Since the digitalization of cameras, taking pictures with the use of traditional film cameras has become obsolete and unpractical. While films don’t really cost a penny and you cannot afford to make a lot of mistakes while taking pictures, most film companies have adopted to the digital age and while those who couldn’t went bankrupt.
One major company that still exists today is Polaroid, known in the past for their instant cameras (ones that immediately developed the image via a self developing film). There is an air of uniqueness and retro look qualities that Polaroid cameras possess, which is why people mostly prefer these cameras. Recently, they have launched an application for the Android operating system known as Polamatic, currently available on Google Play.
Basically, the application allows you to capture or import and edit a photo by selecting 36 Polaroid frames including the classic Polaroid white border, 20 photo filters and other features. The frames are high quality scans of the company’s new and vintage Polaroid picture frames. The photo filters allow you to customize your photos in order for you to reach your desired look, which includes Polaroid’s retro look, which I’m pretty sure a lot of people desire. In adding captions, the app doesn’t lag behind from its competitors. You may choose from 24 fonts and a variety of text customization options.
The thing about the app is that it’s pretty useful for people who own Android devices that have advanced and high quality cameras, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 for instance (soon, the Galaxy S4 will have a version that has a 21 megapixel camera known as the Zoom, imagine using Polamatic with it). The app also gives you the option to take pictures directly with the front or rear camera. You can then control the settings like flash and grid. It also allows you to share the pictures you have taken and edited online in social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr.
In terms of storage, Polamatic saves your photos in your gallery, with the option of preserving the unedited one. You are also able to crop the pics within the Polaroid Classic Border. The app is able to get information about your approximate or precise location and may use additional battery power. Remember, this application doesn’t allow the device to go to “Sleep Mode” when it’s being used. Be sure to return to the main menu of your device before storing it.
Currently, the application has gained favorable reviews among its users and it costs just a penny below a dollar.
The intangibles the Polamatic camera dishes out is it makes old Polaroid camera users feel like they have been warped to the past by using the application. It brings back old memories of the time when pictures came out of thin slots just below the lenses immediately after taking them. It makes new photos look old and brings out that retro feeling experienced by looking at old Polaroid pictures. Aside from its practical functions, it simply is a great tool to experience nostalgia.