Hi, I’m Miha 👋 A professional software reviewer.
I was commissioned to use LumaBooth and Snappic for the past two weeks and to write a thorough comparison for you.
TL;DR Here’s what I found on LumaBooth vs Snappic:
LumaBooth turns your iPad or iPhone into a basic-but-affordable photo booth — perfect for non-commercial events like weddings, house parties, and birthdays. But it isn’t ideal for businesses because it lacks features for marketing, customization, and analytics.
Meanwhile, Snappic also supports iPad and iPhone but is ideal for DSLR owners setting up DIY photo booths, thanks to its compatibility with most Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras. It’s a good choice for photography studios or pro photographers who have the equipment. But the pricing is steep and it won’t be a good fit for businesses or professional events that don’t have the equipment or know-how for DIY.
Bottom line: LumaBooth for amateur photographers and Snappic for photographers or studios. However, neither of them is a good fit for businesses or event planners who need advanced marketing tools and don’t have space for “DIY” in their brand identity. That’s where Simple Booth comes in.
Simple Booth is an affordable iPad photo booth app designed for businesses and commercial events where consumers gather (think clubs, restaurants, hotels, bars, festivals, etc.). It comes with the basic features you’d expect from a photo booth and also includes professional features like detailed analytics, UX customization, lead capture, and advanced privacy options.
Simple Booth also offers a complete photo booth solution—the Simple Booth HALO hardware—which removes the inconveniences of a DIY setup and ensures a professional interactive experience for your customers and guests.
I’ve compared the apps in 5 areas. Specifically, I took a closer look at their:
- Photo Booth Features
- Hardware support
- Marketing tools
Now, let’s see how they stack up: LumaBooth vs Snappic vs Simple Booth!
Comparison Summary: LumaBooth vs Snappic vs Simple Booth
What is LumaBooth?
“Turn Your iPhone Into a Photo Booth” 📱🔄
LumaBooth was created by Michael Sleman, the founder of the Lumasoft company. LumaBooth is their photo booth software designed to create fun photo booth experiences using nothing more than an iPhone or iPad.
To do so, LumaBooth provides tools like customizable photo templates, basic analytics functionality, overlays, filters, generic stickers, and background removal—either with a green screen or AI. It’s an affordable, and easy to set up solution for anyone that doesn’t need anything fancy.
LumaBooth makes sense primarily for creating interactive and fun photo booth experiences at non-commercial events like weddings, parties, and birthdays because it’s so accessible—everyone has an iPhone.
What is Snappic?
“Every Snap a Professional One” 📸💪
Founded by Julio Amorim, Snappic is a video and photo booth software designed for DSLR, GoPro, iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
It gives you tools to capture, edit, and share photos to make them fun and unique. It also offers marketing features like surveys to collect your guests’ information that can come in handy to track potential leads. Snappic’s direct DSLR support means it’s great for DIY solutions if you have the required hardware and allows for high-quality photo booth images.
These features, along with its comparatively high price point make it best suited for photography studios and professional photographers that have access to hardware and don’t shy away from DIY solutions.
What is Simple Booth?
Simple Booth was born in 2013 and grew through the partnership of Mark Hennings and Jeremy Cox. Mark created the original mobile app that could turn iPads into fully functional photo booths—a revolutionary idea at the time, which even got featured by Apple on iPads across the US in thousands of Apple and Verizon retail stores in 2015.
“A Professional Photo Booth Experience Made Simple” 📷😇
Simple Booth, living up to its name, offers a straightforward yet comprehensive photo booth software and hardware solution. It lets users capture videos & photos, add filters or stickers, modify backgrounds, and share their experience to create a buzz at any event. It also lets event organizers collect lead data, view analytics, ensure privacy & data protection, include their branding, and more—all under one roof.
It’s a perfect solution for any business or commercial event with consumers on the ground (including corporate parties, restaurants, music festivals, promotions, event rentals, etc.)—anywhere a professional photo booth experience is the priority and DIY doesn’t fit in the brand identity.
