Kino - Pro Video Camera 4+

Grade Log Movies with LUTs

Lux Optics Incorporated

    • $19.99

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Make great video easy! Kino lets you just press record and create cinematic video with color presets created by expert filmmakers—no edit required. Plus, with “AutoMotion,” the app automatically creates that smooth "film look" you see at the movies. Shoot great video with no film school required.

Are you an experienced filmmaker? Kino includes all the features you need to shoot like a Pro, such as a full manual mode, focus peaking, color waveform, audio meters, and more. If you’re experienced in color, you can import LUTs quickly and use the same powerful Instant Grade feature to output video with baked in LUTs.

Regardless of your skill level, Kino adapts to your needs. Pick your experience level when setting up the app to dial things in your way or go with recommended, simple settings. The beautiful, simple interface shows only essential things, while keeping powerful features under thumb’s reach.


Kino comes packed with pro color presets by experts like Stu Maschwitz, Sandwich Video, Evan Schneider, Tyler Stalman and Kevin Ong. With one tap, you can shoot video with cinematic, film-like color by selecting a Grade preset. With Instant Grade, you don’t have to apply it later or do any editing steps: Kino just saves the processed video for you, ready to share.


Getting started with video? The Kino team has a free series of lessons prepared you can dive into right away to learn filmmaking with the app. Start out with our simple recommended settings and enroll in a lesson plan to get lessons emailed to you that are easy to follow and let you unlock every feature of the app to use for making better videos.


Kino’s simple interface does not mean it lacks in powerful pro tools. Start out with automatic exposure with EV adjustment and AE and WB lock, or drop into full manual mode with shutter speed, angle and ISO adjustment. Compose a shot with the grid with built in level, check exposure with the RGB waveform, and pull focus with focus peaking. Kino can store your recordings in Files instead of Photos for better and easy shot management, and even features a screen lock to prevent inadvertent taps messing up your shot. Set custom recording settings (like 4K 60FPS Apple Log ProRes422HQ on iPhone 15 Pro) or get started with presets for flexibiltiy.


Thoughtful touches are abound in Kino: from a screen-wide telltale ring to show you are recording, to beautiful custom typography throughout with our own bespoke fonts, Kino balances beauty and simplicity with flexibility and control for users of any skill level.


Get cinematic motion like in feature films. Introducing: AutoMotion. Kino biases exposure towards a 180° shutter speed by default. If you land in this sweet spot, and available light supports it, the ‘Auto’ label turns green — showing you are in the sweet spot for great cinematic motion. Bright day out? Pop an ND filter on your iPhone and don’t worry about adjusting manual settings: Kino will take care of prioritizing shutter angle so you can just shoot and get great results.


One of the powerful aspects of Kino is being able to download new looks from your favorite creators or your own making. Author .cube LUT files in Pixelmator Pro, Davinci Resolve, or other apps (up to 33x33) and open them in Kino with a tap.


None of our apps gather or collect data, or analyze your videos and photos. We believe the most important thing a camera can be is private.


Are you a creator or filmmaker and want to get started with or love using Kino? Get in touch with us to get our ‘Creator Kit’: see the Kino website for more details. When sharing your work, tag it #shotwithkino so we can feature it online.

Thanks for making it this far! Kino is made by friends — Ben Sandofsky and Sebastiaan de With, with the help of Katie-Rose Summerfield and Doug Broussard. We made this app with love and care and we hope you love it.

What’s New

Version 1.0.6

I was expected to just write ‘bug fixes and minor improvements’ in here, but I refuse! I am a creative, a writer, and this is my canvas. A blank sheet of expression, like a block of marble for a sculptor.

Can I, instead, take you, my humble reader, on a journey into the world of Kino? A story of a small team that relished its user feedback and bug reports so it could make its video app even better? Dive in:

Kino 1.0.6 is here!

