Camera+ Arrives on the iPad

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Camera+ -- one of the most popular photo apps for the iPhone -- is now available for the iPad.

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The iPad app comes a little over two years after the original app. In that time, Camera+ [iTunes link] has gone on to sell over 9 million copies, making it the most popular paid photo app in the App Store.

Today, tap tap tap, the crew behind Camera+, has released the long-anticipated iPad version [iTunes link] of the app.

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So why would you want a photo app on the iPad? Not so much for taking pictures as for editing them.

Sure, Camera+ can help users take better photos with the iPad (especially if you use the improved rear camera on the retina iPad) But the real benefit is that the app syncs seamlessly with Camera+ for iPhone.

Camera+'s Lightbox syncs between devices using iCloud. If you take a photo on your iPhone, so long as iCloud sync is enabled, you can see that same image on your iPad. Moreover, any edits made to the photos will be synced across devices. Deleting a photo from one Lightbox will remove it across the board.

Camera+ for iPhone has also received an update for the iPhone 5's screen -- a welcome update for users such as myself who use it as a replacement for Apple's default camera app.

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One of the best parts of the new iPad is its retina display. Even now, six months after its release, I still find myself marveling at the clarity of photographs on it.

This is where Camera+ for iPad really shines. The iCloud integration means the full-sized images are viewable within the app. Thanks to the high resolution display, I can view nearly full-sized images from the iPhone 5 within Camera+, each detail beautifully displayed.

From there, you can start playing around with various settings that adjust how an image looks. This includes Camera+'s excellent "Clarity" mode -- which just makes images and colors pop.

A new feature for the iPad is the ability to layer effects on top of one another. That means I can add a fade effect and cross-process, and adjust the intensity of both. (Apps such as Snapseed have had that ability for a long time. Still, it's great to have it in Camera+ too.)

I can't wait to spend more time with Camera+ on my iPad. In its first iteration, the app already pairs seamlessly with Camera+ for iPhone and offers users a great way to edit photos and share them across various social networks.

And yes, you can take photos using the iPad and Camera+. You just might look silly doing it.

Camera+ for iPad and Camera+ for iPhone are both on sale for $0.99 in the App Store. What are you favorite photo apps for iOS? Let us know in the comments.

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