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The 10 Best iPhone Camera Apps Besides Instagram: Hipstamatic, Camera+ And More

First Posted: 03/27/2012 12:45 pm   Updated: 03/27/2012 4:23 pm

Sure, Instagram is a great camera app. It's fun, addictive, and something like 15 billion of you have downloaded it to be your primary shooter on the iPhone. But now that you've taken pictures of a Chipotle burrito with every possible filter, you might be ready to move on to bigger and better iPhone photography apps.

Below, we've captured ten of our favorites. Some of them are filter-focused Instagram replacements; others are so chock full of shooting features that they'll make you wish you could delete the Camera app that comes with your iPhone; still others are single feature utilities that enhance what you can do as an iPhone photographer.

Here are our picks, and if we've missed your favorite, let us know in the comments. (If you like what you see here, you might want to check out our slideshow of the best Retina-ready apps for the new iPad.)

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The customizable Hipstamatic camera attempts to "bring back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras of the past"; it gives you, iPhone photographer, the option to swap camera lenses and film and change up your flash settings, creating heavily-filtered photographs that look like Polaroids.

A download of Hipstamatic costs $1.99 and comes with four lenses, three different kinds of film, and three different kinds of flash. You can also purchase in-app upgrade "HipstaPaks," which come with one lens, one film, and one flash for 99 cents apiece. Combining all of these effects makes for good, addictive fun.

Hipstamatic also comes with the option to order "analog" versions of your prints online and have them delivered to your door.

Hipstamatic isn't exactly the hippest, most underground photography app out there -- after millions and millions of downloads, it probably reached its mainstream apex when New York Times war photographer James Estrin used the app to illustrate a story about the war in Afghanistan -- but it is an excellent option for filter-heavy iPhone photography.

Hipstamatic is $1.99 on the iTunes Store.
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