We all know that film photography has made its official comeback. With this, there are some companies that took the opportunity to ride on the hype train and built pseudo-film photography apps. The most notable are Gudak and Huji, which we will be comparing here.
Gudak and Huji are smartphone apps that mimic real life disposable cameras from Kodak and Fuji (as if that isn’t obvious enough). Users don’t get to view their photographs immediately since they need to get it processed first.
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Each app features a tiny viewfinder, flash, and a shutter button placed in a body designed to look like its IRL counterparts. It also has its own lab, which process’ and stores the photographs. Users have limited shots that sometimes come out with light leak filters. The quality of the photographs heavily depend on the smartphone’s camera.
Gudak gives you 24 shots to play with. But after using it all up, you’ll have to wait 3 full days before you see your photographs, which is as close as you can get to IRL development. if you can’t wait that long, you can by-pass the waiting time by changing your calendar settings to 3 days after. Unfortunately, you’ll still have to wait 12 hours before you can shoot again after getting the images. Using the app, which costs around P50, is pretty straight-forward, you point-and-shoot. If the scene is too dark, you can use its flash, which has a cool sound effect on start-up.
Images from the Gudak seem to be a bit flat on colors. I can even notice some color fringing on some of its photos. But I like that the output is clear and bright, which comes in handy for low light scenarios for something that’s trying to mimic a film camera.
Huji is somehow an upgrade from Gudak. Why? Well, it addresses a few issues that Gudak had such as the waiting time, light leaks, and small viewfinder.
Unlike the former, Huji’s viewfinder can expand by tapping on it allowing its users to see more details and better compose each shot. It also doesn’t have a shot limit and cool down time. In addition, Huji “processes” the images almost instantly. Best part is that this app is FREE!
Taking a look at its output, it re-creates Fujifilm’s signature look – vibrant colors and flat blacks. But this would also be its Achilles’ heel as this diminishes details on dimly lit locations.
Overall, I would prefer to use Huji over Gudak. Its livelier colors, instant processing, expandable view finder are features that those who use these apps want, which will allow them to instantly share their photographs on their social media accounts.
The fact that Huji is free overshadows the frequent light leak effects and ads that come with it. But if you really want to experience film in essence, you’re better off with Gudak.