New iPhone camera app bets on pro-level controls, clever interface

Whether you're a skilled photographer or you're shooting just for fun, it always helps to have a great camera app loaded on your phone. One such app is Halide – a brand new and ambitious camera application for iOS.

According to the creators of the app, there are at least two elements that distinguish Halide from the remaining dozens of similar apps in the App Store. These are the specific gesture-based UI with tactile feedback and the design of the app itself. All the manual controls can be managed with simple gestures like swipes or taps, which makes the app easy to use on a touchscreen. At the same time, Halide offers pro-level capabilities when it comes to photography.

An important detail is that Halide can only take still images and not video. It also lacks some other features that should exist in premium-class photo apps, such as panoramic photo or time-lapse modes. But Halide compensates these deficiencies by giving most of the things that one might expect from a real pro-level camera, including extensive manual controls for all the important image parameters, RAW and JPEG format support, focus peaking, and a fast live histogram that helps with getting the right exposure. 

But you shouldn’t worry even if all these terms do not ring any bells because Halide could be a good choice for casual photographers as well. In such case, you may like Halide’s intelligent automatic mode, enabled by default, and the Instant Review function that makes use of the iPhone’s 3D touch feature to give a quick preview of the last photo taken. With these, both shooting and photo sorting could be easy and fun.

In short, Halide looks like an interesting and quite powerful alternative to the built-in iOS camera app. Indeed, the app is focused on shooting still images only, but it might be worth your attention if you have ambitions to dig a bit deeper into the art of photography with your iPhone in hand. The app should work well with any iOS 10-based handset (iPhone 5 or newer), but have in mind that the full functionality is only available with iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus. 

The price of Halide? It is $2,99 for now, but it will go up to $4,99 after June 6, so if you are interested just go and grab the app from the AppStore.

source: Halide via Mashable



1. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Crap app. Paid advertisement.

8. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Another day, another stupid app. Oh wait. They still didn't write about their hidden commissions behind.

2. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Probably. You buy it?

3. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I don't get why Apple just doesn't include this option in the "stock" camera app in the first place.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The same reason they don't include even the extremely basic, no-brainer function of creating contact groups in the stock contacts app; to force you into the store in search of a solution, making you another potential source of income...

10. Raito

Posts: 82; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

If you don't like it,don't buy it,simple! Don't just whining like a 5 years old

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's like saying if you don't like my comment, simply ignore it. Don't just respond crying about it like a 2 year old.

12. Raito

Posts: 82; Member since: Aug 15, 2014


5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1605; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

If they included it, people wouldn't pay for it.

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1605; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Which is also probably why Google doesn't do it either, they both benefit from you going to the app store to buy a camera app with the feature.

7. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

This article made it sound as though Apple has already made a stock camera app that has Pro mode in it.

9. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

iPhoneArena = click bait

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