Hipstamatic DSPO Review: initial thoughts & general usage

Hipstamatic DSPO? What’s that?

In short, it’s a new sharable, mock-disposable camera from Hipstamatic.

In this multi-part review, I first start and shoot a Camera, in screenshot form. Then, I comment on the filtersshare the pictures from a couple of Cameras, share a fun extra, and wrap up with my thoughts on a couple of problems I noticed.

If you like screenshots and want to read my initial thoughts, read on. If not, use the links above to check out whatever interests you.Like Snapseed, it has the same saving issue… Looks like the new preferred method of moving photos from the phone to Lightroom will be to AirDrop them to the mac first, then import to Lightroom. This is a pain, but appears to be the only way to get the edited files to the computer.

I suppose it’s handy to be able to download the original, unfiltered files too, but it’s still a pain.

But I digress.

Unlike Snapseed, this is a strange concept for a camera app. You set a time limit for the ‘camera’ and can invite friends to shoot with you within that time limit. Apparently, it will take as many pictures as you can shoot in that time. I think it saves them to some Hipstamatic Cloud somewhere, if this screenshot is any indication…Sending a photo? But where?

After you shoot the picture, you can choose one of 5 filters to apply to it (others are available for in-app purchase, and examples are below) and have the opportunity to add a caption and stickers of some sort.

When the time limit ends, you get a notification and can view and save the photographs you (and any friends you invited to the party) that were shot in that time.

One thing to note: all this saving files to the cloud and whatever other fun stuff Hipstamatic DSPO is doing in the background just chews through the battery. I started a camera on my way to work this morning, and shot maybe 40 pictures throughout the day. By the time I got home, I was down to less than 20%, and after shooting a bit more and hanging out with my darling, adorable wife, it dropped to 6%.

I usually get home with 75% if I don’t shoot at all, and maybe 40% if I shoot and edit a bunch and watch videos throughout the day, so the change in usage is dramatic. I also used about 600 times more data throughout the day than usual, but it wasn’t too big a deal: 60mb vs. 100kb just means I don’t use much data.

Ok. So for I’m going to cheat a bit and break this review up into 3 parts, just to keep things a bit smaller…

The rest of this will just be screenshots of setting up a camera, shooting a picture & choosing filters and ‘moods,’ and what happens when you finish a camera.

If that interests you, read on. If not, wait 5 minutes and I’ll share the first roll, or wait 10 minutes and you can see all of it at once.

No camera? Hit the + and start one up!
No camera? Hit the + and start one up!
Choose a Name
Choose a Name
Nice one!
Nice one!
Shoot a Cover Image
Shoot a Cover Image
Reshoot until you get one you like
Reshoot until you get one you like
(the color changes at random)
(the color changes at random)
Invite Some Friends
Invite Some Friends
or don't
or don’t (note that most of my friends don’t use Brian’s picture…)
Shoot away!
Shoot away!
Pick a filter
Pick a filter
Add a Caption. (DSPO add your location, but the AirDrop will drop all that)
Add a Caption. (DSPO add your location, but the AirDrop will drop all that)
And the Picture Saves
And the Picture Saves
And Saves
And Saves
If the Mood Strikes, Add a Mood
If the Mood Strikes, Add a Mood
Make the Camera Happy!
Make the Camera Happy!
Add Enough Moods and you can get all the colors together. (the text on the image is usually this 'mixed' one.)
Add Enough Moods and you can get all the colors together. (the text on the image is usually this ‘mixed’ one.)
Completed Cameras show up here. At press time, there is no known way of deleting them. :-(
Completed Cameras show up here. At press time, there is no known way of deleting them. 🙁
Scroll through, save your photos or yours and your friend's, or view a video flipbook.
Scroll through, save your photos or yours and your friend’s, or view a video flipbook.

 

Ok… that’s shooting a Camera, in screenshot form. Here in a few minutes, I’ll comment on the filters, then share the pictures from a couple of Cameras, plus some extras, and my thoughts on a couple of problems I noticed.

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