‘The emulation here of actual photographic film may be the best around, even compared to stalwarts like Hipstamatic and VSCO’– PC Magazine
Filmborn: Better Photos. Less Time.
● Film live-preview
Compose and expose your photos while previewing your subject with a film-preset applied. This feature is on by default and will help you take the perfect shot as soon as the shutter clicks.
● Gesture-based white balance and exposure
Slide your thumb up/down to adjust exposure and left/right to set the white balance. These two key features will allow you to achieve a correctly exposed photo with perfect skin tones at the moment of capture. Do this with film live-preview turned on to accomplish what we call a 'zero-click edit.'
● True-to-Film Presets
Mastin Labs’ proprietary color science makes it so no other app can match film as accurately as Filmborn. We perform intensive side-by-side comparisons between actual film scans from a Fuji Frontier Scanner, and identical digital images shot with the iPhone, to give your iPhone photos the elegant and timeless look of real film.
● Highlight clipping
Preserve details in your highlights by using our highlight clipping tool. That sky is not white, that sheet of paper is not blank, and your friend does have individual teeth. Turning on this camera tool will allow you to see in real-time where your whites/highlights are being blown out and replaced by pure white. Slide your thumb down on the screen to lower exposure and bring detail back into the highlights.
● Custom Camera kits
Personalize Filmborn with up to three custom cameras, each configured for your specific uses, such as a street or portrait photography. From the camera configuration panel, select a viewfinder, virtual lens, and film-preset. To save, press and hold on a kit button. Tap the small triangle in the bottom left to access and switch between your camera kits at a moment's notice. No need for a lens case and fanny pack, you can switch between 3 specialized cameras with just a tap.
All-or-nothing contrast sliders don't work so we gave you total control of tones. Filmborn's Custom Curves is the photo editing tool you didn't know you needed. This powerful darkroom feature gives you independent power of shadows, mid tones, and highlights in your photos, allowing maximum creative control.
● Last Photo Review
Preview the previous photo you took without leaving the camera. Press and hold your thumb on the library icon in the bottom right of the camera. The last picture you took will pop up. To exit, release your thumb from the screen.
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The January 2019 update of Filmborn resolves minor bugs; features adjusted brightness levels in most presets, as well as improvements to the exposure slider in the darkroom.
Ratings and Reviews
Favorite Mobile Editing App!
I have really loved this app since it first came out, especially since Mastin Labs are the only presets I've used for my professional photo editing. But when I upgraded to Iphone 8plus, the crop function no longer works correctly and the presets look overly saturated and I don't use them anymore. I'm still loving the editing ability of the individual sliders, but hoping for an update to get the app back to where it was (or better!) when I loved it so much. I've deleted the app and updated many times, but still the crop function doesn't work properly. I will add that I don't use the in-app camera, but rather edit photos I've taken with iphone camera. I'm going to try using the filmborn camera and in the future to see if it makes a difference. Looking forward to future updates and will still be my app of choice for mobile photo editing!
My GO TO phone camera!
I had several camera apps on my phone and this is now the only one I use. I deleted the others off my phone. I still occasionally use one other editing program when I want a slight tweak that this app doesn't give me, but this app does the majority of the work with one push of a button. I love the curves feature also. Yes it cost a few dollars for that add on feature, but it cost less than one latte. LOVE IT!!!
I will note that this has NEVER ONCE caused my battery life to be drained and it has NEVER ONCE crashed for me. So I'm not sure what some other reviewers are referring to. I'm using a 6S right now if that makes a difference.
Glitches and Froze my iPhone 5
Open the app and it ran fine, but when it came time to take a picture the camera live feed was all jittery and eventually started glitching in a constant frozen state and I had to hard reset my phone. I know this is a new app and there's bugs to be fixed, looking forward to win it run smoother because this will be a dope app!
Switched to iPhone 7 and works like a beauty! Super dope! There are some paid add on’s, like the rangefinder which can be cool so you don’t have to crop your image later and can give you a little extra time to prepare your framing.
Developer Response ,
We've improved the app significantly since you tried version 1.0.
Please try it again as we have fixed any bugs from the initial release.
- Mastin Labs Inc.
- 229.1 MB
- Photo & Video
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Mastin Labs Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- Curves Tool $1.99
- Additional Custom Kits $0.99
- Rangefinder $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.