Camera1 - Black & White Camera 4+

The creative B&W camera

Sebastien Ardon

    • 4.7 • 103 Ratings
    • $4.99

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Camera1 brings manual shooting techniques from the film era to mobile devices. Rediscover the joy of shooting Black & White.

Whether you're an experienced photographer or a beginner, Camera1 will help you shoot in Black and White like no other app.

Learn to "see" in Black & White through Camera1 unique simultaneous contrast and exposure adjustments. Explore the infinite black and white image possibilities in real-time, such as high-key/low-key right in the viewfinder, before thaking the shot. Use the Zen mode to focus all your creative attention on the picture, and not the camera or technique.

Take control of the camera, with manual overrides of exposure and focus. Super easy access to focus lock using the manual focusing slider, for ultra-fast shooting - as the camera won’t need to re-focus between shots.

Camera1 takes full advantage of your camera hardware and saves in a variety of different file formats, including JPEG, TIFF, RAW & ProRAW / DNG, allowing for maximum editing flexibility in applications like Photoshop and Lightroom later in your workflow. Advanced iOS image processing such as Deep Fusion and Smart HDR is used on supported devices.

Live histograms, flash, grid views and a range of manual controls allow you to get the perfect shot, every time.


• Black & white photography only: commit to Black and White at shooting time.
• High-quality image processing engine. Take full advantage of your device camera hardware.
• Manual focus (with magnification of the center focusing area), focus lock, spot focus, auto-focus
• Manual exposure compensation, or use Auto exposure
• Live histogram, when adjusting exposure, optional over-exposure warning indicator (zebras)
• 6 contrast/color filters for Black & White: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, infrared (simulated)
• Manual contrast control
• High-resolution capture (48MP) (*)
• Support for multi-lens devices - standard, telephoto and ultra wide-angle (*)
• ProRAW, RAW, JPEG, HEIC, TIFF file formats. DNG files contain color information, allowing later editing. A full-resolution JPEG, processed to Black and White by Camera1 is saved along side the DNG file, to the camera roll
• Support for iOS Deep Fusion and Smart HDR (*)
• Tap on the picture to take the shot
• 5 crop formats: 3:2, 4:3 (native), 1:1, 16:9, 2.35:1 (panorama)
• Zen mode: all controls disappear, leaving only the viewfinder on the screen for the ultimate picture-taking experience
• 3 flash modes: On, Off, Torch
• 2 focusing grid types: Rule of third and and Golden Triangles
• Live view of all controls above
• iOS Widget - quickly launch the app from your lock or home screen, optionally with a specific a lens
• Black and White camera roll, image viewer at full resolution
• Share to online social networks, as supported by your device.

"The most brilliant Camera App in recent years" -- Keisuke Takahashi
"I like the results-a bit like film (Tri-X) with a slight grain pattern. Lots of latitude" -- Eric Mencher @emencher

Don't forget to tag your pictures with #camera1app !


• Camera1 does not embed any tracking / third-party SDKs

(*) Compatibility Notes

Camera1 features depends on the support from your ios device, so not all not all devices will support all features. Here are some of those restrictions:

High-resolution (48MP) capture requires compatible hardware: 14/15 Pro (& Max)
ProRAW capture requires compatible hardware: 12 Pro (& Max), 13 Pro (& Max), 14 Pro (& Max), 15 Pro (& Max)
RAW capture requires compatible hardware: 6S, 7, 8, X, XS, XR, SE, 11, 11 Pro (& Max), 12, 12 Pro (& Max), 13 Pro (& Max), 14, 14 Pro (& Max), 15, 15 Pro (& Max), iPad Pro,
The Ultra Wide lens on iPhone 11, 11 Pro (& Max), 12, 12 Pro (& Max), 13, 13 Pro (& Max), 14, 14 Pro (& Max), 15, 15 Pro (& Max), and iPad pro may not support RAW or manual focus / exposure modes
Smart HDR and Deep fusion supported on compatible hardware: iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, 12, 12 Pro (& Max), 13, 13 Pro (& Max), 14, 14 Pro (& Max), 15, 15 Pro (& Max)

What’s New

Version 2.8.2

This minor release introduces support for zero shutter lag and responsive capture on iOS 17, and fixes a couple of minor issues.

Introducing support for high resolution capture (48MP) on supported devices, a new lock screen widget, fixes a few bugs and adds some performance improvements.

