Through the Eye of a Snappr Fish!

Snappr IconSnappr is a new iPhone app that lets you take shots with a fisheye effect along with dynamic noise and light leaks.

The full description and the download link are below. Currently the app is having an introductory sale price of $0.99 for the next week, and then it will be going up to $1.99.

Here are my overall thoughts.

The interface is nice and simple and allows you to change between five different lenses. To snap a photo you just tap on the window with the preview image. After snapping photos you then enter the library mode where you can see all the photos you’ve taken. At this point you can then save, share, or delete the photos.

Shot taken with Snappr on iPhone 4S

'Smiling Train' -- Shot taken with Snappr on iPhone 4S

On the positive side of things this app had a very simple and straightforward GUI. There are no help screens, but after a few moments it is easy to figure out how things work.

The various fisheye effects are pretty nice. I’m sure everyone will have their favorites. The app is set up so it will be easy for the developers to add new lenses in the future. When you use a lens you get random light leaks, so two shots will never be the same.

This is a “Version 1” app, so there are still a number of things I’d like to see improved.

  • Currently the output resolution is 1200×1200 pixels. The image is getting warped to achieve the fisheye effect and there will have to be some reduction, but I’m curious as to if the output resolution could be increased in the future.
  • The app crashed several times. It always seemed to be right after I’d taken a photo and then clicked to view the photo in the Snappr Library. When I restarted the app the photo was nowhere to be seen. So whenever you get a crash, be sure to grab that shot again. I’m sure the developers will fix this problem in an update.
  • It would be nice if you had the option to save the original shot.
  • And finally, it would really be great if you could open photos already in your camera roll. Currently you can only snap live shots.

Drop by my Flickr set to see additional shots I took with Snappr.
Sample shots with Snappr App

I really enjoyed this app. Snappr combines the fisheye effect with a smattering of lenses, dynamic light leaks, and noise all wrapped in one svelte package. Easily worth a mere 99 pennies, so grab it now if you are interested.

I have no comment on the phunky name of the 4SKIN Lens Kit 🙂

Later this week I’ll give out a few promo codes on Twitter so you can get this for free. Be sure to follow me.

Find out more about Snappr on the Snappr Home Page, or download on iTunes.

Description:

The Snappr Fisheye app instantly shoots strikingly original, dynamic fisheye photos. No ponderous swapping between the front and back of your camera – simply select your lens and snapp away immediately. You won’t be wasting your money on hardly distinguishable add-on filter effects you end up never using anyway either. Snappr comes equipped with five quirky, unique fish eye lenses you won’t find in any other app. These lenses feature some of the most dynamic lens effects you’ll come across in the App Store; so two Snappr shots are hardly the same!

In short: Snappr puts the phun back into your iPhune. Well of course we mean iPhone but we had to put the phun in that pun to get our point across.

FEATURES
• Swap between five unique fish eye lenses you won’t find in any other app (more to come)
• Dynamic lens effects, no two Snappr shots are the same!
• Viewfinder trigger so you don’t waste time looking for the shutter button
• Don’t wait until your photo is processed, all images render in the background
• Instantly share Snappr shots on your networks
• Store photos in your Snappr library and only publish them to your Camera Roll when you want to
• Compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS & iPod Touch

LENSES
• SUNKit – Ever wondered what you would see looking out of a porthole of the Yellow Submarine after you took it for a joyride – and sunk it? The SUNKit lens drowns your picture in the sunny, honey-like hue of homemade lemonade and makes it look all goldfish bubbly!
• ORCALiber – Commonly referred to as the “Orca” this lens shoots razor-sharp black & white images that bang & bite.
• 4SKIN – Looking for “La view en rose”? The 4SKIN’s well-rounded lens makes curves look more curvaceous and skin-tones come alive with titillating pinkish hues. Perfect for taking snappy close-ups in the heat of the action.
• BVLGERIA ‘75 – Put the bulge in Bulgaria with that dusty, de-saturated and drab look you only get from crappy vintage discontinued Eastern European cameras.
• NEMO – With colors bright as tropical fish, contrast buzzing like an electric eel and lens disfiguration not unlike cheap underwater goggles you’ll never have trouble finding Nemo among your favorite lenses.

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