Hyperspektiv app glitches up your photos and videos [Review]

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Imagine this moving, and you might start to get seasick.
Imagine this moving, and you might start to get seasick.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Hyperspektiv is a contradiction. Photo-editing apps are designed to make your photos look better by making them look nicer. Hyperspektiv is designed to make your photos look better by making them look worse.

Not only that, it’s one of a handful of photo apps that don’t try to mimic the limitations of film photography, like grain and light leaks. Instead, it ditches the nostalgia and uses truly digital means to glitch up your images, turning them into stills and videos that would look fantastic in a music video.

Hyperspektiv review: A modern photo filter app

My iPad keyboard is somewhere in this Hyperspektiv glitch art.
My iPad keyboard is somewhere in there.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Open up Hyperspektiv, from developer Phantom Force, and you see a camera and a row of filters. That’s where the familiar world ends, because these filters are like nothing else. Flip through them and you’ll see the camera’s view decimated with color aberrations, shifting perspectives, glitchy blurs that multiply and trail behind moving objects, and more.

Then, swipe your finger over the image to change the parameters — glitches grow, and colors shift.

This is how I feel after I drink too much coffee.
This is how I feel after I drink too much coffee.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

You can capture a video or a still image, and Hyperspektiv saves it to your camera roll. (You can also share the results, or send them to Instagram.)

But my favorite trick is to open up a Live Photo that I previously looped. The clip loops, and you can apply any of the filters to it before saving. It’s fast and easy, and a lot of fun. Plus, you can quickly build up a bunch of related clips to edit together later, perhaps to make a music video or for live video projection.

Whatever you use it for, you’ll have a lot of fun with Hyperspektiv. Go grab it now.

Get Hyperspektiv photo filter app

Price: 99 cents

Download: Hyperspektiv from the App Store (iOS)