Obscura — Pro Camera 4+

Manual Controls, ProRAW, Video

Ben McCarthy

    • 3.9 • 108 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Obscura 4 is a camera app packed full of features to help you take incredible photos. Obscura pairs a stunning design with intuitive controls that make taking photos a delight.

Over its 8 years on the App Store, Obscura has been much numerous times around the world, including as Editors’ Choice and App of the Day.


Obscura squeezes a bunch of powerful features into simple controls anyone can master. The interface balances aesthetics, ergonomics, and intuitiveness. You won’t want to use anything else. Controls can be reached with one thumb, and gestures and haptics combine to create a tactile experience that lets you stay focused on your subject.

Capture Modes & Formats

Obscura captures photos, videos, Live Photos, and portraits. Photos can captured in RAW, ProRAW, HEIC, and JPEG (on supported devices, see http://obscura.camera/compatibility).

Capture images in multiple different aspect ratios, or filters live in camera for a wide variety of styles.

Camera Settings
Obscura gives you control over exposure, focus, white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and flash, with intuitive controls that make you feel in control of your device’s camera.

View Options

Obscura lets you display a grid, a spirit level, a histogram, focus peaking, a focus loupe, and exposure clipping highlights to help you understand every detail of what you’re shooting.

Photo Library

Obscura has its own interface for browsing, rating, editing, and sharing images, but it’s fully integrated with your system photo library, so images captured with Obscura are available everywhere.

Obscura Ultra

Obscura is free to use, with an annual subscription for premium features. See http://obscura.camera/ultra for full details.

I hope you love using Obscura as much as I’ve loved designing and building it. If you do, please consider subscribing to Ultra, leaving a review, or just sharing with a friend.

All the best,


Privacy Policy: http://obscura.camera/privacy
Terms of use: http://obscura.camera/terms

What’s New

Version 2023.7

- Major improvements to photo capture performance.
- Long Press the Quick Settings Button to access all Settings

- Fixed a bug that could cause failed captures when using Filters.


If you have a moment to leave a rating or review for Obscura, it would be really great. It has a huge impact on search rankings and will help new folks discover Obscura.


Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

Verngzr ,

Love the interface, hate subscriptions

I’ve been looking for something to replace FilmMic Pro and rediscovered Obscura.

I like the interface, very accessible even for new users. The problem is that the app is so hobbled that it’s better to use the iPhone’s camera app than bother with this.

As much as I’d like to explore this app further, I just can’t get pass the subscription model.

I understand why people use it, but my issue is that these models tend to trap you by holding your media hostage if you decide not to renew, or they use some other way to keep you paying. Here the developer teases. Want to record video? You gotta pay. Want manual controls? You gotta pay. Want to do anything beyond taking a snapshot? Pay up.

I’d rather pay for versions and decide if upgrading to the latest is worth it.

Guess I’ll keep looking.

jeffruth ,

Amazing UI, responsive developer

To be honest, I was having issues with this app originally. I loved the look, but it was crashing and not showing RAW photos correctly. I posted the issue on here and the developer reached out almost immediately and said they were working on it. Shortly after, I was added to the beta program and since then everything is working great. I’m enjoying the app and the opportunity to give feedback on improvements.

I highly recommend Obscura 3. You have to praise an app that doesn’t copy the others and takes a fresh approach. Very well done!!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for updating your review and for helping us track down that bug, it really means a lot!

Jeff golenski ,

As a semi pro, I love this camera

This is a wonderful camera app. The UI takes a minute to get accustomed to, but it’s obvious a lot of thought was put into the IxD (interaction design). It’s super easy to change settings on the fly. What I love most is that you can live preview filters, just like you can with Fuji recipes. It’s so much fun.

For those complaining about a subscription fee, it’s $10 a YEAR. I’m more than happy to pay that for a well designed, lightweight, and highly functional camera app. Cheers to the development team!

App Privacy

The developer, Ben McCarthy, 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 Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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