Apple is back at it again with not one, but two new iPhones this year. The newly-released iPhone 8 promises better camera with new features like the Portrait Lighting on the iPhone 8 Plus and optical image stabilization on both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. But do you really need to upgrade to a whole new iPhone just for a better-functioning camera?
When we look at the specs, both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 has a 12-megapixel rear camera and 7-megapixel front camera. The only significant difference is the aforementioned Portrait Lighting feature but that only comes in the bigger iPhone 8 model. Other than that, there’s really not much of a difference between the new iPhone and the iPhone 7.
So to compensate with all the promises Apple is making with their new iPhones and their cameras, there are several mobile apps that you can download for free and for a fee that can transform your pictures just as well as the iPhone 8.
Afterlight – RM3.90
Afterlight has been riding the top app list for quite a while now but considering all of its features and filters, we don’t doubt its superiority. The app is simple and straightforward, complete with 15 adjustment tools to tweak the brightness, exposure, tone and sharpness, 79 stunning filters, 78 textures like light leaks and bokeh, cropping and transforming tools, and frames.
VSCO Cam – Free
Just like Afterlight, VSCO Cam has been one of the go-to apps for iPhone users, specifically those who seek a certain aesthetic for their Instagram profiles. VSCO also acts like a social media platform as well, providing the users with a space to upload their pictures and create a portfolio. On VSCO, you can find hundreds of pre-made and custom-made filters that you can tweak even more to achieve the desired aesthetic.
Camera+ – RM12.90
Although this app is a tad pricier, the Camera+ is worth it for anyone who wants to take professional-looking photos without breaking bank on a real DSLR. The Camera+ app has features like Touch Exposure & Focus to adjust how bright or dark you want your pictures to be, Shooting Modes and its built-in stabilizer to help steady your iPhone, and the 6x Digital Zoom with advanced digital processing.
Facetune – RM16.90
We’ve come to one of the priciest app on this list and at RM16.90, Facetune doesn’t play around with its photo-editing tools. If you take a lot of selfies or portraits of other people, then you may want to consider investing in this app. Facetune helps in retouching your pictures; it can whiten teeth, smooth out fine lines, refine jawlines, add color to the makeup, and so much more. If you don’t want to spend a dime on an app, fortunately, Facetune has released Facetune 2 that you can get for free from the App Store.
Enlight – RM16.90
This app also comes with a hefty price tag but Enlight has literally everything from retouching to filters. You can think of Enlight as a simpler version of Photoshop with all of its comprehensive editing tools. Other than editing, you can also create artistic masterpieces, graphic designs, and superimposed pictures. Your photographic creativity can run wild with this app and that is worth every penny you spend on Enlight.
Adobe Photoshop Express – Free
Last but not least, if you prefer a more classic and traditional approach, there’s a free Photoshop app that features all the essential editing tools. The Adobe Photoshop Express has all the basics like cropping, straightening, rotating, and flipping, auto fixing, blemish removal, image resize, collaging, complete with 45 unique effects and filters.
With these six apps, you don’t have to upgrade your phone to the iPhone 8 and create stunning pictures with the iPhone that you currently have. Alas, iPhone 8 has many other new and exciting features so you should still consider in upgrading in the near future.