Hydra offers innovative photo capture technology, and lets you take beautiful pictures even in the most difficult lighting conditions, which makes it a great companion to iOS Camera app.

“The Hydra app from Belgian company Creaceed is one of the more interesting iOS camera apps we have seen in the recent past.”
— DPReview

“Hydra is for people who enjoy iPhone photography at a higher and more rewarding level.”
— David Robinson (iPhonographer)

"Hydra has the particularity of offering original features, which are missing from many competing apps."

Hydra captures more light by merging up to 60 frames to make a single high-quality picture (less noise, more highlights/shadows) on iPhone and iPad. Hydra also goes beyond the 8- or 12-megapixel sensor limit, with up to 32-megapixel high-resolution images. It uses the latest evolutions of iPhone and iPad camera hardware, as well as the latest camera APIs and GPU rendering technologies.

Hydra provides 5 specific capture modes: HDR, Video-HDR, Lo-Light, Zoom, and Hi-res modes.

• Hydra's High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode is based on an alternate method that captures up to 20 images and that is made to handle even the most difficult lighting conditions.
• Video-HDR uses single-image tone mapping and device-specific sensor mode to create stunning videos.
• Lo-Light mode removes sensor noise by merging together multiple images and amplifying light by a factor of 10 to provide a better image quality.
• Zoom mode uses real-time, super-resolution technique to recreate missing pixels from hand motion, producing 2x, 4x and 8x (telephoto lens) scale factors with more details than the standard digital zooming technique(*).
• Hi-res mode produces up to 32MP images from the regular 8 or 12MP camera sensor, providing finer details in captured image(*).
• Hydra supports the telephoto & front cameras respectively in Zoom and Lo-Light/HDR modes to shoot portraits & selfies.
• Camera support: ultra wide, wide, telephoto, and front facing.

Hydra also features a photo gallery for reviewing images and their metadata, directly linked with built-in iOS photo album, thus avoiding duplicates and allowing to flag as favorites.

(*) recommended for static scenes or distant scenery. Rendering artifacts can occur for scenes with parallax and for moving subjects.

What’s New

Version 1.7

Hydra 1.7 brings the following iOS 13 features:
- support for ultra-wide (iPhone 11 / 11 Pro), wide and telephoto cameras in most shooting modes (see below).
- Dark Mode throughout the app.
- improved interaction with the embedded photo gallery with Contextual Menu which replaces Peek and Pop, and that is available on all iPhone and iPad models.
- tuned visuals in the embedded photo gallery (SF Symbols).

Hydra 1.7 adds support for ultra-wide angle camera of iPhone 11 / iPhone 11 Pro for the following capture modes: Hi-Res, HDR, Lo-Light. For all iPhone with multiple back cameras, the cameras are now all exposed in the following modes Hi-Res, HDR, Lo-Light; in Zoom mode, the telephoto camera is automatically used if available.

Hydra is the perfect companion to mobile photography in general because of the limited sensors (they're small), and even more so for ultra-wide and telephoto cameras. Ultra-wide lenses are typically best suited to shoot scenery or architecture, and both HDR and Hi-Res bring additional capabilities that are useful in these situations. Moreover, telephoto and ultra-wide cameras have less sensitive sensors due to physics constraints that Hydra will gladly help overcome, typically with Lo-Light mode, thanks to its image fusion core.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Hjffgjfjk Ffs ,

Absolute witchcraft

Wow incredible what software can do now days... this is extremely close to DSLR for landscape non moving shots. Brilliant

Developer Response ,

Great to read this! Your kind words are really appreciated. Thanks. /TC

Psychedalek ,

All in one

I don't mind paying a higher price to experiment with photo apps. This one did nothing better than the other stacker apps out there. An extra point for rolling a couple of apps into one, but you lost three expecting me to pay twice just to muck about with it on my iPad.

Steven Haines ,

Excellent for the right circumstances

This is a very good camera application when used in the circumstances for which it was designed. It really shines in its high resolution mode and it is very good for a quick zoomed in shot at a reasonable quality without any editing. I quite like how it processes low light images, keeping the feeling or mood that it is an image taken at night, and not just blasting the brightness up.

As others have said, I’m not as keen on its HDR images compared to some other apps but that is not to say that they are bad, just that you can do better with, for example, Pro HDR X.

As with all of this type of camera application, including the solid Cortex Cam mentioned in other reviews, it is essential that you read and follow the instructions. You use the camera in a different way in the high resolution mode than in, say, the low light mode. Yes, this does create some limitations (e.g. you need to avoid movement in the image field except as a creative choice) but they are a result of the algorithms used not something the developer has done badly.

If you want to capture a moving object, use a different application. But if you want crisp, sensibly and well processed images, and you are willing to follow the instructions, you will be well rewarded by Hydra. Five stars for what it is now and I only expect it to continue to improve.


Creaceed SPRL
19.2 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 and watchOS 2.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


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    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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