iLightningCam 2 - The Second Generation - Real-time lightning photography with iPhone made easy.

It enables everyone to take spectacular pictures of real lighting strikes with an iPhone or iPad!

After three years of development, iLightningCam 2 follows the unique iLightningCam, which was the only app with ISO control since 2012 with more than 160 000 users.

iLightningCam 2 features:

- Full AUTO Mode!
No user input needed!
The app changes automatically between day and night mode
Continuous calculation of best ISO settings based on the last

- Original Photo Resolution, no tricks, no interpolation!

- Much better detection!

- Double-shot , + one image as blend of first and second shot!

- New modern design!

- For experts: ISO ranges are fully manually adjustable, if wished!

iLightningCam 2 uses true real-time recognition of lightning strikes. Once recognized, your iPhone takes a picture of the recognized lightning in up to 8MP. And yes - your iPhone or iPad is fast enough!
You only need a good view on a real thunderstorm.

The app works free hand. Just point your iPhone towards the scene/part of the sky/thunderstorm where you expect the next lightning, start the iLightningCam 2 and wait, the app will automatically press the trigger if a lightning is detected in your view.

Lightning storms are life threatening for you and your phone!!! Take care using this app! Do not take any risks and avoid exposure to thunderstorms! Use this app only in lightning and storm protected places. You are solely responsible for your actions and adverse consequences. Read full safety warning in the instructions page, before using this app.
Who is it not for: It is not for children and it is not for mentally handicapped persons, as they may have not the ability to protect themselves against lightning or the associated storm.

What’s New

Version 3.2

- Support for new iPhone XS, XS max and XR
- Support for new iPad Pro
- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
33 Ratings
33 Ratings
traisjames ,

Great for lightning...decent for fireworks

I use this all the time for lightning photos and minus the rolling shutter which they cannot control, it gets great lightning photos. Can also work for fireworks but getting the settings correct is harder as it triggers on the flash of the payload detonating but it is set to take pictures in quick succession for lightning flashes, but fireworks are slower. Needs an adjustment for the longer time a firework lasts to get more shots of it...maybe instead of 2-4 as fast as possible do 4-8 with quarter to half second intervals.

MSUChaser ,

Way too sensitive to movement

The latest update has the app so sensitive to the slightest movement that even when my truck is not moving and I have my phone in a windshield mount, the vibration from my Diesel engine is enough to make it turn detection off. It really needs to be not be so sensitive to movement. I have also noticed it having artifacts a lot more often compared to older versions. I've gotten some great pics with this app the last few years, but this latest version has left me aggravated much more often than happy with the pictures I have gotten.

Developer Response ,

Sorry for your inconveniences! We never tested the app with a diesel truck . And we did not change the sensitivity settings for movements over the last versions, you just see now, when the app becomes inactive due to movements. This is necessary to avoid thousands of false positive images . However we will include a switch to decrease motion sensitivity in future versions for diesel trucks :-)
Of course you should not use the app if you are driving yourself for security reasons !
The iLightningCam team

NYPete ,

Been using this app since 2012

My ok’ reliable, I have gotten hundreds of amazing shots with this app and I trust it every time to capture incredible shots. Nothing I can complain about in this release, just hope there is an update soon to take advantage of all the higher resolution camera the new iPhones have.

Definitely worth the price!


Florian Stiassny
16.1 MB
Photo & Video

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Florian Stiassny, Helmut Ringl


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