App Reviews Format 126
 

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Format 126

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Format 126 is a free iPhone app that applies old photography effects to images on your iPhone. It's interesting that in this digital age of high-tech computerized cameras, some of the most popular iPhone photography apps are those which reproduce old, low-tech, analogy style photos - including photos which, at the time, might have been regarded as inferior. There are many retro photo apps available; Format 126 isn't the best, but it is free and does a fair job.

Format 126 Summary

  • Pick from eight different retro photo effects
  • Choose an aspect ratio (square format or original)
  • Choose a white border/frame or none
  • Choose to apply vignetting or not

Pros...

  • Clear, easy to use interface
  • Fast processing
  • Several nice effects
  • Three distinct black & white effects

Cons...

  • Low image resolution
  • Disappointingly low image resolution
  • Did I mention the image resolution? It's too low

Using Format 126

It's easy to use Format 126. When you launch the app you have a choice of either taking a photo from within the app or picking a photo from your library. Once you have a photo to use, you pick from one of the eight standard effects plus one of the three film options.

Creator's description of the effects:

  • Neutral - Leaves the colors unaffected, allowing you to convert your photo to the square format with or without border
  • ColorPlus - Gives your photos an extra color boost
  • PolaColor - Gives you photos that retro Polaroid look
  • ColorHint - Bleaches out all but the strongest colors in you photos
  • LOFI - Gives your photos that extra toy camera look (taken from the LOFI app)
  • Mono - Gives your photos that good old Black and White look
  • MonoPlus - Gives your photos that Black and White look with added contrast
  • MonoHi - Gives your photos that ultra hi contrast Black and White look

The fact that you can choose to apply or not apply the border, square formatting, and vignetting relatively rare for such apps and is thus very welcome here.

Creator's description of the film options:

  • Vignetting - Adds a subtle vignette to your photos
  • Border - This option allows you to add a white border to your Format 126 photos
  • Square Format - Just in case you don’t want that square format look, we have enabled this option to allow you to switch off the square format

Personally, I like ColorPlus, PolaColor, and ColorHint the best. I also like the fact that there are different black and white effects available. Almost every photo editing app has some sort of greyscale or black & white option, which means getting it again in yet another app is rarely worth even mentioning. Anyone and everyone can desaturate an image to greyscale - so what? Format 126, however, offers three different ways of doing it and none are sepia. That's definitely worth mentioning! If you like black & white effects, you should appreciate this.

The only truly disappointing aspect of Format 126 is the lack of resolution for the final images — a problem with Chris Comair's Polarize app. This is especially troubling in an app that can produce such nice images. After all, if the images weren't very good, it wouldn't be much of a loss if we couldn't have large versions. It's precisely because the images can be so good that being stuck with such small versions is so frustrating and disappointing.

If Format 126 allowed you to save out full resolution photos, I'd say that it would easily be a 4-star app, even at a $.99 price point. As it is I can only give it 2.5 stars, though because it's free I definitely recommend downloading and trying it. If you never want to use the images anywhere but on screen, you should be happy.

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Editor reviews

 
Overall rating 
 
7.0
Interface 
 
9.0
Functionality 
 
8.0
Features 
 
N/A
Output Quality 
 
5.0
Value 
 
6.0
Reviewed by Austin    October 21, 2011
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