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The camera app space has to be one of the hardest to break into in all of the App Store. Dominated by heavy-hitters like Instagram, and a selection pool of thousands of other options, you’d think it’d be almost impossible to stand out.

But the folks over at Pacific Helm think their new app Camera Noir has what it takes to distinguish itself from the competition. Using a tuned monochrome filter, it promises to help you take ‘stunning’ black and white photos…

From the App Store’s description:

“Camera Noir features a monochrome filter with three carefully-tuned settings that let you see the world in a classic way. You can easily shift focus and adjust exposure by tapping on your screen. Make sure nothing is left out of Instagram with square crop marks. And with the built-in level line, you know when your photos are balanced. You can even import existing photos from your camera roll.”

Despite its seemingly minuscule feature set, Camera Noir has gone somewhat viral since it released yesterday afternoon. And that’s not too surprising considering its San Francisco-based developers include well-connected Apple alumni.

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But I’m sure that it also has something to do with the fact that it’s actually a pretty cool app. Novelty or not, taking black and white photos of things you would normally shoot in color and add a filter to is quite fun, if not addicting.

And the quality is there. Not only does it look great, but it really does take gorgeous photos. Buildings and other objects appear sharp, and the lighting is generally spot-on. There’s also a digital level that changes color as you tilt your phone.

Anyway, if you’d like to see what all of the fuss is about, you can find Camera Noir in the App Store for $1.99. While some say that’s too expensive, I feel like it’s fair. It’s not cheap by any means. But it doesn’t look or act cheap either.

What do you think of Camera Noir?

  • Derik Stroisch

    you should look at KitCam. way cool. tons of built in lenses, film colors, and frames. yeah some of them you have to buy but I feel it’s worth it (or you can steal them with your jailbroken device.. hint hint) and it has tons of upload opens as well as a built in photo editor. seriously go check it out!!

    • weztimonial

      this app focuses on taking black and white photos

      • Derik Stroisch

        really?! no way. you serious?… the app I’m talking about takes black & white photos as well.

      • Cosmi3

        i also own kitcam way too much features <3

      • Kevin Guzman

        KitCam has that as well, plus a ton more lenses and filters, so yeah.

  • TaBbI

    Again a paid article.

    • Nice. You took the time to create a Disqus account just to wrongly accuse us of posting paid content in here.

      This is not a paid post. You know how to recognize paid post on iDB? They simply say “sponsored” in the headline. You can see a list of the few paid posts on iDB here

      Now do you know how many sponsored posts we published this year? One (1)!

      Please stop assuming the whole internet is out to get your money.

      Full disclosure here if you’re interested to learn more

      • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        Wao. Good for me you weren’t that bad to me when while ago i made the same mistake hehehe. I give credit where credit is due.

      • This kind of comment drives me nuts. I should take a chill pill before answering them, or maybe I should dismiss them altogether

      • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        Chill “pill” if you know what i mean hahaha…

      • Great response to a flippant comment. Why do not we monetize blogs our efforts? Do not employ countless hours to generate interesting content for our readers?

        Bloggers also eat, you see ….

  • Malan Raja

    Ultimate Hipster: has expensive smartphone that takes beautiful pictures in high-res, pays more money for an app take dark, black and white photos

  • Gorgonphone

    this suucks.. why do i need a whole damn app just for black and white when every other photo app has the same feature..

  • Arkady

    After searching for an hour how to save photos, deleted the application. Bye Bye my $1.99.

  • Marcianom

    Same here.. I can add my already taken pics and edit them but i can’t make new pictures and see them in the album. Sucks because the pictures did look good, any one got a fix?

  • JaeM1llz

    DO NOT BUY! App crashes after taking a picture. Complete waste of money. Just use the normal camera and use Photoshop to make adjustments.

    • weztimonial

      that seems to only happen on the 4

  • Marcianom

    I’m just wondering but did nobody at idb tested this app
    before publishing this post. I don’t mean that in a rude way but i base a lot of things i buy from cydia or the app store on the reviews posted here. This has been my first ‘blind’ buy from the appstore and it kinda sucks xd

    • Melvco

      Yes it was tested. In fact, I’ve taken close to 100 pics with it so far and I have yet to see any issues. If you’re having problems, hang tight, the developers say they’ve already submitted a fix to Apple for the random crashing, and other bugs.

  • Marcianom

    Ah thanks! I mailed the developers earlier today and they told me the same thing!

  • weztimonial

    App has been updated.