Starmatic was released earlier this week as the latest photo sharing app for iPhone users. Wanting to give you a “standout” experience in the toy camera and photo sharing world, Starmatic is coming alive with the revival of the Eastman Kodak Brownie Starmatic Camera.
My first impression: Hipstamatic meets Instagram. And I mean that in the best way possible. I love both apps, and the combination of the two will be a pleaser for many iPhoneographers.
The next thing I noticed after I created an account was the Popular page. The photos were actually beautiful images worthy of taking a few minutes to browse. If you are an avid Instagram user, you will know that over there, the Popular page is avoided like the plague.
I also enjoy the swiping and tapping features that Starmatic utilizes within the app. Some users might find this excessive as you are navigating your way through photo feeds and images, but hang in there and you will get the hang of it.
You can see in the screenshot below, you will have your menu options when you swipe to the left side. Tap on the 3 horizontal lines towards the right to bring you back to your profile/menu screen at any time.
What you might like
- Import your pictures in any format: square, landscape or portrait (square crop not required)
- In-app epost feature allows you to repost other pictures
- Filters are grouped as rolls of film: 16 filters included (starmacolor)
- The cool retro camera icon with the in-app camera (sometimes it’s the little things)
- Grid overlay when taking photos
- Ability to edit and customize your own profile page with profile photo, banner photo, bio and website link
- Tracking and organizing favorite photos
- Sharing to Twitter and Facebook options
What you might not like
- Resolution quality
- Additional in app purchase of 10 Starmachrome filters (don’t worry, it won’t break the bank at only $.99)
- No privacy option (as of yet)
- Initial growing pains are frustrating but shouldn’t deter you from utilizing (crashing)
What Users Are Saying
- It feels like what Instagram “used to be” when it first started out
- The images that are being uploaded are worthy of viewing and pleasing to the eye: Quality not Quantity
- Expect more in-app purchases of film rolls to please the specific needs of all users (black and white, etc).
Download Starmatic Here: Free
About Nicky Sanford
Nicky Firment Sanford is a self taught photographer specializing in iPhoneography.
Finding inspiration through her daily surroundings, you will see her coastal lifestyle come through in her work. Sunsets, sailboats, and silhouettes are her favorites to shoot. She is the momma to two growing boys and a proud military wife. Her personal website is www.thephotomomma.com and on Instagram @thephotomomma