What Are the Best iPhone Photo Apps? Hipstamatic DSPO

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Hipstamatic DSPO

Hipstamatic DSPO

Hipstamatic was the answer to turning your digital iOS snapper into an old-school analog camera. Now, its makers have released a new app that appears to marry the elements of retro photography with modern-day shareability.

Hipstamatic DSPO is a revamp of a previously available Hipstamatic app called D-Series. At its core, DSPO (pronounced “dispo” as in “disposable”) is a photo sharing app that lets you invite other iOS users to access a single “shared camera” where everyone gets to pitch in, and later view the results. Photos are uploaded and stored in iCloud and are only accessible through the app. DSPO also facilitates instant messaging between parties.

What makes this app truly unique, and maybe a bit peculiar, is the fact that it’s got an imposed time delay on the sharing of images. Once a cover photo has been assigned and a shared camera has been created, you’re prompted to set a delay ranging anywhere from one hour to one year. (One year, really? Really!) After the chosen time has elapsed, the images in the shared pool are then made available to all participants to view.

Chat and shoot together

Chat and shoot together

Presumably, this quirky time-delay feature is there to imbue the sharing experience with a bit of antici … pation. In a day and age where people no longer have to wait hours for film development, or days for the Pony Express to deliver snapshots cross country to grandma’s house, this is an ultimate throwback feature that kind of makes you glad to live in the 21st century. Weird, and possibly not all that useful or appealing, but it’s certainly original and we’ll give Hipstamatic a round of golf claps for that.

One added benefit of DSPO is that you get access to a variety of filters available on the original Hipstamatic app. One drawback is that, although the app is free to download, you have to pay an additional $0.99 to expand your library of filters by upgrading to DSPO Plus from within the app.

Overall, DSPO is a well-functioning app that bears an attractive interface and won’t present much of a challenge to the luddites of the mobile world. It requires iOS 8.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Version 1.0 is available now for free in iTunes.

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