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An iPhone Camera App That’s Modeled After the Konica Hexar
Old 02-02-2012   #1
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An iPhone Camera App That’s Modeled After the Konica Hexar

For you Hexar fans out there...

"Photographer and developer Ben Syverson has created an iPhone camera app called Mattebox that mimics the Konica Hexar, a luxury point-and-shoot from 1993 that was powerful enough for professionals but simple and intuitive enough for beginners. It’s one of the most beautifully designed camera apps we’ve seen yet, and comes with a number of fancy features baked into it (e.g. dual stage shutter release, highlight recovery, advanced B&W conversion). The app costs $4 over in the iTunes App Store."

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/01/30/...-konica-hexar/
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Ben is a member of these forums, as I recall.

It does look impressive. I may try it out (and add it to the large variety of apps I already have on the old telephone - Camera+, Instagram, and Snapseed are the best I've used so far).
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I really like the idea and interface, I am gonna try it on my wife's iPhone since mine is only a 3GS, and will give feedback after a few days!
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Damon - does this not work on the 3gs? or do you not want to try it with the low megapixel camera?
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I tried it. You have no control over the camera other than to lock exposure and focus, which is a nice touch. The ISO numbers disappeared on me, but as you can't control that either, it doesn't matter. Don't get too excited about the white balance adjustment. It is in post-production, not pre-shot.

Then you go into the post-processing for which it can't touch Snapseed. So, even for the price, on an iPhone 4... meh.
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Damon - does this not work on the 3gs? or do you not want to try it with the low megapixel camera?
Mudman,
I am just afraid 3GS might not be fast enough for this app, and I dont want to ruined the experience for that reason.
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The price is also what I am concern about, because most of the very popular camera app are around 0.99 50 1.99 USD, I appreciated the work Ben has put in, but I am just saying if you want this app to be more popular you might want to drop the price, in return you will get more people that are willing to give it a try.
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Hi guys!

Speed should be okay on 3GS, but do let me know if you find it slow.

The white balance has a unique one-touch lock, so it is adjustable before the shot is taken. Then in post, you can adjust color balance. I have an update coming that will let you preview and adjust the image adjustments in the viewfinder. It feels a bit weird to me to do your post effects before you ever take the photo, but I can see why people want it... You can more easily visualize a high-contrast B&W preset, for example.

I realize the price is a bit high for some people, but there are a number of little unique things that hopefully add up to make it worth it. The dual stage shutter, the fast 32 bit adjustments, the ability to share presets, etc.

Honestly, if I made this a $0.99 app, I would have nothing but one star reviews from people who don't understand why there isn't a zoom feature, or light leaks, or (fill in the blank). The price hopefully encourages people to research the app a little before they buy.

Let me know if anybody has any questions!
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Too expensive? four dollars is a steal. Most people spend that on a cup of coffee.

Well done, Ben.
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Only four days until I can pick up my iPhone 4S 64Gb in white and I'm going to drop this app onto it asap once I do!
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O.K., here is the dumb question of the day: I have it on my iPhone; now, how do I take a picture? And is there a manual somewhere?

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Hi guys!

Speed should be okay on 3GS, but do let me know if you find it slow.

The white balance has a unique one-touch lock, so it is adjustable before the shot is taken. Then in post, you can adjust color balance. I have an update coming that will let you preview and adjust the image adjustments in the viewfinder. It feels a bit weird to me to do your post effects before you ever take the photo, but I can see why people want it... You can more easily visualize a high-contrast B&W preset, for example.

I realize the price is a bit high for some people, but there are a number of little unique things that hopefully add up to make it worth it. The dual stage shutter, the fast 32 bit adjustments, the ability to share presets, etc.

Honestly, if I made this a $0.99 app, I would have nothing but one star reviews from people who don't understand why there isn't a zoom feature, or light leaks, or (fill in the blank). The price hopefully encourages people to research the app a little before they buy.

Let me know if anybody has any questions!
See my questions in post #11.
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I have an HTC EVO 4G Android camera phone. Too bad for me. Is there a similar app for such cameras? Is there any good camera app?
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The white balance has a unique one-touch lock, so it is adjustable before the shot is taken. Then in post, you can adjust color balance. I have an update coming that will let you preview and adjust the image adjustments in the viewfinder.

I realize the price is a bit high for some people, but there are a number of little unique things that hopefully add up to make it worth it. The dual stage shutter, the fast 32 bit adjustments, the ability to share presets, etc.
Ben, I like your app for the iPhone and it's a bargain. Your website mattebox.com has excellent explanations.

And, the free features on the website mattebox.net to "sweeten your photos" is a very nice touch.

You have a very nice idea in the adjustments you provide, you claim "more control with fewer controls" and I think you have done it.

[ No relationship; just an a buyer who is impressed. ]
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It took me a little while to really get the hang of using it, but Mattebox has become my default camera app on the iPhone, dethroning even the mighty Hipstamatic. I think Ben has really made a camera app that makes the iPhone work like a camera!!


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Just grabbed it, I love playing with camera apps haha
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So -- Ben's part of our little community here. He's a serious photographer and has created a serious camera app for the iPhone.

We can help him by clicking "Like" on the Mattebox page at Facebook, mentioning it to our friends, mentioning mattebox.com on Twitter, and so forth. Oh, and by purchasing the app. Best $4 camera you'll ever find!
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Ben, I like your app for the iPhone and it's a bargain. Your website mattebox.com has excellent explanations.

And, the free features on the website mattebox.net to "sweeten your photos" is a very nice touch.

You have a very nice idea in the adjustments you provide, you claim "more control with fewer controls" and I think you have done it.

[ No relationship; just an a buyer who is impressed. ]
And thanks, Colonel, for the help off line. No need for additional input on my post.

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Wow, thanks everyone! Sorry I didn't see your post in time, Harry. If you guys ever have a question, feel free to PM me, which should notify me via email.

I'm working on 2.0 right now, trying to add a few features without cluttering up the interface any more!
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i just got it!
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Ben,

I saw this RFF post awhile back but I didn't pay much attention to it. I thought "geez, another camera app. Here we go..."

After buying the app and playing around for a few minutes, I have dumped the regular Apple camera and I am sticking to Mattebox. Thanks for making a great application.

Any way to control ISO / aperture?
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Really cool. I'll be buying.
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For you Hexar fans out there...
Sweet! Does it give me the same powers as the Hexar?
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Just installed the app on my iPhone. Looks pretty cool...
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Ben,

I saw this RFF post awhile back but I didn't pay much attention to it. I thought "geez, another camera app. Here we go..."

After buying the app and playing around for a few minutes, I have dumped the regular Apple camera and I am sticking to Mattebox. Thanks for making a great application.

Any way to control ISO / aperture?
Cool, thanks Kevin!! All during the development, I was thinking "just what the world needs—yet another camera app!" But there were a few simple things that I wanted, and couldn't find anywhere else.

I'm working hard on 2.0 right now. Although Apple doesn't provide a way to control ISO & Shutter directly, I've found a workaround. So 2.0 will have some very exclusive exposure tools. I still think people should see the iPhone for what it is—a point and shoot—but a premium P&S always has some tricks up its sleeve.
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