Camera Noir offers controls for this, as well as for clarity and sharpness — which aren’t the same even though they sound like they might be — as well as starting points in settings.
Once you’re done, you can export the contents to an image in camera roll and share it with the world.
Unfortunately, for all the good that “Camera Noir” could potentially bring to the app stage, it comes with a few issues.
One is that it’s totally unnecessary, because while you can tweak the settings, capturing images solely in black and white on a sensor not made for monochromatic capture is like specifically capturing in a filter, and kind of doesn’t feel like the best use for that photographic technology on the phone.
You may as well capture the image in colour using the standard iPhone camera (or even something else) and then post-process it, because at least you’d have both versions then: colour for the original, and black and white after the fact.
But let’s say this doesn’t bother you, because we can find a use for monochromatic cameras. Hey, this writer even prefers to shoot in black and white instead of colour on his larger camera body.
Even if you side with this argument, Camera Noir is let down by one serious issue: it crashes all the time.
Using it for our review period, we found it often would just crash unexpectedly while we were processing an image, leaving our work and just escaping back to the iPhone home screen.
That doesn’t help anyone, and basically means you’re taking photos in black and white, and are unable to edit them in a camera app specifically designed for this purpose.
There are plenty of other great camera apps out there that let you capture in colour and then process to black and white, and there are loads of post-processing apps that will take any image from the iPhone and process to a better black and white than Camera Noir offers, and these reasons all stop us from recommending the app.
Seriously, both VSCO and Snapseed are more logical alternatives from our point of view for the processing side of things, while Camera+ is a better camera app with processing on the side.
If Camera Noir was perhaps a little more stable, we might be able to say that it’s worth a look, but factor the bugs in with the fact that it does nothing new and brings very little to an already populated table and you have an app that is only worth checking out when it’s on special.