I don't think so. Instagram became wildly successful due to its simplicity. It's fun to use. Designer types love VSCO because it allows more creative freedom, but the cost is much more complexity. For me, VSCO has become the new Camera+. I don't really care about the social networking side of it.
I completely agree with Jesse. I think VSCO has a great shot at capturing the majority of the high-end mobile photography market — they might already be there. However, I don't think your average 'always-uses-the-same-filter' user cares about the level of detail offered by VSCO.
I agree, it's obvious VSCO is not a social platform.
And yeah I noticed Camera+ are playing catch up recently by adding layers etc. I've used C+ instead of the default iPhone camera for a good few years but VSCO have certainly covered everything now. Their latest Lightroom film presets are the best I've ever seen too: http://vsco.co/blog/introducing-vsco-film-04-slide-film
I agree. They have the VSCO Grid... which is a semi-social thing, but it's clear that their mission is QUALITY... pushing the boundaries of what people can do on their phones. I post on Instagram a bunch - and although I care how the pictures look... I REALLY get anal about what I put on my Grid.
They took the core idea of Camera+ but added a soul to it all... a very curated message and product. Most importantly, it's not all smoke and mirrors. Just like their professional filters for Lightroom, etc... they made sure the same attention to detail and quality was done in the app. I admire this greatly.
I'd love to use VSCO Cam more, but unfortunately it just isn't worth the looooooong wait time for exporting the photo after editing. Maybe it's just me, but it can take up to ten minutes to save a photo to the camera roll on my phone...
That's wild... takes mine at most 20 seconds or so.... usually a lot less. I'm on an iPhone 5 though... are you using a 4S?