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iPhone HDR Apps Review - iPhone HDR v iCameraHDR v Pro HDR

iPhone HDR Apps Review - iPhone HDR v iCameraHDR v Pro HDR - Daniel Bell compares a free and a paid for HDR app for the iPhone.

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iCamera HDR   Pro HDR Free

The iPhone 4 camera app has the ability to shoot HDR images, but there are a wealth of HDR apps available on the App store, some are free, some you have to pay for. On test here are two apps, iCamera HDR and Pro HDR Free, the images produced by these apps will be compared to those produced by the iPhone camera app.

iPhone HDR v iCameraHDR v Pro HDR Free Apps Features

     
iCamera HDR:
  • Automatic HDR images with one tap
  • Manual capture allows you to choose your prefered exposures
  • Single capture mode creates a HDR image from just one shot
  • Normal capture mode uses iPhone standard camera combined with other capture features
  • Advanced image alignment algorithm precisely aligns photos in seconds.
  • Different levels of Anti-shake
  • Three different patented Tone Mapping Engines
  • True 32-bit HDR workflow
  • Use iPhone 4 flash as a continuous fill light
  • Dozens of sliders and buttons for you to completely fine tune and control your final images.
  • Innovative E-Lighting technology
  • Photo library support
  • Share your photos by email and to Flickr and Facebook
  • Dozens of photo effects
  Pro HDR Free:
  • Automatic HDR images with one tap
  • Manual capture allows you to choose your prefered exposures
  • Photos captured at 640 x 480 resolution*
  • Photo library support
  • Front and rear camera support for iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G; rear camera support for iPhone 3GS
  • Proprietary image alignment algorithm that precisely aligns full-size images in seconds
  • Seamless image blending
  • Live-updating image adjustment sliders to perfect your HDR
  • Fullscreen image preview
  • Geotagging / GPS / EXIF data saved to your camera roll (requires iOS 4.1 or newer)
  • Share your HDRs with the world with built-in email support
*The paid for app will capture full-resolution HDR's upto 5 megapixels and costs £1.49.

Both apps are only compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G running iOS 4 or newer.

iPhone HDR v iCameraHDR v Pro HDR Free Apps Performance

The iCamera HDR app takes about 20 seconds to shoot the images, with a further 30 seconds required to create the final HDR. There are a mass of options which allow you to edit your images such as tone mapping, rotate/flip, brightness, contrast, highlights/shadows, b/w point, white-balance, saturation, blur/sharpening, lens correction and FX effect. Hit the save button and you can save the final image to your photo album or export to email, Flickr and Facebook.

The Pro HDR takes 30 seconds to take the photos and combine them to your HDR. Here there are fewer options as you can only adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth and tint. You can then either save or email.

All of the images below were taken using the automatic methods and no adjustment was made in either of the apps. From the sample pictures below it is clear that each app produces very different results. The iPhone 4 camera app produces very natural looking images, the iCamera HDR pictures look like they've gone too far, with the Pro HDR app producing a good effect without going over the top.

iPhone 4 Camera App HDR iCameraHDR Pro HDR Free
iPhone 4 Camera App HDR iCameraHDR Pro HDR Free
iPhone 4 Camera App HDR iCameraHDR
Pro HDR Free
iPhone 4 Camera App HDR iCameraHDR Pro HDR Free

iPhone HDR v iCameraHDR v Pro HDR Free Apps Verdict

The Pro HDR app takes much better looking HDR images and is fantastic given that the basic app is available for free. If you want to shoot full 5 megapixel HDRs you can buy the upgrade for £1.49. This makes it more expensive than the iCamera HDR. The images produced by the iCamera don't look as natural as the iPhone camera app and Pro HDR, but there are so many more editing options available, so this may be more appealing to some iPhone users. The iCameraHDR app also allows you to upload to Facebook and Flickr, which is not available on the Pro HDR app. For creating the best HDRs easily, the Pro HDR app is recommended.

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The iCamera HDR iPhone App is available from the iTunes Store for £0.69. For more information please visit the Everimaging Ltd website.

The Pro HDR iPhone App is available from the iTunes Store for £1.49. The Pro HDR Free App is available here. For more information please visit the eyeApps LLC website.

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