8mm Vintage Camera Photo & Video App Review (iOS, $0.99)


Languages: Chinese, English, Japanese


• Updated for iOS 7
• NEW: movie editor with 5 themes to create pro-quality vintage movies
• Recorded videos are saved to Camera Roll
• Fixed sound bug for the built-in video player

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
66 Ratings
All Versions:
2792 Ratings
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AN OSCAR WORTHY APP - 8mm was used by director Malik Bendjelloul in his Oscar-winning film "Searching for Sugar Man"!

The most authentic, versatile, & easy-to-use retro VIDEO camera on the App Store.

8mm Vintage Camera captures the beauty and magic of old school vintage movies right through your viewfinder. Dust and scratches, retro colors, flickering, light leaks, even frame shakes, all can be instantly added with a single tap of the finger.

• Total live view of the effects. What you see in the viewfinder is what you get.
• Support 720P HD recording with real time video effects.

• 7 Lenses: Super 8, Clear, Flickering Frame, Spotlight, Light Leak, Color Fringing and Classic.
• 10 Discolored & Aged Films: 1920, Noir, 60s, 70s, Sakura, XPro, Siena, Pela, Indigo and Tuscan.
• Jitter Button to imitate frame shakes of real 8mm projectors.
• Sound Switch to add projector sound for extra authenticity or mute the video for a silent movie effect.

• Apply and adjust effects while playing a video from Photo library.

• Choose from 5 unique themes with matching titles, transitions & music. Free themes: Minimalism, Elegant. In-App Purchase themes: Silent Film, Countdown, Light Leak.
• Add soundtrack from iTunes library.

Customer Reviews

  • The Best Ever

    by Masters You

    This is by far the best I mean the very best app for video . Easy to use and the more you use it the better it is. Way worth the money. Hurley.

  • Worth every penny!

    by -Andrew911-

    This app looks and works amazing. It has many great filters that look just like the real thing. Not like an Instagram orange/brown look but actually looks just like film. I haven't found any other app that even comes close to how great this one is.

  • Awesome

    by anyoneis a good one

    Still could be better if had editing tool but this app is cool enoigh

  • Creative fun

    by Jeri @godsdreamsforme

    Great amount of choices in film and camera for video. The 4:3 and 16:9 allows for editing together with my iPhone cam for even better movies. I love it.

  • A couple good video effects

    by screenbetween

    Yet the handful of audio/video "themes" offered as in-app purchase are pretty generic at best. 3/5

  • Great and easy fun!

    by Ejdirga

    Added some new features like countdown clock which is a theme that is added after the video is made. Love this app!

  • Superior Video Recording App

    by Irish Blood

    A taste of (many) vintage film recording effects and the ease of use make this app an all-star!

  • Help

    by new EH

    How do u delete videos?

  • F-U-N!!!

    by Killmewithcuteness

    I highly recommend this app, love the new version because you can add music!! I haven't been able to upload to Facebook because files are apparently too small but it may just be a me problem, I've yet to check settings.

  • Wonderful but Hopeful

    by Mp123*

    I love this app. It's fantastic. My only wish is that there would be a way to add photos into the video.

  • Clever!

    by Jon Cross

    I'm a pro photographer (yes it is my full time job) and a huge fan of vintage, b&w film. The only TV I ever watch is TCM. This is an outstanding app! No complaints and a lot of fun to play around with between photo sessions. I just wish you guys had made one just like it, but as a 16mm. Oh wait, it's an app so it doesn't matter I guess.

  • Awesome!!!

    by BikeABah

    Such a great app!

  • Awesome App

    by longfinger

    I love it!

  • Fantastic App for Videographers!

    by Ladybird5764

    I am a photographer and videographer, and I can't always have my DSLR on me so I like to have fully functioning camera and video apps on my phone. I've been using kitcam (recently discontinued) for both, and I do love it for images- but this app is honestly the best I've used for video. My only criticism/suggestions are to add more themes and fonts choices and to allow shortening of clips in app as well as uploading videos shot with the phones default camera.

  • Groovy

    by Marilynnnnnnnn

    This app is amazing,it has a genuine 70's feel. The other filters are great also. Simply amazing.

  • Beautiful and charming

    by Pottery patty

    I am enjoying this ap more everyday. It lends warmth and creativity to my little clips. Best new ap this year!

