The VSCO app is a rather great little mobile photo editor with lots of film-style image filters that are actually worth using sometimes. Now, VSCO is going to be augmenting the free version of its app with an invite-only, $20-per-year subscription service with some new technology behind the scenes.
The VSCO app will stay free as it is now, but the subscription will come with access to all of the filters, which can also be purchased separately. In addition to the current filer offerings, VSCO will soon be introducing some Film X presets, including looks that mimic Kodak Portra 160, Portra 400, Tri-X, and Fuji Pro 400H. In case you’re not a film person, those are some of the most popular stocks around.
The tech behind the app is a new imaging engine called SENS, which powers all the mobile and desktop products from VSCO. The press material also promises more controls over the looks that can be applied, including fine adjustments.
I’ve been using VSCO for quite some time (along with other apps like the excellent Mastin Filmborn app), so I’m interested to see how the changes affect the overall product. If you want to sign up, you can only request an invite for now, and hope that you’re selected to sign up.