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5 photography apps to download to your new iPad

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The iPad Air is thinner than the 4th-generation iPad but according to one benchmark test, it's 80% faster.

The newest versions of Apple's tablets go on sale today. The iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display both offer improved processing power of their predecessors, but what apps will you want to run on that fast A7 chip? Photographers have a huge array of apps for editing and sharing photos on iPads. 

We've picked out five apps that should be on every photographer's new iPad. If you already use an iPad in your photography workflow, let us know about your favorite tablet apps in the comments.

1. Photoshop Touch; $9.99

Photoshop Touch is a great iOS app for those already familiar with Adobe's desktop software, but it can also be an introduction to in-depth photo editing for beginners.

Even though Photoshop Touch can be used on smartphones, it's a tablet app at heart. Packed with the same tools that made Photoshop a staple desktop application for everyone in the creative industry, Photoshop Touch's multi-faceted user interface is best enjoyed on a larger screen.

You can use Photoshop Touch to do everything from cropping and exposure adjustments to in-depth art projects that are only limited by your imagination and, well, file size. In order to keep the app moving, Adobe limits users to 12MP photos — plenty for smartphones, but you may have to save your images a little smaller on your DSLR if you want all the manual features of Photoshop Touch if you're using your tablet to edit.

Photoshop Touch stands out from the cheaper editing apps with its ability to edit in layers. Instead of saving edits on top of edits, you can edit in different layers and delete individual layers if you don't like what you've done. For many iPad users, Photoshop Touch's layering tool alone is worth the high price tag.

2. Photogene; $0.99

If you want the power of a desktop photo editor for a mobile app's price, look no further than Photogene. This photographic powerhouse offers color adjustments with histogram and curves, sharpening, noise reduction and a plethora of retouch tools.

We gave Photogene a 4/5 stars in our review last year. Since then, Photogene has gone through an iOS 7-inspired overhaul to improve the user interface and has made its "PRO" tools available with its $0.99 app store price — a kit that used to cost an extra $7.99 for separate RGB curves, star ratings, IPTC batch editing and more customizable local adjustments.

3. Handy Photo; $1.99

As you can tell, Handy Photo has the potential to perform some serious HDR effects. But remember: just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

For easy editing tools with a bit of flair, Handy Photo can help you fix almost any photo issue with ease. Whether it is removing tourists from your destination wedding shoot or simply fixing a pimple on your friend's cheek, you can do it all in Handy Photo.

The benefit to using Handy Photo over the other iPad photo editing apps available is its automatic editing features. With just a few swipes of your finger, Handy Photo lets you do everything from move your subjects to auto-crop your whole image. But don't let Handy Photo's entry-level appeal fool you. If you like to use your iPad to edit photos from your DSLR, Handy Photo can handle photos that are up to 36MP in size and is capable of viewing images at 100% in the app, so you can really inspect your edits before sharing.

4. Photo Editor by Aviary; Free and Snapseed; Free

Aviary's clean new interface was practically made for the iPad Air.

You've likely noticed Aviary or Snapseed makes nearly every "best of" photography app round up, but there's good reason to back such frequent praise. Why spend money on an editing app when you can get such high quality apps as Aviary or Snapseed for free? 

While Snapseed has been stuck in the same user interface since it was first launched, Aviary has a brand new facelift that makes it as light and fresh as the iPad Air in your hands. Still containing the same photo editing tools that made it a favorite of users and developers alike, the new Aviary is cleaner and easier to use. Meanwhile, Snapseed is as awesome as ever with its incredibly easy Selective Adjust tool and new HDR Scape feature. Go ahead, download both and see how you like them. After all, they are free!

5. Portfolio for iPad; $12.99 or FolioBook; $9.99

For some professional photographers, an iPad may be less of an editing tool and more of a modern portfolio. When meeting with clients, lugging around a book of prints may come off as a little old fashioned. Instead, consider taking along an iPad using one of the many portfolio apps for iOS. 

Both Portfolio Pro and FolioBook have different strengths. Besides having an exceptionally perfect name, Portfolio for iPad lets you view a wider range of files, including photos, videos and PDFs. FolioBook offers Dropbox integration and allows for portfolio sharing over multiple iPads and Apple TV as well as the instant creation of a website to display up to 20 photos. Both apps have plenty of good user reviews but serve different purposes. If you want something easy to set up that can accommodate your PDFs with your JPEGs, Portfolio for iPad is a good option, but if you need to display your portfolio on multiple devices, then FolioBook is your best bet.

Comments

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Maria James
By Maria James (3 weeks ago)

You didn’t mention here name of photos to albums app. This app is really awesome app to manage photo album according to tags, GPS location, date and size.

