SophieLens HD, announced and released last month at Nokia World, is the really impressive photo-filter app that just keeps getting better. Today, version 184.108.40.2066 is live in the Store and with it comes two new photo filter packs and some fixes requested by users.
First up are the photo filter packs. "Sophia's Sepia" and "Light Leak" are the new packages and we’re really digging “Light Leak” (used above in the lead photo). Simulating light entering the camera, what was once thought to be a hardware flaw in film cameras is now chic in the digital age. Sepia is a more limited series that’s not black and white, but not color either. It’s kind of reddish-brown and follows the technique of enhancing black and white photos (called ‘sepia toning’).
Both packs are available to try, meaning you can see the filter ‘live’, but it will cost $0.99 for each pack to actually snap and save a photo. Considering that the app is free and up until now, the other filter packs have been free, we have no problem coughing up a buck for some extra filters. Of course if you’re happy with your current filter packs, then nothing changes.
Other fixes and changes come in the form of user feedback, mainly the developers have added back filter names and thumbnail previews. That was a slightly annoying “feature” of the last update, though we understand they were trying to go for a more visual, gut-instinct approach to the app. Now, in the latest version you get the names and little preview windows again.
Finally, there are the usual “lots of bug fixes” and promises of more to come from the developer.
"Add a Story" feature in SophieLens, lets you add Wikipedia info to your pic
So why use SophieLens HD over anything else? We’ve always found the filters to be some of the best around, up there with Camera360 and Oggl. They’re just really clean and always make photos a little edgy. Also, the UI is pretty unique and probably the best feature, “Add a Story”, allows you to import Wikipedia info, location data and lots of other really exceptional templates that enhance your photos (see above). It’s a cool app and we’re always glad to see it get better with these updates.
Pick up SophieLens HD for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store.
Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.
Keep em coming!
I sent wpcentral a heads up about a time sensitive freebie from this dev but they didn't publish it. Hopefully it was extended.
You mean the free filter packs that we reported on during the app announcement?
Yes those. Huh??? :)
I like playing about with this app
I got the Sepia pack instead. Clearly my tastes are the complete oposite of those of Daniel both in filters and phone colours =P Also, I did prefer the absense of names on the filters. The preview is nice, but the names I find completely unnecessary. But, if apparently the majority wanted names back, so be it.
Nah, IMO the name displayed is nice. Look gorgeous :)
I really like this app. First downloaded it 2 weeks ago. Unlock all the free pack. Really awesome using this app to take one beautiful photo and now it just updated with more awesome features. Keep em' coming dude !
Can anyone tell if Clear Originals really works? It does not work for me (lumia 920), it does not remove original photos from the storage.
Any voters for Apict vs Sophie Lens HD? Both have filters yes, but Apict has that add text under instant photo look to it. Anyone used both and chose one?
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