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Megan Leppla, Common Sense Media
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See and capture the world through a cool cartoon lens.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some basic art techniques, including illustration and drawing, as they switch between art styles and line quality. They'll also decide which filters and options are appropriate for the mood of their photo and can even get creative by telling stories through photographs. ToonCamera is a versatile tool that lets kids turn photos into art.

Ease of Play

The tools are easy to use, and help is accessible throughout.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ToonCamera captures the world around you through a cartoon lens, "cartoonifying" everything you see. It's a neat effect, and, beyond that, you could encourage kids to use it to add a fictional layer to photos or capture images that tell a story. The cartoon filters help add a playful effect to the standard camera -- plus, it's really fun to see the world as a cartoon.

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What's it about?

TOONCAMERA is a photo- and video-editing tool that transforms images into cartoons. The app opens with a real-time image of your surroundings as a cartoon -- it's as if you're looking through a cartoon lens! Kids can access the tools at the bottom of the screen to change among modes (camera, video, and album), change styles (cartoon or line), or access photos and videos from their device. Once you've finished recording, there's the option to save your cartoon at normal or high resolution. From there, kids are prompted to choose how to save and share their creation. 

Is it any good?

Although it’s listed as a photo and video app, ToonCamera is really all about the illustration tools. Having the ability to switch among art styles and line quality lets kids see the effects of different techniques. Capture the same image under varying settings to see just how drastically different an image can look. By capturing images and videos, there's the opportunity for kids to practice composition and documentation skills, but that's something you can do with a regular camera as well. Some kids may find it easier to use the cartoon filters to tell a creative story, as it adds a layer between reality and fantasy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about photography. What do you like taking pictures of? Why? 

  • Have your kid create an album of photos that tells a story or creates a feeling, using the tools ToonCamera offers. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: photography
  • Price: $1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: April 4, 2014
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Size: 11.90 MB
  • Publisher: Code Organa
  • Version: 3.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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