LumaBooth vs Snappic vs Simple Booth: Photo Booth Features
LumaBooth offers filters and stickers right on the app. Snappic has in-app filters but requires you to import stickers. Simple Booth offers the most filters and allows custom stickers.
Editor’s Note: Photo booth features include:
- Stickers: effects and “digital props” that spice up the picture and give guests something fun to interact with.
- Filters: special effects that change the look and feel of the image.
- Themes: pre-made graphics for special events and holidays
- Backgrounds: includes background removal and replacement.
- Customization: especially useful for businesses and brands that want to use custom stickers or effects.
LumaBooth has built-in filters and stickers.
LumaBooth has 9 built-in filters that spice up your photos, videos, and boomerangs.
You can set the filter before your event or allow your guests to decide on the spot, which gives them something entertaining to play with and spend more time with the booth. To add to the effect, LumaBooth also offers some basic stickers.
Pro tip: If you think 8 filters are a limitation, you can always rely on third-party apps like Adobe Photoshop or Davinci Resolve to create custom filters and import them into LumaBooth.
Snappic has 11 built-in filters but no stickers.
Snappic offers 11 in-app filters and gives you more stylistic choices with them compared to LumaBooth:
- You can use preset filters. These are pre-applied by you or the organizer to all pictures that guests will take.
- Or allow guest filters. Guests can apply a filter they like during their photo session.
Note: If you use preset filters and allow guest filters, both filters will be applied.
Now let’s talk stickers. Snappic offers a selection of basic stickers (they call them digital props), available in the app. Alternatively, you can also import custom ones.
Simple Booth offers over 18 filters and in-app stickers or “props”.
In comparison to both tools, Simple Booth takes the cake with over 18 filter options. You can decide which filters to display on the app for your guests to choose from during an event.
Simple Booth also comes with a plethora of stickers or “digital props.” You can choose pre-made digital props and effects, or choose to create your own—perfect for businesses that want to promote their brand in a novel way.
To create custom props, you can upload PNG files and simply tell Simple Booth where on the face the props go.
Simple Booth also has over 150 pre-made graphics themes for special events that include a Start Screen and overlay for your images.
LumaBooth and Snappic offer green screen and AI-based background removal, whereas Snappic requires an extra purchase for it. Simple Booth only supports green screens.
You can remove the background in one of two ways using these photo booth apps:
- Chroma key: Requires a physical green screen backdrop.
- AI: Uses AI to remove the background without requiring a physical backdrop.
LumaBooth offers both options. You can use a green screen if you have one or try their AI background removal feature.
With the AI feature, you just have to select a background image from LumaBooth’s library or upload an image of your choice.
Like LumaBooth, Snappic lets you remove the background using the option Chroma Key and AI. But it’s important to note that:
- The green screen feature costs an additional $19 per event.
- The AI background removal is only available if a green screen add-on is purchased.
In contrast to the other two applications, Simple Booth lacks an AI-powered background remover. However, it does support green and blue screens. If you have one, you can use it to easily create custom backgrounds by uploading a digital backdrop image on Simple Booth.
Winner: Simple Booth. Even though LumaBooth has stickers and AI background removal, Simple Booth offers more, especially for businesses—18 filters and allows event organizers to add custom stickers that support their marketing efforts.
LumaBooth vs Snappic vs Simple Booth: Hardware Support
Snappic and LumaBooth are entirely software-based, but only Snappic is compatible with DSLR cameras. Simple Booth has software and hardware products, but no DSLR support.
The LumaBooth isn’t compatible with DSLR cameras but they offer a separate solution: dslrBooth.
LumaBooth doesn’t support DSLR cameras. However, it has a sister app called dslrBooth created for this sole purpose. It’s compatible with GoPros and favorite DSLR cameras, including Canon and Nikon.
