Version 1.0
Price: $1.99, on sale for a limited time

Rating 2.5 stars

Bottom Line: It’s loaded with great looking vintage and analog filters and frames, but it suffers from a few version 1.0 bugs.

Cameramatic is a new toy camera app from youthhr, the creator of Monochromia and SkipBleach. It’s loaded with great looking vintage and analog filters and frames, but it suffers from a few version 1.0 bugs.

The effects of Cameramatic are like a cross between Hipstamtic and lo-mob — toy camera effects and vintage film, paper and through the viewfinder effects. The app has 20 film effects and 22 frames, ranging from film positive to vintage paper to TTV. There’s several options to “analog” your photos even further, such as some great light leaks and simulated film grain.

It’s a camera-only app and in this version, there’s no way to import images from your photo library.

Everything is shot in square frame. The effects are well done. The light leaks are nice and random. The tonal qualities are good and what you expect from good analog film effects.

There are a few bugs in this initial release, though. Moving through the app itself is a little slow and there’s a lot of depth to get to where you want to be. The borders and frames aren’t seamless. I can see a 1 pixel gap between the frame and my images in many of the frames. The app itself is a little slow and a little buggy. Some of the controls you have to hit twice and the UI doesn’t always render correctly onscreen.

Also, the app only saves up to 1024×1024 pixels — 1 megapixel. Kudos to the developer for clearly stating that in the App Store description. It’s good for online sharing, but you won’t be making any big enlargements from these prints.

  • Tip: Cameramatic defaults to 650×650 px resolution. Be sure to check your Settings to change that if you purchase the app.

In its current version, it’s definitely lo-fi. Cameramatic creates great effects, but there are problems with this initial release that need to be fixed before I can recommend it. The resolution and the bugs take my rating down, despite the fact that the effects are that good. I hope it’s fixed soon. This could be a great app.

Cameramatic is currently available for $1.99 in the App Store, but the price is slated to go up to $2.99 sometime soon. It works on any iPhone or iPod Touch 4th Gen running iOS 4.0 or higher.

UPDATE: I hate to leave a bad review out here when a developer has done such a great job of improving their app. Click here to read our thoughts on the much-improved and really cool Cameramatic version 1.1.2 update. =M=

Cameramatic - youthhr