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 1.17.1

In this update, we've improved flash behavior when shooting manually, which is especially awesome if you have a third-party 'Made for iPhone' flash! We've also squashed a few bugs, and fixed a few crashes.


Truth me told, most of you aren't using the built-in flash, and we're proud of you. But on-camera flash can be useful in a few rare situations, such as when you need a fill light to compliment your key light. Recently the iPhone added support for third-party external flashes that plug into your lightening port, opening the door to even more advanced lighting techniques.

Unfortunately, when taking photos on an iPhone with Flash enabled, iOS really wants to pick your ISO and shutter speed settings for you. This is great if you want to just point and shoot, but frustrating if you've dialed in specific exposure settings only to have them thrown out.

In this update, when you shoot a photo with manual exposure settings, we manage the flash ourselves rather than allowing iOS to control it.


As always, we're adding fixes to every update. We discovered an edge case where Halide would fail to cleanup backup files, which could cause it to slowly consume disk space. This is fixed, and the next time you launch Halide, it should clean up any of these temporary files lying around.

We've also fixed our top three crashes. Over 99% of all Halide sessions were already crash-free, but every fraction of a percent counts!


If you have any requests or feedback, please let us know. Just tap the support link in our bio, or reach out to us at @HalideCamera on Twitter. Happy shooting!

-- Ben, Sebastiaan, and Rebecca (Sebencca?)

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.1K Ratings

5.1K 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.

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 :)

mikesplaces ,

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
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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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