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Rossi944
By Rossi944 (6 months ago)

The iPad is not good for sorting out your photographs into subfolders. Looking for a app for iPad to sort out Photos into folders. Is there any app out there that will allow me use sub folders on the iPad. The iPad way of sorting out photos into folders is clumsy.

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BurkPhoto
By BurkPhoto (9 months ago)

Apple sells an adapter for digital cameras and SD cards that you use to transfer photos from a digital camera to the iPad.

Alternatively, you can use a camera with built in WiFi , or an EyeFi card, to transfer photos and videos to the iPad.

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Gavril Margittai
By Gavril Margittai (9 months ago)

I still have to figure out a way to easily transfer photos from my camera to the ipad.

For photos taken with the ipad itself, it is a waste of time to Photoshop. The photos come out just perfect for Facebook. I assume the developer intention was to make it easy to process the picture taken with the ipad itself.

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globethrottle
By globethrottle (9 months ago)

I just don't get why people buy ipadz at all. when you get a full featured PC working as a tablet like the lenovo yoga, for the same money.

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BurkPhoto
By BurkPhoto (9 months ago)

Yeah, but you have to put up with Micro$lop Windoze.

People buy Apple gear for the *entire integrated ecosystem* of iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Macintosh, and the App Store/iTunes Store/Apple Store environments. It's much more user friendly and understandable to non-geeky people.

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Tony Annis
By Tony Annis (9 months ago)

My Ipad has snapseed but need some thing simple for the Galaxy Note 3. My proper editing is usually done on my main PC but now and again, for fun pix, simple editing on the note 3 would be good. I would like a recommendation please.

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Terry Breedlove
By Terry Breedlove (9 months ago)

I love my ipad for reviewing my photos and quick simple edits for posting on my blog and Facebook. The long battery life is a huge plus. Now if I can find an app capable of batch processing my files to be sent off to Mpix for 4x6 proofs I would be super happy. For now I shoot Raw and jpg . Raw for full edits and prints, jpg for the ipad and quick proofing.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (9 months ago)

Just another run-of-the-mill publicity for Apple. Nothing new!

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Cyrax
By Cyrax (9 months ago)

Another good FREE app with an amazing UI,
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id716506802

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ShutterbugDougG
By ShutterbugDougG (9 months ago)

FolioBook is $13, not $10

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Fred Dominic
By Fred Dominic (9 months ago)

Actually, the new ipad air with 128GB of storage is quite a useful portable computer (and only 1 lbs!), so for a photojournalist on the road, taking pictures and sending them in quickly, there is much to be said in the ipads (or any such tablet for that matter) favor.

I agree, however, that there needs to be RAW import and processing. Does anyone know if there is a RAW engine that runs on the iPad? That is what I was hoping to find when saw the post title. If its not there yet, my prediction is that 2 years from now, it will be common.

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Tom May
By Tom May (9 months ago)

While not touted nor supported yet in iOS by Apple (AFAIK), OpenCL is supported by ARM on the 64 bit ARMv8 architecture. In theory, OpenCL would enable the GPU's to process massively parallel numeric operations, just as Nvidia's proprietary CUDA does; perfect for RAW processing.

OpenCL is supported by Adobe in some of their applications today, Premiere and Photoshop being notable. Perhaps some future version of Photoshop Touch will support OpenCL on tablets.

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BurkPhoto
By BurkPhoto (9 months ago)

RAW is for rookies. PRE-Processing in-camera to JPEG output is fast becoming the new discipline for the most knowledgeable professionals, since it reduces labor involved in getting images onto the Web and into paying customers' devices.

For more information, check out:

http://www.hybridphoto.pro

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rondhamalam
By rondhamalam (9 months ago)

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/uk-government-bans-ipad-tablets-from-secret-meetings/

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UnTone
By UnTone (9 months ago)

hey, you forgot the best 2 - Pixlr and Snapseed.

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KodaChrome25
By KodaChrome25 (9 months ago)

Snapseed was 4.b

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pfzt
By pfzt (9 months ago)

"As you can tell, Handy Photo has the potential to perform some serious HDR effects. But remember: just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

ROFL. I second that!

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MrScary
By MrScary (9 months ago)

How's about you doing one for us Android users..

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Joseph Mama
By Joseph Mama (9 months ago)

These look like decent apps. The last dpreview 'Must have apps' were a bunch of Sepia and Vintage filter trash. Because we all know that is new and different.

These instead look to actually perform proper editing of pictures.

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Elizabeth Klisiewicz
By Elizabeth Klisiewicz (9 months ago)

Why not post a similar article for Android users? There are plenty of great apps on that platform too.

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Daniel Stehura
By Daniel Stehura (9 months ago)

I download just the jpegs to my iPad for Fun and the RAW files from my Nikon D800 to my Mac Book Pro with 16gb ram.
Easy to fill up 128gb of memory on a iPad. Too bad Apple nickels and dimes us on memory. An iPad should have no less than 512gb memory or a USB port to add external memory.

