Mika Ninagawa’s Style with Cameran App for iOS


Price: Free
Cameran: Written iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Philip Chan

Cameran, developed by Recruit Holdings, is a brand-new camera app for the iOS. It takes the beauty of the art style of famous Japanese artist Mika Ninagawa’s work into a filter and editing set for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

For those unfamiliar with Mika Ninagawa’s work, here is a quick primer. Basically, she is well-known for her colorful artwork and photographs, often combing the two mediums to create a beautiful and vibrant theme. These combine fish (colorful koi), flowers, leaves, and more, all to create a very mystical and flowing picture setting. It’s not a style often copied by other artists nor is it one I’ve seen on other photo apps. Thus, you simply load up Cameran, take a photo or load it from your camera roll, and then start editing. The bottom of the screen allows the user to select from the effects that are to be applied, including Goldfish, Jellyfish, Shower, Balloon, Rose, Ornament, etc. Tapping some of the icons twice or three times opens up other pieces. There is also options to add borders and other color editing choices. Then, the photos can be saved, posted to Twitter, shared on Facebook, Instagram, even to the popular Chinese social media site, Sina Weibo. It’s easy to do and works very nicely, allowing for some awesome effects!

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First off, the photo effects of various filters and addons on Cameran look awesome. They are incredibly vibrant and really make the photos look wonderful. I enjoyed how wonderful the effects appeared on the images, and I really liked how incredibly easy it was to edit photos through Cameran on the app. There was several photo options that are locked up, requiring payment, but there are TONS of free options allowed in the app right from the start. I didn’t notice any lag when using the editing options or other problems with the processing behind the app as well.

Cameran App Review

Cameran is a very unique and impressive app. The art style of Mika Ninagawa is pretty impressive and very one-of-a-kind, yet this app lets photographers create a very similar effect with their photos. There is quite a few themes and filters to add, even in the free version, with loads more in the paid version. I have not seen these images in other types of app for photographs, adding to the value of this photography app. Overall, Cameran is a solid photo editor app for those looking for a unique style in their iOS photographs.


Cameran is available on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, running iOS 5.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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