Testing the Retro Camera Plus App
I have a love/hate relationship with this app. I really like the effects, the controls are simple to use, and I love the different camera cases for each one. I also really like the useful info panel for each camera. But the app is very buggy and crashes constantly.
It’s a free app supported by mostly unobtrusive advertisements. So you’re definitely getting what you paid for. There are only six “cameras” and only four of those have an option for B&W. Despite this being a free app, a lot of care was taken in the design of the six camera skins. The Bärbl looks like a beautiful old Leica. The Little Orange Box is a tribute to Soviet-era toy cameras. Xolaroid 2000 is clearly inspired by Polaroid instant cameras. The Pinhole camera looks like it was knocked together from an old piece of cardboard. The FudgeCam looks like my beloved old Brownie Starflex. And the Hipsteroku is a tribute to Japanese toy cameras, complete with accurate Japanese text.
The app hasn’t been updated in over a year, but the developers have an active website, Facebook page and twitter account. They’re still pushing it. If only it didn’t crash so often, I could recommend it wholeheartedly.
© 2012 Kent Kangley