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rrr_hhh
By rrr_hhh (9 months ago)

I need an app to make some portfolios : what are you using ? Portfolio or Foliobook ? Anyone having both can compare ? For iPad apps, the price is a little too high to get both and choose later and the DPreview comments are a little too succinct to decide knowingly.

Thanks in advance for commenting

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Paul Szilard
By Paul Szilard (9 months ago)

I actually went for Xtrafolio. :)

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canon20s
By canon20s (9 months ago)

And where is FilterStorm, it also support layers!

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (9 months ago)

also filterstorm is what PS touch should be

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cknapp61
By cknapp61 (9 months ago)

For those of you not shooting a Full Frame DSLR and routinely making 16x20 inch prints or larger, I suspect these "toy" tablets with "crippled" "Apps" instead of real software (layers, masking to replace green-screen backgrounds, fine editng at the pixel level, etc.), are sufficient.

For reference, in additon to shooting with a DLSR, I still shoot B&W film 35mm-4x5 inches, develop it myself, and make prints up to 16x20 inches in my traditional "wet darkroom" as I have done since the mid 1970's. For some, quality in a no-compromise propsition.

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Plastek
By Plastek (9 months ago)

Hardly crippled and hardly toys. Yea, you don't want to process green screen shots on a tablet, but developing RAWs? That can be done freely on iPad. I processed 24 MPx RAWs one first iPad quite freely in field. Cause you see - that's what it is. A gear for work in field. If you're at home - fully fledged PC obviously will do much better job. But I can't take my PC anywhere outside.

Ps. We're proud of you making your own prints. Makes you such a brave and skilled photographer. Everyone! Bow.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (9 months ago)

and your film references do what to your arguement?

right, they kill it

and i own two mamyia bodies AND i have a regular dark room in my flat, so therefore i might decide for you if it makes sense to upgrade PS to the creative cloud

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BurkPhoto
By BurkPhoto (9 months ago)

Sounds like someone is about to move your cheese.

Film is dead. RAW is for rookies. Prints are going away, except at the VERY high end of the market, where inkjet rules.

http://www.hybridphoto.pro

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Stanchung
By Stanchung (9 months ago)

i was hoping my retina mbp didn't look like an ipad. ^^

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Alex Efimoff
By Alex Efimoff (9 months ago)

What a strange article. I don't use any of the described applications, but can't live without:
- Photophile
- Filterstorm Pro
- Shuttersnitch

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DenisBBergeron
By DenisBBergeron (9 months ago)

the best app for ipad is a android rom

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pixelarte
By pixelarte (9 months ago)

Grow up!

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webrunner5
By webrunner5 (9 months ago)

Yeah really. What a dunce.

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kchiu1983
By kchiu1983 (9 months ago)

No Snapseed???? How come!?

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KodaChrome25
By KodaChrome25 (9 months ago)

4.b

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OneDeep
By OneDeep (9 months ago)

Not so much in the processing but I probably find a portfolio app to show the clients pictures on the go. The others. NO

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srados
By srados (9 months ago)

Google Snapseed, it was payed app 5$ now it is free :(

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BelePhotography
By BelePhotography (9 months ago)

Google bought an excellent suite of products and reduced it to one mobileapp and an unmanaged cashcow ... "do no evil" ... I miss NikSoftware

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Morpho Hunter
By Morpho Hunter (9 months ago)

I can't think why I would ever attempt to successfully process a photo using ANY tablet "computer" ..it just cannot be done.

Cheers,

http://www.normanday.net/for_your_amusement

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T3
By T3 (9 months ago)

You sound like you're living in elitist isolationist crazy land. But out in the *real* world, people do take photos, do process them via mobile apps, and do upload them to the world for viewing quite successfully all the time.

I think there's a segment of the photography population that is just so anally snooty about photography that they've lost touch with what's been going on in the last few years. People are shooting photos on all kinds of devices, processing them on all kinds of devices, out in the real world, on location, with immediacy, then instantly uploading and sharing these images to the world for others to enjoy. It's a more liberating, less anal approach to photography. I feel sorry for people who are still of the closed mindset that "it just can't be done."

Go look at Nat Geo photographer Jim Richardson's Instagram gallery, full of images shot and processed using his iPhone: http://instagram.com/jimrichardsonng

It *can* and *is* being done!

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Guanaco_Brisbane
By Guanaco_Brisbane (9 months ago)

To T3, "I feel sorry for people who are still of the closed mindset that" everyone has to agree with them.
I'm sure you can choose to disagree without resorting to abusive language.
Grow up.