The dslrBooth app also extends its compatibility to webcams for Windows and Mac users, ensuring flexibility in your choice of hardware.
But LumaBooth doesn’t offer any integrated hardware products of its own. It does make hardware recommendations in its help docs, such as 360 platform vendors, good LED lights, and more.
The Snappic software works well with Sony, Nikon, and Canon cameras.
Snappic is also compatible with Nikon, Canon, and GoPro. In fact, it goes beyond LumaBooth’s offerings by accommodating Sony cameras as well. But it’s important to note that Snappic can’t capture webcam photos.
Like LumaBooth, Snappic also only offers the software.
Similarly, they also provide compatible hardware recommendations for enhancing the photo booth experience. For example, they endorse the Mobibooth Ring Light integration, which can significantly improve your photos’ quality with Snappic.
Simple Booth’s HALO package offers an iOS app and a photo booth hardware setup but no DSLR support.
Simple Booth, like no other in this comparison, offers both hardware and software solutions.
The Simple Booth HALO app only works on iPads (find it in the App Store here). To go with the app, Simple Booth offers a complete photo booth solution including
- The Simple Booth HALO software and HALO hardware.
- A premium quality ring light, with an iPad holder in the middle.
- A 10.9” iPad Air (optional).
- A professional-grade stand to mount it on.
The Event Kit also comes with a sturdy transportation case—so you can take high-quality pictures anywhere!
This package is tailor-made for businesses that don’t have a place for DIY and want a professional solution for their brand recognition, marketing, and customer engagement efforts.
Winner: Simple Booth because it offers hardware, software, and web-based solutions that work in all settings: weddings, promotions, fundraisers, festivals, sports events, corporate events, restaurants, and the list goes on!
LumaBooth vs Snappic vs Simple Booth: Marketing Tools
All three apps provide analytics. Additionally, LumaBooth has a simple survey builder and Snappic has a more customizable one. Simple Booth offers a lead capture feature.
LumaBooth shows basic insights, integrates with GA, and offers a simple survey-builder.
LumaBooth offers some basic insights, such as unique users, page views, social refers, and app sharing details like phone numbers, emails, and more. To get to know your participants better, their behavior, and acquisition sources, you can integrate with Google Analytics.
Another way to capture data with LumaBooth is with surveys. It allows you to add one at the end of a photo session to ask guests for feedback or anything valuable for your marketing needs. You can even add a disclaimer for guest privacy concerns.
Snappic captures detailed insights and has a highly customizable survey builder.
Unlike LumaBooth, Snappic draws more detailed insights like:
- General Analytics: You can check the total photo views, survey responses received, reach estimation, and distribution of media shares based on the platform used like email, SMS, print, etc.
- AVA (Advanced Vision Analytics): You can gain guest details like gender and age range.
- Media Analytics: You can see the most viewed picture/video/gif, the most recent photos, the timeframe of most photos captured, etc.
Snappic also has the Survey Builder similar to LumaBooth but it’s way more customizable. You can drag and drop the custom fields like text box, checkbox, multiple choice dropdown, and more, to design the survey yourself.
Simple Booth offers analytics and helps easily capture lead data to grow one’s marketing list.
Simple Booth offers analytics and reports similar to Snappic. From fundamental insights like the most-viewed pictures and the total number of participants to more focused data, such as participant demographics and social media engagement, Simple Booth has many analytical capabilities.
Now, instead of surveys like LumaBooth and Snappic, Simple Booth has a data and lead capture feature. With this feature you can collect data you like, such as phone number, email, postal code, date of birth, and more, using a combination of standard and custom fields.
The chosen fields are displayed on the guest’s screen after they’ve taken a photo and before they can receive it.
The collected information will appear on your analytics page, which you can use to grow your marketing list. You can then export this data and use it as a contact list in other marketing campaigns.
