Halide is an award-winning camera app listed in Macworld's "Must Have Apps," The Verge's "Apps We Love," and picked by The Sweet Setup as "Best Third-Party Camera App for iPhone." Daring Fireball says, “This sort of maniacal attention to the smallest of details deserves to be celebrated.”

Halide is a groundbreaking app for deliberate and thoughtful photography. With high-end tools, and a beautiful UI designed from scratch for the latest iPhones, Halide is your go-to camera when you want to really take a photo rather than a quick snapshot.

Use gestures in Halide to change exposure and manual focus with a swipe. Halide’s professional tools include focus peaking, histograms, adaptive level grid, manual depth capture, and RAW support on supported phones.* Customize controls to adapt the app to your needs.


- Beautiful, intuitive gesture-based interface
- An intuitive and fast lens switcher designed especially for iPhone 11 Pro
- On iPhone X and later, a custom-designed UI that is completely usable with one hand
- Manual Depth Capture: Take portraits of pets and objects on iPhone XR
- Focus peaking and powerful manual focus*
- Full manual controls including shutter speed, ISO and white balance
- Live histograms for perfect exposure*
- Captures RAW, TIFF, HEIC or JPG for the best quality shots*
- Grid overlay with built-in level
- Quick-review of your last few shots
- Intelligent automatic and manual mode


The Ultra Wide camera on iPhone 11 and 11 Pro does not support RAW or manual focus.
Histograms require iPhone 6 or later. (6, 6S, 7, 8, X, XS, XR, SE, 11, 11 Pro)
RAW requires iPhone 6S or later. (6S, 7, 8, X, XS, XR, SE, 11, 11 Pro)
Depth Capture requires iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, XS, XR, 11, 11 Pro.

What’s New

Version 1.17.2

We hope you're enjoying summer! This small release helps prepare for future updates to iOS. While we do not officially support pre-release software, at least we can fix a crash for the poor daredevils living on the edge.

As always, we love to hear your feedback. Message us at @halidecamera on Twitter, or drop us a note at the support link.

Thank you for your continued support,
—Team Ben/Reb/Seb

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

Editors' Notes

Your iPhone has an excellent camera and the picture wizards at Lux Optics want to help photographers make the most of it. Hey presto: Halide Camera! It’s designed around two principles: the kind of granular settings you’d expect from a professional DSLR; and a slick, one-handed interface that complements today’s devices.

Pavel Kouřil ,

Pretty amazing, but could be better!

I love the app, but I miss some things - but it deserves 5 stars even without these features present for sure. :)

Could you please add the following features?
- Being able to do exposure/focus bracketing (especially exposure bracketing)
- Smooth out the ISO/Shutter Time sliders when 1/2 or higher is selected - it jumps around in pretty unfriendly manner; I wouldn’t even mind disabling camera preview until finger movement stops for high shutter times
- When shooting RAW, the histogram
should represent the resulting RAW, not the processed picture
- Shutter priority and ISO priority, so we can “lock” one of those, and not worry about exposure too much
- Haptic feedback for manual ISO/Shutter Time selection, that you can jump between the “classic” values more easily? Currently, selecting exactly 400 ISO or 1/125 shutter time is almost impossible.

Filip_N ,

Best one

By far the best alternative camera app I tried so far (compared to five alternatives). The UI is great and simple to use. You can take pics by volume buttons even when you listen to music. Compared to native app I only miss live photos, which are great for faster action since you get more frames to chose from.. I have no idea if 3rd part devs can integrate them.

Thanks for great app guys. I would appreciate donate button in the app like “Buy us a coffee” or something


Lux Optics LLC
22.9 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 and watchOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


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Age Rating
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  • Family Sharing

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

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