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MuseCam unlocks iPhone camera’s potential with manual controls and editing

If you’re looking to gain a bit more control over the photos your iPhone captures, you’re going to need to look beyond the stock camera app Apple has to offer.

To do that, there are plenty of apps to choose from throughout the App Store, but a new one in particular, called MuseCam, offers a couple of unique features that sets it apart from the rest.

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Designed to be both a capture application, as well as a mobile editing suite, MuseCam brings along a plethora of features to help you get more out of your iPhone’s camera than you ever thought possible.

Starting with its capturing mode, MuseCam offers complete control over every possible detail. Whereas most manual camera apps limit you to standard ISO and shutter speed numbers, MuseCam gives you control down to the single digit. For example, rather than only being able to adjust your ISO between 200, 400, 800, and so on, MuseCam lets you use oddly specific numbers, such as 204, 432, 842, and the like.

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As for editing the photos you captured – or those already in your library – MuseCam takes a healthy dose of inspiration from VSCO Cam, in terms of its preset naming scheme and icon set. MuseCam offers up multiple preset packs that you can purchase together or a la carte for editing your photos.

If you prefer to tweak the photos yourself, MuseCam has an incredibly robust editing platform that gives you control over everything from basic contrast and exposure adjustments to color-specific curve adjustments. One of the more welcomed features is an unlimited history feature, which will allow you to undo as many edits as you’ve applied to the original image.

Once you have a look you like for an image, MuseCam offers the option to save it as your own preset for later use – a feature not offered in a lot of other camera apps.

While MuseCam does live up to its claim of a simple interface, it can oftentimes feel crowded, especially when you’re first getting used to the app. Once you catch on and learn what icons represent specific functions, it gets a lot more intuitive, though. Consider it a bit of a learning curve.

The app is available for free on the iOS App Store. MuseCam’s preset bundles range between $2–3, but for a limited time, you can pick up a MuseCam bundle, which includes the four most popular preset collections, for only $7.

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