ScratchCam is a little iPhone app programmed to turn your average photos into worn-out, damaged looking images in no time. Differently from many apps in the same genre and with the same purpose — look very promising at first, but failing horribly in terms of mere photographic value and quality –, ScratchCam looks kind of unassuming to the distracted eye, but it does its job well.
- Full resolution available;
- Adjust filter opacity;
- Share on Facebook and Flickr.
It’s very easy to get the hang of ScratchCam in just a few seconds. The interface is as simple as it can get and the app’s features are also very basic and focused on getting the job done with as little effort as it is possible. Both if you load photos from your device and if you use the built-in camera, all you’re supposed to do is tapping on the refresh icon till you obtain a combination you deem appealing. You can adjust the opacity of the effect applied with a slider placed on top of the working area. If you inadvertently tap on the refresh button, you can undo your last change. You can then share to Flickr and Facebook or save to your album.
Like with other photography apps heavily relying on randomly generated effects, the good of ScratchCam resides in the surprise factor, which is something that in part retains the charm of toy cameras; the trade-off, however, is that you cannot freely choose individual filters to apply to your photos. Although the random generation works in other apps whose effects are actually not so different the one from the other (like Plastic Bullet), in the case of apps like ScratchCam it may displease users looking for the right look at the right moment.
The filters, though not that many, do their work properly: unlike many other grunge/vintage cameras available in the App Store, ScratchCam’s effects blend convincingly with photos to give them an aged and distressed look. The quality of the textures holds extremely well also at full resolution. The black and white and sepia effects, reminiscent of old daguerreotypes, are especially impressive. ScratchCam, not only as a standalone tool but also if used in combination with other apps, may become a valid accessory in your iPhone photography collection.
Developer: Luna’s Edge
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch , iPad. iOS 4.0 or later.