For many of us, the flaws and imperfections that come with making a movie are a distant memory. While the fundamentals of shutter speed and aperture settings persist, the process of shooting and sharing an image has changed dramatically.
So it makes sense that there is a subset of vintage camera apps designed to recreate the experience of shooting a movie. Here are seven of the best options.
1. Huji Camera
Huji Cam is a faithful recreation of a disposable camera from 1998, up to the date stamped on your images. The film simulation is quite convincing, with light leak effects, color fringes, and an overall contrasting appearance, reminiscent of a cheap ISO 400 roll.
The free version is a camera, and only a camera. In order to process an image with Huji, you must take the image with Huji. You can’t import your own images and process them, or reprocess images you’ve already taken without a $ 1 in-app purchase.
You can adjust the date format to read correctly, or pretend it’s 1998 with the default settings.
It’s up to you to turn light leakage on or off, set a timer, go for low-quality images, or take photos with the front camera.
To download: Huji Camera (Free in-app purchases available)
If you’re desperate to recreate the entire shooting process with disposable cameras, Gudak is the app for you. Unlike the other apps on this list, this one really limits what you can do with a strict set of rules.
Gudak spins virtual film rolls and you get 24 exposures on each roll. When you have finished a roll, you must wait an hour before you can load another roll and start shooting again. To view your images, press the button Develop button and wait three days.
In doing so, the app reintroduces the long-lost element of surprise. By the time your photos are ready, you probably won’t remember exactly what you were photographing. The developers have gone to great lengths to prevent you from cheating by also changing the date and time on your device.
The photos are good, but it’s the experience that really shines. Gudak limits your view to a small viewfinder, removes focus and exposure controls, and essentially brings photography back to its basics.
To download: Gudak ($ 0.99)
If Gudak and Huji Cam are the best apps for emulating disposable cameras, CALLA is the best app mimic of a cheap 35mm camera. The app itself is heavily styled and a bit confusing to use due to its unconventional button placement alongside a mix of Korean and English languages.
CALLA includes a few different types of movies, but you only get one for free. The images we took with this preset looked pretty good, with an image smoothness reminiscent of cheap plastic lenses. The colors are warm and there is quite a bit of grain, but no light leakage.
There is a full set of photo controls, including touch focus and exposure. You can also manually control your focus using the ring near the shutter button (great fun). In addition, the application supports importing your Camera Roll images into CALLA and processing them.
There are in-app purchases to unlock more looks, with the option to watch ads instead (but that will take some time).
To download: CALLA (Free in-app purchases available)
4. KD Pro
Not only is KD Pro free, but it also includes three entirely distinct cinematic appearances: Kudak (Kodak), Kuji (Fujifilm), and a black and white preset. If you want, you can also enable time stamping and light leaks.
The app lets you choose your own development time, whether it’s instant, hour, or day. While this is a good idea, it is a bit pointless as most people will always go for the instant option. You may prefer Gudak’s method of forcing yourself to wait, especially if you have little self-control.
Overall, KD Pro does a great job creating some heavily styled photos. You can mix film styles in a roll just by changing the filter in your app settings. Unless you upgrade to the premium version ($ 0.99), you can’t reprocess anything after taking it, and neither can you import images from your camera roll.
To download: KD Pro (Free in-app purchases available)
5. Hipstamatic X
One of the best apps like Huji is Hipstamatic X. It’s packed with filters, presets, and camera settings that make your images look like they were created in the 1980s or 1990s.
Although the app is primarily aimed at beginners, professional photographers will also find plenty to satisfy their needs. For example, there’s a brand new darkroom editing feature, the ability to change gear, light, color, and focus, and even a grain tool.
Also be sure to check out the Passport feature. It allows you to keep a log of your photographic history using gamification features like daily stamps, photo sequences, etc.
Overall, we think this is one of the best camera apps for iOS.
To download: Hipstamatic X (Free in-app purchases available)
6. Retro camera +
Still haven’t found the perfect app to make your photos look like a movie? Try Retro Camera +. Primarily aimed at Instagram users, the app’s range of filters will turn new photos into something that looks decades old.
Some of the key features of the app include live camera filters, over 40 effects, a timer, flash mode, and selfie camera support.
Retro Camera + also makes it easy to share your photos directly to your favorite social media network. In total, more than 30 networks are available.
To download: Retro camera + (Free in-app purchases available)
7. Dazz Cam
The last vintage camera app on our list is Dazz Cam. Like the other entries, it is designed to recreate the look of the 80s analog film.
Dazz Cam can restore the color, texture and noise of an image, and it has a multitude of light leak effects to make photos look even more authentic.
Some of the other noteworthy features include the ability to overlay two images on top of each other, a self-timer, a fisheye lens, flash colors, and exposure adjustment. There’s even a square frame — it’s great for people who want to upload their designs to Instagram.
To download: Dazz cam (Free in-app purchases available)
These vintage camera apps are arguably toys, but there’s nothing wrong with that. They not only offer filters and styles, but the ability to step out of your comfort zone and approach photography from a different perspective.
Try a few and see what creations you can come up with.
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