The original VSCO CAM (iOS only at US$ 0.99) is what I frequently use, not really for snapshooting, but for filter edits, having a simple and straightforward process that Instagram’ers like me expect from or are used to in a mobile photography app. When Visual Supply Company announced that a major update for the app will be released soon, I didn’t know it’s going to be this whoawesome – launched as a free and standalone version! And if you happen to have the older version, you get the bonus of installing the legacy pack in VSCO CAM 2.0, cool!
Note though, that the previous version will no longer get updates, and you need to transfer your Image Library if you want to use them in the new version.
Once you’re done downloading the legacy pack to your free VSCO CAM 2.0, you’ll see the ten original presets (numbered 01 to 10) when exploring filters. No worries if you don’t have the original version as you get to pick a preset pack of your choice available for purchase in the in-app store.
I have to agree that VSCO CAM 2.0 offers the best mobile presets on the market (the faded black and whites are my favorite), I actually bought the Launch Bundle, that’s 16 packs or 48 presets all in all (excluding the 10 original presets) – that’s US$ 16.00 value for only US$ 5.99, available for a limited time.
The new image library, where you can add existing photos from your Camera Roll or propagate with new snapshots, now provides a customizable image browing experience with filters by flag or edit, and views in multiple thumbnail sizes.
The camera now provides increased creative control with a separate focus and exposure rings plus white balance lock, including guides for “thirds” grid and square framing.
It’s amazing what 48+10 photo effects and various edits can do to a single snapshot. The new VSCO CAM does complement the already highly-capable and impressive iPhone 5 camera. I can’t wait to take it for a spin this weekend and contribute to the VSCO Grid, a community focused on craft, curation and content, minus the follows and likes – well, you have Instagram for that.
If you’re still not convinced that VSCO CAM 2.0 is an essential Instagram’ing app, check out this video: