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Q@mera (formerly Qamera) is an instant camera that creates lossless PNG images with alpha channel transparency. With over 150 built-in preset effects for both still pictures and video, Q@mera features modern and retro 3D graphic effects and vintage instant camera emulation. Easily build and bookmark custom designs by dragging PhotoBooth or DotMatrix snapshots into the background or stencil mask.

Add a paid license and use all 150+ plus effects in your video chats on Yahoo Messenger, Skype and Webcam chats (Stickam, Mogulus etc.) Or record effect movies directly into QuickTime Pro or other movie recording software. more...

What's New

Version 1.505:
  • Added support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and Gatekeeper
  • Fixed backwards compatibility bugs with 10.5.8 Leopard on PowerPC.


Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later

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rob.h Member IconComment+165

Did try this out with Skype and found it easy to use and entertaining, although many of the effects are quite cheesey. Unfortunately in the trial version it puts a large watermark/banner across the image meaning the person on the other end of the video call can only see the edges of the image. Would have preferred a time limited version, e.g. fully funcyional for 15 days, or the first 30 seconds of a video call.

In the end I decided to go with CamTwist for two reasons - price (it's free) and features (you can use movies, slideshows, Flickr sets, in addition to video effects).

Both worth checking out though.

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Version 1.102
Leppe Member IconComment+28

I wonder which is right?

-The "Descriptions" says it's free software.
-But the "License" says this software is "Shareware" and costs "28$"?

It can't be both Shareware and a Free instant camera application.

If this is realy shareware, I believe it's only fair that the description does not say that this is "a free instant camera ". The description is at least misleading... Or is the License and the Price wrongly filled in?

It would be nice to see this cleared out.
Thanks in advance and with kind regards.

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Version 1.102
ms.black (Developer)

The paid license allows you to virtualize the effected camera output and use it directly in Facebook, Youtube, Y! Messenger and Skype.

Everything else the app does is free.


Thank you very much for the fast response.
Also many thanks for adjusting the descriptions.
The description is very clear and less confusing now.

As a potential buyer I'm going to download the software right now.

When I decide to review it on MacUpdate I'm going to mention the kind, fast and correct response from the developers. This counts, for me personal and maybe others, as good and honest support!

Kind regards,


So, Leppe, where is your review?


As it says above, "Review/Comments".
This was a "Comment" :)
Sincerely, Leppe.

jeffrey32 Member IconReview+1

Q@mera is identicle to Photo Booth. It is a stand alone instant camera program that utilizes the isight camera. There's no three second countdown like Photo Booth which is nice. The best features of C@mera is it's free and it comes with hundreds of camera effects. The large amount of special effects presents a problem because there's no way to preview the filters in real time. This means your going to spend allot of time previewing special effects. Fortunetly, it is possibley to bookmark your favorite ones. Overall I like this program and would definetly reccomend it.

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Version 1.006
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Downloads 13,022
Version Downloads 623
License Demo
Date 26 Aug 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $28.00
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