Camera Boost for iPad 2 – Live Image Enhancement and Effects for iPad 2 Cameras

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Deputy Editor Dawg pic taken with Camera Boost

Camera Boost is an interesting new app for the iPad 2 – that promises to improve your iPad 2 photos instantly as you take them. It shows you photo effects and enhancements live – and you can adjust the levels pretty easily on the fly while the camera view remains constantly on the screen.

Here’s more detail via its App Store description:

It’s very easy to use. The live camera view is always on screen. As you select various enhancements and effects, you see the result immediately in the live view. Add as many as you want, tweaking and combining them to get the look you want. Got it looking "just so"? Tap the Photo button at any time to take a picture – it’s saved to the album instantly, and you can then share to Facebook, flickr, email etc.

Camera Boost has a good range of image enhancements, filters and stylish effects that will improve your image, increasing picture quality or creating artistic photo effects. You can mix and match to create a wide range of looks – how about a cleaner, sharper photo with brighter colors? Or a retro washed out look? Or a softer black and white style, or even false color like a thermal camera! There’s no limit on how many effects you use – the camera is always fast and responsive and shoots instantly.

• Many live enhancements and effects, most are adjustable
• All effects previewed live on screen while you are shooting (full size and quality, full motion)
• Add as many effects as you like
• Incredible speed, even with many effects applied at once
• Zero processing time when you take a photo
• Full resolution photo size. Edges are not cut to fit the photo on screen like the iPad’s built-in app
• Front and rear cameras supported
• Powerful 4x digital zoom
• Built-in photo album with image viewer
• Share photos to Facebook, Flickr, Email and the iPad photo library
• Uses the full power of the iPad2’s new A5 processor!
Image Enhancement:
• Exposure – enhances shadows and dark areas in night-time shots
• Brightness
• Contrast
• Sharpen – enhances detail
• Soften – reduces sharp edges / image noise
Color Effects:
• Saturation – make colors stronger or muted, even black and white
• Hue shift – shifts colors – warmer or cooler
• Select Color – black and white plus the selected color – see screenshots
• Colorize – colors entire photo with a single shade
Photo Effects:
• Negative
• Color Negative
• Thermal – thermal imaging style false color effect
• Posterize – uses limited range of colors for a poster-like effect
Please note: Camera Boost requires an iPad2. It will not work with an iPad 1, iPhone or iPod Touch.
Photo resolution: 1280×720 with rear camera, 640×480 with front.

I gave the app a quick try a couple days ago, and it is quite easy to use. I’m an atrociously bad photographer no matter what camera I’m using so I’m not a great judge of how much Camera Boost helps – but it feels like it offers some decent help for iPad 2 photos. Not that I think many of us are going to often use the iPad 2 for photo taking, but when you do a little help doesn’t hurt.

Here’s an App Store link for Camera Boost; it’s priced at $2.99.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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