Version Reviewed: 2.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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In an app store overflowing with photography utilities, a new contender for the best app throne has to be something special. Perfect Photo is very nearly it.
Its success stems from something quite obvious - it offers exactly what you want without throwing in countless filters that, while fun, are ultimately frivolous. For those people who want to simply take photos and edit them on the move through the same app, this is ideal.
Perfect Photo offers 22 different tools and effects, each as useful as the last. Besides the ever useful cropping, aligning and rotating tools, you can also adjust the exposure of an image, the brightness, the color balance and you can reduce the noise in an image. Other features such as red eye reduction and spot healing also feature. All these tools are the ones that you use the most when trying to improve a photo in the likes of Adobe Photoshop so being able to do this at the touch of a button from your iOS device is extremely useful. Each of these tools can also be adjusted through a simple sliding mechanism so you can get things just how you want.
Once you've adjusted practical things such as this, you can then add one of six photo filters if you so wish. Again, the best ones have been picked out here. You can add a vintage effect, a pencil paint style, invert the colors of the photo and switch the photo to black and white. Each of them produce appropriate results which don't feel overdone or pointless in any way.
Perfect Photo's only real flaw is that it can occasionally be a little slow to preview changes. This is most noticeable once you change the preview image quality to high, although the app does warn you of this beforehand. Other than that though, it's a really well rounded app. The ability to share via Facebook, Twitter and Flickr from within the app is convenient and all the tools are just as useful as each other. There's no weak filler ones which are often the case with other photography apps.