Android Quick-App: Vignette

Shooting mode

One of the greatest iterations of the smartphone industry has been the cameras that are attached to the devices. They have become sufficient enough to leave a separate camera at home or forget buying one altogether (Photo-philes will disagree, but for the average consumer this is true).

A result of this has been an increase in camera apps found in the Market. These can range from simple effects to a full on camera replacement app. One of the best that I’ve tried is Vignette, which can act as one of the full replacements. Let's take a look, after the break.

Vignette is an app that provides numerous photo effects, picture viewing and most recently, time-lapse photography! It boasts 62 built in camera effects and 20 frame styles, with more updates on the way. I'm going to list the basic options that Vignette provides; to list everything in adequate detail would be a much lengthier post. However, the developers' website goes through each effect in detail, so I encourage you to check it out. 

Once downloaded and opened, the user will see their camera with a variety of options along the bottom.

The far left option is "Shooting mode," which can include:

  • Normal
  • Fixed Focus
  • Blind
  • Fast Shot
  • Steady Shot
  • Self Timer
  • Time Lapse

The next option is to toggle the flash on/off or simply select ‘Auto flash’

The middle option is ‘Camera hardware settings’ which includes:

  • White balance
  • focus distance
  • Anti-banding
  • Brightness
  • Shutter sound

The next option to the right it ‘JPEG file settings’:

  • Resolution
  • Quality
  • Save folder
  • Save filename
  • Store location data

The option all the way to the right is ‘Effects and frame’:

  • Effect (includes many outstanding effects, such as 'Colours swap', 'toy camera', 'Cinematic' and 'Vintage')
  • Frame
  • Favourites
  • Home screen shortcuts

Vignette is truly a great app and one that can definitely replace the default camera app on your phone. The list of features continues to grow as the developers are hard at work. One of the latest updates brought the Time-Lapse feature, which is pretty spectacular. Check out a demo after the break. The full version costs a little under $5 (the price is in UK British Pounds, which is 2.99). There is a demo version to try, which we highly encourage. But if you enjoy the app, buy the full version. They are great developers and the app is well worth it. Shoot away! [Website of the developers]

Effect and frame



Vignette bright

Vignette colors

Vignette Gallery

  • will have to try it out.. thanks!
  • Looks cool, can't wait to try it out.
  • I think this was the first app I ever paid for. The free version cripples the size of image you can save (0.5MP, I think), while the paid version you can save up to a 5 megapixel image. Still, the free one is great for playing around with.
  • Only 5MP? That won't do well for Evo owners...
  • It will do the full 8 MP on my Incredible so it should on the EVO
  • I've got a 5MP Droid vI; I hadn't even considered that its highest resolution would be more on other phones. Still: I'm pretty sure the free version is crippled down to 0.5Mp or something like that.
  • I don't know where you got 5 MP but I have full resolution (3264x2448) pictures with my EVO using Vignette.
  • I've paid for two apps, this being the first. I recommend it to anyone, it's great.
  • Does it give you the ability to take the picture by pressing the Volume Up or Down button on the phone?
  • Yes. I use the search button on my nexus to snap the pic. Works excellent.
  • I was looking at this app on appbrain and I saw that it's price has been lowered to 2.49UK which is about $3.89US. I may have to pick it up regardless, but I just thought I'd post that here in case others would be interested.
  • Also, you can import existing photos into Vignette, so you can still use the stock camera for normal pictures, if you like, and edit them in Vignette later.
  • Wait, so you can't take a picture with a larger size than 5MP? ???
  • You can if your phone has it. I have the dinc and have all 8mp.
  • Easily the best camera app out there, vastly better than the stock camera, and definitely worth buying if you're into taking quality photos with your phone.
  • I enjoy this app and all its options, but the images always seem somewhat blurred. My stock camera on my Evo seems to take crisper photos. Anyone else experience this? Maybe my settings are off.
  • That's what a lot of the effect go for. More so soft than blurry. If you take a pic with no effects then it's just a crisp as the stock camera.
  • Trial verson won't save any settings, like focus distance, whitebalance, etc. Anyone else notice this? It does save quality and shutter sound settings though. Makes me wary of buying though, it the trial doesn't work for me.
  • You guys always say to check things out, "after the break"...kind of pointless, since we are reading anyway and they go from paragraph to paragraph, not really a 'break' or you would use everytime before a new paragraph starts.
  • Is there an android that allows you to merge the time lapse photos into a video?
  • WOW the time delay function looks great !!!
    Glad I bought it awhile back .
    GREAT APP makes the camera a great cell phone camera.
  • Yay - its about time this app made it to the front pages of AC :) I've been spreading the word about this app for quite a while now (check out my review in the forums
  • This is an excellent app, the only think it's missing is "photostitching" ability.
  • yes - Android lacks a good photostitch program even my LG Dare dumbphone did a better job than the options available currently in the market.
  • Has anyone made a photo editing or camera app with redeye reduction or removal capability yet? It seems the last time I looked no one had done so (not counting simply photo painting apps that allow you to manually "paint" away the redeye). Is it just too hard for a smartphone to do? I doubt it. -SR-
  • 5 mp fascinate ftw