Learn by doing: CameraSim for iPhone and iPad shows you how to use your DLSR camera!

This is the enhanced version of the DSLR learning tool featured by Wired, USAToday, Engadget, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, PCWorld, and MacWorld that has garnered nearly 1 million “stumbles” from the StumbleUpon community.

CameraSim visually explains the controls of a DLSR camera. Using a specially designed example image, CameraSim lets you experience the effects of various settings.


• Aperture/f-stop
• Shutter speed
• Lighting
• Focal length
• Parallax
• ‘Camera shake’ blur
• Tripod stabilization
• Subject motion blur
• Over- and under-exposure
• Exposure priority modes


• Experiment with wildly different settings and see how each affects the final “photo”
• Get instant feedback about your “photo:” see what you did right, or get advice on how your settings can be improved
• Observe the effects of preset example settings, or experiment with settings of your own


• Provides an interactive visual aid that demonstrates principles of photography to students
• A fun and engaging way to demystify your DLSR camera!

Please note that CameraSim for iPhone is in ENGLISH ONLY. (Other translations can be found in the iPad and Mac versions.)

Note: CameraSim is designed iPad 2 and newer and iPhone 4 and newer.

What's New

Version 1.3.1

iOS 11 compatibility, updated user interface, new Program/Auto exposure mode, exposure settings are adjustable in discrete "stops," iPad and iPhone versions are now combined into a single app compatible with all screen sizes

Ratings and Reviews

Awesome idea but severely lacking


There is only 1 image for you to play with - the app description talks about multiple examples for you to play with, but it is the same image with different simulated lighting scenarios. Also every time you snap a “picture” the app makes a shutter sound, even if you have your phone volume off. Great idea for an app and I want to like it, but it is severely lacking currently.

Needs more content

Quint Olsen

It was cool for about 5 minutes. That's how long it took me to find out that if I use the exact same camera settings on EVERY shot I get a "good shot" but if I change them on any example it is off. They need to add a bunch more examples under a wide variety of lighting and motion situations and then it be awesome. Right now there are a bunch of examples of the EXACT same situation-- a little girl with a pinwheel swaying under overcast skies. The same settings work best for every example so it gets boring and useless fast.

Camerasim fills a need


I've been teaching photography for many years, and haven't had an active on-screen way to illustrate results - just have to predict what will happen. This permits my students to go home and test what the theory predicts, and do it free. Great help to save time in class with countless demos - they see for themselves. I wish it could feed VGA to my projector from my iPhone4, because I can't get on the 'Net in my classrooms.


Tuitive, LLC
51.2 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Tuitive LLC


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