Winner: Simple Booth. It captures detailed data on guest behavior (sharing, social media engagement, etc.) and contact information. It also allows you to create a contact list automatically by exporting the lead capture data.
LumaBooth vs Snappic vs Simple Booth: Privacy
LumaBooth’s privacy is more event organizer-centric, while Simple Booth and Snappic cater more to participants’ privacy.
LumaBooth offers different privacy settings to empower event organizers.
LumaBooth’s privacy settings help control photo-sharing rights, which is most helpful for organizers and event managers. For example, you can:
- Turn on link sharing: only allows people with the link to access photos.
- Turn on guest access: allows all participants to view photos.
- Use password protection: enables access to only those with the password you set.
Snappic keeps guest data anonymous and allows FaceMatch.
Snappic offers quite a unique privacy feature that lets you anonymize participants’ data right after the event is done or the photo has been shared.
Enabling this feature protects guest data by saving all entered data as Anonymous and automatically clearing it afterward. This means event organizers can’t view or download the information, enforcing utmost privacy.
Snappic further increases guest security with the Facematch feature, which allows them to view only the photos they are in. However, this uses facial recognition technology, which may present it’s own privacy and AI regulatory concerns in some jurisdictions.
Simple Booth empowers participants’ privacies by offering control over their photos. It even offers gallery and photo privacy.
Simple Booth protects participants’ right to privacy by allowing them to decide their pictures’ visibility in online galleries.
If a participant opts in, their photo will appear in the public gallery where other visitors can view it. But if they don’t, it’s kept private. They can always choose to receive a private link to view their photo and share it on other platforms according to their liking.
Source: Simple Booth
You can further enhance privacy by opting to make the photo galleries:
- Private: allows participants to view only their photos. Access to the private gallery page is restricted to the authenticated host only.
- Public: anyone with the gallery link can view all photos. They receive gallery links after sharing their photos via text, QR, email, etc.
- Unlisted: allows event participants to view only their photos. Gallery links are shared and not available by default.
Lastly, you can delete a picture forever or make it private yet allow access to a guest who took the photo. This is useful when you want to restrict access to a possibly distasteful image or grant access to a specific guest exclusively.
Winner: Snappic and Simple Booth. Both tools offer supreme guest data protection that an event organization can appreciate. Privacy will ensure more people get their pictures clicked.
LumaBooth vs Snappic vs Simple Booth: Pricing
LumaBooth is the most affordable of the three, Snappic is the most expensive, while Simple Booth meets in the middle.
LumaBooth offers a forever-free plan.
Its paid plan starts at $19.99 per month and allows up to two devices (iPads or iPhones). This plan is best for small events and organizers hosting birthday parties, baby showers, or weddings, as it includes all capture booth modes, surveys, social sharing features, a full gallery, and a free photo-sharing solution: Fotoshare Cloud.
The Fotoshare Cloud comes in three plans, each offering more features and increasing event limits: Free, Plus ($19.99/month), and Business ($39.99/month).
LumaBooth also has a sister app called dslrBooth: a Windows-based solution for DSLRs (Canon & Nikon), GoPros, and webcams. It starts at $49.99 per month and includes the same features as LumaBooth.
On the other hand, Snappic is the most expensive of the three apps, starting at $69 a month for the Pro plan.
It doesn’t have a free trial or plan, however, it offers the option to buy both plans for single use. The one-time Pro plan costs $19, while the Enterprise plan is $69. This makes Snappic cheaper than LumaBooth for users hosting only one or two events a year.
|Snappic per month
1 booth license + $39 for additional license + $19 for gallery microsite + digital props + template overlays + filters + email & SMS sharing
1 booth license + $99 for additional license + animated experience buttons + videoFX
|Price on demand
1 booth license + 1 sharing station license + white label portal + event codes + data capture
|Snappic per event
1 booth license + $9 for additional license + gif + boomerang + DSLR integration
1 booth license + $49 for additional license + cloud management + built-in analytics + AI sharing capabilities
Simple Booth offers a free trial plan, and the paid plans start at $29 per month for 1 license. The starter pack is feature-rich with motion capture, still capture, themes, custom props, filters, guest data collection, and more. This makes it an excellent deal for small to medium companies that want to create a DIY photo booth, customize their photo-capturing experience, and improve their marketing efforts.
