Visual Supply Company has finally brought its popular iOS camera app, VSCO Cam, to Android. And it’s well worth the wait; this is the free camera app photography nerds on Android have been waiting for.
Android Does Photos
You might think, with the fact that the app has in-app purchases, that this would be lacking in features, but just the opposite is true. It’s not Photoshop, of course, but VSCO Cam’s Android app is feature-rich well before you buy anything. All the usual suspects are here, of course: Crop, Rotate, color manipulation, tweaking shadows and highlights, and so on.
But, first of all, they’re much more extensive than in other free apps; for example, you can tweak the shadows and highlights to far more than just cyan, magenta and yellow. And secondly, they’re much easier to use.
Interface Is Everything
VSCO Cam’s interface is probably the most intuitive camera app you’ll find. Even seemingly complex options like adding grain or messing with colors is a fairly simple process. More to the point, it takes pictures quickly and renders changes to them quickly, and it’s careful with the tools; anybody who’s abused the Sharpen tool in Photoshop knows how badly off the rails that can go, but when I tried to make a deliberately bad picture look worse, it simply didn’t happen. It didn’t improve it, mind you, but it didn’t get worse, either.
And, of course, you can add more presets. The main problem really is that the shop is difficult to navigate, and you’ll have to do more fiddling after a download to get back and download more.
Photography At Its Best
But that’s a minor issue, and the presets in question are priced cheaply and smartly. If you need a better photography app for your Android phone, this is the one you need.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.