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T3
By T3 (9 months ago)

I don't think saying "closed mindset" is "abusive language"! LOL. The reality is that many people do have a closed mindset, which is why you get people such as Morpho Hunter stating that "it just can't be done" in spite of the fact that it is constantly being done as we speak! People just need to open up their minds, see what other people are accomplishing, see the results of this work, and enjoy it!

Technology is constantly evolving, The tools we use are constantly evolving. A few years ago, no one would have dreamed that so much excellent photography would be produced with phone cameras...but it is being done. And being done by people who are open minded about the tools and the possibilities that changing times present to us. Heck, just a few years ago, people predicted the iPad was just a useless toy and a flop! And yet I see iPads being put to great, valuable, effective use by pros and amateurs in all fields and professionals all the time. Open minds get stuff done.

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T3
By T3 (9 months ago)

Tablets are a new paradigm in computing devices which has only recently exploded into popularity. For some, this unfamiliar, foreign device creates a bunker mentality, one of denial where people just outright dismiss it as a potentially effective tool. But truth be told, these people are a bit behind the curve. The iPad is an undeniable success, every photographer I know has at least one of them, and tablets in general are a fast growing market (even severely depressing PC sales), especially as mobile processors get faster and more powerful.

Unfortunately, there are still some people who don't see it. But this has always been the case throughout history, with any new technologies that come onto the scene. Heck, we had the same "can't do it" mentality in the early days of digital photography by many film users. Same goes for the early days of the automobile.

Tablets are simply another tool in our toolbox, and shouldn't be dismissed.

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Michaels7
By Michaels7 (9 months ago)

T3 is right. Microsoft Surface Pro 2, can use the Adobe Creative Cloud. To me that's a sign of good things to come with the mobile devices. If you recall, there was a time that we couldn't use Adobe on a laptop. The drive space and memory just wasn't there. We all know that has changed. Same will apply to Tablet devices.

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udris
By udris (9 months ago)

I can't think why I would ever attempt to successfully process a photo using ANY tablet "computer" ..it just cannot be done.

1: You consider a tablet as medication
2: You just can't put your head around it
3: You own a ferret
4: A personal bias towards the past
5:Your hand eye co-ordination is abysmal

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Plastek
By Plastek (9 months ago)

It can be done - at least with Surface Pro and iPad. But it's VERY inefficient way of doing things.

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cknapp61
By cknapp61 (9 months ago)

The guy from NatGEO is NOT making mural sized prints from his iDevice.......For those of us making large prints, these iTablets are like Fisher Price toys.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (9 months ago)

I can't think why I would ever attempt to successfully process a photo using ANY tablet "computer" ..it just cannot be done.

thats more then "raw coverting" editing for large prints or whatsoever.

he is just not able and already knows he might be in future to successfully process A photo using ANY tablet computer.

to call this guy "closed minded" is very polite i guess

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chrisnfolsom
By chrisnfolsom (9 months ago)

These are photography aps - not professional image processing aps... They are incredible for what they are - not for what they aren't. Just as you wouldn't necessarily take professional pictures with your ipad neither would you process those images - although they are getting pretty good, and I have heard the quality of the actual LCD is highly rated.

And also, as a tool for your clients with all the WiFi connectivity and even more immediate gratification they will want to see images immediately so there will even be pressure for the professional to use an ipad for at least some pre-processing and presentation.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (9 months ago)

i think its a matter of workflow

clients want to see stuff on the "big" screen instantly, but they also wanted it on the cams LCD when we where switching to digital.

every digital artform has the same problem where there might be the time where you have to tell the (unpolite) client "sorry i wont show you unfinished products, its a policy"

workflow wise it strongly depends on the amount of pp your work needs.

the fact alone that with a computer i have one hand for position one hand that has a keyboard with physical keys for "blindfolded" shortcuts and a screen at eyelevel makes a computer superb compared to any touch tevice, thats for sure

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drh681
By drh681 (9 months ago)

Presuming a Photographer uses an I-pad.

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happypoppeye
By happypoppeye (9 months ago)

Way to state the obvious...

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Johnsonj
By Johnsonj (9 months ago)

iPad or tablet...most serious Photographers do use them nowadays.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (9 months ago)

no, it also presumes he/she shoots digital and has full batteries on both devices and the camera conection kit with the right usb cable

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mailman88
By mailman88 (9 months ago)

A must! I don't own an iPad...So what's my other option?

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Kim Letkeman
By Kim Letkeman (9 months ago)

Ah yes ... the usual dichotomy. People who believe in using only the right tool for the job and who take their photography very seriously slag the whole idea of editing on a toy (and yes, I still find tablets to be toys because of the form factor more than anything else.)

And the rest fall anywhere along the continuum of totally inexperienced to experienced but willing to sacrifice editing power for the perceived convenience of using a tablet and defend the concept with the usual litany of "you have never tried it yet you have an opinion" ...

