ProCamera v9.4 is here
LowLight Plus, Swipe to select, TIFF, GIF, and more…
This update brings a great combination of new features, refinements of existing features and a plethora of under-the-hood improvements.
In the previous update of ProCamera, we introduced the groundbreaking LowLight Plus camera mode. This innovative technology makes it possible to capture stunning photos in low light conditions – indoors and outdoors. LowLight Plus mode was developed in cooperation with our technology partner Ittiam Systems, and is available as an In-App purchase. In addition to a dedicated hand-held mode, it also includes a powerful long exposure mode (LUX+) that automatically combines up to 64 photos in order to surmount both hard- and software limitations.
The new update comes with a free upgrade to the LUX+ long exposure mode: now you have the power to adjust the exposure, even after you have taken a LowLight Plus (LUX+) photo. The innovative LUX+ Exposure Boost slider does far more than simply adjust your photo’s brightness. In fact, it makes use of the full spectrum of information contained in the long exposure. Once you are satisfied with the exposure level, you can save the image as a standard file (JPEG/TIFF). No more worrying about finding the perfect exposure before taking the photo. Instead, focus on capturing the moment and make the necessary adjustments after.
The new exposure adjustment slider is part of the LUX+ preview screen, which is displayed right after the capture process is completed. Please note: Auto-Save must be turned off for LowLight Plus, in order to make use of the new slider (Settings > LowLight Plus > Auto Save: OFF).
The LowLight Plus camera mode is also available on the new iPhone SE and newer generations of iPads and iPods. More information on LowLight Plus can be found in the introductory blog post and on our website.
Swipe to select
In Multi-Select mode, you can now select multiple files with a quick and simple swipe gesture. In standard mode, tapping on a thumbnail in the gallery opens single image view. By tapping the Multi-Select icon in the upper right corner of the screen (next to the camera icon), you’re then able to select – as the name suggests – multiple files. This function is used to delete or export a batch of files at once.
Any combination of swiping and tapping works – for example, you can swipe over multiple lines of thumbnails you wish to select, then add additional files to the selection by individually tapping on their thumbnails.
Simply tap a selected thumbnail again to deselect it, or swipe across multiple selected thumbnails to remove them from the current selection.
5:4 Capture Format
This newly added capture format is not only for retro-enthusiasts, but also for non-square(d) Instagram fans: The “4×5” capture format dates back to the early days of photography, lives on in 4×5 inch photo prints, and has experienced a recent comeback seeing that it is the maximum ratio for uploads in portrait mode on Instagram.
ProCamera v9.4 introduces the 5:4 capture format as a native aspect ratio, so you don’t have to crop photos afterwards in order to get these dimensions. Whether the aspect ratio is 4:5 or 5:4 depends on the orientation of the iPhone (landscape/portrait mode). As with all the other available aspect ratios (16:9, 4:3, 1:1, etc.), you set the desired format in the Control Panel (three line icon, bottom right). Long tap the aspect ratio icon to open an overview of all available options.
The 5:4 aspect ratio has also been added as a preset to the ProCut crop tool in the editing studio of ProCamera. To switch between 5:4 and 4:5, tap the preset ratio (e.g. “5:4”) again.
Because the GIF format seems to be more popular than ever, we have added a GIF viewer to enable you to view these clips directly in ProCamera.
HDR mode now has what we call a “sticky” focus and exposure. This means that your focus and exposure points (assuming the exposure circle has been activated), will return you to the same settings in your viewfinder after you have saved the photo. It’s very handy when taking multiple HDR captures of the same scene – this way, you do not have to keep resetting your focus and exposure points.
Tip: Haven’t purchased the HDR mode yet? If you have been thinking about it, now is the time to do so because the price will soon go up!
Free Street Pack
Our ever popular black and white “Street” photo filter set is now completely free. These hand-picked filters are inspired by various types of real camera film used by the masters of street photography. Enjoy!
When the ProCamera Lightbox is activated, photos and videos are saved within the app instead of in the standard Camera Roll. The Lightbox was first introduced in ProCamera 4.0 and has become a user-favorite. Besides the standard export option that allows you to save exact copies of Lightbox files to the Camera Roll – you may now also use the Export Menu to save downsized versions of your photo to the Camera Roll. Select the files you wish to export, then tap and hold the share icon (bottom left) until the Export Menu pops up, and adjust the export settings to your liking. Finally, tap “Next” and then select “Save to Camera Roll”.
We generally recommend a non-destructive workflow that doesn’t alter your original files. Some users expressed their interest in an option to save smaller files. This solution allows exactly that, and at the same time makes sure you always capture photos at the highest quality possible. After the export process is completed, you have the option to delete or save the original Lightbox files. This feature also enables you to downsize video files. For more information on the Export Menu, check our previous What’s New Post.
Note: The “swipe selection” function also works in ProCamera Lightbox.
Compatibility improvements have been made for TIFF files that are later viewed or edited in third party software. To make TIFF files easier to read in software that may have a hard time interpreting EXIF data correctly, enable the new settings option: Settings > File Format > TIFF (uncompress/LZW) > Normalize orientation: ON.
Keep in mind that because image data might need to be rotated, the saving process can be a bit slower.
Bug Fixes, Polishing and more
Our developers have been very diligent in fine-tuning numerous details so that ProCamera runs more smoothly than ever. As mentioned before, LowLight Plus is now available on newer generation iPods, iPads, and of course the new iPhone SE. LowLight Plus will automatically appear in the Camera Mode Selector on all supported devices.
The special “LowLight HDR” feature is a free gift to all users who have purchased vividHDR and LowLight Plus. We decided to offer the LowLight HDR feature free-of-charge to iPhone 4S users who purchase the vividHDR feature, as the 4S cannot process LowLight Plus photos.
As with all new iOS releases and updates, if you have any suggestions or find a bug, please let us know via the in-app support or email us at [email protected].
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