VSCO Cam might not be as feature-rich as Camera+ or as gorgeous as Blux Camera but there is still something about this app that sets it apart from all of its competitors. For one thing, it is one of the first camera replacement apps for iPhone that have a flat UI. It doesn’t lack much on the features front either, offering image effects, editing options and full control over the camera while snapping pictures. You can even unlock additional filter packs via in-app purchases, which makes VSCO Cam a perfect photo editor as well as a viable alternative for the stock Camera. The significance of VSCO Cam’s flat UI has increased manifold in the light of Apple’s revelation that iOS 7 is going to be “flat, black and white”.
VSCO Cam offers support for an app-specific account, but everything remains usable without signing up too. The only thing that becomes better with accounts is the app’s sharing capability, but we will come to that later. VSCO Cam, as the name might suggest, shows the app’s camera when it is launched. This ensures that users can capture photos quickly, without having to fumble through multiple menus or buttons.
You can choose separate markers for exposure and white-balance, simply by choosing the appropriate option from the top of the screen and tapping the screen once. The camera also supports two kinds of grids, and also allows you to control the flash. All photos shot using VSCO Cam are saved with their metadata and location information.
VSCO Cam can be used as a complete photo editor for photos stored in your camera roll as well as the ones shot using the app. The editing screen offers a variety of filters, which can be customized by dragging the corresponding sliders that show up just below the photo. If the available effects are not enough for you, head to the ‘Store’ section and purchase some more. Other aspects of the photo such as brightness, contrast, saturation and temperature can also be altered by tapping the arrow icon at the bottom of the screen and then choosing the relative options. To compare the edited images with their originals, just long-press the photo.
If you choose to share your photos on VSCO Cam’s own network, other users of the app can view them by heading to the ‘Discover’ section. Other sharing options include Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Weibo and email.
VSCO Cam is free and certainly deserves a download, if only for its unique interface. Give the iPhone/iPod touch-optimized app a go by heading to the link given below.