Harman Phoenix 200 35mm film review: this phoenix isn’t quite ready to fly

A valiant first effort at a color film – but I am holding out for version two

Harman Phoenix 35mm film canister next to its box
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Harman Phoenix 200 has its moments where I think it could be great, it has a lovely warm and saturated palette with its own distinct look – but for me, it has too heavy a grain and just a few too many inconsistencies in colors and tones to think about loading many more rolls into my camera. Although, like its proverbial name – it leaves me excited for what might come next.


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    Warm and saturated

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    Some playful colors

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    Bold contrast

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    Unique look


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    Too heavy grain

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    Unpredictable hues

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    Unforgiving latency

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Harman Phoenix 200 is the world's newest color film (at time of publication), although as a prototype film, Harman will probably pass the world’s newest title on to the next variation of Phoenix film before long.

The name Phoenix is derived from the mythical songbird – for anyone who isn’t aware, Phoenix burst into flame at the end of their life and then are reborn from the ashes. And according to Harman – Phoenix 200 is intended to portray “hope, rebirth, and transformation” for the company. Before you worry, Harman isn’t about to burst into flames any time soon. Still, Phoenix 200 symbolizes the company putting its decades of expertise in producing black and white films into a new venture – a brand new color film.

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Manufacturer Harman
Speed 200
Push / Pull100 - 400
TypeC41 color

Kodak ColorPlus 200 is perhaps the most mainstream film of all, existing in various forms for decades, and for good reason, it is a simple film with consistent results with more accurate colors than Phoenix 200.


If you want a film that harks back to mass-produced film from the 1990s then the LomoChrome Color ’92 hits this perfectly with grain and tones that will make you want to dig out your Spice Girls cassettes. 

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.