Photo & Video
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Age Rating: 4+
If you want a taste of celebrity life, forget trying to hire a a security team, stylist, on-call chef and other entourage staples. A lot of people want to be a star, or rather, they want to experience what it feels like to be one every now and then.
Part of the fame phenomenon are things like red carpet events and flashing cameras capturing your every well-posed move. Now, with free download GlamCam for iPhone and iPad, you can stage your own photo shoot and replicate what it feels like to be centre stage in front of the lens, with legions of adoring fans.
While the app provides a minute or two of silly fun, the sound effects start grating on you, as do the ‘star twinkle’ flashbulbs that erupt sporadically as you take more shots. If anything, GlamCam offers some insight into the world of celebrity and how overrated the whole ‘machine’ really is. Though, I suspect, this was not what the developers had in mind when creating it.
Launch GlamCam and you’re ready to start snapping photos, framed by the app’s blinged-out, bauble-clustered frame, that obscures most of the space you’d normally have to take a decent-sized snap. With that said, keep your lens a good distance apart from the subject of what you shoot, so that you can fit all of it in.
Mind the bling: Stand a good distance apart from what your are photographing using GlamCam, or the image will be cropped, which is exactly what happened when shooting Macworld Australia’s June 2012 cover
When you press the capture button, a rally of camera shots sound off, followed closely by applause from unseen fans. My tolerance level may be running on low, but it took about three photos before I had to turn the sound off completely.
Once your photos are shot, you can add some sparkly extras to give it star quality, including colour-tinted filters, a basic selection of frames and optional stick-on stars.
Send your bedazzled celeb snaps to friends via email, share on your Twitter or Facebookm accounts or save to your device’s Camera Roll.
And that’s about it, when it comes to what this app can do. To its credit, GlamCam is free and generally a bit of harmless fun – unless you play the sound effects on loop in the presence of grumpy onlookers like myself.
Definitely an app suited to upbeat events like a year 12 formal, or all-girls slumber party.