HalfCamera Review
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HalfCamera Review

Our Review by Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 12th, 2011
Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GOOD IDEA
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Seam together double-photos with this new Camera app, offering standard photo effects and Twitter & Facebook sharing. This is a great idea, but a poor UI holds this one back a bit.

Developer: B1VisualEffects

Price: $1.99
Version: 1.0

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Half camera is another photography app that has been featured in the new and noteworthy section of the iTunes app store recently. It offers a neat function that may appeal to the more artistic photography nuts, like myself, which is that it seams together two photos, side by side, as one picture.

You'll start by using the app as you might any other photography app. Start snapping your photos, but keep an eye on how many, because you have a set number per 'roll'. Head to the processing section to stitch together two adjacent photos on a single roll. You may add text (vertically) between the two within the Text Editing screen. The limitation of having to have taken the two pictures that you want to match together right before or after the other is a bit frustrating, however you can retake any photo on the roll, in any order you choose, so it's not as limiting as you might think. You can also save a view of the whole roll, as a sort of collage.

Within the editing portion of this app you may add several different standard effects to your photos, like sepia, various shades of black & white and such. While I personally like editing or adding any effects after I've taken the picture, this app does also allow you to change the setting on the camera to take all photos with a certain effect. However, your viewfinder screen will still be unedited, your preview directly after having taken the photo will show your photo with the effect on it.

Sharing is built in via Facebook & Twitter but not email or SMS. Also, the user interface for sharing and saving is a bit clunky. You have to go into the text editor to save or upload your double-pics, but in the in the camera roll collage preview it's on the same page. Additionally, the icons for this feature are different in these two options, and in different areas. While not a big deal, I usually prefer a bit more ease and simplicity for saving photos from a camera app, and uniform app design when it comes to buttons and UI.

I think that this is a neat app, and could be a fun tool for saving and sharing previews of photos, using the whole-roll collage, but as a camera and editing suite, I've seen better. However, given that it is currently on sale for half price, it might just be worth downloading to test out if what I've mentioned appeals to you.

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