Price: FREE (pro version available for $1.99)
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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There's no denying that there are a lot of photo filtering apps out there. Slit-Scan Camera aims to do things a little differently though. Photography buffs might recognise the term slit-scan. It's a process where a moveable slide, with a slit cut into it, is inserted between the camera and the item you're photographing. It's a little more complicated than that, though, and can be credited with creating some impressive results such as the warp effect of the starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Slit-Scan Camera the app does something remarkably similar once you master the effect.
Using the sliding slit by dragging it across the screen, you end up with some pretty bizarre results whereby parts of the screen can look warped rather than other sections. It's simple to use but takes a little while to actually master. At first, you just end up with some weird results that look a little messy. While the controls attempt to explain what they do through a simple diagram, your best chance of success is to simply experiment. When you've fully figured something out though, it's a pretty good feeling and the results are cool to show your friends.
How much you use Slit-Scan Camera is another question however. It's so quirky that I'm not entirely convinced I'd use it a huge deal other than when messing around with friends. It's a free download of course which certainly weighs in its favor. The pro version boosts the resolution and allows you to rotate the slit orientation, as well as removes the ads, but it's not essential to your enjoyment by any means. You can have nearly as much fun with the free app too. It's certainly enjoyable to mess around with but don't expect to use this as regularly as post filter apps. This is more of a backup, quirky kind of thing to mess around with every now and then. There's certainly nothing else really like it on the App Store.