Not bad, but not best

The ability to go from shooting to sharing from one program is welcomed, but Best Camera comes up too short on features to make it an ultimate choice for mobile photography.

Best Camera for iPhone takes you from shooting to editing to sharing photos all from within one, easy-to-use interface. On launch you can choose to start up the camera, go straight to your photo album, or edit the last photo you had open. That is, after you get past a splash screen of the book cover the software takes its name and inspiration from, "The Best Camera is the One That's With You," a collection of iPhone photography by professional photographer Chase Jarvis.

Opening to the camera gives you nothing more than a shutter button. There's no digital zoom, no shake control, no full-screen shutter, and no framing guides. Basically, if you use any other software for actually taking pictures, you're better off using it and having Best Camera open to your photo album.

Once you've either taken or selected a photo to work with, the screen switches to a cleanly arranged editing screen where you get a sliding row of filters and effects--12 in all. Just tap the icon for the effect you want and a preview pops up letting you decide whether you want to keep it. You can layer on as many as you want and at the top right of the interface is a button letting you see the applied effects and drag and drop the order of them to see how the photo changes with reorganization. This is the best editing feature the software has to offer; the options overall are pretty anemic compared with other mobile photo-editing packages. There is only a basic, square crop, for example, that locks onto the middle of the photo and can't be moved. And while 12 is a good number of effects, there are similarly priced options with twice that number. However, Best Camera does keep you moving right along to the endgame: sharing.

You can link Best Camera to your Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as a sharing site dedicated to the app's users. Though Flickr users are left out, you can choose to e-mail photos in addition to saving them to the iPhone's Camera Roll. One button press sends the photo to all the specified locations. The ability to go from shooting to sharing from one program is welcomed, but Best Camera comes up too short on features to make it an ultimate choice for mobile photography.

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