Android Toy Camera Apps

Little Photo (v6.3.1 reviewed)

In short:

  • Low resolution
  • Take picture, then filter/edit
  • Original captured image is automatically stored to a "tmp" file (if active)
  • Image is presented for filtering/editing after picture is taken
  • Filtered/edited picture must be stored by user. Original is only kept when edited picture is stored
  • Camera function is very spartan. Flash, 3-second timer, and that's all

Pros:

  • Many filters
  • Can add text to images

Cons:

  • Very primitive camera operation
  • 3/4 megapixel resolution
  • Portrait orientation only
  • Original captured image is stored at 640x480
  • No zoom
  • No prefocus
  • Front camera requires paid plug-in
  • Cannot disable shutter sound
  • No geolocation
  • Cannot upload to sharing sites

Verdict:

The very high rating by users is a bit puzzling. It must be the huge selection of edgy filters that can be applied during editing. The camera function is almost totally devoid of any features, and Little Photo has no ability at all for sending photos to sharing sites.

Little Photo isn't particularly user-friendly. For example, the editing menus don't come up until you touch the area where they should be. And the editing menus overlay the photo that you're editing.

There must be some reason that users love Little Photo, but it would seem to be in the running to take the prize as the least useful and least lovable toy camera app for Android.

 Image capture

  • Formats: 4:3 1024x768

  • Viewfinder features: Starkly bare

  • Flash: Yes

  • Zoom: No

  • Prefocus: No

  • Front camera: Buy the plug-in

  • Self-timer: 3 seconds

  • Interval timer: No

  • Disable shutter sound: No

  • Store geo-location: No

  • Save original: Yes, 640x480 (!), when edited image saved

  • Auto-save: No

  • Rotation corrected: No. Portrait orientation

Photo adjustment

  • Image is zoomable during editing: No
  • General-purpose adjustments: Buy the plug-in

  • Filters: Dozens of choices after shooting. Multiple filters can be applied

  • Filter adjustments: Reduce strength

  • Frames: 11 choices after shooting

  • Other: Text

Plays well with others?

  • Other apps can use as camera: No

  • Other apps can use as editor: No

  • Other apps can use for sharing: Yes

  • Load existing photos: Yes. Shrinks to 1024 on long side

  • Upload to: No

  • Transfer to other apps: No

App info

  • Publisher: Moment, maybe Hong Kong?

  • Price: Free, plug-in is $3.87 US

  • Android versions: 1.6 (Donut) and later

  • User ratings on Google Play: 4.5 (44K)

  • Rating on applause.com: 81

  • Size: 3.5MB, 3.1MB movable to internal SD card

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Comments

Total comments: 3
Michael1990
By Michael1990 (9 months ago)

there are many PC suite for different types of android mobiles. and i think with PC suite it's easy to control all mobile apps
http://softdownfast.com/Nokia-PC-Suite-7.1.180.64.html
try this one for Nokia series.

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DWare
By DWare (Mar 14, 2013)

Wish some examples could have been posted but did appreciate reading the review. Seems a common theme with these apps is truncated, low resolution when applied. Bummer.

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Doug Pardee
By Doug Pardee (Mar 14, 2013)

Yeah, I apologize about the lack of samples. I've become tied up on a non-photo-related project and I just wanted to get this information pushed out the door.

As for the resolution, well, that was part of the criteria for which apps were chosen. The only apps I reviewed in this article were those with very low resolution or which forced filtering.

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