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645 Pro gets face lift with 'Mk II' update

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In the latest version of 645 Pro, you can adjust the different "films" for brightness, contrast, saturation, and more.

645 Pro's latest update has given the iOS app a complete makeover. Now called 645 Pro Mk II, Jaggr's "professional" photo app doesn't look much like its predecessor. To start, the user interface is completely different. Instead of resembling an old analog camera with every variable given its own button, 645 Pro Mk II utilizes a menu feature similar to a modern DSLR.

With this new menu comes many new capture options. Users can now choose a 3-shot burst or bracket, change focus locking settings, and adjust the night exposure time limit. Just like the last version of 645 Pro, 645 Pro Mk II allows for the saving of lossless TIFF files and will embed the photographer's copyright information into the image.

The old 645 Pro had buttons on the left and right, displaying photo information on the bottom of the screen.
645 Pro Mk II keeps the buttons and dials on the bottom and right of the viewfinder, leaving the photo information over the image.

Aside from the user interface changes, 645 Pro Mk II has introduced new customizable film modes. Each of the nine film options allows users to adjust contrast, brightness, saturation and white balance. 

Fans of the original version of 645 Pro may want to hold off on updating the app until they are ready to spend some time getting used to a brand new interface. Personally, I found the latest version easier to navigate than the original. When users have any questions about the app, they can open up 645 Pro Mk II's 48-page in-app user manual.

If you already have 645 Pro, then you can download the "Mk II" version now for free. The 645 Pro update also came with a $1 price increase if you didn't already own it.

645 Pro Mk II is now available in the iOS App Store for $3.99.

Comments

Total comments: 21
jwardell
By jwardell (10 months ago)

Boo...the pseudo-LCD was my favorite part of the interface.
But this software has always been well programmed and my favorite advanced camera app, and in truth the interface was a bit slower to use than others so I stopped. This change might be what it needs.

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bondiblue
By bondiblue (10 months ago)

Wow, thankyou so much, it is great.

I think you just killed low-end compact cameras, stone dead. Long overdue.

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JayEightch
By JayEightch (10 months ago)

@Jaggr

Just wanted to say, "Thanks" for your work on this app. I love the design and find it very handy. Well done!

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dennismullen
By dennismullen (10 months ago)

No exposure compensation?

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Jaggr
By Jaggr (10 months ago)

Not automatic—Apple's APIs don't allow developers to control the exposure in that way. But you can set three different exposure points (pretty precisely, if you read the optional on-screen Ev as you do so) and shoot an automatic three-shot bracket.

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dennismullen
By dennismullen (10 months ago)

I explored this with and without the three-shot bracket and exposure is pretty easy to control. I tried a three-shot HDR and it turned out pretty well too. This is my new iPhone camera app!

Thanks,

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Gonard
By Gonard (10 months ago)

The interesting and perhaps more important thing is the movement towards better camera options in the growing smartphone marketplace.

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madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (10 months ago)

It looks like a DSLR but it will never be one, not even close....

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roblarosa
By roblarosa (10 months ago)

I don't think it's trying to be a DSLR, that would be ridiculous. It's just trying to bring the familiarity of DSLR controls to a phone and I think it does a fairly good job at it.

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ramblinman
By ramblinman (9 months ago)

I agree with roblarosa above. I don't see how a $4 app would ever be able to compete with all the features of a $500 to $5000 camera.

That's not why we love taking pictures with an iphone and using an app such as this.

No one is dismissing the significance of a dslr. I remember all to well when many folks said that shooting with digital cameras was stupid. They were wrong.

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horned
By horned (10 months ago)

I don't see the shutter speed and aperture on this new display?

Also, how do you now change the aspect ratio?

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Jaggr
By Jaggr (10 months ago)

The shutter speed and ISO are in the bottom-left corner of the viewfinder (ISO 50 and 1/14K in this example—must have been shooting into the sun!). You change the aspect ration using the button just below the shutter release, which brings up a causal you can swipe.

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Jaggr
By Jaggr (10 months ago)

Causal? Er, *carousel*...

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Kusmierc
By Kusmierc (10 months ago)

As long as I've been following dpreview, I've subscribed to the advice so many here have offered - stop worrying about equipment; it's the photographer that makes the difference, no matter the gear. The fact is that more people use camera phones to image their lives than any other tool, including point-and-shoots and dSLR's. I've used 645 Pro for over a year, and just upgraded to MK II. It's a versatile, useful tool for anyone - including seasoned amateurs and enthusiasts - who take the time to explore its features. I know what real controls are, but I don't see the point in ridiculing people who choose to grab their phone to capture a moment. I know more than one person with expensive kit who couldn't compose a shot to save their life. Get over it.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (10 months ago)

Lol what a joke. People buying app for a trying-card mediocre camera are just wasting money and effort. Just buy a real pocketable digital camera so your photographic experience will go up to 5 notches higher. If you want to make it look like camera and experience real camera controls, buy a real camera with real camera controls.

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WellyNZ
By WellyNZ (10 months ago)

How exactly is an iPhone (or other smart phone) not a real camera? It has a lens and a light sensitive surface capable of capturing an image. That's a camera.

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madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (10 months ago)

It is not a camera. It's a phone and it will always be.

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King Penguin
By King Penguin (10 months ago)

Actually it's the most popular camera on THE WORLD according to Flickr uploads.......

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ramblinman
By ramblinman (9 months ago)

If someone doesn't care to use an iPhone as a camera, I should they would have no use for an iphone camera app. So why would they be reading about an iphone camera app review, let alone writing negative comments about those who are interested in iphone camera apps.

I use pro full frame DSLRs, a high end mirrorless rangefinder, and even carry a high end compact (which also allows full manual control). I plan to add an underwater compact (which will be rather limiting, as is an iphone) and agree that yes, even a point and shoot can capture good photos too.

I've shot digital for over ten years and before that shot film for even longer. Too many brands and types to remember, both 35mm and medium format. I also carry an iphone with me and have no problems with using it's camera. Hence the interest in 645 Pro (and now 645 Pro MKII).

Will it take the place of my D700? No. But I don't think that is the purpose of an iphone nor this app.

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Den Sh
By Den Sh (10 months ago)

Dpreview you must be freaking kidding me, right?

None of the listed hipster settings are the actual DSLR settings, you know, as all the people shoot raw and only care about getting composition, focus and exposure right. That's the things things you can't really control with this app any more than default camera app lets you.

Sigh.

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JANDY
By JANDY (10 months ago)

The first image used in this article is a bit misleading. The app actually looks more like a DSLR than before! Very good update with live histogram, burst mode, and "filters".

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