Note: Version 3 is a complete rewrite of the app. The simulation will not be exactly the same as older versions, and it is still evolving so watch for updates. Some features are limited for now. Feedback is welcome!
Pinhole uses a unique method to simulate the long exposure times of a pinhole camera. It does not just simulate the distortion and visual effects, it gradually exposes the scene over time like a real pinhole camera allowing effects not achievable in other “pinhole” apps or regular camera apps.
Unlike a real pinhole camera, all photos are automatically exposed correctly no matter the exposure time.
It can optionally simulate the vignetting and/or edge light bleed typical of pinhole cameras.
Exposure time can be set to one of several presets, or it can controlled manually for shorter or longer exposures.
At any point, choose an “emphasis” image that will dominate the final output--use this to freeze a moving item in the shot (this feature is experimental and the outcome varies widely based on the scene).
Saves directly to your camera roll. Load images to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Camera+, etc. from there.
Note: the simulation is very memory-intensive, especially on long exposures. For the best stability please close other apps and disable networking to prevent incoming calls and push notifications (put it in “Airplane Mode”). For best results, plug in your phone before beginning a long exposure.
On the "infinity" time setting, it will run until you stop it manually, it crashes, or the algorithm used runs out of memory. It will attempt to close the shutter prior to crashing due to running out of memory, but it's not always possible to catch this. Your mileage may vary -- if you're considering taking an important long-duration shot, plan ahead and run a test on the device you'll be using.
A note about the simulation accuracy: Pinhole does not have infinite depth-of-field like a real pinhole camera. The primary way this app simulates a pinhole camera is by allowing for very long exposures and simulating the visual effects. The simulation is as close as the hardware allows. Since an iOS device's camera has a lens, it is not possible to simulate a lens-less camera perfectly. If I could bypass the physical limitations of the hardware, I'd be filing patents for the technique and making a lot more money than I do selling an app. :) If this is critical to you, use a real pinhole camera or choose scenes where depth of field effects are not apparent.
- Added file format and quality (if applicable) choices
Ratings and Reviews
This is a big improvement
With the latest fixes this is an outstanding app.
What would make it phenomenal? The ability to control just the shutter from an Apple Watch.
I phone 5s
I like the app so rating high! Hoping I guys are still around to make it so the picture quality is better! Updated to the highest degree please?
I am very experienced with pinhole photography and bought this app to sort of "sketch" some pinhole ideas out before making traditional photographs. This app was disappointing; it doesn't do what a pinhole camera does (only allows you to control the exposure time, which lets you make a blurry image). If you use a tripod to minimize the blur, there's no difference between a picture made with this app and taking a regular picture with the built-in iPhone camera. Anyone who knows pinhole photography knows one of its benefits is infinite depth of field (one of the distinguishing features). This app does not allow this and has minimal features to adjust; the interface is also awkward.
Save your 99 cents.
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- Tom Callahan
- 10.8 MB
- Photo & Video
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2020 Tom Callahan
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.