If Rick Deckard had carried an iPhone in the movie Blade Runner, and he’d used a camera app, that app would have been BLUX. Not only is it a pretty great iPhone camera replacement app, but it has all the bleeps, bloops, on-screen graphics a futuristic sci-fi replicant could ask for. Hell, it even has a neat computer voice that offers photographic advice.
Blux takes full advantage of the iPhone 5 and the latest iPod Touch, and as such many of its features only work on those devices. These include the full retina preview for effects, and likely the neat water-ripple effect used throughout the interface.
The app has a couple of conceits. One is the P.E.A.R, an intelligent “assistant” which analyses the scene and offers recommendations as to which filter to use. Tap the suggestion accept it, or pick your own.
But switch to manual and you get to use the fancy interface. You can change the color temperature and zoom levels with on-screen sliders, you can swipe left, right, up and down to get to settings, your camera-roll, filters and image controls (saturation, brightness and so on).
There’s also a live histogram and several other HUD elements which can be switched in and out, as well as a slew of different shutter options (self-timer, sound-trigger and others).
But the real draw is in the interface. The sounds might be a little cheesy, but I love them, and the touch-and-swipe interface really takes advantage of iOS, arraying an amazingly complex set of features into a deceptively simple design.
I usually just snap my pictures with the built-in camera and then process them afterwards, but I’m going to be dropping Blux into my dock for a while to give it a proper test drive.
The price is $3, but for the next couple of days it’s free, so there’s no reason not to try
Source: Blux Camera