Blux Camera Is The App Rick Deckard Would Use

If Rick Deckard had carried an iPhone in the movie Blade Runner, and he’d used a camera app, that app would have been BLUX. Not only is it a pretty great iPhone camera replacement app, but it has all the bleeps, bloops, on-screen graphics a futuristic sci-fi replicant could ask for. Hell, it even has a neat computer voice that offers photographic advice.

Blux takes full advantage of the iPhone 5 and the latest iPod Touch, and as such many of its features only work on those devices. These include the full retina preview for effects, and likely the neat water-ripple effect used throughout the interface.

The app has a couple of conceits. One is the P.E.A.R, an intelligent “assistant” which analyses the scene and offers recommendations as to which filter to use. Tap the suggestion accept it, or pick your own.

But switch to manual and you get to use the fancy interface. You can change the color temperature and zoom levels with on-screen sliders, you can swipe left, right, up and down to get to settings, your camera-roll, filters and image controls (saturation, brightness and so on).

There’s also a live histogram and several other HUD elements which can be switched in and out, as well as a slew of different shutter options (self-timer, sound-trigger and others).

But the real draw is in the interface. The sounds might be a little cheesy, but I love them, and the touch-and-swipe interface really takes advantage of iOS, arraying an amazingly complex set of features into a deceptively simple design.

I usually just snap my pictures with the built-in camera and then process them afterwards, but I’m going to be dropping Blux into my dock for a while to give it a proper test drive.

The price is $3, but for the next couple of days it’s free, so there’s no reason not to try

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  • Drshemming

    just downloaded it, it is a very nice interface especially adjusting the colour temperature on the screen in real time. And it’s free (for now). Thank you COM

  • technochick

    umm, your link is a 404 and there’s no such app in the US app store. hopefully that was just an oversight and it will pop up later in the day

    That said, I suspect that this app lacks the one required feature for all ‘sci fi’ apps — zoom and enhance

  • QJeremiah

    Please note that the recommended setup with Blux Camera + Blux Lens does not work if you use an iphone as lens, and iPad3 as camera. Will probaly only work if ipad Mini

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