DxO FilmPack 7 review

Give your digital photos an analog look with this versatile vintage film emulator

DxO FilmPack 7 screenshots
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

DxO FilmPack 7 is the perfect complement to traditional photo-fixing apps such as Adobe Photoshop. It enables you to give your digital photos an eye-catching retro analog look by quickly adding artifacts such as film grain, blurred edges, and even light leakage effects. If you want to create eye-catching analog-style prints (or make your portraits stand out on social media) then this app is well worth a look.


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    Mimic hundreds of analog looks in seconds

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    Customize preset results

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    Digital darkroom tools

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    Lots of ‘bells and whistles’ such as frames and textures


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    Dated looking interface

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DxO FilmPack 7 was recently released alongside DxO PhotoLab 7 (see our review). PhotoLab 7 is a tool-packed digital darkroom designed to let you manually organize and process your pictures to perfection. 

In essence, FilmPack 7 features a comprehensive collection of filters that emulate a wide range of old film stocks. In some ways, DxO FilmPack 7 does for photography what vinyl does for music. It lets you travel back in time by taking the crisp clean pixels of your digital photos and giving them an analogue look. This retro look evokes images captured on decades-old cameras using a wide range of darkroom techniques. Analog artifacts such as vignetted edges and film grain also help your retro images stand out from the social media crowd’s artefact-free digital images as well as enabling you to produce striking and frame-able classic prints to hang on your wall.

One-click presets enable you to make striking analog-style mono conversions. Model: Eli (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

DxO FilmPack 7: Specifications

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Recommended setup: WindowsRecommended setup: Mac
Intel Core processor or AMD Ryzen with 8 coresM1
4 GB available disk space4 GB available disk space
1920 x 1080 display1920 x 1080 display
Microsoft Windows 10 version 20H2 or 11 (64-bit)macOS 12.6.8 (Monterey)
NVIDIA RTX 2060, AMD Radeon RX 6600 with latest driversM1 or Intel Mac with AMD Radeon Pro RX570

DxO FilmPack 7: Key Features

After two decades of research, DxO has enabled FilmPack 7 to work its magic by digitizing classic film stocks. This research has enabled FilmPack 7 to create convincing analog prints that feature a wide range of analog artifacts such as film grain from a range of positive and negative film formats.  

FilmPack 7’s 280 presets are gathered into themed collections such as Negative Films and Slide Films.  There’s also a Time Machine mode that lets you browse back through the decades to view 104 presets that emulate film stocks - from the dawn of photography to the present day. Time Machine is also an educational tool that explores the work of pioneering photographers and lets you imitate the look of their photography in a click.  

DxO FilmPack 7 mimics classic black and white photography techniques, such as darkening a blue sky by placing a red file over the lens (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

You can filter presets according to type - such as Black and White. An information panel explains what classic film stock and photographic technique the filter is mimicking. Model: Eli (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

DxO FilmPack 7: Interface & Usability

FilmPack 7’s interface is reminiscent of apps designed in the noughties, with a bar at the top containing large white circles that feature chunky icons (such as crop or rotate). When you’ve finished adjusting a shot the Apply or Save buttons have a beveled 3D edge that evokes the skeuomorphism of noughties apps that felt the need to emulate 3D buttons on 2D screens. Given that DxO FilmPack 7 is all about emulating the past we can forgive (and even embrace) this retro look to its workspace.

After applying a presser you can customize its look by adding extra graphical effects such as picture frames. Model: Eli (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Once you’ve explored and applied a preset analog look to a photo in the Presets workspace you can click the Customize tab to access a wide range of tools to fine-tune the look. Here you can pick and mix different film rendering options and then add a custom grain effect. There’s also the option to add other filmic artifacts such as light leakage effects and blurred vignetted edges. 

The new Luminosity Masks panel enables you to sample and isolate specific areas based on color or tone and tweak a wide range of properties with precision.  The Customize workspace also contains a collection of classic digital darkroom tools - such as Curves and a Histogram - that enable you to adjust colors and tones, though this darkroom is not as comprehensive as the one in DxO PhotoLab 7.

The Graphical Effect panel enables you to simulate the warm colors and fogged tones caused by light leaking into the film development process. Model: Eli (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

DxO FilmPack 7: Results

To get assets for this review I hired a model and snapped her on my iPhone 15 Pro Max. It must be noted that DxO doesn’t support .dng files from an iPhone (on FilmPack 7 or PhotoLab 7), so if you shoot in Apple ProRAW then you’ll need to export the images as .jpg files first. 

Despite this lack of .dng support I enjoyed exploring how FilmPack 7’s one-click presets gave my digital photos a retro analogue makeover. By adding artefacts such as film grain to portraits I was able to send my Eli my model back in time to earlier decades. This visual variety motivated me to populate my Instagram feed with many more images than I usually do after a shoot. 

I also enjoyed the ability to customize a preset’s look by adding extra analog artifacts such as light leakage effects (which add patches of color and fogged tones to parts of the frame). You can also add textured paper and a range of framed edges which is an effective way of making a modern shot look like a retro snap that has been weathered by time. This technique worked particularly well on retro subjects such as the vintage engine I snapped on the iPhone 15 Pro Max at Nene Valley Railway. 

The new Luminosity Mask enables you to make precise tonal or color selections and then modify their properties (such as darkening the colors and tones of a sky). Model: Eli (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

DxO FilmPack 7: Verdict

If you own DxO PhotoLab 7 then I don’t think FilmPack 7 is an essential purchase.  The more expensive PhotoLab 7 also has hundreds of analog-imitating presets  (including Time Machine), plus it’s packed full of a wider suite of digital darkroom tools. However, if you use another app as your main photo editor (such as Apple Photos or Adobe Photoshop) then DxO FilmPack 7 is well worth a punt as it enables you to produce a wide range of nostalgia-inducing looks in seconds (and it's considerably cheaper than PhotoLab 7).

Time Machine enables you to browse through the works of photographers through the ages and emulate their photographic look in a click (thanks to Tom Farrall at Nene Valley Railway) (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Read more: check out our top picks for the best photo editing software. Or if you want to create real film photos then you can find out more in our guide for the best film.

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.