Luckily, this perennial war of mismatched skills and expectation drives traffic on these sites ... :-\

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NetMage
By NetMage (9 months ago)

Do you think paper notebooks are toys because of their form factor?

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Eric Hensel
By Eric Hensel (9 months ago)

I can see your nostrils from here....

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Tom May
By Tom May (9 months ago)

Perhaps these leading edge products require leading edge developers and users to break out from the current workflow conventions.

I'm one of those that bought the "toy" iPad Air. I loaded Photoshop Touch plus the Apple apps. Looking forward to buying a Cam Ranger and giving that a go.

Having a more granular approach to editing is just one of the factors for tablets in a workflow including compacts, milc's and dslr's, smartphones, notebooks, laptops and desktops.

I'm pleased that these options are available, and that more powerful apps will ultimately appear for tablets to take advantage of current capabilities.

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T3
By T3 (9 months ago)

I would recommend you go look at National Geographic photography Jim Richardson's Instagram gallery, mostly of images shot and processed on his iPhone (they are labeled as iphone when you enlarge them):

http://instagram.com/jimrichardsonng

I would consider him to be an "experienced photographer" who takes his photography "very seriously". He takes great photos on his iPhone. As he states on his Instagram: "I shoot for National Geographic Magazine, and share my favorites here. Some iPhone, some from assignment. Whatever, sharing is the point." I think that last statement is key: "sharing is the point." Sadly, some people think that the point of photography is to be anally obsessive about pixel peeping, and judgmentally harping on others about "using only the right tool for the job". I feel sorry for these people in their ivory towers. They've lost touch with the spirit of photography: capture images, share images. Or maybe they never had the spirit to being with.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (9 months ago)

your two categories are off or biased for you and your friends probably ^^ :)

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DVT80111
By DVT80111 (9 months ago)

Oh I also heard that the ASUS T100 Window 8.1 with Intel Baytrail CPU runs Photoshop very well. Who needs these toy apps.

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DVT80111
By DVT80111 (9 months ago)

OK, what are must have apps for Android?

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IZO100
By IZO100 (9 months ago)

PS Touch is great, try it on a Note 10.1 if you can.

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Paul Szilard
By Paul Szilard (9 months ago)

I could find PS Touch in the Google Play Store. Is there where it should be?

I must look for an Android (friendly) thread. I use multiple devices, iPad, Galaxy Note, MacBook Air & Pro - and find them ALL useful.

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Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (9 months ago)

Don't cut yourself short by losing the ability to fully process raw on a tablet. Use a powerful laptop instead. You can the latest and greatest i7, 8GB ram, SSD, for less than price of an iPad if you buy a Toshiba, Asus, Samsung. An Apple is going to cost you 3x more, but you'll have a nice looking case.

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T3
By T3 (9 months ago)

There is the sit-down, find-and-electrical-outlet, open-up-your-laptop, fire-up-your-RAW-software crowd. But I think most of these people are just going to want to sit at their home desktop workstation to process their images anyways! That's what I came to realize. So I have an iPad for when I'm out and about, and I have my desktop workstation at home for heavy work. I no longer have a need for a laptop. Plus, as iPads have moved to the new 64 bit A7 processor, I think they are going to be able to do a lot more powerful stuff with the new class of apps being designed to take advantage of this power.

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PicOne
By PicOne (9 months ago)

So you process your camera's Raws on your iPad, but only when you're out and about? Is this about immediate gratification vs. ultimate quality?

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T3
By T3 (9 months ago)

@PicOne - "Is this about immediate gratification vs. ultimate quality?"

Why can't it be about both? Why can't I have a bit of immediate gratification now, then go for "ultimate quality" later *if* I'm still not happy with the results? The reality is that we photographer don't need to be quite so anally, pixel-peepingly obsessed about "ultimate quality" as we think we need to be. Photography can still be done, and enjoyed, without being so obsessive. For example, go look at National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson's Instagram gallery full of images shot and processed on his iPhone:

http://instagram.com/jimrichardsonng

It's still great photos and great images. Maybe they won't print up to "ultimate quality" standards, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy photos these days besides huge gallery prints of "ultimate quality." And many more people are seeing these photos than they might otherwise-- which is really what photography is about...photos being seen.

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Tom May
By Tom May (9 months ago)

@PicOne.

"Is this about immediate gratification vs. ultimate quality?

More like "immediate feedback leads to a higher level of ultimate quality".

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ironcam
By ironcam (9 months ago)

That laptop be a lot heavier and will have terrible battery life. You also have crappy TN LCD panel, so there is no point in doing serious work anyway. An Ipad is fine for some simple editing.

