A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to play with images, either creating them real-time or loading from the device gallery. As they adjust effects and properties, they'll be motivated to imagine and present new digital content. Plus, they'll have the opportunity to reflect on their subjects (including themselves). If kids are allowed to share their creations, they'll learn about different perspectives and viewpoints. If only the developers had perfected the interface and functionality! Paper Camera is a fun, hip photo effects tool, but it still needs a bit of smoothing.
Ease of Play
It's fairly easy to use, but the but buttons and icons can be a tad confusing.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Paper Camera is a super hip and fun way to add effects to your photos before or after you take them. The interface -- though sketchpad-style cool -- has icons that may be confusing at first. Younger kids might need a little guidance to avoid frustration, and you may want to supervise older kids posting to share sites or sending photos via email. Facebook login allows the app to access the user's public profile, friend list, and photos if the user agrees to the prompt.
Is It Any Good?
Though a bit confusing at first, PAPER CAMERA has some super-cool features and lots of flexibility. Effects and adjustments are displayed in real time so it's fun just to walk around examining the world through different lenses. The Andy Pop effect divides images into four panels in four distinct colors, and Old Printer gives that retro black-and-white dot matrix look. The app uses both front and back cameras and can pull photos from the gallery and installed cloud apps as well as share to Facebook, Google Drive, Twitter, email, and more. Paper Camera is a fun way for kids to get creative with their photos.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.