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 1.17.3

Surprise, Manual Photogs! If you're upgrading to iOS 14, this update should fix an issue where the status bar won't go away after reviewing your photos. It also fixes an issue related to setting photo access permission to "Limited."

We apologize if you run into an issue running Halide for the first time after upgrading; you may be shown the user manual on launch, and then prompted for photo library permissions. The surprise release of iOS 14 caught us a bit off guard, and that bug fix didn't make the cut. We promise to do a better job planning around these surprises in the future.

Just a heads up, there's nothing new in this release, but we do have exciting things around the corner. Make sure you're following @halidecamera on Twitter for some exciting announcements in the next few weeks! #HalideMKII

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.5K Ratings

5.5K Ratings

Editors’ Choice

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.

emenamore ,

XR Camera Dream Come True

I’m a designer and DSLR photographer, so the camera features on my phone is a big deal to me. When I upgraded from a 6, I was torn between the XS and XR. I’d been gravitating toward the XR due to the colors, battery life, price, and better lowlight photos, but was devastated it only had portrait mode for people. I heard about Halide finding a solution to this problem, so I went with the XR and bought this app. I took a photo of my dog and I’m in love with its ability to pretty accurately map out data for bokeh shots. My photo went straight to the default apple photos app, and reads it as a portrait photo now so I can adjust the blur like I can on people portraits. The only setback is not seeing bokeh in live mode, but it’s no biggie and who knows what exciting features future updates will bring.

Thank you Ben & Sebastiaan for using your intelligence, skills, and talent to make a camera like this for the iPhone XR. Buying this app finally made me 100% happy with my decision to get the phone I did.

JohnnyIsland ,

Do not pay for this application until you read this

Phone being used: iPhone 11 Pro
Length spent with application: 1.5 years

I first started using this application on my iPhone X, over a year ago. It was probably my favorite camera go to app. It really used to feel like the company was thriving on a great idea that had never been seen on an iPhone before and they took the time to fine tune it. A lot has changed and here is its current state. It has now turned into a very hit or miss application. The app crashes from taking a depth photo and from that, the photo taken is never saved. Most of the features will crash the app as well. Even switching from different camera lenses will crash the thing. I feel like the company has realized they are at a loss for innovation. They are no longer spending resources on R&D let alone basic maintenance hours. I’m sure we will start to notice less and less updates, until it eventually gets lost among the rest. Please do not waste your money. Wait for them to prove me wrong and make the necessary bug fixes. FYI, A typical active company has two week sprints. At the end of each sprint, an update is pushed to insure continued application maintenance. Feature releases take a lot longer and are usually multiple sprints but bug fixes are not.

Developer Response ,

Hey Johnny — I'm Sebastiaan, one of the two people that makes Halide. I want to thank you for using our app for so long - it's great to know that people download our app, and even more so 1.5 years!

Halide turns three next month. In that time, we've updated the app constantly and added new features at no charge to users. We're proud of that, and we hope that shows how committed we are to you as our longtime loyal app user.

I'll talk about a few things in your review, but want to tackle that last one first: update frequency. It's true that in early 2020, we had fewer updates: this has to do with doing big work on new features that we couldn't fit in tiny patches. We update Halide regularly, but were also working with Apple on two major issues: depth mode crashes (a memory usage and API level issue) and photos being lost for a small sub-percentage of users. We introduced an update to fix these issues recently, and you can contact me personally if you want to let me know if that fixed your issues: I read all support emails!

I want to ensure you we are spending all of our time on researching cool new features and fixing issues in the app. Every day I get up to work on new Halide ideas and features, as well as the sister app, Spectre. Me and Ben work on this full-time, and you can read on our blog at to see what kind of research we do - the latest being a deep dive into iPad LIDAR technology.

Halide is three, but we're just getting started. I hope you're happy with our latest glut of updates -- there's been three in just a few weeks! And if you have any ideas or concerns, reach out to me. I'm always happy to answer any issues or questions :)


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


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