HalfCamera from B1VisualEffects brings back all the fun of the half frame camera. A camera that uses a film format at half the exposure and in the case of this app the format is 18×24.
Within the app [$.99, App Store] you can take pictures, add filters, text and frame your image. When all the tweaking is done you can then save to your camera roll or upload to Twitter and Facebook.
When first launching the app it is not very clear what you need to do and what button does what. So at first you need to have play around with it and figure each button out. The place where all the action happens is the DP Center. Here you can change and edit your images. To start with you can use a picture you have just taken or upload one from your camera roll. To do this simply tap on the blank space and the option pops up.
When you have your images in place if you want to add a filter tap the chosen image. It will then give you the option to add one. You are shown 11 filters to choose from and again you just tap the one you like and it changes your image straight away. The filters are a good assortment of tones and colours and there is bound to be one you are looking for. You can use these filters before or after taking a picture.
The two images you have are split with a gap inbetween them. In this gap you can add any text if you you want. When you are in the DP Center tap the Text editor at the top right hand side. You then have a selected area to type your chosen information. Once all that is done you can preview it to see if you are happy with it.
The camera adds the pictures you take to a film roll just like you would expect in the classic cameras. You can take any two of the pictures that are near each other and make them into a HalfCamera image. If you want to see all these pictures at once then choose the film binder option in the DP Center and it shows up on screen in the film roll style. So it looks just like the real thing!
When taking a photograph you look through a 18×24 viewfinder and you can use either the front or rear facing camera. There is also an option to have the flash on or off. The film roll fits 12 pictures in and everytime you take an image there is a counter that counts down so you know how many images you have available to take. The camera also has some good sound effects and gives you the sense that you are actually using a real classic camera.
What makes this photography app different than many of the others is the ability to link two photographs together. The filters and effects have been done many times before but this is not quite as common. There is so much you can do with it. There is the fun side where you could stick together two pictures like the developers have shown in their screen shots. With the head of one animal and the back end of another. Or you can do like I have in mine the same picture with different looks. It is a good app if you are wanting to combine two pictures together and also add a few words and effects with it.
- Good range of filters and effects.
- Nice user interface.
- Unique app.
- Needs a help section for instructions.
Updated: May 03, 2011
Current Version: 1.1
Size: 10.7 MB
Seller: B1VISUALEFFECTS Co.,Ltd
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.