iLightningCam 2 4+

Lightning Strike Photography

Florian Stiassny

    • $1.99



Better than ever - Real-time lightning photography

iLightningCam 2 - The Second Generation - Real-time lightning photography with iPhone made easy.

It enables everyone to take spectacular pictures of real lighting strikes with an iPhone or iPad!

After three years of development, iLightningCam 2 follows the unique iLightningCam, which was the only app with ISO control since 2012 with more than 160 000 users.

iLightningCam 2 features:

- Full AUTO Mode!
No user input needed!
The app changes automatically between day and night mode
Continuous calculation of best ISO settings based on the last

- Original Photo Resolution, no tricks, no interpolation!

- Much better detection!

- Double-shot , + one image as blend of first and second shot!

- New modern design!

- For experts: ISO ranges are fully manually adjustable, if wished!

iLightningCam 2 uses true real-time recognition of lightning strikes. Once recognized, your iPhone takes a picture of the recognized lightning in up to full resolution. And yes - your iPhone or iPad is fast enough!
You only need a good view on a real thunderstorm.

The app works free hand. Just point your iPhone towards the scene/part of the sky/thunderstorm where you expect the next lightning, start the iLightningCam 2 and wait, the app will automatically press the trigger if a lightning is detected in your view.

Lightning storms are life threatening for you and your phone!!! Take care using this app! Do not take any risks and avoid exposure to thunderstorms! Use this app only in lightning and storm protected places. You are solely responsible for your actions and adverse consequences. Read full safety warning in the instructions page, before using this app.
Who is it not for: It is not for children and it is not for mentally handicapped persons, as they may have not the ability to protect themselves against lightning or the associated storm.

What’s New

Version 4.0

- Support for all 3 lenses on Pro devices
- Better focusing at night
- Improved manual in English and German
- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

traisjames ,

Great for lightning...not so for fireworks

I use this all the time for lightning photos and minus the rolling shutter which they cannot control, it gets great lightning photos. Can also work for fireworks but getting the settings correct is harder as it triggers on the flash of the payload detonating but it is set to take pictures in quick succession for lightning flashes, but fireworks are slower. The old lightning cam was better at that. Needs an adjustment for the longer time a firework lasts to get more shots of it...maybe instead of 2-4 as fast as possible do 4-8 with quarter to half second intervals.

Developer Response ,

Dear user

We remember the fireworks mode in ILightningCam 1. We did not continue it because it’s features were limited compared to the standard camera app of the iPhone. Worst case scenario was always that a user misses a large strike because fireworks mode was active. We consider an app that is specialized on fireworks, however it should have more specific features and we need time for it. The ideas about the features are numerous.
Cannot give a date though
The ILightningCam team

Moon lazy ,

Not catching it

I have had this app for years. It used to work good and I have some great older lightning pics that are in focus and really beautiful. I’m in the south so the lightning is usually awesome.
I don’t know what happened to this app but I used it this year and can no longer use the ‘manual’ setting. Auto setting is not getting lightning, only brightness and a bit out of focus. ‘Large’ lightning setting gets nothing.
I did update last year I believe and used it once. But this summer I started using it again a month ago and was surprised I got nothing. Used it tonight and got over 200 photos of no lightning, just bright sky shots. I don’t know what is wrong? Help me out here. I ‘lol check for an update or maybe there is a subscription? All I know is this is now a disappointment.

magsnanna2012 ,

Does what I could never do but still....

Look I love that this app captures what I never could. I only have one COMPLAINT: why do my pics have a dark gray band across the top????? All captures have it and it ruins what would otherwise be a pristine shot...🤔😕 Fix that or tell me how to and I will change my rating to 5 stars....I am using it on iPhone 6s Plus and it continuously has the gray banding😕😕😕😕😕😕😕

Developer Response ,

Dear customer,

it is not the app, it is the iphones camera that uses a rolling shutter technique for image aquisiton. this means, that the image reaout of the sensor is not done all at once, but from top to down in a few milliseconds. if a strike is shorter than the read out, you end up with rolling shutter artifacts. these are more common during bright conditions, and rare during night because of longer exposure times. we do a lot of tricks to reduce the probability of these artifacts in our app, but during bright day and having a strom with short or oszillating strikes it is difficult.

we therefore developed the FAST mode for the iphone 6s and newer, which makes more images in a shorter interval so that the chance for one good image (of the image series) is much higher, however at the cost of photo resolution (only 2 MP). for iphone 8 and 10 we have the PH60 (photo60) mode, that does the same with 8 MP. so during bright day you can choose: less artifacts /flaws but less resolution (FAST or pH60) versus super high photoresolution but higher probability for flaws.

You have a 6 s plus , so during bright day please try the FAST mode
During night the PHOTO mode

All the best
The iLightningCam team

App Privacy

The developer, Florian Stiassny, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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  • Family Sharing

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