Analog Camera for iOS review: Quick photo sharing, but limited

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.8
  • Installation and Setup: 9.0
  • Features and Support: 7.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good Analog Camera turns sharing photos into an easy three-step process. The intuitive interface only requires swipe gestures to navigate.

The Bad The filter selection is limited. There are no basic fine-tuning controls for things like brightness, contrast, or saturation.

The Bottom Line If you're sick of overly complicated photo editors, Analog Camera keeps keeps the process easy, but don't expect a lot of extras.

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Analog Camera is a simple photo editor from RealMac software, the same folks who made the to-do-list app Clear. Like Clear, the app is as bare bones as it gets, but the minimalist design and intuitive controls make photo sharing incredibly quick and easy.

Analog Camera is not a full-featured photo editor in the same vein as apps like KitCam or PhotoToaster . Instead, it offers only a couple of features in the interest of convenience and quick sharing. When you launch the app, you immediately see the viewfinder so you can take a picture right away. But at the top you also can see thumbnails from your photo library, and all it takes is a swipe downward to pick a picture from there. It's important to note that the resulting image is square like those you find in Instagram, so there's no need for landscape shots in this app.

Whether you snap a fresh photo or choose one from your library, your next step is to add a filter. Analog Camera only has nine filters to choose from and they're laid out in a grid, letting you touch to see how each filter affects your photo. The filters are not terribly exciting, but they're serviceable for quick photo sharing. If at any time you want to take another picture (or grab one from your library), a simple swipe down cancels your current project so you can start fresh.

From there, Analog Camera uses the standard iOS share sheets so you can post to Facebook or Twitter, and you can attach a message to post with your image. You also have the option to save the image to your camera roll, send via e-mail, or open it for further editing in any supported app that's currently on your iPhone. Judging by the list of supported apps I have available, it seems the folks at RealMac made sure that Analog Camera had access to all the biggest names, such as PhotoToaster, Instagram, Dropbox, and many others.

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Analog Camera (iOS)

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  • Category Photography and image editing
  • Compatibility iOS