ca-mera 4+

Cellular Automaton Camera

Fritz Menzer

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 28 Ratings
    • Free



Use cellular automata to create unique and intriguing images that will make your friends and followers envious. Download now, it's totally free and respects your privacy!

Probably the nerdiest camera app ever made, ca-mera uses a cellular automaton to interpret the brightness values of your camera stream. The resulting images are black/white and pixelated, and contain unique patterns created by the cellular automaton (Wolfram rule 126).

This app provides a "selfie" mode, and lets you change the appearance of the pictures by controlling the automaton application direction, the resolution, the input brightness, and the input fidelity (i.e. to which extent the cellular automaton is allowed to run freely).

Furthermore, features from the more advanced ca-mera+ app can be unlocked inside ca-mera by tapping the "+" button and watching our handcrafted ads.

What’s New

Version 2.0

Supports all current iPhones and iPads
Works now also with iOS 14 and higher
Unlock features from ca-mera+

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Selectedacre ,

Clever and Unique - Cellular Automata Aesthetics !

I really love the concept - the aesthetics of Wolfram's cellular automata research/algorithms have been a huge fascination since I picked up 'A New Kind of Science' some 20 years ago. Needless to say, having such functionality on my iPad is a dream come true!

As others have commented - the ability to import/process images and video from the camera roll would really put this app on another level. I can't even begin to describe the joy I would experience, if this functionality was added. Pretty please? ...

My current workaround/process (capturing hundreds of individual images and stitching them together to generate animations) is cumbersome, tedious, and prone to inconsistencies/errors. However, in the absence of your programming these features, I'll continue to do this because the aesthetics of this app are THAT SWEET.
Still... having such functionality within the app seems almost necessary, right?
Pretty please with ice cream and cherries and syrup on top? ...

MacAddict81 ,

Reminds me of graphics on my old Mac SE/30

If you want that dithered look like graphics on older black and white computer displays, look no further than this app.

ThePro2112 ,

Cool app! Just a few additions would make it top notch!

Great app. If you could just add processing for existing camera roll images and possible video processing? Then it would be perfect.

UPDATE 6/22: Yes! The dev is still updating! The new + version of the app has matured so much, bought it right away. Still hoping for processing of images & videos from the camera roll or iOS share or Files file system in the future for post processing.

Update: App seems to be forgotten? Hope the dev gets back into making their app better.

Developer Response ,

No, it was not forgotten, but I got around to update it only now... Check out also ca-mera+ which has a video recording functionality.

App Privacy

The developer, Fritz Menzer, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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