Spectre Camera 4+

Brilliant Long Exposures

Lux Optics Incorporated

    • 4.1 • 420 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Now *FREE*! Spectre is free to use for 3 second exposures; upgrade to Spectre Pro for extra pro tools and up to 30 second exposures, all without a tripod!

Apple iPhone App of the Year, 2019

Introducing Spectre, from the makers of Halide, one of the top camera apps in the App Store.

Spectre uses AI to help you make amazing long exposure photographs. Spectre can remove crowds, turn city streets into rivers of light, make waterfalls look like paintings, and much more. Until now, it was difficult to take long exposures: from keeping the camera steady to guessing the amount of light you need. Spectre takes care of all of that!


• MAKE CROWDS DISAPPEAR: Spectre helps take photos of crowded, touristy places. Simply set a medium or long duration and take a shot to erase the crowd from a location. Capture the those special moments like you remember them.

• RIVERS OF LIGHT: At night, AI scene detection automatically switches modes to draw beautiful light trails, for stunning nighttime city photography or light painting.

• GORGEOUS WATER: Capture waterfalls, ocean waves, fountains and more with beautiful ghostly water.


Spectre’s intelligent computational shutter takes hundreds of shots over the span of a few seconds, and saves them in an accompanying live photo. That means you can pick a different frame as your photo, apply live-photo effects, and even use the long exposure as a live-wallpaper!


Spectre is a packed with powerful technology from by the team that brought you Halide.

From machine learning-based scene detection to computer vision aided image stabilization, Spectre is jammed full of impressive technologies to get the best possible image.


Spectre is meticulously designed. Its dark UI is gentle on the eyes when you shoot at night. Gorgeous glowing highlights infuse it with a unique style. Custom typefaces and iconography combined with unique, smooth controls make it as tactile and delightful as an actual physical camera. Like its sister app Halide, the app is easily usable with one hand, even on the largest iPhones.


Build with the latest tech, Spectre isn't just a long exposure camera — it’s the cutting edge technology showcase of one of the App Store’s foremost camera apps, Halide. Here’s just a few of the latest technologies that we use in Spectre:

- DCI-P3 Wide Color Pipeline
- Live Photos
- Metal Graphics Acceleration
- Tripod Detection
- Siri & Shortcuts
- AI Stabilization
- Machine Learning & CoreML
- Computer Vision


Spectre’s smart Automatic Scene Detection requires iOS 12. AI-based stabilization features are available on iPhone 6S and later.* For the best experience, we recommend iPhone 8 or later.

On iPhone 6, Spectre captures in lower resolution.


We’re Ben and Sebastiaan, two friends living in the San Francisco Bay Area that love building fantastic apps for photography.

We hope you love Spectre! We’d love your feedback to make it even better or any reports of bugs you run into. You can always contact us directly via email: support@halide.cam, on our Twitter: @halidecamera or Instagram: @halideapp

Don’t forget to share your amazing results by tagging them with #SpectreShot so we can share them on our growing social media accounts!

What’s New

Version 1.5.4

Welcome to Spectre 1.5.4! This update brings support to all of the latest and greatest iPhones — full 5× tetraprism support, extra tweaks and fixes and more. Spectre is still the best app for long exposures on iPhone, and we'll keep on making it better and great on the latest hardware.

We hope you love this update — if you love our app, consider leaving us a review or rating in the App Store. It helps us a lot!

- Ben & Sebastiaan from Lux

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
420 Ratings

420 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Spectre harnesses artificial intelligence and machine learning to magically merge hundreds of images taken with the iPhone (and your steady hand) over just three, five, or nine seconds. Capture light trails, blur flowing bodies of water, and eliminate moving objects from your beautiful landscapes, all with Spectre’s minimalist interface and powerful tools.

Dazzy62 ,

So simple, so beautiful!

Ok, I don’t write reviews but this app is SO brilliant I felt I had to! Takes a little getting used to and okay it doesn’t work 100% 100% of the time but my God when it works, IT WORKS!!! I was so surprised the first time I used it.... Stunning results! No, I’m not being paid for this review, I’m being genuine! I sometimes have issues going back into the app at times when I’ve just used it but do yourself a favour and TRY it! You won’t be disappointed once you see the results!! Well done guys!! Excellent app. Can’t wait to see what you add to it!

Rafyl ,

Mis-Sold! DO NOT BUY

I bought this app to remove moving people. The results are very bad, you get ghost trails even with the light trail mode off. You have up to 9 seconds to record a photo, even in a scene where it’s not very busy.. if a random person momentarily came in and out of the shot it still leaves a ghost image. If you’re waiting for 9 seconds to take a photo, that’s long enough to wait till everyone’s out the frame and take a photo with no one in the frame. The more people moving the the worse the ghosting. It ruins the image.

Also I tried taking a photo with no people in the shot keeping super still. I assumed it’ll use ai to give me the sharpest frame from merging the hand held photos together removing any slight hand movement/shake to give the perfect tack sharp photo. I assumed it’ll use the gyroscope built in similar to a how a gimbal works.. Again disappointed the edges are all soft EVERY TIME with ghosting. You are better off taking a photo with the built in camera app. It’s sharper and better quality. So disappointed

Please don’t claim it magically removes background people when your app does not do that. Now how do I get a refund for being Mis-sold

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

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The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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