"It is most impressive when working with live video, as it does a good job of keeping up with changing action happening on screen" -

Hue Camera creates an Ambilight-like effect using your Philips Hue lights and your device's built-in camera. The custom build algorithm of Hue Camera continuously analyses all individual pixels and takes hue, saturation, luminance, occurrence and many more factors into consideration to determine which specific colour is the most contributing to the overall ambiance. Your house will for example turn green when watching movies in the forest and turn blue for underwater scenes.

Because Hue Camera uses the built-in camera, it's not limited to a specific device and can be used for content on televisions, Apple TV, gaming consoles, BluRay/DVD players and even things off-screen like photos and paintings. Although Hue Camera was designed to work within a wide range of situations, you can change the speed of colour transitions and the intensity of the colour to your liking.

What’s New

Version 1.3

- Support for the iPhone X!
- Bugfixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
316 Ratings

316 Ratings

prochauffeur ,

Nice tech needs a little more...

I have my entire home integrated with some sort of Home Automation, Philips Hue being the center of the Entertainment TOM as well as the living room. It has a hard time while watching 3D movies on my set in the living room. Reading other reviews I concur with the '... could use microphone in conjunction...' like other apps like 'DISCO' or 'SYNC MY LIGHTS'. I'd pay a little more for advanced controls like the ones in the apps listed above. It's a little hard for a phone to get the entire screen into the camera without getting some of the hue lights in it as well. Trying to get the camera lined up with the TV is a little cumbersome but that's not the apps fault, it's a wet ware problem. This app gets great reviews from CNET as well as some other highly respected consumer sites. I agree! Again if somehow you could integrate the use of the microphone and maybe a list of movies that have already been SYNC'd so that we [the consumer] could pick the movie on a list and begin there as well... again I would pay extra as well as many a friend would too. Keep up the updates and maybe a beta test app would be great as well. 🤘🏻as well as a 👍🏻.

The_Chaplin ,

Great app...I hope it keeps developing!

I’ve been looking for something like this. Yes you have to point a camera at the screen, how else would one expect to control dynamics.

Future features and light fixes would be great.

1. Default settings should be no lights, not everyone. My whole house light up when it synced with the bridge..very minor.
2. Could it work with the new HUE entertainment zones? So if I set up a entertainment zone with four lights, two on the left and two on the right. The lights would change according using left and right sides, based on the picture.
3. Would be nice to cap the intensity of individual lights. The lights behind the tv are awesome the way you have it. But other lights in the room would be nice to cap at different intensity level, making them a lot more subtle and less bright.

Great work!

1234567$&@" ,

Pretty cool

This app is pretty cool. I think it could be better if the lights weren't always on. For example during a horror movie most scenes should be dark so the lights should be off with flashes of color as the scene ramps up. I was watching a scene where it was flashing back and forth between two people talking in the same room. The lights kept flashing back and forth with different colors. The scene was constant so the light should be constant. I think it would be better suited to recognize motion more than just color. Every scene doesn't need to flash colors, just the important parts. Keep the lights off until there are explosions then flash the lights yellow, white, orange, etc....I think this would bring in the mood more. If the app could use the microphone as well to listen for variations in noise it could then flash with thunder, or beat with a heart, or flash when someone screams. Another suggestion might be to add movie categories so it knows not to keep the lights on during a horror movie, or to brighten up with colors for a kids movie. Overall, still a really cool app and worth the money to have fun with friends and family.


Erwin Zwart
8.6 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Dutch, German, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Erwin Zwart


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