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Paul Szilard
By Paul Szilard (9 months ago)

LOL, plus the Apple will actually WORK and continue working. By the way I support Windows as a job :)

My MacBook Air with 500GB PCIe SSD and access speed of 700MB/sec and i7 processor and 8GB of 1600MHz ram is no slouch. Just sayin'

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Yanko Kitanov
By Yanko Kitanov (9 months ago)

Call me back when this ...thing supports Capture One Pro full version and can process >30mb raw files in it in less than 30min.

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photogeek
By photogeek (9 months ago)

According to Anandtech, iPad Air has CPU equivalent to that of a 2010 Intel-based laptop. So just because it doesn't do something doesn't mean it can't do it.

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Yanko Kitanov
By Yanko Kitanov (9 months ago)

By far not any 2010 Intel based laptop can do what I am talking about, a 2012 8 core i-7 with 8gb of super fast ram is blowing its fan out to convert a large RAW in C1 Pro. :-)

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T3
By T3 (9 months ago)

Actually, eventually it will probably be Capture One that will create a version of their software that can run on an iPad, especially as iPads move towards more powerful mobile processors and iPads continue to be so widely used. Plus, Capture One would have to redesign their software to have a touch-friendly UI.

I certainly wouldn't rule out the idea that much more powerful apps would eventually make their way to the iPad. But the reality is that the iPad is really designed to be very power efficient, light, thin, and mobile. It's not meant to be the 400 hp trailer-pulling SUV of the computer world. There are other computers for that purpose, albeit at the expense of light weight, compactness, long battery life, and mobility.

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IZO100
By IZO100 (9 months ago)

which i7 ? Most of them only have 4 cores (8threads): http://ark.intel.com/products/75122/

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JordanAT
By JordanAT (9 months ago)

Th iPad (and I own one) has nowhere near the processing power of a desktop intel processor (which is typically 4 physical cores/8 logical cores for consumer chips; hence the confusion. Xeon chips can have more cores). While you CAN edit photos to a basic level on an iPad, it is by no means a preferred medium. The inaccuracy of capacitive screens leads to a great deal of zooming to hit the right spot (vs a 30" monitor with a mouse). It can be done, but only if you must have it *right now* and you are willing to re-do all of your actual work in the office. Alternately, you can probably do some processing on the ipad (now that larger RAW files can be processed), but it will take 2-3x the time, and time is money. FWIW, the A7 processor is roughly equal to an Atom Z3770 (baytrail), which is about half of the speed of my i7-920 from 4 years ago, and less than 1/4 the speed of today's top i7.

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Bruce McL
By Bruce McL (9 months ago)

I note that your demands are technology based, not end use based. What is it that you need to do with your photographs that requires the tools you use? Do you hang the photos over the fireplace? Use them for advertising in glossy magazines? Or just want to impress others like you in online forums?

For sharing photos online with friends and family, an iPad is fast and efficient; a good tool for that job. Photography on the iPad is not for the one percent of photographers who have money to spend on exotic hardware and software. Neither is dpreview, especially connect.

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Yanko Kitanov
By Yanko Kitanov (9 months ago)

@Bruce the ipad is for those who have money for exotic things, it costs like a PC and it can't deliver quality in processing for anything more than instagram as you noticed, if you are an instagrapher or a mobile fashion guy it is the right thingy for you I need a decent tool for quality photography and without spending on extra useless hardware for that goal. You noted well we just have demands of different level. :-)

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Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (9 months ago)

Why would anyone want to process an image on an ipad - especially if they have a computer? I wonder if these same hipsters would prefer to eat their apples riding a donkey across the country instead of flying in a jet?

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T3
By T3 (9 months ago)

Not everyone is a hardcore image editor who has time to be sitting at a computer. There are millions and millions of casuals shooters who simply enjoy the ease and convenience of doing it on their iPad while sitting on their couch while watching TV, waiting at the denstist office, or wherever. And these people aren't all "hipsters." They are busy parents, kids, grandparents, etc. My sister has three young boys, and she finds her iPad indispensable for quick image editing, because she simply can't afford the time to sit at a computer while her boys are running around. She basically has to be where her kids are, watching them. So don't be such a narrow-minded buffoon making lame comments about iPad users being just a bunch of "hipsters". Devices such as iPads offer a very valuable level of convenience, mobility, very long battery life, ease of use, and performance that offers a welcomed alternative to being confined to sitting at a computer.

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Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (9 months ago)

I think most apple users are too fanatical and arrogant about their overpriced gadgetry.

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rainphotog
By rainphotog (9 months ago)

I think you're missing a significant use case. I do serious editing on my machine at home. However, with my 64GB iPad on a two week trip, I have a device that gives me a larger screen for image review to see if I got what I came for.
On more than one occasion, we've gone back for a second attempt when flaws showed up in iPad review that weren't apparent looking at the lcd on the camera. The iPad has a significantly smaller footprint in every area of the trip, airport security, using it when the guy in front of you is reclined, finding space/weight allowance in the backpack for plane, train, car, and foot.
It's an adjunct, not a replacement.

