From the folks behind popular photo editor Enlight comes a new point and shoot app for iOS camera enthusiasts
Size: 41.0 MB
Developer: Lightricks Ltd.
Update! We thought Enlight Quickshot was almost picture-perfect when we reviewed it a few years ago, but has time been kind to this Camera app replacement?
So what’s new? The folks behind Enlight Quickshot haven’t sat back and twiddled their thumbs these past few years – instead, they’ve made this smart app better than ever through adding new features and filters. Specifically, new fall skies have been added for budding photographers, and new effects for those who enjoy fixing-up their pics. More recently, Enlight even got a brand new feature called heal. This lets users remove anything from a single mark or blemish to an entire person from a digital photo quickly and easily. Apple’s Camera and Photo apps might have gone from strength to strength these past few years, but so has Enlight Quickshot.
Revised rating: Enlight Quickshot has kept up with the ever-changing world of iPhone-photography through adding new features and filters. This smart app is better than ever and deserves to keep its original rating. ★★★★½
Our original review, written in September 2017, is presented in its entirety below.
Apple’s built-in Camera app hasn’t changed a huge amount in recent years, leaving third-party developers free to innovate in this area of iOS. One of the latest point-and-shoot apps comes from the folks behind Enlight, a fantastic photo editor for iPhone and iPad. Given their track record, the latest app in the family – called Enlight Quickshot – should be worth a download, right? Let’s find out.
Quickshot offers a handful of standout features which position it as one of the best camera apps on the App Store. And the first of these, rather aptly, is called “Quickshot.”
In this mode, the app uses artificial intelligence to automatically adjust, straighten, and enhance photos even as you shoot them. Quickshot can sense whether you’re holding your iPhone slightly off-angle, and it can compensate for this by rotating the captured image. This mode works incredibly well, spelling the end for crooked horizons.
The second feature on offer in Quickshot is HDR+. High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography mixes together shots of varying exposure to create the perfect image. Here, the HDR+ mode allows users to calibrate HDR on a per-environment basis. Not only do you see the image configure exposure in real-time, but the app also lets users re-adjust exposure with a simple tap. There’s an HDR capture mode in the standard Camera app, sure, but this one offers much more freedom.
Then finally, there’s Strobe mode. Strobe is an interesting addition – it works by shooting a mini-burst of images and layering them together in order to create stylistic shots which track the movement of a subject. The effect works great, although you’ll need something worth photographing using this mode – a gymnast, for instance, or a sporty action show would suit Strobe perfectly.
Besides all this, Quickshot also boasts a regular Photo mode (which lets users shoot images without any of the extra techno-functionality) and it allows users to batch-edit their pictures, which comes in handy if you have a full set and want to slap the same filter on the lot.
Although Quickshot is a free download, some features are locked behind a pro upgrade (which begins at $1.99 – or £1.99 – per month). You’re limited to batch-editing three shots unless you upgrade to pro; the upgrade also allows users to create their own filters in the app. However, it’s more than likely that the free app will satisfy all your photo capturing needs. It’s comprehensive enough without the upgrade and works brilliantly.
Enlight Quickshot is a great replacement for the Camera app. It feels natural to use and although there’s a lot of intelligence working under the hood, it doesn’t over-complicate things. You may never use the default iOS Camera again!
- Intelligent Quickshot mode
- Great bulk-editing of images
- Strobe mode for artistic shots
- Locks certain features behind a subscription