Top 8 | Photo Apps for Apple Watch

One thing that I’ve seen a lot written about recently when it comes to the Apple Watch is the fact that it doesn’t have a camera lens. It’s a criticism I can’t really get my head around, especially when Apple users have such a fantastic camera built into their iPhone (and one that is supposed to be getting even better in the near future) but who on earth would want to take photos with their Watch, anyway. I get the idea that, when it comes to snapping something quickly, it would be easier with your wrist than picking up your iPhone, but people seem to be doing okay with that they have, right? I also understand the Dick Tracy connotations that come with the Watch, and the fact that video calls from your wrist are top of most people’s most-wanted list. That all said, I don’t think that the Apple Watch would be the lightweight example of immaculately designed wearable tech that it is with such things included. And besides, the device does boast some features when it comes to taking photos including some great apps for managing your snaps, and of course a camera remote feature!

8. Photos & Camera Remote

I guess we should really start with the built in apps that the Apple Watch currently offers out of the box, and there are actually two useful apps to mention when it comes to photography. First there is the popular Apple Photos app which is already the pic management app of choice among many Apple fans. It means that on the Apple Watch you can still manage your photos with ease, using the unique Digital Crown on the side of the device to zoom in and out of images and then of course swipe to browse through them. The Watch also has a built in Camera Remote app, whose basic function as you may have guessed is to allow you to snap shots using your iPhone camera or set up a timer. But the app also gives you a live preview of what your iPhone camera is seeing, so it can act as an excellent viewfinder, too! – More Info from Apple

7. OneDrive (Free)

OneDrive

I thought I’d also kick off this list of photo apps for the Apple Watch by listing another app that I believe to be an excellent alternative to Apple’s built in app for accessing, managing and browsing your snaps. The best of these is probably Microsoft’s OneDrive, which was recently updated for Apple’s wearable device and is a great way to sync your shots across a range of different platforms. I also like the way you can give different tags to your photos and then browse based on those tags: it seems to be the best way of creating some kind of organic collection, where you add photos to different groups as you take them and only see your thematic collection of photos later on.  – Download from iTunes

6. ProCam 2 ($2.99)

Procam

ProCam 2 is an established paid all for iPhone users that allows you to manage your photos and apply different filters to personalize them as you see fit. I’d say that the best attribute of this app is by far its range of different settings and shooting modes, but unfortunately much of this functionality is lost in its porting to the Apple Watch. Still, it’s a very useful photo app to have on your wrist: there is a basic remote trigger that will give you a preview of what your iPhone camera is seeing and let you snap shots with a  tap of your wrist or set up a self timer with ease. You can also apply filters through the Watch app, which is also a welcome feature. – Download from iTunes

5. Camera+ ($2.99)

The Camera+ app is another popular one among iPhone users, so this recent update for the Apple Watch will be a welcome addition. The functionality here is basically confined to it being a remote companion app, allowing you to snap photos, set up timers, check a live preview, and even switch between your iPhone camera from the convenience of your wrist. – Download from iTunes

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