One of the best fake Polaroid camera apps in the App Store, Instant: The Polaroid Instant Camera, is on sale today, May 8, for only $0.99. That’s half off its regular price of $1.99. I’d recommend Instant in a heartbeat at $2. You can get it now and save yourself a buck.
Back in the day, real Polaroids were the analog versions of instant lo-fi photography. Shoot and share right there. I still remember the brown goop and pungent chemical smell from my old Polaroid Swinger prints. Good times!
And that’s the appeal of the fake Polaroid iPhone photography — the fauxlaroids. The tones, the shape of the frame, the frame of the print all appeal to the emotional attachment we have to retro photography — more so I think than any other type of faux retro.
I love Instant. You can either shoot within the app or import from your camera roll. It mimics the workflow of a real classic Polaroid instant camera, with realistic visual and sound effects. Instant comes with 30 retro film effects including several that apply very accurate recreations of the looks of classic Polaroid films, including several variations of T600 and Time Zero films.
One of the things I really like about this Polaroid app is that it allows you to add and adjust anomalies in the emulsion. Dirty roller bars or a weird batch of film could cause unique streaks to show up in the emulsion of a Polaroid and Instant recreates that and more.
Instant is a fun photo app. It’s inexpensive anyway and well worth the price. For a dollar, this is a no-brainer. Instant is officially licensed and is one of the best Polaroid experiences in the App Store. All that’s missing is the goop.
The iPad version is also on sale for $0.99.
Life In LoFi’s App of the Day is our regular feature where we scour the Photo & Video section of the App Store to discover great deals on the best photo apps and hidden gems — one a day when we find a good one. Grab them fast because these deals don’t last long and the price can go up at any time.