Fusion HDR Camera 3

There are dozens of camera apps out there that promise SLR quality results, but I’ve realized that many of them don’t offer a whole lot more than what the iPhone’s stock camera app can do.

Fusion – HDR Camera actually provides something special that gives your pictures an additional boost of depth without you needing to do much of anything at all. Today, we’ve got an app review of Fusion – HDR Camera for your reading pleasure.

Concept

The app takes advantage of iOS 8’s Burst Mode to capture three shots with three different exposures in three-tenths of a second. The three are then combined to create one HDR photo using the best areas of the under, base, and over exposed shots.

Design

The viewfinder provides a number of useful features, including anti-shake, a timer, a focus lock, exposure lock, a spot meter, the shutter button, and a histogram so you can evaluate the exposure of your shot in real time and adjust your focus or angle accordingly.

The editing section features five adjustment options, each with their own increase/decrease bar so you can fine-tune exposure, contrast, intensity, white balance, and color tint.

Fusion on the left/iPhone Camera on the rightFusion (left) vs stock HDR (right)

App Use

You can either keep everything on automatic, or manually adjust the settings. In auto mode, you can literally just open the app, prepare your angle, and wait for the perfect shot. The shutter button is designed to take a picture when you release your finger, instead of by tapping, so you can hold your finger on the button for as long as it takes to get the right shot without worrying about shaking your iPhone.

Speaking of shaky iPhone, if you turn the Steady Shot feature on, the app will delay the shot until your device stops moving, so you will be less likely to take blurry pictures.

The histogram shows you the exposure of your view in real time, as well as where the over and under exposed shots are on the grid. This allows you to move, refocus, or adjust the lighting so your shot has just the right amount of exposure.

You can manually set the focus and exposure, or allow the app to make the adjustments for you. The Meter Mode limits the area used for exposure around a smaller subject. You can also set the over and under exposed pictures specify +/- 2.0 or 3.0, or leave it on auto.

The moment you take a picture, the app switches to editing mode (a feature that can be turned off if you prefer). Here, you can fine-tune the picture so that it looks just the way you want.

After editing, you can share your picture on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Twitter and more. You can also send it to your AirPrint-enabled printer or order physical pictures via ECP Print Shop and Postcard.

Fusion HDR Camera 2

The Good

The difference between a picture from Apple’s stock Camera app and Fusion is significant. You can see from the difference in pictures I took at the top of the review. Both took about as long to shoot, but the Fusion picture (to the left) came out clearer and has more depth, even without editing adjustments.

I love the histogram. It makes it very easy to see when you are in proper lighting conditions. If you are in a dark room, make sure to turn on some lights.

The Bad

Saving a picture to the Photo Library isn’t particularly convenient. I’d like to see a dedicated button somewhere other than the Share section just for saving to the Photo Library.

Value

Fusion – HDR Camera costs $1.99. For the quality results and the simplicity of taking the shot, it is worth twice that much.

Conclusion

I recommend this app to anyone looking for a simple, easy to use app for creating quality HDR shots. The auto features make it possible for anyone to get great pictures by just pointing and shooting. But, the option to manually adjust the functions make it useful for hobbyists looking for more control over their camera. This app is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Download it in the App Store today.

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  • crcking

    v good app i like it

  • Skoven

    How is this different from stock iOS HDR?
    Did you actually compare the photo to a stock iOS HDR photo?

    • mp

      No they don’t. Let’s not allow the truth to get in the way of the facts here at iDB clickbait central. The home of bloggers and not journalists. 😉
      Ps Haters are gonna hate and Lovers are gonna love pfft

    • Innes

      It says under THE GOOD:
      “You can see from the difference in pictures I took at the top of the review.”

      • Skoven

        That still doesn’t answer my question… was the Fusion photo compared to an iOS stock HDR photo or just a regular NON-HDR stock iOS photo?
        But I guess they only compared it to a non-HDR photo, which makes this whole “review” a big load of BS aka. a paid advertisement for Fusion.
        I guess i better stick to the jailbreak news and Mac tutorials now… it seems that these are the only things worth reading on this site now.

      • mp

        Like I said, welcome to clickbait central. Christian Z et al prove any blockhead can be a blogger. May as well add Lory to the list. It takes a bit more training to become a real journalist one would hope. I suppose the only thing higher than the pile of BS this site has accumulated is Sebastian’s ego.

    • Yes, the top image is is Fusion on the left, and stock HRD on the right.

      • mp

        Bollocks. Nice of Lory to follow up on HER blog. As well as editing the text below the comparison photo. Stock HDR my backside.

      • Ali G

        Why don’t you stop being an ungrateful shit and bashing on someone who took the time to write this article and actually try it yourself smh

      • mp

        I think we differ on opinion of what is considered ‘writing an article’. I’m not one to just lay down and blindly accept all that I read wholeheartedly anymore and that includes comments. That’s my opinion based and formed over many many years of reading and recollecting the quality of what I read on this site and many others. I’m not ungrateful, rather I feel let down to put it simply, by the lack of substance and quality in what I read these days.
        If I believe in a quality article, I’ll say so, for example Christian covered an excellent article recently on the apple watch internals which I’m yet to praise. Lory also did a good job reviewing a game. I’m not all doom and gloom just at a stage in my life where I have the luxury to call it as I see it. You may get there some day and then understand where I’m coming from,
        I spend hours upon hours reading and learning and recognising the styles of many bloggers and journalists over time. My comments are not flippant!
        As for the HRD function, I tried to reproduce a similar result to the pic above today as the weather here in Perth was identical to the article picture. Yet all I could produce was a good quality photo, minus the glare/sunspot, go figure.