Developer: Mediachance
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

HDR Art is a simple yet quite effective photo filtering app. As the name suggests, it offers a range of different HDR effects that can be easily added to the user’s photos. It won’t revolutionize the photography world but it does the job reasonably well, albeit in an uninspired manner.

Impressively, HDR Art offers over 60 different presets to choose from. Some are a little on the basic side and no doubt will be rarely used but others can make quite a difference to images. Each filter comes with a brief preview image next to its name, giving some helpful suggestions of which filters work best in different situations. For instance, I found some that worked best with buildings rather than portraits and vice versa. A flick of the finger around the wheel of filters means it’s easy to get a quick glimpse of what each one looks like.

For the more hands-on user, it’s possible to create user defined filters too, although it’s only possible to save one of these for future reference. Options to boost the color, tint, contrast, saturation and many other settings ensures it’s possible to create a quite unique filter.

Sharing features are a little more limited, restricted to email, Facebook and Twitter, with no choice for Instagram or Flickr, but this can always be done through a separate app. Also, while the effects are quite impressive looking, the general look of HDR Art is a tad simplistic. It won’t be winning any prizes for offering a stylish iOS-esque appearance.

The only real issue for HDR Art is its slight lack of identity. It works well but there’s little that makes it truly stand out from the crowd. Its filters are suitably appropriate and high quality, but there are countless other apps that offer similar, while adding more expansive editing tools too. For the filter addict, this will be a nice addition, but for the occasional user, there’s better options out there.

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