Kino hasn’t been out for a month yet, but here is our sixth (!) update. And if you think that’s impressive, you should see what’s coming very soon. In this update, Ben worked hard on this one:

• Fixed audio dropping if the device is under heavy load

Sometimes, iPhones can get extremely heavy system load from recording video and audio. It is about the most intensive thing for the hardware for your iPhone to do. This can degrade recordings, but we do our best to keep things running smoothly. We found an issue, however, where audio would very rarely get affected by this and skip or fail to save properly. This update fixes that.

• Persist the grid and waveform settings between launches

You asked, we shipped. We now persist your last chosen setting for the grid and waveform between launches.

• The 2.5× lens label looks nice now

It didn’t before. It had a makeover. It is happy about the result, which “represents [my] character and personality much better”. It’s said the 2.5 lens label is living its best life and “vibing”, whatever that means.

• Added volume button capture support

Click the volume button to start or stop recording. This also means Kino can capture / start recording with a host of accessories. If you have one, please test it and let us know if it works!

• Fix onboarding getting stuck if photo library access is denied

We would love to get Photo Library access if you intend to save videos to Photos, or want to apply a filter to your videos in Kino. Just a reminder: we have no analytics and do not gather any personal info or photos and videos — that’s how a camera should work. We should also respect it, however, if you choose not to share access to your Photo Library with us, and we previously had an issue around that. This update fixes that.

We hope you love Kino. If you do, please leave us a review, and give us a shout out on social media! It really helps. Thanks from the Kino team!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
411 Ratings

411 Ratings

Photo Idaho ,

After seeing Apple’s FCP camera app I’m adding a star

I love the fundamental concept behind Kino and I applaud how hard the team is working to put the finishing touches on this great app. The provided LUTs are interesting but I’d like to see a curated library of LUTS users can individually download. I’ve gotta say that after using Apple’s new FCP camera app - I was more than happy to go back to Kino. One last comment - as I said - I applaud the fresh take on controlling the camera’s essential features while allowing the camera person to keep their concentration on the story they are telling. This is one great app!

Developer Response ,

We're sorry to hear you're running into trouble. If you reach out to we'll dive right into what could be happening.

masterchung ,

Has potential but still needs work.

The interface is very intuitive, clean, and simple.
The automotion and the instant grade features really differentiate this app from the competition and simplify the shooting process.

More than half the grades are only available for log footage so if you don't have an iPhone 15 you won't have access to them. It's a shame they couldn't produce equivalent grades for standard rec709 as well but maybe they will in the future? I also tried to import multiple LUTs from my davinci resolve folder but could not get any to import successfully despite the LUTs working fine in Davinci. The .cube files were within the 33x33 size limit as well so not sure what the issue was there.

Also external microphones do not seem to be supported. I tested with the Hollyland Lark m2 Bluetooth microphones and was unable to get it to work. This is a shame given that this is supposed to be a pro app and audio quality from the onboatlrd iphone microphone leaves much to be desired. Hopefully this can be added in the near future.

Finally, there is no tap to focus or tap to adjust exposure like there is in the default iphone camera app. This may have been a deliberate design decision but it would be nice to have the option to enable/disable these features for those who want them.

Developer Response ,

We're sorry to hear you're running into trouble. If you reach out to we'll dive right into what could be happening.

bomboclatttttttt ,

Too heavy on processor and easily crashes and glitches

Heavily do not recommend this app. The entire app freezes up when recording, and captures glitchy and spotty recordings. I’ve tried full 4k with 24, 30, 60 fps and it has not recorded a single good video. Color grading seems to be great and everything is awesome, but it doesn’t matter at all if it can’t even capture basic video. Not even close to worth the money if this doesn’t get fixed soon. iPhone 13 and iOS 17.4.1

Edit: did some more testing and it seems to just be an issue with processor overload. I bet this app works great on newer phones, but my phone’s not *that* old, and kinda disappointing to know that they didn’t do any real testing to make the app backwards compatible. Would like to love this app, but this needs to be fixed ASAP or just only offered to newer iPhones.

App Privacy

The developer, Lux Optics Incorporated, 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


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