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Halide Camera

A groundbreaking camera app for deliberate and thoughtful photography

Halide is the camera app you've been waiting for, helping you to keep your iPhone photography thoughtful and deliberate

Halide Camera

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Thoughtfully and Deliberately Frame Your Photos
Halide Camera
Halide Camera
$8.99 in the App Store

Halide is the camera app you've been waiting for, helping you to keep your iPhone photography thoughtful and deliberate. It offers a number of great features for the latest iPhone models and is truly as close to a professional photography app for the iPhone you can find.

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Thoughtfully and Deliberately Frame Your Photos. With Halide, you get all of the controls you need to make your iPhone photography deliberate, thoughtful, and meaningful. You're able to easily control exposure and focus. You can also view a histogram, to readily see what sort of curves you can expect from your photograph.

Thoughtfully and Deliberately Frame Your Photos
Fantastic Camera Controls

Fantastic Camera Controls. Halide includes a comprehensive suite of controls for your camera. You can choose to shoot in RAW or JPEG, and can adjust the ISO of your shot. You can also adjust white balance, exposure, and focus. An innovative feature called Focus Peaking instantly shows you the areas of sharpest contrast in the framed image before you take your photograph.

A Handy Grid and Level. Not only does Halide include the almost prerequisite overlay grid, but it also provides a level. You can see how straight or skewed your camera is before you take the shot. That way, you're able to adjust your grip and positioning before you snap that photograph. No more Leaning Towers of Lisa when you snap a picture of your loved one.

A Handy Grid and Level
Make the controls your own

Make the controls your own. If you aren't happy with the placement of the buttons in the Quick Bar, you can adjust them. Move them around, swap them, or leave them as they are. The only thing you can't do is move buttons from the top to the bottom, or vice versa.

What is it about?

A premium camera for iPhone, Halide offers you all of the features you need without the cruft you don't want. It features full manual controls, including exposure, ISO, and white balance. A grid overlay with a built-in level helps you capture the perfect shot, and a live histogram is available on iPhone 6S and later for perfect exposure. The app also supports both RAW (iPhone 6S and later) and JPEG output, for the best quality shots. You use gestures to control your focus and exposure. You can also apply a grid overlay for help framing your shot.

For those who...

  • Are serious about their photography
  • Want to have total control over their shots

Not for those who...

  • Are perfectly happy with the default Camera app
  • Don't want to take their photography up a notch

Why we love it

The manual controls, operated by gestures, are great. You can fine-tune your shot as little or as much as you want, helping you to capture the perfect shot that truly reflects your photographic style. Being able to save photos in RAW format is definitely a boon, as are the other controls like white balance and ISO. You can also control whether or not your location is attached to the photograph, with a simple tap.

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App Details

Photo & Video Utilities
Last updated
June 29, 2020
Release date
May 30, 2017
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App Store Description

Halide is an award-winning camera app listed in Macworld's "Must Have Apps," The Verge's "Apps We Love," and picked by The Sweet Setup as "Best Third-Party Camera App for iPhone." Daring Fireball says, “This sort of maniacal attention to the smallest of details deserves to be celebrated.”

Halide is a groundbreaking app for deliberate and thoughtful photography. With high-end tools, and a beautiful UI designed from scratch for the latest iPhones, Halide is your go-to camera when you want to really take a photo rather than a quick snapshot.

Use gestures in Halide to change exposure and manual focus with a swipe. Halide’s professional tools include focus peaking, histograms, adaptive level grid, manual depth capture, and RAW support on supported phones.* Customize controls to adapt the app to your needs.


- Beautiful, intuitive gesture-based interface
- An intuitive and fast lens switcher designed especially for iPhone 11 Pro
- On iPhone X and later, a custom-designed UI that is completely usable with one hand
- Manual Depth Capture: Take portraits of pets and objects on iPhone XR
- Focus peaking and powerful manual focus*
- Full manual controls including shutter speed, ISO and white balance
- Live histograms for perfect exposure*
- Captures RAW, TIFF, HEIC or JPG for the best quality shots*
- Grid overlay with built-in level
- Quick-review of your last few shots
- Intelligent automatic and manual mode


The Ultra Wide camera on iPhone 11 and 11 Pro does not support RAW or manual focus.
Histograms require iPhone 6 or later. (6, 6S, 7, 8, X, XS, XR, SE, 11, 11 Pro)
RAW requires iPhone 6S or later. (6S, 7, 8, X, XS, XR, SE, 11, 11 Pro)
Depth Capture requires iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, XS, XR, 11, 11 Pro.

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