I just downloaded what I think will be my favorite iPhone camera application yet. Digitally imitating the quirky, unreliable, unpredictable output of film toy cameras, Hipstamatic for iPhone features a slick and creative interface. You select effects by swapping “lenses” or “film” or even “flash gels” on the “camera” to achieve film-like effects.
You can toggle between the front and back of the camera within the interface. The front of the camera let’s you change “lenses” with the swipe of a finger. Each “lens” has its own color, blurring, and vignetting characteristics. You can add more effects by using different “flash gels,” or swap out the “film” to shoot in black and white or to change the look of the borders.
On the back of the virtual camera is a shutter button, a menu where you can review your “prints”, and a small “viewfinder” for composing your shots. You can program the “viewfinder” to be an accurate one, or an unpredictable inaccurate representation of the scene. Here are some wonderfully crummy shots that I took after downloading the app:
Blurry, Over-saturated, and heavily vignetted? Oh yes!!!!
From the Recent Prints screen, you can review what lenses/film/flash setups you used for each shot, and output to Facebook or Email from within the app. At $1.99 for the app plus $0.99 for extra lens/film/flash packs, Hipstamatic has earned its place on the first page of my iPhone homescreen. Ok, time to go get my “shoot, don’t think” on!
Update: I have a blog in place for my Hipstamatic shots now: http://jonathanhipstamatic.wordpress.com. Check it out!