100 Cameras in 1 - iPhone App Review

100 Cameras in 1 – iPhone App Review

My name is James, and I am an iPhone App junkie. I’m always scouring through the app store looking for cool new apps that will blow me away or make my life easier. The greatest thing about these things is that most of them are only $1-$2, so what’s the harm in trying them out every now and again? Even if you end up not liking the app, you still spent less than you would on a coffee at Starbucks (but I promise that won’t be the case with this one).

I recently got the chance to be on the test team for a new app from my friend Trey Ratcliff of Stuck In Customs, and it’s been a blast to watch the success of this fun little app.

Since it’s release, 100 Cameras in 1 has climbed to the number 1 spot in the competitive “Paid Photography” category, and is currently (at the time of writing this article) at number 13 overall in the “Top Paid” category. That’s only 12 spots away from Angry Birds!

So, What Is 100 Cameras in 1 all about?

100 Cameras is a really cool app that anybody can use to share photos with friends and family in a fresh, fun way. It’s not too complicated, you don’t have to be a pro to understand it, it’s intuitive, and it’s got a very clean and pretty interface.

Some Sweet Benefits

  • It’s designed for speed, so it won’t bog down your iphone with lengthy processing times or bulky file sizes.
  • It gives you a fun way to create unique photos
  • Unlike other apps where you pick a setting, then take a picture to see how it turns out. This app lets you either take a picture, or choose one from your library, then scroll through and choose from a seemingly endless amount of possible effects and filters for your final result
  • Gives you the ability to share your creation on Facebook, Twitter, email, and Flickr
  • Works with Apple’s new “Gamecenter.” Unlock fun achievements and compare with your friends and family
  • It’s genuinely fun and easy to use

Interface and Overview

For this review, I chose an image from my library of a couple elephant seals I found off the coast of California a few years back. For me, this is one of the reasons I like this app so much. With similar apps, there isn’t an option to choose an image from your library (much less an image taken with a pro level DLSR).

When you open the app from your iPhone menu, you come to the first screen shown above. You can, of course, always click “take photo” instead of choosing from the library. When you choose “create from library,” you’re taken to all the images stored on your iPhone. When you pick one, you are then prompted to crop the image down to a square. This could be seen as an annoyance to some, but it really doesn’t bother me. Almost all the apps like this work in the same way, and the square aspect ratio just adds to the artsy feel of the final result in my opinion.

Once you have your image cropped, simply select “choose.” The app goes to work immediately and within a second kicks out several results to choose from. If you don’t see any you like, you can click the “more” button at the top right to view all the different categories of filters. The filters are separated into groups that are designed for landscapes, people, etc. Over time, you will find filters that you really enjoy and you can add them to your favorites. With the recent update to the app, you can also now stack filters on top of one another, and adjust the opacity of each filter as you see fit.

When you are done stacking filters, changing opacities, and being creative, simply hit share to send the creation out into the world. If you send the image to Facebook, it will be added to a new album titled “100 Cameras in 1” where all your images from the app will be stored in the future. You can send the image out on Twitter or Flickr as well, or you can send the image straight to your printer and throw the image into a frame. If you’re still not satisfied, you can also email the image to anyone you’d like.

As you create and share images, you build up points through Apple’s Gamecenter. These points will of course give you an intrinsic sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, and you can compare your impressive amount of points against your lazy friends and let them know who’s boss. This is just another added benefit to this already cool app.

Here’s the final image after 3 sets of filters at different opacities…

Conclusion

100 Cameras in 1 is a great app that will fit nicely into your homes screen’s photography folder. At only $.99, you really have no reason not to buy this fun little app and give it a try. Heck, for that matter, but a few apps within the same category and have an all out photo creation frenzy. That’s what is so great about apps anyways, they are incredibly cheap and involve little to no risk in purchasing them!

The point of apps like this isn’t to create gallery or magazine quality images, the point is to have fun with every day photos and not take yourself too seriously. If you are an old school photographer who only likes images that are straight out of a camera with absolutely no further post processing or creativity, then this app probably isn’t for you. But if you like having fun with your camera phone, or images you’ve saved to your library, this app will no doubt be a nice creative outlet for you.

More Images Created with this App

Here is a sampling of other random images from my library created with 100 Cameras in 1, enjoy :-)…

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Some Older Comments

  • Paul Klosterman February 25, 2012 02:05 pm

    I agree with James, it's $.99, any app that allows you to create , change or alter your photography is a bargain. Anyone who has photoshop experience can tell you apps like this and others have completely changed the landscape of photography and sparked excitement and interest in people.

    Ok, only suggestion would be additional format sizes. Square just isn't very practical when putting an image in a frame. Please 4x6...etc.

    Still thumbs up. Enjoy!!!

  • Mike April 10, 2011 09:08 am

    Is it possible to print these images on a 4x4 photo paper anywhere?

