Hydra offers innovative photo capture technology, and lets you take beautiful pictures even in the most difficult lighting conditions, which makes it a great companion to iOS Camera app.
“The Hydra app from Belgian company Creaceed is one of the more interesting iOS camera apps we have seen in the recent past.”
“Hydra is for people who enjoy iPhone photography at a higher and more rewarding level.”
— David Robinson (iPhonographer)
"Hydra has the particularity of offering original features, which are missing from many competing apps."
Hydra captures more light by merging up to 60 frames to make a single high-quality picture (less noise, more highlights/shadows) on iPhone and iPad. Hydra also goes beyond the 8- or 12-megapixel sensor limit, with up to 32-megapixel high-resolution images. It uses the latest evolutions of iPhone and iPad camera hardware, as well as the latest camera APIs and GPU rendering technologies.
Hydra provides 5 specific capture modes: HDR, Video-HDR, Lo-Light, Zoom, and Hi-res modes.
• Hydra's High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode is based on an alternate method that captures up to 20 images and that is made to handle even the most difficult lighting conditions.
• Video-HDR uses single-image tone mapping and device-specific sensor mode to create stunning videos.
• Lo-Light mode removes sensor noise by merging together multiple images and amplifying light by a factor of 10 to provide a better image quality.
• Zoom mode uses real-time, super-resolution technique to recreate missing pixels from hand motion, producing 2x, 4x and 8x (telephoto lens) scale factors with more details than the standard digital zooming technique(*).
• Hi-res mode produces up to 32MP images from the regular 8 or 12MP camera sensor, providing finer details in captured image(*).
• Hydra supports the telephoto & front cameras respectively in Zoom and Lo-Light/HDR modes to shoot portraits & selfies.
• Camera support: ultra wide, wide, telephoto, and front facing.
Hydra also features a photo gallery for reviewing images and their metadata, directly linked with built-in iOS photo album, thus avoiding duplicates and allowing to flag as favorites.
(*) recommended for static scenes or distant scenery. Rendering artifacts can occur for scenes with parallax and for moving subjects.
Maintenance release with minor enhancements & bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Okay so I never write reviews unless it’s for some bogus unlock in an app, but I’m writing this one because this is seriously the best camera app I’ve ever had, period. It has an extremely simple layout, and every shooting Option can produce gorgeous photos, none of them feel like just a thrown together “filler” mode, and if you follow the tips it’ll get even better from there.
P.S. anyone who hasn’t already should see what happens when you take multiple photos of the same area/subject. The app doesn’t just mesh the frames it captures during one shoot. ;) (insanely powerful and smart application guys, no complaints.)
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the kind words! They are really appreciated! /TC
Not for iPhone12
I'm sorry to disappoint you but this isn't the camera app you are looking for if you have a new phone. But even after saying that, I have an iPad Pro 2nd Gen and the camera zoom & resolution adds no value there either. I have done many tests and while it seems that the image seems softer-edged tricking you into clarity, a quick zoom-crop will reveal there is no new detail added.
In this day and age, what you are looking for is a neural network that will improve the image after the snap; but I'm telling you that if you practice your normal camera app editing you'll find you have all the quality you need (don't forget to maximise resolution in the settings)
Applied for a refund (was no way to test the app before paying for it) but 3 stars since it is still a camera app and people with older phones seem to find benefit.
Doesn’t live up to exceptions at all.
The principle of combining multiple exposures to get a more detailed single photo is well understood but no matter how much I try on my iPhone XS images come out too blurry to claim they are perceivably better than native camera app. The whole promise of an app was that it would use the natural “shake” of a users hand to accumulate more data where in reality the algorithm is no where good enough especially compared to some other similar systems like the one used by google in their camera app. All on all while in theory it is possible to hit a perfect storm of circumstances where the images are indeed worth the effort most of the time the native camera app with tiny bit of post processing can bring better results. Would love to return this app and get my money back if that were possible.
Developer Response ,
First off, you can ask for a refund directly with Apple as they are the seller. To be fair, Hydra introduced photo fusion back in January 2015, while G debuted that at the end of 2018 and A probably a bit later. The photosensors were very simple in 2015, and raw photo performance was not great, which is why we developed Hydra in the first place: to improve picture quality for all those “wasted” years especially in bad shooting conditions. The resolution increase is the most complicated part of the app that can indeed have variable results depending on the quality of hand motion and the scene contents/light, but we could demonstrate interesting improvements even with nowadays sensors. And Hydra also offers other modes of capture such as HDR and low light. We do take your feedback that you want much-improved image quality, and we’ll do our best to bring more innovation in the future. /TC
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- Photo & Video
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.