Camera+ 9 adds RAW shooting and editing, dual lens support, and wide color

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Camera+, the feature-rich iPhone camera app, received a significant update today with version 9. The update adds support for the new imaging features introduced with the iPhone 7 and iOS 10, including RAW shooting, the P3 wide color gamut, and full control over the dual lenses on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Users of the iPhone 6s and newer (including the SE) will now be able to take advantage of RAW photography inside Camera+. Shooting in RAW preserves all of the original detail of an image, allowing for maximum image quality and increased latitude in editing compared to a JPEG. RAW support was one of the highly touted new features introduced with iOS 10. Camera+ has always been advertised as the app for photographers wanting more from their iPhone cameras, and the ability to shoot in RAW takes that to the next level.

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Of course, shooting in RAW is only half of the equation — the other half is editing those RAW files once they have been captured. As such, Camera+ will support RAW editing right in the app through the newly christened RAW Lab. The RAW Lab is in addition to the normal suite of editing tools within Camera+, and allows users to “re-develop” photos if the default interpretation is not to one’s taste. In addition to exposure and contrast controls, the RAW Lab features a curves tool and advanced noise reduction options.

iPhone 7 Plus owners gain additional functionality thanks to that phone’s dual cameras. Camera+ now has the option to specifically select either the wide (28-millimeter) or telephoto (56mm) lens. Some users may not realize that in Apple’s default camera app, switching from 1x to 2x zoom doesn’t always invoke the telephoto lens — in low light situations, the iPhone 7 Plus will stick with the wide lens due to its wider aperture, simply cropping the image to mimic a 2x zoom. Users can choose to leave this default behavior on in Camera+, but those looking for the most control can now know for sure which lens is being used at all times.

The final addition to Camera+ 9 is improved haptic feedback on the iPhone 7 / 7 Plus. Tap Tap Tap, makers of Camera+ plus, called haptic feedback one of the most under-appreciated features of the iPhone 7 and is using it to bring “new life” to the shooting experience in Camera+.

Camera+ 9 was scheduled to go live this morning on the iTunes App Store, but may not be immediately available in all markets.

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