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Camera Utility Apps

Need some help with figuring focal length or depth of field for your shot? These are the best iOS camera utility apps available.

myLightMeter PRO
Depth Of Field Calculator
SetMyCamera

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Highest scored apps in the category

myLightMeter PRO
myLightMeter PRO

myLightMeter PRO

David Quiles

Designed by a photographer for photographers, focused on RELIABILITY and PRECISION for digital and analog photography

Designed by a photographer for photographers, focused on RELIABILITY and PRECISION for digital and analog photography.

• Extended sensitivity as low as -2/-4EV (dark scenes)

• Two different convenient interface designs.

• Incident and reflected light metering modes.

• Save exposure data.

• f/Tools connection.

• Independent calibration for the two metering modes.

• Independent selection of aperture, speed, ISO and exposure compensation with 1/3 resolution. From...

Depth Of Field Calculator
Depth Of Field Calculator

Depth Of Field Calculator

Essence Computing

Camera list updated to beginning January 2021

Camera list updated to beginning January 2021. If yours is not listed please email stating which one is missing and I will be happy to add it to the next release.

Ever taken a picture and wished that either more of it had been in focus or the exact reverse and that less had been in focus? Of course you have...

SetMyCamera
SetMyCamera

SetMyCamera

Bluestone Pond

Would you like to capture better photos

Would you like to capture better photos? If so, SetMyCamera can help!

SetMyCamera is a utility for photography enthusiasts and professionals. The goal of SetMyCamera assists in configuring your camera for perfect photos. SetMyCamera can be used with any DSLR, SLR, film or digital camera with user adjustable settings.

SetMyCamera can be used as a field guide or learning assistant. The animated...

SetMyCamera Pro
SetMyCamera Pro

SetMyCamera Pro

Bluestone Pond

SetMyCamera Pro is the one utility every photographer should have

SetMyCamera Pro is the one utility every photographer should have.

SetMyCamera is a utility for photography enthusiasts and professionals. The goal of SetMyCamera assists in configuring your camera for perfect photos. SetMyCamera can be used with any DSLR, SLR, film or digital camera with user adjustable settings.

SetMyCamera can be used as a field guide or learning assistant. The animated graphics assist...

DoF plus
DoF plus

DoF plus

Jean-Christoph KAISER

DoF plus is a "must have" application for all digital camera owners

DoF plus is a "must have" application for all digital camera owners.

DoF plus will answer questions like:
- how to ensure that model face will be sharp when shot at 5m?
- which focal lens I must use when shooting a person at 10m? a small bird at 50m?
- how to maximize image sharpness when shooting landscapes?

DoF plus is highly customizable:
- select...

Mark II Artist's Viewfinder
Mark II Artist's Viewfinder

Mark II Artist's Viewfinder

DIRE Studio

Artist's Viewfinder assists the filmmaker or still photographer in exploring different places and angles to find the optimal placement for the camera, and to second-guess compositions

Artist's Viewfinder assists the filmmaker or still photographer in exploring different places and angles to find the optimal placement for the camera, and to second-guess compositions. By simulating real camera and lens combinations it allows you to visualize what you are going to shoot without actually setting up the camera. And it's also a great tool to train yourself to...

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KODAK Cinema Tools
KODAK Cinema Tools
KODAK Cinema Tools

KODAK Cinema Tools

Eastman Kodak Company

Filmmaker Tools

The KODAK Cinema Tools App, provides essential film making tools for filmmakers that use celluloid film in their projects. The app features a film calculator and a depth of field calculator designed to simplify ongoing arithmetic. Additionally, the app provides access to an online contact directory and a list...

Simple DoF Calculator
Simple DoF Calculator
Simple DoF Calculator

Simple DoF Calculator

Dennis van den Berg

Simple DoF Calculator allows photographers to calculate the depth of field and hyperfocal distance for any given settings. It calculates the near limit, far limit, total depth of field, hyperfocal distance, distance in front of the subject and distance behind the subject.

