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    Aug. 27, 2011
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    Purchase; iTunes account required.; $1.99 to buy
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We were pretty jazzed about Apple's addition of an HDR-photo mode in the iOS 4.1 update--until we learned it was for the iPhone 4 only.

However, those with older models of the smartphone don't have to be left out in the cold completely. Naturally, there's an app that can help. In fact, a quick check of the App Store reveals there are several apps, all designed to endow the 3GS with HDR photography goodness.

Pro HDR is our favorite so far. For a mere $1.99, it delivers simple high-dynamic-range tools for novices and experts alike. In case you're not familiar with it, HDR photography combines an under-exposed photo with an over-exposed one, culling the best elements of each to produce a final, third photo.

Like iOS 4.1's new tool, Pro HDR snaps two shots in rapid succession. However, Pro HDR gives you the option of using Automatic or Manual mode: the former handles the exposure settings for you; the latter lets you set it by first tapping a bright area of the preview image and then tapping a dark area. (Our take: Automatic works just fine; you'll rarely need to mess with Manual.)

Not every photo will benefit from this kind of software wizardry. But in our tests, some photos looked a little better, and others improved dramatically. As they say, pictures speak louder than words. We snapped two photos of a newly remodeled kitchen--the first taken with the iPhone's standard Camera app, the second with Pro HDR.

The Pro HDR shot exhibits much better balance; the Camera app couldn't handle all the light pouring in from the two windows. And that's where HDR--and, indeed, Pro HDR--shines: it fixes exposure problems that would otherwise ruin a photo.

The catch, of course, is that you need to hold your iPhone rock-steady while the app snaps its two shots, meaning it's better suited to scenery than to people, who are always blinking, moving, and so on. But even if you move a little, or your subject does, the app does a good job aligning and merging the photo pair.

Once it's done processing the corrected image, you can make adjustments using brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth, and tint sliders. However, the app lacks a "reset" or "defaults" button that removes any unwanted changes.

Pro HDR lets you save and e-mail your finished photos at full resolution. Though it would be nice if it had Facebook integration, it's far from a deal breaker. In fact, we'd say that for $1.99, Pro HDR is a must-have app for both iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 users, as it gives the latter a lot more control than Apple's software.

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5 stars

"One of my favorite Apps!"

May 14, 2012  |  By tashvey

 |  Version: Pro HDR 3.0


Everything in the description above is true.
The automatic mode does amazing things to my photos but you can always adjust setting manually too if you so choose.


It's not the apps fault but you do need to get people to stay still while shooting otherwise I can't think of anything negative.


This app gives me better results than the one that came with my iPhone. I don't have to carry around my camera anymore as these images look like they were taken with a real fancy camera. Simple to use and amazing results!

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What's new in version 3.0
Total UI overhaul! Pro HDR is now a Universal Binary and runs natively on iPhone 3GS and 4, iPod 4G, and iPad 2. App now defaults to camera view, and allows quick mode changes within the camera. Added Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Tumblr sharing. Added cropping, digital zoom, HDR off mode, speed improvements, multitasking support, and much more!NOTE: Pro HDR 3.0 currently crashes under iOS 4.1. Please use iOS 4.2 or newer, or wait for our next update. Thanks!
Publisher eyeApps
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Release Date December 21, 2009
Date Added August 27, 2011
Version 3.0
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Digital Photo Tools
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Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4. iTunes account required.
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File Size 2.96MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 778
Downloads Last Week 1
License Model Purchase
Limitations Not available
Price $1.99

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