Photography app OneShot gets a glut of new features in 3.0, including auto-leveling and more

OneShot, developed by Andy Stumpp, has quickly become one of our go-to apps for snapping photos on Windows Phone 8. With each update, the app becomes more user friendly, adds new features and brings new innovation.

The last time we visited this app was back one month ago when version 2.0 landed. Today, version 3.0 has gone live and if you know anything about version numbers that’s a big one.

So what’s new in 3.0? You’ll have read on to find out, but if you like taking photos, you’ll certainly want to see what’s new.

OneShot version 3.0 adds quite a few new features to make the app even better than before. Let’s take a look:

OneShot version 3.0 changelog

  • 8 camera modes, including 3 for custom settings
  • Auto-straightening
  • Live straightening
  • Performance improvements and 1:1 resolution
  • Share to Instagram (via 6tag)
  • New settings menu
  • Shutter animation
  • Minor improvements and bug fixes

With version 3.0, users now have various modes to select from including M (Manual), P (Program), Portrait, Macro and Scenic. In addition, users can now create and save their own presets with one dedicated slot and two that will reset later.

Keep those photos straight

The auto- and live-leveling are certainly one of the neater things we’ve used. Auto leveling is used with the app’s built-in photo editor, which was enabled with version 2.0. In and of itself that made OneShot a great bargain since not only can you shoot photos but you can edit them within the same app. Auto straightening is just that—it will align the photo to the horizon afterwards, using data from the phone’s accelerometer. Pretty awesome.

Live straightening, optionally enabled via Settings, is even better. It will adjust the rotation in real-time while taking a picture, although if you’re angled past 25°, it will disable (since you probably want to angle the shot). That’s a real useful feature for capturing vista shots as it will save time in post-editing and you won’t lose any of the image. It’s also the first time we’ve seen this enabled on Windows Phone.

Version 3.0 also brings a 50% increase in performance for 16:9 mode and now offers 1:1 square mode for framed Instagram shots. Speaking of Instagram, you can now share directly to 6tag for quick posting to that photo sharing service—always a great thing to see.

OneShot share

Share your photos to 6tag directly in OneShot v3.0

As you can see, OneShot version 3.0 is quite a considerable photography app. Between the built-in photo editor, auto- and live-leveling, faster performance and all the other bells and whistles it’s going to give ProShot and Nokia’s Pro Cam a run for its money. As photo buffs ourselves, we’re quite impressed with it.

OneShot v3.0 is a Windows Phone 8 only app, though it will work on 512 MB devices. It runs for $1.99 and there is a free trial. Pick it up here in the Windows Phone Store.

Read more about the new features in OneShot version 3.0 from Andy’s blog.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.