Just choose your camera, aperture, focal length and focus...

f/ Tools
f/ Tools
f/ Tools

f/ Tools

David Quiles

f/Tools is a set of tools for digital and analog photography. Will help you to know the best possible sensor sharpness, depth of field, resolution needed for a print, bokeh size, flash exposure, etc...

A great tool to easily understand the most complex concepts in photography, visually. Help and glossary...

ALPA eFinder II
ALPA eFinder II
ALPA eFinder II

ALPA eFinder II

DIRE Studio

Whether you are photographer, cinematographer or even painter, one oft the fundamental elements when composing a picture or artwork is to visualize and frame. With the ALPA camera the photographer performs this task via the optical viewfinder and masks per focal length/format, via the ground glass, an external viewfinder or...

FF: Depth of Field Calculator
FF: Depth of Field Calculator
FF: Depth of Field Calculator

FF: Depth of Field Calculator

Lukas Schmidt

FocusFinder is a professional Depth-Of-Field calculator that works for every camera. With quick data entry, intuitive visualizations, and advanced features like precision modes, FocusFinder is the best tool to improve your photography or videos. Almost every camera available is already included, and we will add yours within 48h if it's...

DoF plus HD
DoF plus HD
DoF plus HD

DoF plus HD

Jean-Christoph KAISER

DoF plus HD is a "must have" application for all digital camera owners.

DoF plus HD will answer questions like:
- how to ensure that model face will be sharp when shot at 5m?
- which focal lens I must be use when shooting a person at 10m? a small bird at 50m?
-...

Focus / DOF hyperfocal calculator depth of field
Focus / DOF hyperfocal calculator depth of field
Focus / DOF hyperfocal calculator depth of field

Focus / DOF hyperfocal calculator depth of field

Dmitry Zaika

Consider bying new lens? Need to work the math for a perfect shot?

Use this depth of field and circle of confusion calculator to simulate the out of focus blur, depth of field and hyperfocal distance for different camera configurations, including the diffraction effect for small apertures. The blur values are...

RED Tools
RED Tools
RED Tools

RED Tools

RED Digital Cinema

RED Tools is a convenient, multipurpose tool designed for use by filmmakers and camera operators to outline best practices in camera set-up for a variety of shooting situations.

Compatible with RED’s DSMC2® and DSMC® camera systems, each tool is customizable based on RED camera and sensor type. Standard film formats...

Focus Lt hyperfocal DOF
Focus Lt hyperfocal DOF
Focus Lt hyperfocal DOF

Focus Lt hyperfocal DOF

Dmitry Zaika

Consider bying new lens? Need to work the math for a perfect shot?

Use this depth of field and circle of confusion calculator to simulate the out of focus blur, depth of field and hyperfocal distance for different camera configurations, including the diffraction effect for small apertures. The blur values are...

Lens•Lab
Lens•Lab
Lens•Lab

Lens•Lab

Jeff Menter

Lens•Lab is a virtual lens simulation tool for photographers of all skill levels. It graphically illustrates how depth of field and field of view relate to your SLR camera and lenses.

Professionals will like how quick and easy it is to get depth of field calculations.

Semi-pro photographers will enjoy configuring "what-if?"...

SetMyCameraDF
SetMyCameraDF
SetMyCameraDF

SetMyCameraDF

Bluestone Pond

SetMyCamera DF is the perfect balance for photographers desiring a base utility to achieve more desirable photographs.

SetMyCamera is a utility for photography enthusiasts and professionals. The goal of SetMyCamera assists in configuring your camera for perfect photos. SetMyCamera can be used with any DSLR, SLR, film or digital camera with...

OptimumCS
OptimumCS
OptimumCS

OptimumCS

George Douvos

OptimumCS is an innovative tool for professional and enthusiast photographers seeking maximum image sharpness. Particularly designed for landscape, architectural, travel and any other photography where maximum sharpness over a large depth of field is required, OptimumCS calculates the camera settings that minimize the combined effects of defocus blur and diffraction...

LensPick
LensPick
LensPick

LensPick

The Curious Pixel Ltd.

Choose the best lens for the shot before you even open your camera bag!