  • Cool

    by Pyite6

    I like it. Adds a different spin on your videos you send to grandma.

  • Love it

    by Reb171

    Its the only vintage app thats actually authentic looking, but they could make the audio sound lo fi/ vintage, its weird hearing crystal clear audio with vintage video


    by Peterflantasia

    Best app I've ever downloaded - love it and recommend it to all my friends.

  • Absolutely love it!

    by theAndrewkin

    The iPhone's camera is absolutely perfect for Super 8mm emulation. It's clear and versatile enough that you can tell what's going on, but just low enough quality to sell the look perfectly. I use a Canon 5D mkII for my filmmaking, but I can easily see myself using the app to do some cool vintage shots. The pros to this app are many, and there is so much I love about it, but there are a few issues I found. Sadly, there is no manual video control like there is with other apps that would be useful for someone like me (however, this shouldn't be a problem for normal users), but I was able to get around this by using Filmic pro to shoot manual video and then apply 8mm's filters to the video I shot (which the app brilliantly allows you to do). Despite the workaround, it would be nice to get a few basic manual controls in-app. My other problem is how unintuitive the app can be at times. When I first opened it, I was a little overwhelmed by all the largely unexplained buttons (although I later figured that there is a help button that explains everything on the main screen), but, after playing around with everything, I figured the important buttons out. Some more important menu functions are also a little hard to find. For instance, the option to change the aspect ratio from 4x3 (standard) to 16x9 (widescreen) is accessed by going through videos and then settings. Other than those (tiny, nit-picky) flaws, this app is awesome and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to explore creative video options easily, or to anyone just wanting to have fun!

  • Long vids crash

    by Jengeebear

    Long video clips like 4-5 minutes crash the app

  • Most Fun Video Montage App!!

    by RagaZZa!

    I've had this app for about 8 months and initially it was a fun way to simply record a video in an old-timey feel. But now that I've actually recently updated it, I love it 10x more!! It now allows you to create a reel to make a video montage combining any of your clips together. Once you've created a reel you can add a theme which adds in music, transitions, etc! I was pleasantly surprised. Fun way to capture random events or make a quick video project!

  • This brings me back...

    by Bagpiper013

    This app is great. From duplicating my home movies with all their color problems, too-dark exposure, etc. when I was a kid in the '60's to recreating the look of Lon Chaney's 1925 "Phantom of the Opera", this app does it all. The projector noise and frame jitter are just icing on the cake. I've had film production classes and really like old movies...nice to know that I can duplicate just about anything in terms of cinematic look and feel for only 99 cents. Great job!

  • Oh so good!!!

    by Lalalander301

    Absolutely love this app. Those filters are so much fun! Just wish I could delete vids trough the app without going to my library.

  • ___________????????????

    by USA Made?

    You are taking chances buying any app from this maker. Beware. /////////////////////////////// They have another app called REEL DIRECTOR BUT...... THEY HAVEN'T UPDATED THE APP SCENCE - - -August 06, 2010 - - -Get the App from Apple:) $4.99 and well worth it! :) - -They are living in the 19th century. Still. - -BEWARE -

  • Great Video Camera, but crashes

    by RPWfour

    Spent the day trying out the different old time video options. Loved them! It was so fun. Then, when I went to review them in my photos app, it crashed and I lost all my videos. Apparently 8mm and the iPhone 5s photo app do not play well together.

  • 8mm

    by Katbeloo

    I. LOVE. THIS. APP. It's so much fun and offers a fabulous variety of *looks*. Enjoy!

  • Excellent!

    by garythefarmer

    I love this app.

  • Excellent!

    by Doctor Cranky

    Love this App, never get tired of using it.

  • Video Enthusiast

    by 8mm Man

    Excellent app. You can make a fun video clip or a serious movie-like reel. I'm having so much fun with it.

  • Love this app

    by mrjerz

    Works well and really creates some beautiful effects.

  • Excellent quality and great upgrade

    by Camba

    Amazing effects, really simple to use and edit. The new post production editing with titles and styles ,although few and some have to be purchased, are worth every penny. Highly recommended.

  • Amazing!!!!!please add better editing abilities!

    by Sandyluvstar

    I love it!!! I just wish there was a way to cut clips shorter, instead of just only being able to move clips around , it would make for better editing. Other than that it's good enough to get five ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ To me!!

  • Awesome!

    by java2000

    Easy to use, great quality, fun themes - thumbs up!

