Lo-mob is one of the better toy camera apps out there and a joy to play with. Open the app and you'll be taken to the main screen. At the top is a "News & Settings" button that allows you to set some basic preferences for the app including your resolutions. A nice feature here is that you can choose from a number of different resolutions all the way up to full camera res — and then designate what resolutions to save the image at for different purposes. For example, you can set your facebook resolution to 240x320 while leaving your Camera Roll setting at full res. This will automatically re-size your image depending on how you export it, saving time and allowing a lot of versatility.
Along the bottom of the main screen you have 2 basic choices on the left: you can opt to shoot a new image inside the app, or you can pull an already existing image from your Camera Roll or Albums. Once you have an image, a series of thumbnails will come up with all the options you can choose from. It does take a minute to generate the thumbnails, but the speed of the app has been improved considerably from earlier version and considering you are given 28 thumbnails to choose from, the speed is really not an issue for me at all. The thumbnails come up in a scrolling column that has an image on the left and a brief description to the right. If you think you might like one, tap it and a full preview will come up for you to see. Don't like it? Tap the "filters" button and you will be taken back to the thumbnails. Once you find an option you like, simply tap the email icon to email or post to various websites including Facebook and Twitter — or tap the export button to save to your Camera Roll. Any option you choose here will automatically re-size based on the resolutions preferences you designated in your settings as explained above.
And that's it. It's simple, but what makes it so much fun are all the options you get to choose from. Not only does lo-mob offer color treatments, but many of the options take these treatments and set them inside a wide variety of film types, adding borders and framing elements that add to the effect. The options include a range of classic vintage looks, 35mm representations with film sprockets on the sides, viewfinder effects, instant camera effects with many Polaroid framing options, as well as medium and large format looks that add emulsion, rough edges and other effects that make the image look like it was developed on larger format stock. The sum total is a very versatile app with lots of options and great results.
Lo-mob 1.4 is scheduled to be released with several upgrades including faster processing times and full resolution support for 5 MP images as well as full-res capabilities for images shot with ClearCam or any of the other up-resing camera apps. they also plan to allow for exiting the app and coming back in without any data loss which it currently does not do, so we can all look forward to the update.
TIP: With lo-mob as well as many other photo-apps, don't be afraid to try multiprocessing. Process and image, save to your Camera Roll, then select the process image and apply a new effect. In this way you can start to layer effects and achieve more custom, varied results.
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