Spectre Camera 4+

Brilliant Long Exposures

Lux Optics Incorporated

    • 4.3 • 2.1K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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"Spectre is a new iOS camera app that uses AI to create stunning long exposures” — the Verge

Introducing Spectre, from the makers of Halide, one of the top camera apps in the App Store.

Spectre uses AI to help you make amazing long exposure photographs. Spectre can remove crowds, turn city streets into rivers of light, make waterfalls look like paintings, and much more. Until now, it was difficult to take long exposures: from keeping the camera steady to guessing the amount of light you need. Spectre takes care of all of that!


• MAKE CROWDS DISAPPEAR: Spectre helps take photos of crowded, touristy places. Simply set a medium or long duration and take a shot to erase the crowd from a location. Capture the those special moments like you remember them.

• RIVERS OF LIGHT: At night, AI scene detection automatically switches modes to draw beautiful light trails, for stunning nighttime city photography or light painting.

• GORGEOUS WATER: Capture waterfalls, ocean waves, fountains and more with beautiful ghostly water.


Spectre’s intelligent computational shutter takes hundreds of shots over the span of a few seconds, and saves them in an accompanying live photo. That means you can pick a different frame as your photo, apply live-photo effects, and even use the long exposure as a live-wallpaper!


Spectre is a packed with powerful technology from by the team that brought you Halide.

From machine learning-based scene detection to computer vision aided image stabilization, Spectre is jammed full of impressive technologies to get the best possible image.


Spectre is meticulously designed. Its dark UI is gentle on the eyes when you shoot at night. Gorgeous glowing highlights infuse it with a unique style. Custom typefaces and iconography combined with unique, smooth controls make it as tactile and delightful as an actual physical camera. Like its sister app Halide, the app is easily usable with one hand, even on the largest iPhones.


Build with the latest tech, Spectre isn't just a long exposure camera — it’s the cutting edge technology showcase of one of the App Store’s foremost camera apps, Halide. Here’s just a few of the latest technologies that we use in Spectre:

- DCI-P3 Wide Color Pipeline
- Live Photos
- Metal Graphics Acceleration
- Tripod Detection
- Siri & Shortcuts
- AI Stabilization
- Machine Learning & CoreML
- Computer Vision


Spectre’s smart Automatic Scene Detection requires iOS 12. AI-based stabilization features are available on iPhone 6S and later.* For the best experience, we recommend iPhone 8 or later.

On iPhone 6, Spectre captures in lower resolution.

* (Full compatibility device list: iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max)


We’re Ben and Sebastiaan, two friends living in the San Francisco Bay Area that love building fantastic apps for photography.

We hope you love Spectre! We’d love your feedback to make it even better or any reports of bugs you run into. You can always contact us directly via email: support@halide.cam, on our Twitter: @halidecamera or Instagram: @halideapp

Don’t forget to share your amazing results by tagging them with #SpectreShot so we can share them on our growing social media accounts!

What’s New

Version 1.5.3

This update improves the experience if you only grant limited photo library access. It also fixes some issues with the interface on very small phones. Of course it also contains all the awesome stuff from our big 1.5 release!


We're excited to launch this major update to Spectre, allowing you to capture long exposures up to 30 seconds! We've also improved support for the latest Apple devices. This upgrade is FREE to anyone who has already purchased Spectre.

We're also adding a "Pro" unlock within the app that adds a few more goodies, such as a custom icon. Again, if you've already purchased Spectre, this doesn't unlock any new capture features. If you already paid for Spectre, upgrading to Pro just unlocks a few perks as a small thank you for supporting Spectre's continued development.

We're excited to get this update out there, and we'd love to hear your feedback. Please let us know what you think by emailing support@lux.camera, or message us on BlueSky, Mastodon, Threads, Instagram, Twitter, or aldis lamp. And don't forget to tag your photos #SpectreShot for a chance to be featured!

— Team Lux

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

Editors’ Choice

Spectre harnesses artificial intelligence and machine learning to magically merge hundreds of images taken with the iPhone (and your steady hand) over just three, five, or nine seconds. Capture light trails, blur flowing bodies of water, and eliminate moving objects from your beautiful landscapes, all with Spectre’s minimalist interface and powerful tools.

NotoriousB.O.B. ,

I Love What You Can Do With This App

I buy a lot of Apps, so I try to come back and write a review when one is especially good or bad. Because the reviews are the only clues I have when I’m trying to decide if I should take a shot on something new. The information you can get from a review, is where you find it. It’s not always what they say, Anyway,here’s what I’ve got on this App. I have a ton of photo apps so I don’t need it for everything. The thing I use it for I love. Light trails. It makes amazing light trail photos and they’re Live Photo’s. Bonus. I see on here people talking about not enough detail in this area or other complaints but honestly when you are making light trail photos with this it’s like painting. You may get one you feel doesn’t have the right look but keep trying different stuff. If you like taking pictures of lights and moving your camera around. Then this app will blow you away. I’ve only been using it for a month and I have already taken over a thousand light trail photos with it. Yeah I know, most people who just read that immediately had a negative thought about me and my choices but that’s just me, I’m used to that. Photography never gets old for me, I’m fascinated by the capturing of light or as it turns out, a numerical approximation of it. If any of this makes sense to you, try making light trails with this App.

Joshua D. ,

Gladly Purchased Pro, Thank You

Because I dig this app a lot and because you didn’t go the unethical route and turn this app into another unwarranted subscription plan. Well, I was more than glad to just make the Pro purchase. Thank you for not being immoral scum and just adding a Pro option to help support development instead of ruining this app with another pointless subscription. If you want to add another in-app purchase that isn’t a subscription in the future I will gladly purchase that as well. I’m so very angered that you ruined Halide with a subscription. But, since you didn’t do that here I’m more than glad to show my appreciation and support and I would recommend other users do the same to show gratitude for a very rare and upstanding move on the part of an App Store developer. Thank you for being a normal, non-greedy developer in this instance. You’ve won back some of my respect that you justifiably lost with what you did to Halide. Thanks and God bless. I mean it, too, if you handle the monetization of your apps in this ethical manner I will always be glad to support you. And, I’d separate my review into multiple paragraphs like an normal person. But, for whatever asinine reason that I cannot fathom. Apple, condenses all of my reviews, regardless of having separate paragraphs, into a single paragraph every time. So, no point in trying to maintain grammatical order when they are just going to screw it up every time.

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