Android Toy Camera Apps

FxCamera (v2.6.0 reviewed)

In short:

  • Very low resolution
  • Preselect filter category and aspect ratio, take picture, then filter/edit in preview step
  • Filtered/edited picture must be stored by user

Pros:

  • Attractive user interface
  • Lux feature

Cons:

  • 1/2 megapixel, or less, resolution
  • No zoom
  • No geolocation
  • Extremely limited choice of frames

Verdict:

FxCamera is quite popular despite its limited feature set and the abysmal resolution of the photos it produces. When a square aspect ratio is selected, FxCamera delivers only 600x600 pixels, which isn't even as large as Instagram's puny 612x612.

Other than the rather attractive user interface, there isn't much to commend FxCamera. But users rate it highly nonetheless.

Image capture

  • Formats: 4:3 800x600, 1:1 600x600

  • Viewfinder features: Masked to selected format

  • Flash: Yes

  • Zoom: No

  • Prefocus: Yes

  • Front camera: Yes

  • Self-timer: 5 seconds, 10 seconds

  • Interval timer: No

  • Disable shutter sound: No

  • Other: None

  • Store geo-location: No

  • Save original: No

  • Auto-save: No

Photo adjustment

  • Image is zoomable during editing: No
  • General-purpose adjustments: No

  • Filters: Dozens of choices

  • Filter adjustments: No

  • Other: Lux feature
  • Frames: 1 choice, "Instant" category only. "Toy camera" category has vignetting "frame". Choose after shooting

Plays well with others?

  • Other apps can use as camera: Yes

  • Other apps can use as editor: Yes

  • Other apps can use for sharing: Yes

  • Load existing photos: Yes

  • Upload to: Facebook, Twitter, Mixi

  • Transfer to other apps: Yes

App info

  • Publisher: Bitcellar, Japan

  • Price: Free

  • Android versions: "Varies with device"

  • User ratings on Google Play: 4.4 (135K)

  • Rating on applause.com: 67

  • Size: 15.5MB, 13.2MB 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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