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 1.16.0


In our first big update of 2020, we're releasing new groundwork for better RAWs, a safer shooting experience, and other little things that make your life better.


Sometimes things happen outside your control, like you're shooting at 5% battery and the phone shuts down, losing a photo. Even if these things rarely happen, we want to avoid the slightest chance of losing a photo. That's why we're introducing Rescue.

After you take a photo, we now create a backup copy before save it to your photo library. We only delete that backup once we detect that photo in your library.

If you think you've lost a photo, it's easy to check Rescue. Open the photo reviewer, tap the grid icon in the upper left, and then tap the life preserver icon in the upper right.


Based on our research into iOS 13 metering characteristics, we've updated Smart RAW to improve highlight recovery during the data.


Unedited RAWs look a bit dull to the untrained observer. That's why iOS normally post-processes RAWs before presenting them on screen, to add contrast and liveliness. However, this will get in the way of photographers, who are more interested in seeing those unedited pixels! In this update, we render RAWs "Flat", so you can quickly judge the exposure of your photo without having to jump into an editor.


After taking a photo, we now throttle our system to get your pictured into your camera roll as quickly as possible. This reduces the window where bad things can happen.

We've also significantly reduced peak memory usage in depth mode. This should prevent crashes, and just make us a better iPhone citizen.

Thank you for supporting Halide. If you have any issues or general feedback, you can reach out to us via support or just send a message to @halidecamera on Twitter.

— Ben & Sebastiaan

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 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.

Bohdan Triapitsyn ,

Best camera app for IPhone

Simple and clean interface with all needed features. Raw and highlighting objects in focus is really great. Big thanks to Halide team for this app. Totally worth the price.
I have only one feature request about Timer option. Can we have ability to turn off flash for counting? It’s really annoying for everyone around. I’m using 3 seconds timer every time I’m taking pictures for avoiding little shakes after tapping shutter button. I’m feels a little bit awkward because of this splashing thing for each photo. Please think about ability to turn off flash for timer. Thanks again for your very best camera app!

curious_traveler ,

Professional camera in your pocket

It is the best camera app ever! Works flawlessly, makes photos that you don’t even want to retouch, and most importantly—it’s in my pocket everywhere I go, so I don’t need to buy professional equipment in order to take a good-looking snap! The best option for the offered price and the best replacement for expensive cameras. Also, it literally highlighted all the capabilities of my iPhone camera that I thought were not there at all. I didn’t even have a clue that my camera can make such cool snaps before I installed Halide! Thank you for a wonderful product :)


Lux Optics LLC
23.5 MB

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


English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
USD 5.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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