*** Hydra now supports ultra wide, wide, telephoto, and front facing cameras. ***

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 1.8.3

Maintenance release with minor enhancements & bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
113 Ratings

113 Ratings

Jesaja Class ,

Pro Photography App

I’m a serious photographer and I must say at first I was a little critical about this app and what it claims to achieve but I must say wow, I was impressed this thing can generate better results then any other app I’ve tried so far and believe me I tried almost all. The highlight for me was the 32 mega pixel high res image mode. No it does not give you 32 mega pixel but it imitates that effect by stitching a lot of pictures together to create one that has less noise, more detail and overall quality compared to the standard camera. But.... this only works well on a tripod mainly as there can be almost no movement. But if you are seriously into photography then you will understand what it takes to create good images. All the other modes are cool too, hdr works quite well and gives nice results as does the low light mode.
It was worth the 7 dollars for me just to get the High Res Photo Mode.

Thanks for your development, it would be nice to see more features like RAW capture or exposure compensation in the future.

PierJes ,

Works perfectly well !

One of a kind app with excellent photographic results.

Developer Response ,

Thank you! We appreciate your kind words. /TC

crzycarlos ,

Good app

Takes pretty good shots. Not on par with some other paid apps but a solid performer. Could benefit from a wider range of exposures that would increase the range of light. I use this app quite a bit!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the kind words! We sure take note of your feedback. /TC

App Privacy

The developer, Creaceed SRL, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

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

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