Filmic Firstlight - Photo App 4+

Modern Photos with Analog Vibe

FiLMiC Inc

    • 4.0 • 52 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Filmic Firstlight is a revolutionary photo camera from the makers of the class leading Filmic Pro cinema video camera that makes live photography fun and creative.

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Rediscover the joy of capturing life’s moments in photographs you will immediately treasure and want to share.

Firstlight combines custom film simulations, adaptive film grain and FiLMiC Pro’s famous live analytics to offer an advanced but approachable front end camera experience like no other.

Fast, easy and intuitive, Firstlight lets you envision and capture your best moments in camera, without having to spend hours editing your photos later. Shoot and share, it’s that easy.
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- Fast, intuitive focus and exposure controls: Tap the screen to set focus/exposure, tap again to lock.
- Shutter and ISO Priority Modes: In addition to auto exposure, you can set specific Shutter Speed or ISO values to adhere to and let the app automatically adjust exposure for the unlocked value.
- Cross-swipe manual controls: The most intuitive way to manually adjust focus and exposure. Swipe across the image to dial in your perfect shot. Swipe up and down to adjust exposure. Swipe left and right to adjust focus.
- Reactive analytics: A foundation feature of Filmic Pro and now in a photo app. Manually adjusting your focus and exposure will automatically apply focus peaking or zebra stripes to make sure you get your shot just right.
- RGB Histogram: Dynamically shows the exposure profile of the image across all color channels.


- Vintage film simulations: The magic of Firstlight is in our realistic tributes to authentic film stocks.
- Film grain: Apply natural-looking, dynamically-generated film grain effects to give your photos that ‘film look’.
- Vignette: Apply a subtle dark vignette to your image.
- Lens selector: Quickly switch between all available lenses on your device. Go from tele to ultrawide with the tap of a finger. (Note: camera/lens support is device specific).


- Burst mode
- Timer
- Flash
- Grid overlays
- Aspect ratios: 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1, 5:4
- Expanded shadow detail
- DNG, TIFF, JPG or HEIC Selection
- HDR control (This feature is supported by iPhone Xs Max, Xs, Xr and newer)
- Volume button shutter and support for most bluetooth camera shutter remotes
- Configurable burst mode
- Anamorphic adapter support
- Custom Function button
- Custom live analytics
- Configurable Focus and Exposure controls
- Embedded copyright
- Filmic Pro quick launch button (for owners of Filmic Pro)

If you have any questions for the Filmic team either before or after you purchase Firstlight or one of our other apps please feel free to reach out to us at:

What’s New

Version 1.4.1

Firstlight is going to offer subscription plans. If you are an old user, no worries! You will have access to all the features of Firstlight without additional costs! :)

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

B Rygal ,

No more subscriptions!! Purchased!!

Thank you soooo much for listening!!! Love everything you’ve been doing and I’m happy to support.

Great app! As always!

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for your review B Rygal. Any questions or ideas on how we can improve the app, please write to us at 👍

m ,

Maybe it’s me...

I just assumed the same quality as Filmic Pro, but the images are soft and the images not even close to Halide and Pro Camera! Maybe I’m not using the right settings but outdoors everything is out of focus, once shot, and the camera reacts in a blurry manner before I press the shutter. JPEG is better but DNG is unusable. Dynamic range is weak. Happy to revisit my assessment if someone can help me figure out the problem. I’m using the latest iPhone 11 Pro Max and watched the tutorial twice to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. I purchased the full annual subscription. Thanks.

Developer Response ,

Hello m Thank you for the review. We should definitely see what we can do about getting you going again quickly. You should be able to dial in a properly exposed and sharp image (or any variation of either as your creativity would desire). Review responses are not the fastest way for us to help though. Please drop us a line at and share your experiences and hopefully a few sample photos so we can see what you're seeing. Thanks!

Ryan00 ,

Not something I am going to pay for

Not sure why this app is not one time pay and that’s it.
The App Store is full of other great apps you can pay for one time and that’s it.

App Privacy

The developer, FiLMiC Inc, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Identifiers

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics

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  • Location
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