New! Hipstamatic 150 update – Hold on to your hats!

HipstaMatic for iPhone

I have much love for Hipstamatic. No other app (or Photoshop plug-in) creates such organic and analog-looking images so easily. The new Hipstamatic 150 update is available now in the App Store. From the list of features, it’s a terrific update to an already amazing app. The update adds a ton of new features and improvements, in-app file sharing to Flickr, as well as addresses several performance issues. Start-up time has been improved significantly. There’s also a new monthly photography contest accessible in-app. We’ll post more details as they become available.

As is the case with the previous Hipstamatic 110 update, there’s a new optional HipstaPak available as an additional in-app purchase, featuring two new films. I can’t wait to shoot with the new BlacKeys SuperGrain B+W Film!

The free update is live now or you can (and should) purchase the updated version if you don’t already own the app.

Here’s a list of what’s new and fixed in Hipstamatic 150:

What’s New in Hipstamatic Model 150


  • Full resolution support in “High Quality Prints” mode
  • (1200px square for 2G/3G, 1536px square for 3GS)
  • Faster startup time
  • Misc user interface improvements


  • Prints can now be posted to Flickr in-app


  • Shake-to-randomize: Shake your Hipstamatic to select a random lens, flash, and film
  • Save favorite combos: A new button in Recent Prints lets you “change camera lens, flash, and film to match this print”
  • Prints now have EXIF data with lens/flash/film information
  • (accessible from within Hipstamatic only – not the Photo Library)
  • Film preview window on camera back
  • Improved HipstaProcessing for greater print variety


  • A new monthly contest accessible in-app
  • Anyone can win fabulous prizes


  • New free flash: Dreampop
  • New HipstaPak: Camden (includes Alfred Infrared Film and BlacKeys SuperGrain B+W Film)


  • iPod music will now keep playing when opening Hipstamatic
  • Fixed a bug where occasionally the flash would not fire, even when charged
  • Other misc fixes

Hipstamatic is still available for $1.99 USD.




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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • MartyNearDFW

    Briefly, here are the Hipstamatic 110 vs. 150 times that I tested. These times are using the High-Quality Print settings in both versions. Keep in mind that Hipstamatic 150 is processing more pixels than the 110 version. I think the few additional seconds are a worthwhile tradeoff for a larger image size.

    (Times may vary a little.)

    Startup time till ready to shoot: 110=10.4 secs, 150=7.8 secs.

    Shot till ready for next shot (shot to shot): 110=15.2 secs, 150=18.1 secs.

    Shot to shot while saving an image: 110=26.0-26.5 secs, 150=26.5-31.4 secs.

    Shutter until green light (print ready): 110=25.1 secs, 150=29.5 secs.

    Those are the Hipstamatic times and results that I got on my 2G. I'd be interested to know how your times are.


  • Ryan Dorshorst

    Hey Marty

    Just wanted to shed a little bit of light onto why some of the processing times for the 150 are actually longer than the 110 — It's mainly due to the addition of EXIF data being saved to prints in the 150. Because the image has to be rewritten when the EXIF is appended to the file, there is increased processing time. This is unfortunate, and we're still looking into ways to further optimize both that code and the other image processing code. We certainly did put some effort into improving the startup time, and I'm happy to see that your data supports this.

    Thanks for running these numbers, and we look forward to continuing to improve the Hipstamatic (both in features available and also in processing time) with future releases.


    Ryan @ Hipstamatic

  • John

    Could you please tell me how much the in-app extras cost? I want to buy this app, but am a little leery of what the app will actually cost if all the extras are purchased. Thanks for your help wit this!

  • MartyNearDFW

    Hi, John,

    Each HipstaPak is an additional $0.99 and can be purchased in-app. There are several websites that illustrate the filters of the the three previous paks — I haven't seen one yet which includes the new Camden pak. You can see what they do to decide before you add them.

    For me so far, each HipstaPak has at least one filter (film, lens or flash) that makes it worthwhile to own. For instance, lately, I've been shooting with the Roboto Glitter lens from the Shibuya pak using the BlacKeys B+W from the Portland pak.

    Here's a link to the excellent comparison guide (for the first three paks) from DJ Paine: (copy and paste the link in your browser if it doesn't work for you)

    I hope this helps!


  • MartyNearDFW

    If you have an iPhone 3GS, @hsugene on Twitter posted this about Hipstamatic 150's processing times:

    "I have a 3GS and it takes about 5-10 seconds shot-to-shot. It also seems to vary a bit depending on which lens is chosen."

  • John

    Thanks very much Marty, I really appreciate this information!