Huji Cam: The Disposable Camera App That’s Free
One can easily say Huji Cam is the free version of the Gudak Cam app because of their striking similarities and in both UI and overall concept. Both apps have a tiny viewfinder and can make your photos look like they were taken straight out from the late 1990’s. But if you’re not into waiting for three days or finishing a ‘roll of film’ before seeing your photos, maybe Huji Cam is the app for you.
Huji Cam App UI & Controls
Huji Cam is a free app that mimics the physical look of the first Fujifilm Quicksnap disposable camera. They even got the right color of lime green and the white flash of light on the corner. Don’t follow the instructions to bring the viewfinder closer to your eye though and remember you’re still using an iPhone!
The viewfinder is something different. While it might look like the usual tiny viewfinder, you can tap on it to expand into your iPhone’s display. This way you can easily see what your Huji camera is focusing on and better plan your shots. You can’t tap to focus though but that’s okay since Huji works really well with a narrow depth of field!
Here’s what the expanded viewfinder looks like:
The big circular button on the lower right hand side of the display is the shutter, while the “Lab” is essentially just a gallery of all the shots you’ve taken so far.
The Huji Cam app takes your shots to the Lab right away. Once you click the shutter, a processing icon appears. You’re back to the disposable camera interface which means no preview but you can access the photo right away. You also don’t have a ‘film roll’ so you can take photos on and on until you’re drained. Like Gudak, Huji Cam does not allow for photo imports as of the moment.
Curiously, you can’t batch save all the photos to your camera roll unless you turn on the ‘Auto Save into Photos’ in the Settings. But you have to pay $0.99 (P49.00) for that. You can save them on your phone individually.
Like any disposable camera, photos are marked with the current date. Huji does it with a twist though. On Huji Cam, you have the option to either follow the current date or replace ‘2017’ with ‘1998’. It’s a small quite irrelevant quirk, but it’s a favorite among users. If the date stamp doesn’t click with your preference, you can disable it in the settings.
Here are some sample photos to show one with the current date (top) and one with the ’98 date (bottom):
Huji Sample Photos – No Photoshop, no Lightroom, just Huji.
It doesn’t show on my Instagram, but I prefer overexposed and low contrast edits to my photos. The Huji Cam photos are the exact opposite – high-contrast and crisp, plus some random light leaks and glares. The light leaks are clearly visible and they go well with the default saturation on the Huji photos.
Overall, Huji Cam is something I call a “filter app”. It applies random 1998 disposable camera app filters to the photos you take and doesn’t really take on the disposable camera concept unlike Gudak. Although this isn’t a bad thing or a good thing. It really depends on the person’s preference.
Here are some Huji Cam photos I took. No Photoshop, no Lightroom, just Huji.
Where to get the Huji Cam App
Currently, Huji Cam is only available on the App Store and is free of charge.