When it comes to camera apps, it has been a while since I've really been wowed by anything I've seen. Most offer the same features - saturation, color effects, maybe some sort of Polaroid replica... you get the idea. I guess the dev team at JFDP Labs felt the same way, because they have put together the most impressive camera app that I've ever seen, simply called Paper Camera.


I had to throw this in, because I really like that tiny... paper camera.

Paper Camera offers some very cool effects like cartoon, sketch, comic book, old printer, neon, bleaching, half tone, noir, old newspaper, and more. Not only are the effects top-notch, but it all happens in real-time. No post-processing going on here -- what you see on the screen is exactly what you get.

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Pretty sweet, no?

It's worth noting that this app isn't currently compatible with Honeycomb, but the devs are aware of the issue and are actively working to get it fixed.

Update: The developer responded to some of our questions with the following:
  • We are currently working on making Paper Camera compatible with Android 3.X tablets. We've just literally bought a couple of them and will be working on this issue tomorrow, expect a new version by tomorrow evening.
  • The price of the App is $1.49 in the US and £1.49 in the UK, in other countries it might vary, some countries might just get the UK price converted to dollars and I think this is $2.61. I think we are going to lower the price in the UK since this seems to be causing some confusion.
  • You can't post process existing pictures in the current version, we've just added the gallery so you can look at the pictures you've taken. We will add this feature for version 1.2, but at the moment we are busy fixing the issues with the Android 3.X tablets I mentioned earlier.
  • Regarding video, it is something we have in mind for future versions, but we haven't started development on it yet.
  • The photo size issue - We are aware of this, and we will improve it in version 1.2. The problem is that some phones have issues with sending large images to the graphics chip for processing (and this is required to do the sort of fast processing we do) so we've decided to play it safe in the first version and just offer screen-size pictures. This varies depending on your phone, but is usually about the resolution of your screen. We will definitely address the issue after we manage to get the App working on the 3.X tabs.

Paper Camera will set you back either $1.50 or £1.50 from the Android Market (depending on what the Market feels like doing - it charged some people $1.50 and some $2.42), and you can hit the widget below to grab it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • TomRowly

    Is it just me or does this sound remarkably like "Imagine" by John Lennon?

    • eTiMaGo

      er... Coldplay?

      • ben dover

        yes. the scientist by coldplay. great song!

      • TomRowly

        I know it's Coldplay... It SOUNDS LIKE Imagine.

    • Mart

      What I don't like: surely the whole point of real-time is that it records movies. But it can't. I refunded in 11 minutes. Once they can video I'll re-order.

  • Joe

    Your article says it's $2.42 (which it is in the market) but the AppBrain link is showing $1.61 (but also says its no longer available).

    Either way...interesting app indeed. Some of those effects were pretty cool looking.

    • @Vonlaserface

      It's $2.42 in USD. I believe the 1.61 is GBP.

  • @Vonlaserface

    Nice. Purchased!

  • Scott Oldfield

    Looks like maybe they've reduced the price. It now lists as $1.49!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Hrm, mine shows $2.42 still.

  • J Rush

    It looks neat. However, I'm not one that uses my camera a lot.

  • [email protected]

    I love Android Police... Always helping me find some of the greatest apps.. this is just amazing.. I'm going to make everything look like Zelda now haha

  • steve

    Stock Atrix 4G running 2.3.4 and all the pics are purple if the effect is colorized ... must not be playing nicely with Motors camera api ...

  • sergiu

    wow.. this is unbelievable

  • http://www.weblogku.com Azam

    This app is really cool.

  • ocdtrekkie

    Slow to load some of the lenses, but given the work it's doing, that's not surprising, very very cool.

  • Immolate

    Liked it, bought it! Thanks AP.

  • RockingmyEvo3D

    This looks very nice another option on my wonderful evo 3d..

    • jcase

      Evo3Ds looks very nice in blenders.

  • LAmDroid

    FCs on my droid3 on launch. hope to see it back in the market soon.

  • http://mgamerzproductions.blogspot.com Mgamerz

    Not available for Atrix 4G :[

  • http://jfdplabs.com/papercamera Paper Camera Dev

    Hello, we are the Paper Camera developers.

    The actual price of the App in the US is $1.49, it is £1.49 in the UK, that's why it might be listed as $2.61 in some countries.

    We are working to fix issues with Android 3.X tablets and the Motorola Atrix, expect a new version tomorrow evening.

    Kind Regards.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Can you address the issue of the app taking very lo-res photos? 400 pixels wide for some - 800 pixels for me (on a phone with an 8MP camera).

  • steve

    Thanks for taking a look at the Atrix and tablets!

  • Someone

    Nice app!

    The video illustrates that it should be easier to capture video from the phone.

  • Simon Belmont

    I just got around to reading this article. It looks like it's $1.60 now.

    I guess the price has been bumped up a bit. Still, a pretty cool app.

  • Mike Ysstog

    If this is a buck and a half in the US, why is it $2.39 in Canada? The Canadian dollar is worth more than the US$. The app should be cheaper or at the very least the same price. Getting really tired of developers doing this.

    Perhaps this is what the developer is addressing with the comment about the price in the UK. Does Google translate the price based on the UK price? Weird.

  • http://isradroid.wordpress.com susuFOX

    Great. I was looking for an app like that to show to all my iBuddies.

  • Steve

    @Paper Cam Developers:
    Apparently you have resolved the Android 3.x issues, no resolution yet for the Atrix?

    I couldn't find an email for you (the app does not even show up in my Market app on the device anymore as the Atrix is listed as "incompatible"), is there a way to be placed on a notification list for when the app is fixed for the Atrix for those of us who purchased it before the Atrix was listed as incompatible?

    Thanks for a great app (hope I get to use it) and whatever you can work out for it...

  • moises

    is it normal that the app scans my micro SD looking all my multimedia contents always i take it a photo??

  • carolyn

    This is awsome, i would love it on my computer. Can i print these pictures or resize them