With the lensPick app for iPhone, quickly see the framing across a wide range of DSLR lenses with a single swipe down your iPhone screen. As the dial rolls from 24mm to 400mm, you’ll see what...

ScapeTog
ScapeTog
ScapeTog

ScapeTog

Raymond Pang

Design your photo compositions...before heading out.
Often times, outdoor scape photographers will compose their images based on the lens at hand (nothing wrong with that). This tool offers the option to go the other way around - it will help them decide what lens (e.g. focal length) they'll need to create...

Tack Sharp 2.0
Tack Sharp 2.0
Tack Sharp 2.0

Tack Sharp 2.0

Chris Hunt

Tack Sharp 2.0 helps photographers with rapid determination of camera settings for the sharpest focus range of multiple subjects. Tack Sharp allows photographers to explore different camera settings before shooting, to decide which settings to use for optimal focus.

A swipe gesture reveals user settings which customize the display and ensure...

SetMyCameraMx
SetMyCameraMx
SetMyCameraMx

SetMyCameraMx

Bluestone Pond

SetMyCamera Mx is the perfect balance for photographers desiring intermediate features to achieve award winning photographs.

SetMyCamera is a utility for photography enthusiasts and professionals. The goal of SetMyCamera assists in configuring your camera for perfect photos. SetMyCamera can be used with any DSLR, SLR, film or digital camera with user...

Easy DoF
Easy DoF
Easy DoF

Easy DoF

Vladimir Grablev

Easy DoF helps outdoor and nature photographers to answer common questions: "What are my depth of field and hyperfocal distance?" and "When I can catch the best light?".

Depth of Field tool provides mathematically accurate calculations and helps you to properly setup and focus your camera. Do not forget to select...

DoF Table
DoF Table
DoF Table

DoF Table

Suguru Yamamoto

DoF Table shows the "depth of field" (or focus range) in a table format calculated by the camera and the lens model you choose.

With this app, you don't need to input the parameters (e.g. f-value) by hand because this app shows the result in a table format — you just...

FlashPower+
FlashPower+
FlashPower+

FlashPower+

Anthony McInvale

The Flash Power iPhone App is combination camera flash calculator and depth of field calculator.

Based on guide numbers provided by the manufacture of a flash unit, the calculator will determine either the maximum flash distance for a given aperture or the necessary aperture for a desired subject distance. The guide...

Focus DOF Camera
Focus DOF Camera
Focus DOF Camera

Focus DOF Camera

Harald Meyer

Focus Camera creates well-focused images from a set of images with varying focus distances. Sometimes there are situations where objects which are near and distant from your camera should be sharp in a single image. Focus Camera captures three images with different selectable focus distances and merges these into a...

Total DoF - DoF & Hyperfocal
Total DoF - DoF & Hyperfocal
Total DoF - DoF & Hyperfocal

Total DoF - DoF & Hyperfocal

Ethan Le

Total DoF - Simple Depth of Field and Hyperfocal Calculator is a super simple calculator that allows photographers to easily calculate the depth of field and hyperfocal distance easily.

To use Total DoF, simply enter your aperture (f/stop), focal length, the subject distance, and then either select the full frame option...

TrueDoF-Intro DoF Calculator
TrueDoF-Intro DoF Calculator
TrueDoF-Intro DoF Calculator

TrueDoF-Intro DoF Calculator

George Douvos

An elegant little app to give a wee taste of the TrueDoF range of depth of field calculators.

TrueDoF-Intro shares with its sibling apps the same core features: A clean and clear interface, ease of use, real-time updating of output and, above all (but conveniently hidden under the hood, as it...

Hyperfocal
Hyperfocal
Hyperfocal

Hyperfocal

The Eye Feel

Easy to use, essential tools to take good pictures: Hyperfocal, Depth of Field, Flash Guide Number and Time lapse Calculator. Over 3600 cameras!

Main features:

- Hyperfocal Calculator
- Depth of Field Calculator
- Flash Guide Number Calculator
- Camera Sensor and Resolution informations
- Time lapse Calculator
- Support for the white balance
- Calculations available in...

