App recreates the look and feel of analog photography.

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Ease of play

The app is easy to navigate and use. Different kinds of film and different flashes can be used with the camera to affect how the picture turns out.

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There's nothing objectionable in the app itself, but kids might be exposed to strong language in the contests, such as a Valentine's Day contest with the description "F--k Valentine's Day."


Extra lenses, flashes, and film, which provide different effects, can be purchased as standalone bundles for $0.99 each.

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Privacy & safety

Creates some privacy concerns. Users can opt into a feature that tags photos with the location they were taken. Users can share photos online through Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, and Twitter, and can upload photos to public contests.

Creates some safety concerns. Users can opt into a feature that tags photos with the location they were taken.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hipstamatic is a photography app that lets users apply different filters to taking photos so that the end result is a photo that looks like it was shot with an old-fashioned analog camera. These photos can be shared them with friends, and used to enter public contests sponsored by the app publisher. The standard $1.99 app comes with a handful of filters, and additional "Hipstapaks" of effects cost $0.99 each.

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HIPSTAMATIC recreates the experience of photography before the digital age -- warts and all. The app transforms the iPhone's screen into the back of an analog camera complete with tiny viewfinder and the ability to swap out flashes and film canisters to achieve different visual effects. The "effects" include blur, over-exposure, and random shadowing. The resulting photos look like they were taken in the 1970s -- they're even square-shaped instead of the modern 4x6 inches. Hipstamatic's nostalgia-driven hipster charm might very well be lost on kids, but for their parents it provides all the artsy fun of an analog camera without the hassles of film.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch
Release date:December 7, 2010
Category:Photo & Video
Publisher:Synthetic Corp
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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