**Please note Halide is not free. We offer a 7-day free trial for annual memberships. Don't like subscriptions? You can also buy the app outright with a single in-app purchase.**
Halide is an Apple Design Award winning, acclaimed camera from the team behind Spectre, Apple's App of the Year of 2019.
Halide is the most powerful camera for iPhone with the most elegant, simple design — A pro camera for everyone.
This is a groundbreaking app for deliberate and thoughtful photography. With high-end tools, and a beautiful interface designed from scratch for the latest iPhones and inspired by the controls of professional cameras, 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, or switch from its powerful automatic mode to manual shooting. Halide’s professional tools are the most powerful in the App Store, with XDR (Extended Dynamic Range) 14-bit RAW streaming waveform views, color zebras, focus assists like focus peaking and loupe, histograms, an adaptive level grid, and manual depth capture. Customize controls to adapt the app to your needs.
Halide’s ProRAW support* is unmatched. Strike the right balance between file size and editing latitude by choosing between 12-bit and 10-bit ProRAW, with or without JPEG sidecars. Effortlessly switch to native RAW, for greater detail and speed.
- Beautiful, intuitive gesture-based interface, usable with one hand
- Take portraits of pets and objects on single-camera phones, like iPhone XR and iPhone SE
- Manual focus, and powerful tools like a Focus Loupe and Focus Peaking
- Smart automatic mode with Halide Smart RAW, optimizing settings with Machine Learning for RAW files with less noise and more detail
- Full manual exposure controls including shutter speed, ISO and white balance
- Best-on-iPhone exposure tools: histograms, XDR 14-bit RGB waveform, and color zebra stripes
- Captures RAW, TIFF, HEIC or JPG for the best quality shots
- Grid overlay with built-in level
- A powerful reviewer to view DNG, JPG, HEIC and Live Photos, as well as Portrait depth data and mattes, with a detailed metadata view - with batch export!
- Instant RAW development process to quickly develop your RAW files in a tap
- Technical Readout to view all details of your iPhone camera hardware
- Apple Watch companion app for remote shooting
- Siri Shortcuts support to trigger the shutter remotely, or open Halide in Auto or Manual mode
- Become a better photographer by signing up for comprehensive lessons like a 10-day quick tutorial right from the app.
- Private by Design: Halide does not include any trackers or tracking, has not third party libraries, does not collect data or photos, and never transmits any information. Halide also includes features to reduce spying by companies like Facebook by limiting location information on photos shared from the app.
- Feature limitations:
*ProRAW requires iPhone 12 Pro or Pro Max or newer
The Ultra Wide and selfie cameras do not support RAW or manual focus unless on iOS 15.
Waveform requires iPhone 8 or newer
Depth Capture requires iPhone 7 Plus or newer
Hello Halide users! Halide 2.14 is here, and it’s an appropriate Winter update. For those of you that know macOS history, you can see Halide 2.14 as a ‘Snow Leopard’ update — while there’s no big feature changes that are visible, the actual app is significantly faster, more reliable, and better.
In addition to our Zero Shutter Lag feature that reduces delay of capturing a shot to near-zero, we now save those photos faster than ever. In the past, if you took certain types of photos that take seconds to process (we’re looking at you 48 megapixel photos), then if you kept hitting the capture button, your iPhone would get overwhelmed and stop letting you take more photos. Not fun.
With deferred processing, your iPhone now waits to finish processing your photos until you’ve given it a few seconds to rest and take a breath. This helps prevent you from missing that one perfect shot!
Sometimes our image reviewer would load slowly right after taking a photo. This is frustrating when you want to check on your shot — a thing most of us do on a regular basis. Thanks to some serious engineering work by Ben, the reviewer can now show images nearly instantly — and even shows a pre-processed image before the processing has completed. It even has a snazzy processing indicator so you can see your image is being ‘worked on’ by the system before it is ready.
A fun note: this review revamp is so fast that we had to add an artificial delay to test the new processing indicator. It’s really very quick. It is our best photo reviewer yet, and we think you are going to love it.
FIXES AND ENHANCEMENTS
Oops, this is starting to look like far too substantial a release note. Does anyone even read these? (if you do, leave us a review on the App Store! it really helps out.) Time for the generic boilerplate:
Thanks for using Halide! We update our app regularly to make it better for you. This update includes:
- Performance improvements for smoother and faster experience.
- Bug fixes to ensure a more reliable app.
- Minor enhancements to improve usability.
Thank you all! We hope you have a great holiday season, and we’re excited to show you all we have in stock for you in 2024.
Ratings and Reviews
Your iPhone and iPad have excellent cameras and the picture wizards at Lux Optics want to help photographers make the most of it with Halide Mark II. This camera app is 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.
Well worth the money and cheap for what it is
An incredibly good app and I have managed to take some amazing shots with my iPhone XR that really do rival DSLR quality.
Main problem for me is when trying to export to raw and save images to camera roll. If I click the share sheet and save image as raw, once done this takes me back to my last picture again. Usually scrolling me right to the top of my camera roll when I’m editing photos taken weeks before. Also would prefer if the layout mimicked the camera roll with the newest photos at the bottom. Plus when I scroll to the top of my images, if I scroll too fast it takes me back to the camera. Also no way to zoom unless I’m being dumb. Last thing is for when saving files it modify the original instead of making a copy👌
However most of these issues arise for me because the app is so good and I use it on a daily basis.
Misrepresents it’s Macro functionality
Those with larger iPhones generally already have an excellent macro mode built in, so Halide is likely to attract those users with smaller iPhones like the iPhone 13 Mini. Halide holds great promise for those of us looking for a macro substitute. Halide touts it’s ability to fill this gap and that would be great if it actually worked. We tested it comparing it on an iPhone 13 Mini with the closest focus and largest magnification we could manage on the wide lens. We did the same using Halide’s slightly obscure Macro mode and it was a huge disappointment. Not nearly as good as one can achieve using the standard iPhone camera. It is either a developmental fault or it’s Macro mode is a misrepresentation.
Those users who were convinced by the promo pitch may, like us, be very disappointed, and even feel cheated as we do. It’s vital vendors maintain honesty and integrity when marketing software products in the App Store and it’s vital that Apple upholds that philosophy or consumer confidence in the App Store is easily lost or seriously diminished. Having made this observation about the failure of Halide to provide even comparable close focus resolution to the standard wide camera , we like to believe this is a software issue. Until we hear it is resolved we can’t recommend Halide to users if it is the macro mode you are primarily interested in.
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