KaleidaCam is a new photo app by Dapper Owl that turns your iPhone into an electronic kaleidoscope. Just like a real kaleidoscope, it splits what you see into reflected wedges.

While KaleidaCam will probably never be a go-to photo app for me, it was more fun than I initially thought it would be to walk around to see how everyday objects looked through its viewfinder — just like a real kaleidoscope. Using it feels less like a camera and more like a toy, and that’s the fun of the app.

KaleidaCam's easy settings

KaleidaCam is a simple, straightforward camera app. The only setting it has is the number of sides for the kaleidoscope effect. It saves automatically to your camera roll and it saves in your device’s full resolution. It evens saves geotag and EXIF data. Doesn’t get much easier than that. It’s a camera only and doesn’t allow to import images from your camera roll.

Everyday objects and settings take on sometimes cool abstract qualities when shot through KaleidaCam, and it’s pretty easy to get some bizarre, unexpected abstracts using this app. Not everyone will like the abstract results KaleidaCam creates, but if you’re still fascinated by kaleidoscopes, Dragon’s Eyes, Spirograph or the Tiny Planets app, you might like KaleidaCam. It’s a fun toy app that also happens to take photos.

Not much more to say about the app except that I enjoyed the app than I first thought I would. It’s an unexpected iPhone showcase app that will generate lots of curious “Oooh, what’s that?” when you open the app. It’s super easy to use. It’s a fun “toy” camera app.

KaleidaCam is $0.99 in the App Store. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

KaleidaCam - Dapper Owl




KaleidaCam by Dapper Owl shouldn’t be confused with Kaleidocam, which I haven’t thried and can’t vouch for.

We were provided with both a review promo code and giveaway promo codes by the developer. These did not effect this review. =M=