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thecouchguy
By thecouchguy (9 months ago)

I am traveling in Norway for 2 years on a working holiday visa. Half the time so far (been here 1.5 years) I have been living in a tent, bouldering in the summer, and ski touring in the winter.

I have a dslr, 1 hard drive, 3 lenses and an iPad 3, 4 season tent and sleeping bag etc. The IPad 3 has been awesome, it edits jpegs, movies, compiles timelaps sequences. In Australia I have a gaming rig with sli 570s. You can understand I don't even have space to carry a laptop or my PC.

I would guess by your statement, you migt be a close minded individual judging others with blanket statements. I suggest when new tech comes along, try it instead of shaking your walking cane at the TV. They really are great pieces of tech, I love editing photos or time-laps movies after I've eaten and am getting warmed by the fire.

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T3
By T3 (9 months ago)

@ Jimmy jang Boo - the reality is that the "fanatical and arrogant" Apple users now make up a relatively tiny percentage of Apple usership these days, since there are so many people using Apple products throughout the world today. Millions of people are quietly using Apple products (iPhone, iPad, iMac), and you'd never even know it. It's simply a part of their lives, and with the ubiquity of Apple products these days it's nothing unique anymore, so you would look rather odd being "fanatical and arrogant" about it. It's not 2008 anymore. It's 2013, and Apple products are everywhere, used by people of all types now.

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Brian5940
By Brian5940 (9 months ago)

I process my photos on my IPad 90 percent of the time. I work on the road and take most of my photos while traveling. While I cannot process Raw images, I still do very well with Photo Toaster. As time goes on the Apps are getting better. I look forward to being able to process raw photos on my IPad. In reality it won't be that long of a wait. In the mean time I am getting by with my IPad. My Donkey thanks me for keeping the weight down. Oddly enough I still manage to get some award winning images at the same time.

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Dr Wu
By Dr Wu (9 months ago)

Might be worth mentioning that one must be using IOS v.7 in order to use the Aviary app...

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Just another Canon shooter
By Just another Canon shooter (9 months ago)

The best ones are PS and LR. I have LR on my Surface Pro and it works fine. Oops, the iPAD is not a computer.

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danijel973
By danijel973 (9 months ago)

It doesn't make much sense to use an iPad for image processing. It's underpowered for the task and most apps are cloud-centric, which is just bad for large files. I prefer a laptop with Lightroom.

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threeOh
By threeOh (9 months ago)

Have you tried one? I have an iPad 3 and used Photogene4 on some old D800 nef files and some Fuji XTrans files. Compared to my aging 2.8 iMac, its just as quick at rendering. End results are fine with no compromises in size imported/exported or IQ.

There a re lot of reasons why a laptop is a better choice. But I suspect you're response is from someone who never tried but still feels capable of rendering an opinion.

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danijel973
By danijel973 (9 months ago)

Of course I tried one, I own one. It's just not good for this task.
And yeah, you are really good at having baseless opinions.

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DaveE1
By DaveE1 (9 months ago)

@danijel973: I prefer my Mac Pro with Capture One Pro to edit my Phase One medium format images.

But, sometimes I need a small Sony RX-100II camera and an iPad too. What doesn't make sense again?

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maizhan
By maizhan (9 months ago)

My vote is for Snapseed, absolutely.

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scotbot
By scotbot (9 months ago)

Totally agree, much quicker and great filters.

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jl_smith
By jl_smith (9 months ago)

My vote is for Snapseed. Quick, effective.

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (9 months ago)

How about apps for a Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Be nice to have a "micro-focus" app when I'm hooked up to the camera.

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (9 months ago)

I'm disappointed this "must-have" focuses on editing and not on photography.

How about apps to calculate sunrise sunset?

or.... I don't know, you tell me? What apps would actually help me take pictures versus just hacking some pixels in the field?

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Plastek
By Plastek (9 months ago)

Yea... there are dozens of more useful apps.
Most notably:
- TPE
- Expositor
- Soft Box Pro
- Clinometer
- SkySafari
None of which got anything to deal with processing of the images. Or portfolios. :)

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danijel973
By danijel973 (9 months ago)

Exactly; but for the stuff like that, a smartphone is a better choice because you're more likely to have it with you when you take pictures and it's less clumsy to carry around.

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Plastek
By Plastek (9 months ago)

Yes and no. Some - like Clinometer or Expositor will work fine or smartphone, but other are next to useless or offer very, very clumsy functionality, something you'll never struggle with tablet.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (9 months ago)

"5 must-have iPad apps for every photographer"

I'm a photographer. I don't have an iPad, or any other Apple products of any sort. In fact I don't have a tablet of any sort either. Getting a decent smartphone got rid of any interest I had in a tablet.

