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.
Halide 1.16: BETTER RAW, THREE WAYS
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.
SMART RAW IS SMARTER
Based on our research into iOS 13 metering characteristics, we've updated Smart RAW to improve highlight recovery during the data.
FLAT RAW PREVIEWS
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 ReviewsSee All
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.
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.
I like it. But some downsides persist.
I like this app and the controls it gives for manual focus and the new best processing and deep fusion. What I don’t like is the lean or almost non existent documentation. I realize this is supposed to be an intuitive app one learns but doing and testing. To be honest the app is complex and what it does is complex. Only 5 opening pages and a pretty lean blog and support that often does not answer basic questions is a problem for an app that does what this does. You make exciting advances to iPhone photography but they are hardly explained and the settings menu seems contradictory at times. If I turn off RAW to use best processing I would like consistent menu choices in settings. Most of all the basic usability for someone wanting to experiment or take better photos is just not there. TBH I deleted the app more than a few times because it’s intimidating to use at times. A confusion of quick and gesture changes, no accompanying support doc. Some type of community would help as well. What if we don’t use twitter? Support forums may be nice. Answering support emails would be nice. The functionality explained in a downloadable manual would be wonderful.
- Lux Optics LLC
- 23.5 MB
- Photo & Video
Requires iOS 11.0 and watchOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.