FilmLab is the best app for viewing and digitizing film negatives. FilmLab lets you view negatives as positives, capture scans to save and share, and convert high resolution images from scanners and digital cameras.
FIlmLab is actively developed by a small team that is passionate about film photography. We believe every film image is special, and we feel a responsibility to help you get the best possible results using the equipment you have available. With that goal in mind, we've invested years of research and development to create an app that does film scanning right.
FilmLab supports scanning color negatives, black and white negatives, and color positives (slides). It supports all film formats, including 35mm, medium format, and large format. It works with a wide variety of film scanning setups (including kits sold by Negative Supply, Valoi, pixl-latr, Lomography, and Kodak). FilmLab also supports importing scans in most image formats, including camera raw files.
When you install FilmLab, you'll get 12 scans per device for free. To get unlimited scanning, choose a monthly or annual subscription. If you choose to purchase a subscription, your payment will be charged to your Apple account. Subscriptions will automatically renew unless cancelled within 24 hours before the end of the current period. You can turn off auto-renewal at any time by going to your Account Settings in the App Store after purchase. If you cancel your subscription, you will continue to be able to view and edit all the images you scanned while your subscription was active.
TERMS OF SERVICE
Version 2.5.2 fixes a crash when attempting to use the ultra wide camera on some iPhone models. It also prevents crashes when attempting to load missing or corrupted image files. See previous release notes for full information on new features in version 2.5, which is a major update.
Ratings and Reviews
My experience after reading all reviews and testing it!
So I saw a lot of one star reviews and I feel like I should say something. I downloaded on two different iPhones X and the iPhone S and the issue with the image flickering and giving weird colors is very annoying and it showed on both devices.
When you take the picture of the negative sometimes it will give you a weird exposure. However when I go to crop the picture every time I move the crop corners the pictures gets better and better. When you’re done cropping you will have a fully exposed picture that you can adjust all the basics necessary on the edit section.
Is the app the most high definition scan? No however I’m taking a picture of a picture with a phone, but it does the job much better than the other free ones I downloaded.
My set up was my iPad far enough to lose the pixels in a box and my phone on a tripod. I got really good results for Instagram isn’t all we want anyway right?
So I don’t think the one star review is indicative of the performance of the app. I did expect for 6 bucks the app to be on the efficient side and not have those basic issues especially because one of the selling points is “the app recognizes the negative and transforms into a positive.”
But all and all I’m a hobby film photographer and it does what I needed to do before moving on to pro things.
Does what is says; nothing more
First, you NEED a backlight for this to work. Then, it only takes grainy “photos” of your negatives. But, this is still very useful if you’re trying to figure out which of your 1000+ negatives to print. It’s handy for quickly viewing negatives as positives.
If your want hi-res “scans” to print, use a flatbed scanner or a dedicated film scanner. But that takes a lot of time.
I wish this had a tutorial. Not sure what the difference between 1/50 and 1/60 is. Shutter speed? Who knows? This app really needs a tutorial instructing how to adjust the backlight and the ambient light. It’s a mystery. Worth the $6? Depends on your purpose.
I hesitated at first with some of the negative responses. I got it and immediately loved it. I am an amateur photographer from the 60’s with hundreds of pounds of negatives that mostly were only contact printed for review, with many more that I never found the time to print. Now I can without setting up a lab. I use my iPad as a light box, with a common sheet protector over it to diffuse the pixels; you know what a sheet protector is; a common article in any office, fits in a 3 ring binder, protects paper from finger dirt. Works perfect. Don’t expect lab quality, but you will be happy when you resurrect a forgotten negative into an enjoyable picture. I’m getting my old enlarger from the attic to project negative images to a screen, to see just how far this app will go.
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- 84.5 MB
- Photo & Video
- Requires iOS 12.1 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.1 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.1 or later.
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- In-App Purchases
- FilmLab Pro - Monthly $5.99
- FilmLab Monthly Subscription $4.99
- FilmLab Annual Subscription $34.99
- FilmLab Pro - Annual $49.99
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