  • Perfect....

    by German Andres Jimenez

    The original was awesome.... All the updates have made it unbelievably better.

  • Love it!

    by ihatefall

    ...but I don't know if I love the new app logo.

  • Great fun, easy to use

    by Gnorb

    One of the best apps I own. Makes filming and sharing home films fun.

  • Wow!


    I hadn't opened this app for months until tonight... So glad I came back! The updates are great; it's simple to use, and I love the interface. Makes me want to start taking more video! Wondering if there is a way to turn off the projector sounds. Would love to see a way to quickly edit & have more control over clip lengths from within the reel. Really great app. Love it!

  • Owner


    Excellent app!

  • It's awesome

    by Ej-3000

    I really like the features and amazing work it does, but it freezes occasionally while recording.

  • Perfect!!!

    by Jackster1095

    This is worth every penny. The vintage effects are beautiful. I wish that there was just a camera option, however. The 60s is my favorite with the orangish light leak... Amazing :)

  • 8 MM Perfect

    by GMano07

    What a great app! It's seamless , fun and makes me look like a pro! Thank you creator of this app! G

  • Beautiful videos, great update

    by Junko Jones

    Lots of gorgeous filters to choose from, and the app itself is charming. Great updates and new icon!

  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    by JaneBerlinH

    If Apps went Hollywood ... This one would be an Oscar winner for sure!

  • Wow

    by AndyMartinphoto

    This is a wow factor app!

  • Childhood revisited

    by Nevermor777777

    Mak sure you change the settings to 16fps for the ultimate effect!

  • I can't delete some videos

    by Alexander Haydar

    Guys, I love this app but I can't delete some videos of my reel? Why? Fix this bug please.

  • Awesome

    by Alex Dastmalchi

    Seriously a fantastic app!

  • 8mm is amazing!!!!

    by elcalvo4

    I love this app. It give me a lot of fun and creative time with my friends.

  • Love it

    by A OM

    I'd forgotten I had this App on my phone. Thanks for reminding me with your update.

  • Great

    by parviz.bahri

    Thnks for this awesome app, Please add more theme .

  • my preferred video recording app

    by monopenagos

    This app has been my number 1 video recording. Versatile, fast and full of effects. Love it. The new themes functionality is a plus! Keep it up!

  • One of the best video apps around, if not the best!!!

    by iamfs

    Can't love this app more.. And now with the 2.0 update, this app is priceless. The effects look real and have a very authentic film look, effects are spot on and using this app can not be easier than it is now. Much recommended and much loved

  • Fix the glitch!!!

    by Brett Sube

    Love this app! But every time I goto film all my clips are all messed up due to freezing glitches sometimes I'll be Recording Then the app just close out completely plz fix bugs so I can have as much fun as I used to!!!

  • Great App

    by Edersoso

    Great filters, great design, totally recommended.

  • Excelente app

    by IvanCisneros

    Una de las mejores en la store

  • Awesome app

    by Tom3891

    Simple app really neat results! I like the new themes, please add more!!

  • An all time fav meets the new age!

    by MarlonDeNon

    Well alright now! An app update I'm excited about! I love the update & the subtle extras! This keeps the app classy yet relevant! Great work!

  • Cannot Record Sound

    by Frustrated Filmaker

    Frustrated. I cannot record film unless sound is on "mute". I have spent time adjusting every setting but without success. Looks like a cool app. Would be nice if it recorded sound.

  • Best Video App

    by Keegan Campbell

    I have yet to find another video recording app that comes close to 8mm. It's authentic and genuine. I've created many cool projects using this app. Suggestions for a future update: -zooming options -manual focusing

  • Not recording - 4s

    by AG714

    Can't get it to record. The app will not record when the button is pressed. Iphone 4s

  • Practically Perfect!

    by That 70s app

    Great app! Excellent filters and effects, and easy to use. Love the Frame Jitter button that lets you add some realistic vintage effects at just the right times. Couldn't ask for more for so little money!

  • Amazing!!!!

    by Moonchild1755

    This is my favorite app ever!!!!!!

  • Simply Doesn't Work

    by Mister_Clemens

    Hugely disappointing. First it would record with no sound. Reinstalled and now it won't record at all. The filters look great but it fails in its basic function.

  • Awesome!!

    by ghillieflower

    I love this app!! It's so cool!

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