TrueDoF Depth of Field Calc
TrueDoF Depth of Field Calc
TrueDoF Depth of Field Calc

TrueDoF Depth of Field Calc

George Douvos

The TrueDoF range of apps represents a major step forward in working with depth of field.

This elegant app shares with its siblings the same core features: A clean and clear interface, ease of use, real-time updating of output and, above all (but conveniently hidden under the hood, as it were),...

How High or Far
How High or Far
How High or Far

How High or Far

Colmertech LLC

Measure the height of, or the distance to an object.
Great for finding out the height of that tree in your backyard (without climbing it!).

Using the iPhone's camera, sight the object through the cross-hairs. The iPhone's accelerometers are used to obtain an accurate elevation angle to the object.
Enter the distance to...

OptimumCS-Pro
OptimumCS-Pro
OptimumCS-Pro

OptimumCS-Pro

George Douvos

OptimumCS-Pro is the unique Optimum Camera Settings tool for imaging professionals — for photographers, cinematographers and videographers. As a professional, you spend a fortune on quality optics — OptimumCS-Pro helps you use that expensive gear to its full potential.

In all imaging work where you require the sharpest possible image across...

Tilt Calculator
Tilt Calculator
Tilt Calculator

Tilt Calculator

Guillaume Sébire - www.snapi.org

The original Tilt Calculator, on your favorite AppStore since 2012!

A tilt-shift lens allows to move the plane of focus at will within the boundaries of the lens' settings. Tilt Calculator determines the best settings of your tilt-shift lens so you can adjust it accurately, and get the focus precisely where...

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lensSENSOR

lensSENSOR

STEMMER IMAGING

LensSensor is the essential app for machine vision integrators providing flexible tools to aid the specification of the lens, camera and camera interface for your application.

A flexible lens calculator defines the required geometry, focal length or visual angle of a lens.

The resolution calculator provides the real world resolution that can be achieved with a particular sensor along with information to identify resolution demands of the lens.

The interface calculator identifies compatible camera interfaces that meet the data rate and cable length demands specified by the frame rate, resolution and colour format of your application.

The app also provides easy access to the latest products and news from STEMMER IMAGING.

Depth Of Field Utility

Depth Of Field Utility

Zhiguang Han

This app is designed for photographers as a quick reference tool in the field for depth of field and hyperlocal distance information, especially when shooting landscape or street photography when you may want or need to switch to manual focus.

It has an intuitive user interface to show the focus distance relative to the near and far limit. All necessary information is right there at a quick glance. All shooting parameters can be easily adjusted by simply touch and slide.

Slide left or right on camera settings to change the value.

- To change focus distance quickly, slide the red focus circle up or down.
- The app currently supports 35mm cameras, including full frame or APS varieties.
- Unit of measure supports both metric and imperial system.
- Shake device to reset the focal length and distance information.

TrueDoF-Pro DoF Calculator

TrueDoF-Pro DoF Calculator

George Douvos

TrueDoF-Pro is a major step forward in working with depth of field. Specifically designed for working professionals, the app offers features, versatility, customisability and no-fuss ease of use to make it the ideal tool — a tool that simply does its job (superbly) without getting in the way.

And it’s a tool that works the way YOU want it to work:

* Directly set any relevant quantity you like, even the near and far limits of DoF.
* Lock any input in place; vary any other input.

Want to “work backwards,” whereby you specify the depth of field you’re after, and have the app tell you what aperture and focus distance you need? Couldn't be easier. Enter what you want directly; get instant results.
Want to lock in a particular far limit of depth of field (e.g. as a cinematographer, would you like to lock in the far end of a set)? Slide the far limit pointer to your desired distance, and hit its lock button. Freely change any other input you like.


A key (and unique) TrueDoF feature is the option to include the effects of diffraction in the calculation of DoF, giving a much more accurate indication of how sharp the image will be (see the article "Image Sharpness vs Aperture" at www.georgedouvos.com).



