iPad App of the Week: VSCO Cam for iPad

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Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is VSCO Cam, a universal photo shooting and editing app for iPhone and iPad.

VSCO Cam was actually one of the app extensions teased this year at the iOS 8 announcement, but strangely enough, still does not feature any kind of photo extension. You’ve still got to do all the edits in the app, but that’s now a little easier with native apps across both types of iOS devices, and iCloud sync.

This means I can shoot photos on the iPhone and take advantage of the app’s manual focus and ISO settings, and then load the app up on my iPad to edit those same shots on the glorious 10-inch Retina Display. It honestly took a while for me to get into VSCO’s style of menu buttons and edits, but now that I am, I think it’s my favourite iOS photo editor.

There are options to view photos in nearly fullscreen, as large thumbnails, or as a smaller grid of pictures. This is why VSCO is great not just as an editing app, but as a place to sit back and actually review a day’s worth of shots.

There are simple on-screen sliders for adjusting contrast/brightness/saturation (and more), and the large numbers of filters can be adjusted so that they just add flavour to a photograph, instead of overtaking it with a shock of colour or graphical effects.

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I also like that the iPad’s layout has been adjusted for two-handed usage. You can pick filters or controls along one side and then do the actual adjusting with your other hand. It’s simple and efficient.


The only part I haven’t really gotten to — and am not really interested in — is VSCO’s new Journal section. It’s essentially a built-in blogging tool and it does make sense to have it in an app where people are already in the mindset to enjoy good photography, but I’m just hesitant to get onto any more blogging platforms at this point. I write for iPad Insight and my small personal site, and that’s good enough for me. However, if you’re into a quick no-setup blogging setup, you may want to give VSCO’s Journal a try.


Here’s an App Store link for VSCO Cam; it’s free to download and you only pay extra for filters; it’s designed to be a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.

If you’re interested in more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section!

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  1. Seems this app is only available from the Canadian Apple Store! You cannot get it if you only have a US Account.

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