Halide Mark II - Pro Camera 4+

RAW, Manual and Macro Capture

Lux Optics Incorporated

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


**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 App Store Editor's Choice, award-winning camera from the team behind Spectre, Apple's App of the Year of 2019. Its multitude of awards include iMore's "App of the Year 2020," Macworld's "Must Have Apps," The Verge's "Apps We Love," and The Sweet Setup's "Best Third-Party Camera App for iPhone."

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 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
- 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
- Coverage, a powerful new feature to take two photos with a small delay to capture both a maximum-Smart HDR processed image with Deep Fusion and Smart HDR, as well as a DNG RAW.
- 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 iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max
The Ultra Wide and selfie cameras do not support RAW or manual focus unless on iOS 15.
Waveform requires iPhone 8 or later. (8, X, XS, XR, SE2, 11, 12, 13)
Depth Capture requires iPhone 7 Plus, 8, X, XS, XR, 11, 12, 13 or SE2

Terms of Use can be found here: https://halide.cam/terms
Privacy: https://halide.cam/privacy

What’s New

Version 2.12.0


It's that special time of year when new devices arrive from Cupertino, along with a big OS update to support them. But these updates can also breath new life into existing phones, and we're harnessing that with Halide 2.12. For a long, detailed description of what's new (with photos), be sure to check out our website, https://lux.camera, but read on for a summary that fits in release notes!


In the past, when you pressed that capture button, what you saw in your viewfinder wasn't always the photo that got captured. In the best case, it would capture the *next* image that arrived at your sensor. With this update, no more!

Behind the scenes, your iPhone is constantly capturing photos-- it just isn't doing anything with them. Now when you press that capture button, your iPhone look back on those recently photos and figures out which one was visible in the viewfinder at the time. Now what you see is what you get!

Zero Shutter Lag is not available in every capture configuration. For more details, check out our website.


When you have all of the iPhone's advanced photo processing enabled, if you quickly smash that capture button, you'll find that the iPhone has difficulty keeping up. Rather than crash, your iPhone stops taking photos for a moment while it catches up. Unfortunately, this could cause you to miss the perfect photo. No more!

With responsive capture-- which is enabled by default-- your iPhone will dynamically cut down on processing when it detects that you're capturing a lot of photos at once. You may lose Deep Fusion and SmartHDR, but at least you won't lose the shot. If you don't like this behavior, and want to ensure all processing happens all the time, there's a setting to turn this off.


In the last few years, new devices have been released that can display bright images than ever before. You'll really notice this when you take a photo of a very bright object, like a lightbulb. It just seems to pop more on "High Dynamic Range" (HDR) screens.

Believe it or not, for years iPhones have been capturing photos that contain this extra brightness, and saving them in your photos. You wouldn't know, because there was no way for outside developers to actually show these HDR photos. Until now! With our latest Halide update, the highlights in your HDR images will now show in all their brightness.

With every OS update comes new features and new... surprises... we had to fix. This update contains those fixes, such as our widgets having their borders cropped incorrectly. Hey, we aren't perfect, so we've also taken some time to address our own bugs. For example, we rewrote our icon picker screen to fix layout glitches.

If you run into anything we haven't caught, be sure to email us at support@lux.camera, and we'll get right on it. And don't forget to tag your photos #ShotWithHalide for a chance to be featured in our social media accounts.

We hope you enjoy this first update of fall, because we have a lot more in store!

— Team Lux

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
9.9K Ratings

9.9K Ratings

Editors’ Choice

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.

Left0verture ,


Okay, realistically, I’ll probably never use this app. I’m one of those old skool types who needs to see the world through a viewfinder. No screens will suffice (except for post prod). HOWEVER - these guys do it right, IMHO. They tell you right up front that Halide ain’t free, but give you a reasonable subscription cost and a week to see if it’s worth it. Hate subscriptions? (I do) Okay, you can buy it outright (though it IS a bit expensive to do so). Better yet - no data scavenging. Funny how so many people think everything should be free for them. Free healthcare, free education, free music, free movies, free apps. Folks, ain’t NOTHIN free. Somebody, somewhere is paying for it all, and eventually the tab will make its way back around to you in some fashion. Devs need to buy groceries too. When you find one that’s up front about it, offers a quality product and doesn’t try to soak you a week’s pay for it (oh, that’s right… you probably work for free too. My bad.) maybe crack your wallet open just a bit and show them some love.

Ognistik ,

Good Interface but Buggy

I am on Halide’s trial. I love the interface. I really think that the interface AND the macro mode are the biggest strengths of this app (I’m on an iPhone 14 Pro). I love being able to change formats, choose raw + jpeg right there on the main screen, and I also love to adjust exposure compensation with a swipe up or down. Unfortunately whenever ProRaw is used there’s a bigger delay than what we get on the native iPhone camera. It doesn’t matter if it’s 12 MP or 48 MP, the native camera allows you to shoot back-to-back shots faster, and that’s important for me (as I do a lot of street or documentary photography). Also. The volume up button is supposed to work as shutter release, but it’s buggy and sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. I’ve found auto-focus to be also a problem. It doesn’t auto-recognize faces as the native camera does and will often focus on objects that are closer instead. When in manual mode the controls are a bit confusing, it’s hard to change speed only without messing with ISO… I wish there was a shutter priority mode. Oh… and manual mode doesn’t work on 48 MP captures. I honestly would not mind paying for the subscription if what I mentioned here is fixed - the autofocus problems, the delay between proraw shots, the volume up shutter, a more intuitive manual mode or shutter priority mode. As it is now I think I’ll continue using the native camera.

Developer Response ,

We're sorry to hear you're running into trouble. If you reach out to support@lux.camera we'll dive right into what could be happening.

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