Manual camera app for iOS 8 gives you full control: adjust ISO, shutter speed, manual focus, and white balance

Manual camera app for iOS 8 gives you full control: adjust ISO, shutter speed, manual focus, and white balance
Ever wished for full-on manual controls on your iPhone camera? So far, the option to control shutter speed and ISO were a no-go on Apple’s iPhone (and while some Android devices give you control over ISO, shutter speed is something that you cannot control on Android either), but with deeper access to the camera allowed by Apple in iOS 8, a new app has arrived finally opening up the iPhone to photographers with full-on manual controls.

The app has a very straightforward name - it’s Manual - Custom exposure camera, an app made by dev studio Little Pixels.

Full camera controls via Manual for iPhones on iOS means that you get easy access to the following controls:

  • manually select ISO (from 50 to 500), live preview
  • manually select shutter speeds (from 0.5” to 1/2000), live preview
  • manual focus
  • live histogram
  • white balance presets and manual white balance (you can select color temperature in Kelvin)
  • select to turn the flash on, off, or use it as a fill light

The app costs $1.99, but the price is well justified given all of this unique functionality that it offers.

Manual - Custom exposure camera is compatible with all iOS 8 devices: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, as well as iPhone 4s; iPad versions 2 and newer are also supported, as well as the iPod touch 5th generation.


If you like these apps, check out our selection of the best iPhone camera, photo and video editing apps here.

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21 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

IOS finally have widgets and launcher, but just cost you $1.99 where it suppose to be free

2. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Some will be free. Just wait.

3. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

still better camera than on any other Android, it's ok bro.

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You just called iPhone camera better than any Android phone? LMAO -_-

7. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Well, according to DxOMark the iPhone duo have the most capable cameras around and they gave them the highest score.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

According to my mom I am the most handsome guy there is

10. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Take it easy, I was just saying.

16. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Most capable camera... I guess PureView phones are no match for the new iPhone duo then.

9. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

15. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Don't bother yourself with him ,he is just try to fool himself as every iFan do :P

19. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Its really not, but its ok to beleive...

21. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

its ok buddy we get it....shall i sing Happy Kitty to you? :D What? iPhone got manual control now....Android had it since...its inception?!

5. hmd74

Posts: 542; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Launcher?! R U Sure?

6. hmd74

Posts: 542; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Waiting for Android version

11. rsiders

Posts: 2017; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Now this is interesting. Would like to see more than a half second shutter speed but this is very well a start.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

or iso for that matter 50-500? My 521 goes from 100-1600 and shutter from 1/16000 to 1s (4s on the 925).

12. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Good Job Apple, at least your giving your customers back the money they pay for your products in exchange for more freedom to costumized their phones,as day gone by,Apple is becoming android slowly

13. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

good job apple ,at least u are giving one of the best CHIP, best camera, Best display, Best quality, best customer services, best eco system, best user experience for the users.

14. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

and also best Bendable Phone ;)

17. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Some android manufacturs allow you to adjust shutter speed. Like HTC, I think both Oppo and OPO can and Samsung within their Zoom series has that option as well. In any case, I wish the option was in stock builds but looking at the Nexus series I doubt that's ever gonna happen anytime soon.

20. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Just wait till October.

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