For $0.99, you also get standard editing tools (crop, brightness, contrast, saturation, hue), and you can take a photo from within the app. It's the little things that make you smile.
The interface is fairly intuitive, and you have the flexibility to pinch zoom, pan the image with two fingers, and rotate text overlays using standard Apple gestures. Given this functionality, it seems perplexing that the developers would add a "Pan & Zoom" button on the screen, taking up real estate which could house another tool. We wouldn't say this is an annoyance, just an odd choice.
What FX Photo Studio Could Do Better
When you're navigating to an effect, there are too many menus to move through, so if you decide you don't want to apply an effect after all, you'll have to hit cancel/back a few times to return to the original shot. Apps like Snapseed let you snap back to the original shot with one touch.
There are tons of effects we liked, but the super-high contrast effects are headache-inducing. It also pulls the in-app up-sell seen in a number of other apps: At the initial purchase price, you only get some effects, but you'll need to pay $0.99 for each of the three additional effects packs.
When we first ran the app, there were a lot of tips popping up with functional advice. It took two clicks to no longer display them, which must be a bug. You'll also get ads popping up periodically for the add-on effects packs, which is off-putting, especially in an app you've already paid for.
Worth A Download?
For $0.99, FX Photo Studio proves to be a versatile app worth a download. It's not perfect, and we're not sure the extra filters are worth paying for, but it's a fun app that allows you to be really creative.