ClassicINSTA: when a stylish app doesn’t equal to a stylish collection of filters

by Pu on October 10, 2010

Some developers achieve good results with one or two projects, but then they start developing a lot more apps and the quality and originality of what they have to offer sometimes is lowered.

ClassicINSTA brings nothing new to iPhone photographers. To be honest, it’s very difficult at this point to bring a breath of fresh air in the overcrowded field of iPhone instant photography. But seriously, unless you come up with some very peculiar idea, it’s hard to compete.

Main Features

  • Up to a resolution of  1536 x 1536 pixels;
  • Ten different cartridge types;
  • Three different camera designs (classic, modern, pink);
  • Two photographic borders;
  • Vibration on/off;
  • Possibility to add date or customized text to the photos.

Appotography Opinion

It’s definitely not worth the time and the money of users with already many apps to choose from to purchase the umpteenth collection of so-so filters, which is exactly what ClassicINSTA is right now. Even for those having to pick one app to simulate the instant camera effect, this is definitely not the best available choice. Despite the effort to spice things up adding three interchangeable skins, ClassicINSTA remains, compared to other instant photography apps, quite average. The cartridge filters aren’t anything particularly memorable; some of them are quite insubstantial, like ColorShock or Rainbow; a few of them don’t really look very different the one from the other. It would have been more sensible to have less filters, like just five or six, and work more on them.

ClassicINSTA iPhone

Here are examples of shots taken with the various cartridges included in ClassicINSTA:

ClassicINSTA iPhone

ClassicINSTA - CLS original cartridge

ClassicINSTA iPhone

ClassicINSTA - CLS modern cartridge

 

ClassicINSTA iPhone

ClassicINSTA - Vintage sepia cartridge

ClassicINSTA iPhone

ClassicINSTA - Retro B/W cartridge

ClassicINSTA iPhone

ClassicINSTA - Washed cartridge

ClassicINSTA iPhone

ClassicINSTA - Rainbow cartridge

ClassicINSTA iPhone

ClassicINSTA - Damaged cartridge

ClassicINSTA iPhone

ClassicINSTA - Reddish cartridge

ClassicINSTA iPhone

ClassicINSTA - ColorShock cartridge

ClassicINSTA iPhone

ClassicINSTA - Toycamera cartridge

ClassicINSTA works both with the built-in camera and with photos stored in the camera roll.

Overall

Name: ClassicINSTA
Developer: misskiwi
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 3.1 or later.
Price: £0.59||$0.99||€0.79
Vote: 3/5

ClassicINSTA - misskiwi

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