1 license + motion capture + filters + themes + props + effects
1 license + everything in Lite + $36/mo for additional license + green screen + remove ads
1 license + everything in Core + $74/mo for additional license + custom digital props + virtual booth
1 license + everything in Core + $74/mo for additional license + virtual booth
1 license + everything in Plus + $111/mo for additional license + lead & data capture
1 license + everything in Pro + $186/mo for additional license + HTML emails + age gate
For professional settings and people who don’t have DIY photo booth or photography experience, Simple Booth also offers an all-in-one package with the HALO hardware.
You don’t even have to buy the whole package if you already have some equipment or software. Here’s how you can customize it:
First, choose the kit type you want (HALO with stand and travel case for offline events or HALO with wall mount) > Then select if you need an iPad for the stand > Finally, pick a protection plan or warranty.
Once done, press continue to choose a software plan to run HALO. You can select from the same packages I already discussed, including Everyday and Business plans. The only difference is that the packages available to combine with the hardware are yearly plans.
After selecting the software plan, you can move to checkout to review your cart and the grand total.
Winner: In terms of pure affordability and price flexibility — LumaBooth. Simple Booth is a close contender in terms of price but it makes most sense for businesses and professionals. So if you’re just looking for a simple and cheap photo booth solution, go with LumaBooth.
LumaBooth vs Snappic vs Simple Booth: Pros & Cons
|❌ Needs upgrades for advanced gallery features
|✅ AI and green screen background removal
|❌ No DSLR support
|✅ In-app stickers
|❌ No custom stickers
|✅ Printing via AirPrint, LumaBooth Assistant, and more
|✅ DSLR support
|❌ No free trial
|✅ Anonymous guest data
|❌ Requires add-on for green screen
|✅ Customizable survey-builder
|❌ No in-app stickers
|✅ Enabled animated overlays
|Simple Booth Pros
|Simple Booth Cons
|✅ High value for money
|❌ No AI background remover
|✅ Convenient HALO hardware
|❌ Only iPhone and iPad support
|✅ Supreme guest data protection
|✅ Superior branding, messaging, and design features (customizable watermarks, fonts, colors, and more)
LumaBooth vs Snappic vs Simple Booth: The Final Verdict
Individuals who want a cheap and easy-to-use photo booth app for iPhone or iPad for non-commercial events.
Pro photographers or studios that have the hardware to build DIY photo booths with DSLR cameras.
Businesses that need a photo booth app with marketing features for commercial events and uses. For brands that want to avoid DIY solutions.
So, which one’s the best photo booth app of the three?
LumaBooth is great for simple, non-commercial events like weddings or birthdays. In contrast, Snappic can be a professional’s choice thanks to its elaborate DSLR support if you have the hardware and know-how to build a DIY solution. Meanwhile, Simple Booth stands as a reliable, all-encompassing photo booth solution suitable for any commercial event or organization, delivering top-notch photo booth and business features at an affordable price point.
Use LumaBooth if:
- You’re an individual hosting an event or a service-based freelancer.
- You want webcam support.
- You’re on a budget.
Use Snappic if:
- You are a pro photographer or studio and want to build a DIY photo booth.
- You want a customizable survey builder to collect guest data.
- You want Canon, Nikon, or Sony DSLR compatibility.
Use Simple Booth if:
- You want a large number of filters, digital props, and themes to engage your guests.
- You want a complete photo booth solution, including software and hardware (a ring light stand, iPad holder, and travel case).
- You want to grow your brand and support your marketing efforts with an innovative solution.