.1, I think?) or it is the same one, but still isn’t working correctly.

    When I set it to save automatically to the Camera Roll (either by Lightbox+Camera Roll, or Camera Roll only), I get no date/time information in the photos saved to the Camera Roll automatically. The same photo in the Lightbox can then be saved from the Lightbox to the Camera Roll like the old way, and it has the time/date information correctly.

    The photos auto-saved have all their other info, camera model, GPS info, etc. Just no time/date. Makes sorting … well, kind of impossible.

    I’d love for this to get fixed, because my workflow currently (or still, I suppose) consists of all photos saving to the Lightbox. I tap copy > paste, then edit the new image. That leaves me the original, plus the edited. Then Save All to the Camera Roll, import to Lightroom/Aperture, etc. I’d love to keep Lightbox+Camera Roll saving turned on, that way my original will automatically be saved to my Camera Roll, and I can just edit the one in the Lightbox and save it out to the Camera Roll later. But until the time/date gets saved properly to the Camera Roll, I can’t do that.

    Here’s hoping a 2.2.1 comes soon and this gets fixed.

  21. Chris
    8:14am, March 31, 2011

    Kudos on Clarity guys. You’ve managed to salvage some of what I thought were mediocre shots taken last year to greatness :)

  22. Sierra
    9:38am, April 3, 2011

    @Anne- i am sooo with you on this one!, that first picture u took was gorgeous! Pinhole n nostalgia were my most used and somehow both of those were the ones that were “improved” on :( It’s just to sharp and high in contrast to be nostalgic… The fuzz and the grains were the charm…


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