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A photobooth in your pocket with all the charm

Despite once being chemically scalded by an instant photo-strip booth near the Eiffel Tower—we came out unscathed, fortunately—I still have a soft spot in my heart for this antiquated instant photography.

For a handful of quarters, the old booths would snap four black-and-white photos of you and friends in quick succession as you crammed into a small space and mugged. A few moments later, a developed strip pop`ped out the side. (Those photostrips are a plot point in the movie Amélie.)

IncrediBooth does a marvelous job of re-creating the experience of a photobooth without your having to carry around an inconveniently large object. The app uses the front-facing camera of an iPhone 4 or newest iPod touch.

There are no options, really. Press the button, watch the light blink, and pose, pose, pose, pose. A moment later slide over to the output tray, and the strip plunks down. You can save the resulting image (which is created as a single image file) to the Camera Roll, email it, or upload it to Facebook.

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