A partial list of features:

* Elegant, interactive, easy to read interface, with both graphical and numerical display of data

* Fast, no-fuss input; real-time output
* Unprecedented input options: Want to specify a far limit of DoF? Or a near limit? Now you can.
* Lock any input (aperture lock not available on iPhone 5s)
* Option to “work backwards” — set your desired depth of field, see what focus distance and aperture you need
* Hyperfocal function — lock your far limit at infinity
* Option to include the effects of diffraction
* Optional visual indication of the limits imposed by diffraction
* Customisability of numerical readouts (show, hide, display distances or blur size, display front and rear DoF as distances or %)

* User-definable focal length presets for the scroll wheel's rapid selection buttons, for super-fast selection of YOUR lenses

* Support for all formats up to 8x10in

* User-selectable distance scales

* Distance units changed directly on main screen by tapping m/ft button

* Optional "distance snap" function

* Optional input of focus distance via keypad

* User-selectable aperture scales (reading to f/22 or f/64)

* Aperture slider snap to half or third stops (user selectable)

* Easily switch between settings for different cameras: a simple slider to set a blur spot diameter (circle of confusion); no tedious listing of camera models
* Blur spot diameter is displayed on the main screen, so you won't find yourself working with the wrong setting

* Facility to specify wavelength, for use when shooting in the infrared or ultraviolet parts of the spectrum
* Visual indication of wavelength on the main screen
* Context specific help
* Comprehensive User Guide



A note on intended use:


In any DoF calculator, you specify a sharpness criterion — the blur spot diameter. All calculations reference that value. 
In some situations (e.g. landscape photography) it is best to work quite differently: Specify the distances to the nearest and furthest objects that you wish to appear sharp and, from that, determine the focus distance and aperture that will give the SHARPEST POSSIBLE IMAGE (not simply one that meets your preset sharpness standard, which may not be the best possible). For that, there is only one app: OptimumCS-Pro, the unique optimum camera settings calculator (this is NOT simply a DoF calculator that "works backwards").

And if, in your landscape and architectural photography, you would like to achieve insanely huge depth of field, with astonishing image sharpness, try FocusStacker. Take the guesswork out of the focus stacking technique and achieve remarkably consistently (and excellent!) results.

Lumariver Depth of Field

Lumariver Depth of Field

Xarepo AB

The Lumariver Depth of Field Calculator is an app that helps you maximize the sharpness of your photographs. It’s primarily intended for landscape, architecture and all other genres where the goal is to have a sharp image front to back. Rather than being a calculator for theoretical exercises it’s designed for being a practical tool in the field, and it has a thorough user manual that describes real use cases. The user interface is optimized for one-hand operation using scrollers.

In addition to the normal depth of field calculator it supports tilted depth of field (tilt-shift lenses, Scheimpflug principle) as well as focus stacking. The functions you don't intend to use can be turned off to keep the user interface as clean and simple as possible. Custom circle of confusion sizes can be set, which in addition to a fixed number may be relative to airy disc diameter and/or pixel pitch. It even supports dual circle of confusion sizes, one “sharp” and one “soft” to make it easy to do controlled trade-offs in difficult situations. By entering your own camera(s) and lenses once you have them easily accessible by name making the workflow efficient in the field.

Distances can be shown either in meters or in decimal feet.

Easy DoF+

Easy DoF+

Vladimir Grablev

Easy DoF+ helps outdoor and nature photographers to answer common questions: "What are my depth of field and hyperfocal distance?" and "When I can catch the best light?".

Depth of Field tool provides mathematically accurate calculations and helps you to properly setup and focus your camera. Do not forget to select your camera on the Settings tab. If your camera is not listed you can add it yourself. You can also select in what units you want to enter values and get the result: Metric or Imperial. Macro-photographers may appreciate the precision of shown values: 1/10th of a millimeter or 1/8th of an inch.

Golden Hours will help you to plan your photography schedule for best light, Moon phases and direction of sunrise and sunset on a give date. Your current location will be used by default, but if you plan a big trip, then use the map and select your destination.

Both calculators are easy to use and designed the way so it is convenient to use them in the field.