If you enjoy Camera1, please consider writing a review on the App Store every time you upgrade the app. Positive reviews improve our ranking and help new users learn about the app so we greatly appreciate them.

If you have feedback or a question about the app, email us at and we'll get back to you.

Camera1 v2.8.2
- Support iOS 17 zero shutter lag, responsive capture. Minor bug fixes.

Camera1 v2.8.1
- Minor bug fix related to HEIF / JPEG file format selection

Camera1 v2.8.0
- support for high-resolution capture (48MP) on supported devices, lock screen widget, bug fixes

Camera1 v2.7.0
- iOS widget

Camera1 v2.6.2
- Fix several issues related to settings restoration

Camera1 v2.6.1
- Fix issue with front / back camera switching on some device models

Camera1 v2.6.0
- ProRAW, deep fusion and Smart HDR on supported devices. Improved camera roll experience.

Camera1 v2.5.2
- Fix an issue with switching between front and back cameras

Camera1 v2.5.1
- Fix an issue with image display when using image formats

Camera1 v2.5.0
- Overexposure warning (zebras)
- Fix RAW image sharing from camera roll
- Bug fixes and performance improvements

Camera1 v2.3.4
- Add lens selector menu, available on multi-lens devices
- Fix RAW file sharing/export from withing the app

Camera1 v2.2.3
- Support for ultrawide-angle lens

Camera1 v2.2.2
- iOS 13 compatibility update
- Fix camera settings restoration

Camera1 v2.2.0
- iPhone X compatibility update
- New setting option to disable auto-exposure lock when using exposure compensation

Camera1 v2.1.2
- Device compatibility update

Camera1 v2.1.1
- Fixes an issue with some settings preservation

Camera1 v2.1.0
- Image orientation bug on specific devices / crop ratio configurations
- Minor bug fixes and performance improvements
- New app icon

Camera1 v2.0.0
- Add support for telephoto lens capture on dual-lens systems (e.g. iPhone 7+)
- RAW + JPEG image capture (RAW contains color information, JPEG processed by Camera1)
- TIFF image capture
- New "golden triangle" grid
- Improved focus aid
- Bug fixes and performance improvement

Camera1 v1.5.1
- Bug fixes and performance improvements

Camera1 v1.5.0
- Color contrast filters for BW
- Spot auto-exposure: drag auto buttons in picture for spot exposure or focus
- Frame and grid display
- Bug fixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

Music Prof ,

An exemplary camera app

One wants a camera app to at least take good pictures and have a sensible, attractive user interface. Camera1 is all that, but “goes to 11.” Plus it gives you manual control over a number of parameters.

You can simply point and shoot and get a sophisticated, artsy, filmy photo with great resolution. But with only a wee bit more attentiveness, you can tweak the focus, exposure, and contrast right on the main screen. The controls are big and hard to miss. The switch from tele to normal to wide is there, too. The UI is only two layers deep, so it’s easy to get at a variety of file types plus a great selection of aspect ratios. The virtual color filters are as true-to-analogue-life as they come. Genius.

There are additional luxuries with this Porsche of iPhone camera apps. Your response time is enhanced by full-screen shutter. Icing on the cake for us control freaks is zebra-stripe exposure warnings, so you blow out your highs only if you want to.

Specialized. Elegant. Inspiring.

Developer Response ,

Wow, thank you, I am touched. It’s amazing to see my app reaching its target audience so perfectly. Thank you thank you thank you

ddphoto41 ,

Best App Ever for B/W Photography

Camera1 is the best app ever for capturing stunning black and white images in-camera! The color correction/contrast filters make the images “pop.” No other black and white app, and no Color to B/W conversion method works as well as Camera1. Try the Red filter on a blue sky with puffy white clouds and you’ll capture a dramatic sky and cloud image… superb, impactful and unbeatable! The “pinch to change” lenses function is nowhere to be found on the user interface… you just have to know it’s the way to change focal lengths (assuming your device has multiple lenses).

MergerMiner ,

Camera 1, Exactly what I was looking for!

Camera 1 is an app for both very experienced photographers as well as beginners. It’s many features and capabilities more than meet the expectations of advanced photographers, as well as being an app beginners can grow into as they expand their capabilities. Camera 1 takes me back to the good old days of Tri X 35mm photography. I love BW photography and Camera 1 more than meets my expectations!

Developer Response ,

Thank you!

App Privacy

The developer, Sebastien Ardon, 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 Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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