Argentum Camera is a Red Dot Award winning black-and-white camera app developed with street photographers in mind. It allows you to shoot high-quality black-and-white images without complicated adjustments or the need for post-processing.
Argentum Camera offers six filters, each aesthetically inspired by the classics of black & white photography, such as Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, Garry Winogrand, Yousuf Karsh and Dorothea Lange.
Want to bring your black and white photos to life? Try shooting Live Photos with Argentum (feature only available to those with iPhones 6S or higher).
All images (Live Photos and stills) are processed in real-time, so you can see an Ansel Adams inspired landscape treatment or Irving Penn inspired portrait tones right on your screen while you're still composing your shot.
Argentum Camera's interface is simple, but functional, a balance between the modern sleekness and the classical forms. It is hardly noticeable and allows you to focus fully on composing the shot.
It is also the first camera interface that is made with the larger iPhones in mind. In the landscape mode the interface adapts to the shift in the handling and the shutter button moves to the end of the panel placing it right under your thumb.
Argentum Camera processes images in real-time. The image you see while composing your shot is exactly the result you’re going to get when you press the shutter button.
Two Additional Shooting Modes
Speed shooting mode turns your whole screen into one large button. Tap it anywhere to take a shot. Shake your phone to turn speed shooting on. Double exposure mode lets you superimpose two different images in a single photo with real-time preview. Pro-tip: go for underexposure on both shots to compensate for exposing the sensor to light twice.
Bring your black & white images to life by turning the Live Photo mode on in the Settings (available on iPhones 6S or higher).
This option lets you a quick look at the photo you just took right after pressing the shutter button. No need to go all the way to the Gallery to check if you got the light or focus right.
Turn "Save as TIFF" on to switch the format of final processed photos from JPG to TIFF.
Adaptive Interface Layout
In the landscape mode the shutter button is shifted and placed right under photographer's thumb.
Precise Exposure Compensation Control
Slide your finger when focusing to control EV compensation with precision or use the bar in the bottom for faster changes.
Keep Original Photos
When this option is switched on original unprocessed photos will be stored in your Camera Roll.
Free Space Indicator
A narrow line in the bottom indicates how much free space you have left. Free up some space when it becomes red.
Apple Watch Support
Control the exposure compensation, flash and timer settings, switch between filters and take shots remotely via Apple Watch.
Argentum Camera does not support the front-facing camera, so it can’t be used for a typical selfie. We prefer that Argentum Camera sees the world through the highest quality optics.
Torch & Flash
In addition to the standard flash option, there is also a torch mode that provides continuous lighting for better control.
Tap and hold on the screen to lock focus and exposure while composing the shot.
3D Touch Support
Never miss a shot, even when you’re switching filters. Use 3D Touch on a filter icon in the filter selection screen to quickly take a photo (iPhones 6S and higher). On iPhone 6 and lower use the double tap.
Argentum Camera saves your location and the filter you used in the EXIF, so you can always keep track of your best photos.
Take a shot with Volume Buttons
Argentum Camera supports taking a photo by pressing volume buttons.
Concept & Development: Igor Terekhov
Concept & Design: Evgeniya Marukhina
You’ve asked and we’ve done it! Starting from today Argentum Camera finally has front camera support. We’re looking forward to seeing more black & white portraits in our Instagram feed!
We’ve also added face detection, so taking street portraits has become even faster. In the Speed Shooting mode Argentum will automatically focus on the closest face. Snapping that moment is now truly a matter of clicking the shutter button.
Finally, we’ve fixed some issues. We think you’d be especially happy to know that now you can wake Argentum from the sleep with the volume buttons again ;)
If you have an idea on how we could make Argentum better for your needs, don't hesitate to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate every comment we get.
Keep shooting black & white!
Ratings and Reviews
Classic film interface. FABulous. More in app purchases requested
I don’t review many apps that I buy, especially camera apps, because so many are mediocre or lack any special feature to really stand out. Argentum is one of those rare apps that does, spectacularly. The developers took a different approach to creating distinctive B&W filters - instead of emulating film stocks, they’ve modeled the filters after the styles of exposures used by a series of legendary photographers. That could have been a mistake in the hands of less skilled developers, but the results here are fantastic. The emulations are spot-on and super useful; the Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams filters are particularly striking. The app also give other useful, simple tools, like three-stop exposure compensation, self-timer, burst and double exposure settings, and front camera support. My only additional wish would be the ability to import shots from the camera roll to apply those excellent filters, but even so, this app is essential for B&W photography with the iPhone. It’s so good that it may be the only reason I’ll avoid buying a Pixel 3 this Fall, since there’s no Android version. Yet, anyway.
The best photo app
I still shoot medium format film, so I use this to preview before I shoot. I also get get the b/w photos ever. I’m not sure if I could use this app on my iPad , I would love more.
- Igor Terekhov
- 33.1 MB
- Photo & Video
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017, Igor Terekhov
- In-App Purchases
- Set of 5 filters $2.99
- HCB Filter $0.99
- YK Filter $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.