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100 Cameras in 1 App Review

Mobile Monday is a weekly CanvasPop blog series featuring reviews on some of the coolest mobile photography apps available. Check back on Mondays for a new review!

100 Cameras in 1 by Stuck In Customs, is an outstanding app that is quickly becoming one of our favorites. It has been dubbed elegant, fun, and poetic — three words that seem to describe it perfectly. Created by notable photographer Trey Ratcliff, the app includes a twist on traditional photo altering programs, which sets it apart from the rest. Via Wired:

100 Cameras in 1 is like Foursquare crossed with Instagram. The iPhone app offers a range of effects for dirtying-up your images, and you can share the results via Facebook, Twitter or Flickr. So far, that describes 100 other iPhone photo apps. The gimmick of 100 Cameras in 1 is that you can earn achievements and badges via the iOS Game Center.

The app, by photographer Trey Ratcliff, actually look pretty good even without the Game Center integration. Add a photo and choose from 100 effects, much like Instagram or Hipstamatic. The effects can be adjusted with a slider, and you can actually stack various filters one after the other, each time getting another 100 options to flip through.

But the sharing part may be what makes this a hit. Or it could be, if it were actually more social. As it is you earn awards for using the various filters and features of the app. These clock up on your Game Center score-table, where you can battle friends, but surely it could be more interesting, with badges for taking a lot of shots in the same spot (using GPS) over a period of time, say, or mastery of night photography.

Still, 100 Cameras in 1 is yet another example of what happens when your camera also includes processing software and an internet connection. And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Instagram, the current big daddy of iPhone photo-sharing app, got some kind of achievement feature.

The new 3.2 version of 100 Cameras in 1, also allows you to share your photos with Instagram, SmugMug, and DropBox. The app is currently priced at only $0.99, and is compatible with your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is also available on your Windows device, and is coming soon to Android!

Photo credit: iPad Creative