pixel heritage

Old smartphone cameras were just terrible. The images they took were rarely in focus, and abounded in all sorts of weird errors and noise. Which I suppose made it only a matter of time before someone made an instagram for old camera-phones. So meet Pixel Heritage, only available on Windows Phone, which brings back the horrible photos we used to take.

Pixel Heritage is a collection of nine simulated old Nokia phones, each of which takes suitably atrocious images, which you can tweak by adding dead pixels, more noise, dust, and haze — recreating the super-crummy shots of a decade ago.


Thankfully, the app is free, and it does retain some nods to modernity — like sharing over Facebook. It’s really quite astonishing how closely this parallels the whole lomography movement (and associated apps), but just using horrible old camera-phones rather than horrible old 35mm plastic cameras. And it’s more than a little endearing.

Now you just have to make sure these photos don’t end up in someone’s art book.