  • Simon March 11, 2011 02:38 am

    Got to say I love the app 'The Photographer's Ephemeris' which you can use to plan landscape photoshoots prior to driving out to the location. It tells you where the Sun rise/set and/or Moon rise/set will be overlayed ontop of map/sat image/ or hybrid maps, plus so much more.. Excellent app for planning your shoots.

  • manon ostiguy March 3, 2011 12:42 am

    thanks.... got it...

  • manon ostiguy March 3, 2011 12:39 am

    Can't find that app in the app store!!!!!
    help!!!

  • Harry Hilders March 1, 2011 03:20 am

    Geat review. Thanks for posting.

  • harry February 28, 2011 02:27 pm

    Get a life people. It’s just an article about a fun iPhone app. Who cares where the photo came from or why (i.e iPhone or Canon 5D Mark II ( nice camera by the way).

    In fact, I made a point to say in the article that the main reason I love this app is because I can take images from iPhone library (ie images I put on my phone from my computer, via my camera) and add filters and effects to them, and that I don’t have to take a picture with the phone and then edit it (like you do with Hipstamatic).

  • Becky Sue February 27, 2011 12:46 pm

    Dang I can't wait to get an iPhone! Verizon is torturing me by making me wait until May 21. I'll bookmark this article.

  • James Brandon February 27, 2011 02:14 am

    You're probably right Kelehe, I was having an off day yesterday and probably shouldn't have fired back. Thanks for the comments everyone :-)

  • James Brandon February 27, 2011 01:11 am

    Chris - I believe they are working on an Android version now. Not sure when it will come out though

  • kelehe February 26, 2011 10:47 pm

    Defensive and dismissive responses to criticism are a discredit to you.

    "Did you even read the article?"
    "hehe. Derek, people like you never fail to amaze me!"
    "Any app has quite a few poor reviews...it’s only 99 cents, so are you really going to stop and ponder a few reviews over the cost of a soda?"
    "Instead of trying to look for things to attack the article on, why don’t you just try the app out and see if you like it."

    The negative tone in your comments is a turn off. Your HDR article is great and your comments to reader's comments are respectful and responsive. Not sure why this one has taken a turn.

  • Dana February 26, 2011 09:07 am

    Man, some people just don't know how to have fun anymore. Bitch, moan, bitch, moan and bitch some more.
    Get a life people. It's just an article about a fun iPhone app. Who cares where the photo came from or why (i.e iPhone or Canon 5D Mark II ( nice camera by the way).

    Loosen up, have some fun and pull that huge stick out of your butt.
    Do you just like to hate James or are you like this with everyone you encounter in life (reminds me of a Jimmy Buffett song, "Were you born an !$$hole or have you worked it your whole life").

    Thanks again James, I have this app and have plenty of fun with it.

  • Joe awungshi February 26, 2011 08:20 am

    Dont argue people its just $0.99, i was about to buy it and after this its turning me off

  • DerekL February 26, 2011 07:57 am

    Since most people will be using this app on photographs taken on the iPhone itself, rather than using it as a low rent version of Photoshop - it's extremely misleading not only to use photographs taken with a pro level camera but to fail to make that clear in the review. It's an extremely unbalanced review when you fail to use images from the apps native environment as well as professional grade images.

    Not only that - but you are being misleading about the reviews as well. A large proportion of the 'good' (four star) reviews amount to "meh, it's cool but too many of the options are too similar". It's not just about the stars, but what the reviews say.

  • Chris Kenison February 26, 2011 06:44 am

    James, tell Trey to get an Android version! :D

  • James Brandon February 26, 2011 06:04 am

    Matt - Did you even read the article? The main image of the entire article with the seals, the image of the cheetah, the image from the HDR article of Hawaii, the beachtown image, the image of the brick wall were all shot with my 1Ds Mark III or my 5D Mark II. Nowhere in the article did I try to make you believe the images were shot with my iPhone.

    In fact, I made a point to say in the article that the main reason I love this app is because I can take images from iPhone library (ie images I put on my phone from my computer, via my camera) and add filters and effects to them, and that I don't have to take a picture with the phone and then edit it (like you do with Hipstamatic).

    Rest assured I wasn't trying to deceive you. Instead of trying to look for things to attack the article on, why don't you just try the app out and see if you like it. That's all that matters. If YOU like it.

  • Matt February 26, 2011 05:54 am

    Seems like one of your "random images" supposedly created by this app was actually one that you included in a previous article you wrote on HDR photography back in September...

    https://digital-photography-school.com/setting-up-your-digital-camera-for-hdr-shooting

  • James Brandon February 26, 2011 03:58 am

    Dave - Any app has quite a few poor reviews. There are exponentially more good reviews though. Like I said, it's only 99 cents, so are you really going to stop and ponder a few reviews over the cost of a soda? I love the app!

  • dave February 26, 2011 02:48 am

    quite a few poor reviews of this app on itunes

  • Logan Midgette February 26, 2011 02:12 am

    The only thing they need to do is make the camera on the iphone like 6+ mp. Then itll be the best app.

  • MRMARK February 26, 2011 02:05 am

    You sold me, downloading now!