Developer: Adlife
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★½☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★½☆☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

ADL Fisheye Lens sounds like a good idea on paper. That’s because it is. Fisheye effects do look pretty special and stand out from the crowd. Unfortunately, ADL Fisheye Lens‘s implementation is pretty poor and crash happy, making it an expensive purchase even at $1.99.

Load up ADL Fisheye Lens for the first time and be a little confused. The app switches to the iPhone’s camera interface, almost making one wonder what the difference is. Once the picture is taken, the interface switches to a similarly limited look. Admittedly, all the basic options are there. It just feels a little bare bones about it.

Once into the proper interface (there’s no way of starting out on the main menu, at best users can tap cancel on the camera screen to get there faster), users can then choose to import pictures from their Camera Roll or take a fresh image. The option to email creations is also possible, but that’s about it on the sharing front.

As long as the filters are good though, right? Sadly, they’re not really. There’s a fair number of different filters with 12 in all, but few of them look great, no matter what original image is used. Many seem to count smearing a color acros the image as a form of filtering. It might be, but it’s not pretty. Stick with it and a couple of options will emerge and be useful for creating cool effects, but they’re still not great.

To compound the problems within ADL Fisheye Lens, it’s pretty crash prone on my iPhone 4, usually while moving through the filter options. Put together and these problems make for an infuriating experience and one that just feels way too expensive for what it offers. Look elsewhere for a good fisheye effect.

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