Developer: Francesco Rossi
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Offering a mixture of great and not so great results, WonderCam is an app with plenty of potential but more than a few misfires.

It’s a photo filtering app but one that’s keen to offer something a little different from the rest of the herd. That’s immediately apparent when looking at the filter options. All conducted in real-time, users can preview effects such as a comic book appearance or an aged look covering plenty of different historical periods, amongst many others. They might not sound immediately unique but they’re noticeably better than most.

wondercam5wondercam4Crucially, WonderCam shines through its Cloning feature and Face in Hole option. The latter makes it possible to place someone’s face in an image such as of an astronaut, the president, or a cowboy. It’s lighthearted fun and ideal for messing around. It ties in particularly well with the strong Facebook connectivity features that are available. Cloning takes a couple of attempts to master but its ability to replicate people or objects within the same frame works impressively well. It’s also possible to swap faces on images, providing some entertaining results.

However, it’s the more subtle yet no less important features that WonderCam falters on. Adding effects is a little slow, even on an iPhone 5, and once they’re applied it’s only possible to save rather than backtrack on one’s progress. Bundled tutorials are useful but a little simplistic, and vanish too quickly rather than relying upon the user’s touch to move forward.

Vitally, it’s only possible to save finished creations at a relatively low resolution. The kind that’s ideal for sharing amongst social networks, but isn’t so successful for those keen to keep their images high quality.

Amongst those issues, though, is an app that’s doing something differently. WonderCam might need a little polish to round off some edges but it’s still a fairly original photography app in a field full of clones. That’s something that should be rewarded with a download or two.

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