Guess it's not for every photographer, huh?

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Plastek
By Plastek (9 months ago)

Either you got problem with reading or comprehension. It obviously doesn't mean every photographer in the universe, just these that got an iPad.

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JATO
By JATO (9 months ago)

Agreed, like we should care be concerned LeeJay does not have an iPad. Curious why he even clicked on the link in the first place. Was it just to voice his "photographer" opinion about a product he does not like?

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (9 months ago)

It said "for every photographer" not "for every photographer that has an iPad".

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Plastek
By Plastek (9 months ago)

Everything needs to be spelled out in your face? How about using your brain from time to time?

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DaveE1
By DaveE1 (9 months ago)

@Lee Jay: LOL. You aren't going to come away from this argument looking any better. Maybe you could make a graceful exit ;-)

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scotbot
By scotbot (9 months ago)

Exactly

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JATO
By JATO (9 months ago)

Easy guys, Lee Jay just read the headline, after that it gets hard to understand. This is the line that probably got him flummoxed "We've picked out five apps that should be on every photographer's new iPad"
Lee Jay was probably thinking but wait, I'm a photographer and I don't have an iPad old or new, or maybe he never read that far since it is four lines down and in a different paragraph. At any rate, he would have been better off skipping this article, it has nothing to do with his interests or knowledge.

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KodaChrome25
By KodaChrome25 (9 months ago)

@Plastek - "...doesn't mean every photographer in the universe." LoL.

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Jcradford
By Jcradford (9 months ago)

Somebody mentioned Leonardo, possibly the deepest image editing app for the iPad, a sister app to Photo Wizard with excellent layering, masking, filters galore.

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Elyharbour
By Elyharbour (9 months ago)

To be honest I've only just discovered CONNECT as part of DPR, but I use Android apps on phone and tablet. Do they get headline coverage here as well?

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ponyman
By ponyman (9 months ago)

I do wish DPReview (and others) would stop promoting this Apple stuff. There are plenty of other places where iSheep can go for their fix. Can we please get back to the topic of serious photography. Sorry but I've just been getting so frustrated about this. DPReview is still arguable the best photography site, but it's becoming increasingly diluted. Whilst I appreciate that tablets can have a use in digital photography the constant biased promotion of Apple products is really grinding. I have no intention what so ever of buying any Apple products.

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aeschylus
By aeschylus (9 months ago)

Why not? They're unrivalled.

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (9 months ago)

Like it or not, tablets are here to stay and are increasingly being used by photographers, whether some light editing on the go or to show portfolios. Your rant reminds me of people that still rail against video in still cameras. Get over it and move on.

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jorg14
By jorg14 (9 months ago)

So, what about Android as a balance?
Personally I just carry a laptop. Only one pound more and does 10X as much.

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photo_rb
By photo_rb (9 months ago)

Actually the true iSheep are the copycat companies who have followed along in the market Apple created. And that is fine because competition is great.

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Plastek
By Plastek (9 months ago)

Android? If anything - windows. As this works for both: Surface Pro and laptops/netbooks.

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (9 months ago)

Unrivaled? LMAO, Samsung is equal if not better. Besides, they make the parts for Apple products, go figure.

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threeOh
By threeOh (9 months ago)

Perhaps because a simple read through the Android forum will reveal few, if any, serious discussions about using an Android device for photography. Plenty of discussions on why the I/O is better but a glaring absence "serious photographers" doing post, beyond the world of filter apps.

You can make whatever choices you want for yourself. However, throwing in a comment about products you've never used does not enhance your post's credibility.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (9 months ago)

"Why not? They're unrivalled."

Wrong. Ever heard of desktop Windows? The last-gen Win8 tablets are almost as mobile as iPads.

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NetMage
By NetMage (9 months ago)

Unless you count battery life as an important component of mobility. We still struggle finding a tablet that works through the work day, something never a problem with the iPad.

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rainphotog
By rainphotog (9 months ago)

"DPReview is arguably still the best photography site." Only if by photography you mean the various devices used in the practice of photography (and only a subset of those).
It's a gear site and doesn't pretend to be anything else. The iPad is one piece of gear that many "serious" photographers find useful. It's really that simple.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (9 months ago)

iSheep don't look any further than their iUniverse. Apparently dpreview staf consist of iSheep adhering to the great iSteve from the new iReligion that is much worse than fundamentalistic iSlam.

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DaveE1
By DaveE1 (9 months ago)

Whenever you read a comment from someone giving out about a particular brand, you know that a knowledgeable comment about the merits of a technology is not going to follow.

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Diane B
By Diane B (9 months ago)

Leonardo is decent too. Photogene, Snapseed.

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Nikonparrothead
By Nikonparrothead (9 months ago)

I think all those apps work for every iPad with a camera.

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