Retro Camera for Android Cell Phones

Most of us have a smart phone, whether it be an Iphone, Blackberry, Palm, Windows, or Android smart phone. Each brand has applications that you can download for almost every need. They have applications ranging from mobile versions of microsoft office, to a fart soundboard. I had a blackberry for about 3 years and recently upgraded to an android phone called the Fascinate, made by Samsung. When I started looking at apps to install I first searched for the term “retro” of which a few apps popped up but there was one that caught my eye. If you haven’t had the chance to read some of my early posts, I collect a lot of different things. Although when I collect things I don’t collect them to just put them on a shelf and leave them there. I collect things to use them. One of my collections is old cameras. I love taking photos with my old cameras. The quality and patina that you capture in a photograph using any one of my old cameras surpasses anything that a new camera that costs more than a used chevy sedan can capture. So anyways here I am looking at the different apps they have to offer with the key term “retro” and I came across this application called “Retro Camera”. So I downloaded it.  It has a few different style cameras to choose from, each has different effects built in.  The senopsis from the app’s creaters website ( reads:

With Retro Camera you’ll take delicious old-school pics your friends will drool over. 5 cameras, 5 sets of vintage vignetting, film scratch & cross processing effects for that off-the-hip analog look. Inspired by the old Lomo, Holga, Polaroid, Diana & toy cameras whose iconic styles we treasure. Instant Nostalgia now free.

Retro Camera comes with 5 different cameras:

The Bärbel – An East German classic, naturally faded with a scratched film and medium vignetting, the perfect all-round choice.

The Little Orange Box – The Soviet Staple with aggressive cross processing and scratched square film. It’s crappy plastic lens leaks in light and exhibits strong vignetting. Black and white option for even more emotion.

Xolaroid 2000 – Its inspiration is obvious! We love the candid snapshots this camera produces – you simply can’t fail, every shot is a keeper. Blue / Green cross processing effects and timeless contrast. Black and white option for that classic touch.

The Pinhole Camera – A DIY gem and more unpredictable than Schrödinger’s cat. Full bleed developing and vignetting through the roof, be sure to give this cardboard chimera a go.

The FudgeCan – The perfect rig for outdoors; developed on square film that wasn’t quite stored… or developed right. But therein lies the charm that’ll make your pics with this beauty, memorable and instantly nostalgic.

Here is a review of the app from a show called App Judgment on the Revision 3 network.

Here are a few shots that I took using the different cameras that are available in this app.

Here are a few photos taken by other users:

The app also has a widget that you can add to your home screen.

Overall this is a great app. If you have an android phone you should totally try it out. It is a free app so you will not be wasting any money on it if you disagree with my review. I hope you enjoy the many uses of this app and take some great photos with it.

Thanks for reading,

Published in: on October 27, 2010 at 8:25 PM  Leave a Comment  
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