Windows Phone App Review: Sketch Camera

Sketch Camera for Windows Phone

Sketch Camera is a neat, simple photography app for your Windows Phone camera. Neat for the effects you can apply to your photos, simple for the layout.  The photography app allows you to apply six artistic filters to images as you capture them as well as apply the filters to existing photos.  

If you're a fan of sketch or drawing filters for your photos, Sketch Camera is worth a look at.

Sketch Camera allows you to apply six effects filters on photos you take as well as photos you have resting in your Pictures Hub. The six effects include:

  • Sketch
  • Oil Paint
  • Pencil Drawing
  • Brick Wall
  • Bathroom Reflections
  • Chalk

For the times you want to take a picture and apply the filters, there is the "Take a Picture" page of Sketch Camera. You'll find a small view finder for your camera that illustrates what the effect will look like. There is also a small preview windows showing your viewfinder without the special effects applied. To the right of the viewfinder is the shutter button (the Windows Phone camera buttons works as well) and directional arrows used to scroll through the effects. Just snap the photo, the effects are applied and the image is save to your Pictures Hub.

Should you wish to apply the filters to an existing photo, you simply side swipe over to the "Or pick from Gallery" page. Here you will be able to pull up photos from your Pictures Hub and apply the filters. Just use the directional arrows to scroll through the filters and when done, tap the save icon.

You also have a Settings Page with Sketch Camera that will allow you to turn on/off the sounds and auto flash mode.  As far as resolution is concerned on images captured through Sketch Camera, it is producing images 1024x768 at a resolution of 262dpi.  The samples were resized for publication purposes.

All in all, I liked Sketch Camera. It's a simple yet effective app for applying sketch-type filters to your images. The app has a nice selection of filters, although I'm still scratching my head on the Bathroom Reflections effect. I would have liked some sort of sharing ability with Sketch Camera. While you can always share images from the Pictures Hub, it would be convenient to be able to share them directly from the app (call me lazy).

There is a trial version available for Sketch Camera that is limited to the sketch effect. The full version will run you $1.49 and you can find Sketch Camera here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.