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After getting a camera with enough megapixels and a good lens, all that remains is finding the right visual filters to enhance the look of your images. Normally third party applications offer such filters which can be used on your photos after they have been taken. However sometimes you feel that taking the picture from a different angle would have applied that particular effect better.

It would be really helpful if you could simply view what the picture would look like with the filter while you were taking it. In other words, you need an image filter application that provides you with real time effects. Meta offers precisely that.

apply filters to photos

Meta is a smartphone application for iOS devices. The app is sized at nearly 8 MB and is compatible with iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad devices that are running iOS version 5.0 or later. The app basically provides you with a real time image filter – your camera’s normal view is changed by the view of the filter. Before even taking the pictures you can see what your images will look like after the filter is applied.


The real time filters offered by the application are modifiable and can be edited while you take the picture. Including Woodblock Print, a Fisheye Lomo, a CRT TV, and a Light Leak Camera, you get twenty-three high quality image filters with which you can experiment and get beautiful pictures.


The filters offered by the app can be applied to photos already in your camera roll as well.

Once you have taken the images, they can be shared on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can choose to save high resolution images for print purposes.

Meta is available from iTunes for $1.99. But the app’s developers have generously offered the app for free to the first 15 commenters on this review.


  • A user-friendly smartphone app.
  • Compatible with iOS devices.
  • Lets you apply filters to images in real time.
  • Lets you share finished images on social networks.

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  1. LJ Fields
    September 13, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Am I in the first 15 commenters for free Meta download?

  2. Yang Yang Li
    September 13, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Did I win this? Oh well, I do not have an iPhone anyways.

  3. frickc
    September 13, 2012 at 12:57 am

    [I left a comment before, but it looks like it wasn't posted]

    Even though the "live preview" is already used by applications like Instagram, Photo Booth, etc. the filters in this one look interesting. I would be interested in seeing what kind of size and resolution would the pictures have and also how integrated it is to say Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

    I'd love to see what else this App has to offer.

  4. Aatif
    September 13, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Why won't my comment stick? I would like a free copy

  5. Aatif Khan
    September 13, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I'd like a free copy for sure

  6. Samuelandia
    September 13, 2012 at 12:33 am

    this is pretty cool!!! i like!

  7. Kristen
    September 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I'd like to try!

  8. Alex F
    September 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    It does look interesting, even though the idea of "live preview" is also offered by other applications such as Instagram and Photo Booth, however the filters here look quite interesting, I'd love to see what else it has to offer.

  9. Bonnie Fung
    September 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Quality actually looks pretty good :)

  10. Kiowa
    September 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    This could be useful, wouldn't mind trying it out.

  11. Jhanine
    September 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Cool! I want to edit my pics using this app

  12. Alessio La Ruffa
    September 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I would love a copy, please :)

  13. zac
    September 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    wow, that is a great app! looking forward to it! and a great review with nice examples!

  14. Ben
    September 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Oh this looks so nice! I'd love to try it out! :)

  15. Stephen Graves
    September 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I love real-time filters!

  16. Mike Dobson
    September 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Well, I *do* have an iOS device, but it doesn't have a camera, unfortunately ...

    But, if this freebie is still available (looks like I might be commenter #2 ?), I would happily pass it along to a friend w/an iOS camera-capable device!

  17. Jeff Miller
    September 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I totally want this. Would be really great.

  18. Kernow
    September 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I think it is a brilliant idea, but there is a place for having the original photo to perhaps do other things with later.

  19. Brian Takemura
    September 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    This is awesome! Thank you for reviewing!

  20. Brian DeProsse
    September 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Looks neat, hope the battery usage is minimal... hipstamatic fries my phone.

  21. Steve Critchley
    September 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Great app ,let me at it

  22. Alex Shen
    September 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Pretty cool app, I don't have anything like it on my iPad atm so it might come in useful. Informative review, good work :)

  23. Zuber
    September 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Could be the next instagram!

  24. Stella Y
    September 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Sounds like an app I need! ;)

  25. sd4david
    September 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Sounds cool. I did the click through, not post on FB, as per instructions.

  26. Rachel Lubawy
    September 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Seems nifty. :)

  27. dennis bullard
    September 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    sounds good
    There are more smartphones than Iphones, so will this work on my HTC? I am over Iphone.. too expensive and unreliable just a consumer gimmick!

  28. nikki
    September 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    i want this. give me! please? :)

  29. Frank Hernandez
    September 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I love Meta!

  30. Zach G
    September 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Let's try this!

  31. Kelly
    September 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Ahhh... the possibilities!

  32. Cora B
    September 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    my daughter would love this product. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  33. Martin
    September 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    It sounds like a good concept, would like to test it myse
    F! ;)

  34. RagzInc
    September 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Would like to check this out

  35. Jesse Gonzalez
    September 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I'd like to try it =)

  36. Owen
    September 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Great-looking app - very handy to see how the filter is going to affect the photo as you're shooting!

  37. Alberto
    September 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Looks pretty cool! Definitely want to try it out.

  38. Beth
    September 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Id like to try it

  39. oonagh latchford
    September 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    very cool

  40. Steve
    September 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Awesome app

  41. Doug Hannah
    September 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Would love to receive it!

  42. Ruby
    September 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Awesome app! A great addition for the new iPhone! Would love to try it out!

  43. Giorgi Mamulashvili
    September 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    WANT IT !

  44. Daniel Sanchez
    September 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Love the app. Want it!

  45. HeatHer
    September 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    That's cool. Would be very helpful.

  46. Satya
    September 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Want one please

  47. Beth
    September 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Interesting notion... I'd like to try it.

  48. Asya
    September 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Great ! Would love to have it .

  49. Paul
    September 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    If I don't get a free copy I'll be buying this anyway

  50. UD98
    September 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

    i want

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