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Pudding Camera: Our review and description. A tasty photo app.

Submitted by on August 20, 2010 – 1:02 am 18 Comments

Pudding Camera for iPHone

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Pudding Camera
Version 1.1
Price: FREE

Rating 3 stars

Bottom Line: It’s got great functionality, usable resolution and it’s free with no ads. It’s not perfect, but it’s very good for what it is.

An app that I’ve been seeing more of in Flickr groups is a free toy camera app called Pudding Camera. It’s from the small developer KTH. While you can search for it in the App Store using “pudding camera”, the name of the app is in Korean, as is much of the App Store description and much of the app itself.

Pudding Camera is a hidden gem in the App Store. It’s not perfect — it has some limitations, but it does a lot for a free app and it does it well, for free, and without ads. Our distilled and edited App Store description, as well as my distilled app review is after the jump.

There’s very little about Pudding Camera that isn’t already available in other, commercial apps. If you don’t have toy camera apps like ClassicSAMP, AndiGraf, or CameraBag and if you only plan to share your images online through Facebook or Flickr, then Pudding Camera is an excellent app — even better because it’s free.

Although it’s not skinned, Pudding Camera uses a lens and film user interface for creating effects. I found the controls to be a little sticky, but still fully functional and not a deal-breaker.

The effects are well rendered. I particularly like the square frame “Fantasy” camera. It’s a fairly unique tilt-shift focal effect created in-camera that takes advantage of the 3GS and 4 auto-focus. When this “camera” is used with the app’s Vivid film, the results are striking. Pudding Camera also has a new exposure setting which will let you brighten or darken an image the equivalent of one or two f/stops.

The app is created in a mixture of English and Korean. Using the app is easy and straightforward to figure out. The settings panel is in Korean, which is not my second or third language. I was unable to figure out anything in the settings except for the resolution. If you can’t read Korean, you will have a difficult time setting up the app’s built in file sharing capabilities.

Pudding Camera outputs at three resolutions — 472px, 700px and large 1280px — with a maximum resolution of 1280x1280px — that’s pretty good for a free app and even better than some commercial apps available. It’s on the low end of acceptable for small prints, but a great resolution for emailing or sharing images online.

I give Pudding Camera three stars. It’s a good app to explore toy camera photography on the iPhone and for some iPhoneographers, it may be all you need. It’s got great functionality, usable resolution and it’s free with no ads. It’s not perfect, but it’s very good for what it is and might just be what you need for a toy camera app.

Pudding Camera 푸딩
(or search “pudding camera” in the App Store)

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Here’s our distilled and edited version of the App Store description:

Pudding Camera

Description

Pudding camera offers seven kinds of cameras, and eight kinds of film settings. You can use any combination of these options for FREE so enjoy many kinds of stylish photos with this Pudding Camera!

Features

  • Combination of Cameras & Films
  • Exposure setting (-2.0 to 2.0)
  • Self photo taking mode
  • 3 file sizes (small:472px, medium:700px, large:1280px)
  • Saving shooting mode
  • Uses location information
  • View photos by date in the built-in LightBox
  • Share with your friends via email, Twitter, Facebook, or me2day
  • Auto save into Pudding (Pudding is a web photo album serviced by Paran.)
  • Create your own Pudding account

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Detailed Features

Camera

[camera type | sim. focal length | photo size]

  • Basic | 37mm | 4:3
  • Snap | 45mm | 3:2
  • Panorama | 37mm | 1.85:1
  • Fantasy | 37,50 mm | 1:1
  • Motion 2X 2 | 37mm | 4:3
  • Motion x4 | 37mm | 1:3
  • Fisheye | 37mm | 1:1

Films in version 1.1

  • iPhone Basic
  • Vintage Brown
  • Vintage Blue
  • Vignetting
  • Dazzle
  • Mono
  • Noir
  • Vivid (new in version 1.1)

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What’s new in version 1.1

Improved features
  • Faster photo saving time
  • Green dot on noir film is fixed
  • Faster photo viewing
  • Login error fixed
New functions added
  • Vivid film with high contrast & high saturation added (object, landscape optimized)
  • Image saving size increased to 1280px
  • Exposure value saved (dial on left)
  • Exposure value applied to photo while shooting

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Marty Yawnick

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.

  • http://flickr.com/leandroprz Leandro

    Looks pretty nice. Donwloading as I write this.

    Thanks for the heads up, Marty!

  • amo

    oops, I guess I downloaded the korean version, it's a bit confusing. thanx for the tip though.

  • soup

    it really could do with a bit more english in it !

    even if its only engrish

  • http://pepijnzwanenberg.nl Pepijn

    I like it a lot, cool, thanks for the tip :-)

  • Tomba

    Please don't change the letters. They look much better than used latin ones ;-)

    App is real fun and now with 1280 resolution usable. I deleted version 1.0 but will keep the updated.

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  • ashcroft54

    I really love this app. It's one of my favorites !!!

  • Jess

    How do you translate the app to English?

  • http://www.appreviewfree.com/2011/01/pudding-camera.html Appreviewfree

    It's a great app! I like it very much.

  • http://twitter.com/BurungHantu @BurungHantu

    I've set resolution for photo to the largest one but when I email photo it always show the lowest resolution, am I the only one?

  • T – CORP.

    Superb App!

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  • raquel

    Does anyone know how to save photos on the memory card and not the phone's memory. the app is in Korean.

  • jen

    I can’t figure out how to actually take the photo on my phone 3:

  • YeCa

    Ís there a way to disable the (shutter)sound?

    • http://lifeinlofi.com lifeinlofiblog

      Other than putting your iPhone on silent, I'm not sure.

      =M=

  • Nel

    I have a -12780 problem and app in Korean I have no idea what the hell it is

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  • aldoholod

    Superb App!

  • Anon

    I am trying to take a picture of myself with the motion 2×2 camera, but I'm clueless as to how to line up the camera to make the picture turn out well. HELP.

  • gee

    Someone tell me how to get mirror mode