Version 4.0: New Design, New Features, and a New Pricing Model
Introducing version 4.0, a ground-up rewrite with a clean new design built for speed and ease of use.
All New Design. In previous versions, looking up specs and then calculating footage size meant finding your camera in two different menus. Calculating battery capacity meant a third menu in a different part of the app.
Now, when you select a camera it stays active across every tool, all of which now are in a unified, scrollable nav bar. Switching cameras, formats, and tools has never been faster.
Transfer. Now a full-fledged tool in version 4, Transfer lets you predict just how long it will take to move your files, whether you’re transferring to a drive or over the internet. It also includes the ability to create presets, save results for later, and change the units of measurement based on what your speed test app uses.
Compatibility. The Compatibility tool gets a big update with the addition of Netflix Approval. If you’re choosing cameras for a Netflix production, this one is essential.
Power. Power now lets you add accessories so you can calculate battery needs for your whole rig. You can also use batteries that list their capacity in mAh instead of watt hours. And there’s a new mode that tells you how many batteries you’ll need for a given capacity and record time.
• Dark mode (requires iOS 13)
• iCloud sync of Favorites, Saves, Notes and Settings
• Compare feature works for all tools, not just Specs
• Camera and format lists are unified to a single menu
• Formats tool shows the maximum FPS available for a given format
• Save any calculation and return to it later by tapping the Save button
• Set a “preferred tool” when adding a favorite so you can jump right to what you need
• Set a “minimum resolution” to streamline the camera menu by hiding older models.
What is the new pricing model?
If you previously purchased the app, nothing will change. You will continue to get lifetime access for free. Thank you for your support.
For new users, Cameras + Formats is available for $2.99/month. For those who prefer to pay once, an in-app purchase of $49.99 is also available, which will include all future updates.
Why are we making this change? This app started as a simple spreadsheet, passed around to friends and colleagues. Over the following six years, we made it into a powerful tool, adding camera specs, robust calculators, compatibility and power info, and much more, all at no extra cost to you.
Adding new cameras and features, along with technical updates and maintenance, takes many hours a week. Critically, it’s only useful as long as it’s sustained— there’s no point in a cameras app if it doesn’t have the cameras you want to use. We’ve seen this happen with so many apps for filmmakers over the years, and we don’t want it to happen to ours. This new pricing ensures that we have a consistent source of funding to keep Cameras + Formats the most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date tool of its kind.
Again, thank you for your support, and we hope you love the new version as much as we do. If you have any questions or feedback about the new pricing, please let us know. You can email us, or find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
// Zak and the team at Gray Hour