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“Cortex Camera Takes Great Low Light iPhone Photos”
“In my experience, I found that Cortex Camera greatly reduced noise in low-light conditions. And I was able to get crisp shots without the need for a stand or tripod.”
You knew the camera on your iPhone or iPad was good, but you never knew it could be this good! Cortex camera takes your photos to the next level by effortlessly combining dozens of images to create a sharp, noise-free image. Please note that for best results your subject must be still during exposure, which takes 2-10 seconds.
Image resolution varies depending on which device you’re using:
iPhone 5, 5S, 6, 6+: 12.5 megapixels
iPhone 4S, iPad 3, and iPod touch 5G: 8 megapixels
iPad 2: 2 megapixels
Q: How does this work?
A: As with any camera, increasing exposure time on an iPhone camera provides more light to the sensor and decreases image noise. The usual problem with increasing exposure time is that it makes images more blurry unless a tripod is used, which is very inconvenient. This app gets around this limitation by taking full advantage of your device’s powerful hardware to compensate for the motion of the camera during exposure. It also brings sophisticated algorithms to mobile devices that can combine multiple frames to increase resolution.
Q: Can Cortex Camera take pictures of subjects that are in motion?
A: Cortex Camera is designed to shoot scenes that are still during exposure, which takes 2 - 10 seconds depending on which device you’re using. However, Cortex Camera will optionally replace blurry regions of the final image with the first frame. You can turn this feature off if you want to capture motion blur effects.
Q: Does Cortex Camera require a tripod?
A: No. Cortex Camera automatically aligns frames and can compensate for normal amounts of shaking when the camera is being held still.
Q: Why do the standard camera photos look so ugly in your screenshots? My iPhone pictures never look that bad.
A: In order to illustrate the difference between Cortex Camera and the regular camera, the images in the screenshots are zoomed to 100% and then cropped to fit the size of a screenshot. In addition, the photos are taken in low light conditions. Although iPhones have excellent cameras, all mobile devices have to make trade-offs that make it very difficult to avoid noise with a short exposure time in low light.
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What's New in Version 1.94
* fixed crash on iOS 7
This program takes fantastic virtually noise-free photos (mainly because what it actually does it take a video and then stack and pack it all down to a single image). Because of that, having the phone on a tripod so you can eliminate hand shake when you're taking your pic helps. One flaw, and I can't understand why nobody has mentioned this yet. When you use timer mode, there's a giant square with a number on it that obscures a big portion of the image, so you can't actually properly frame or focus on your pic. Then when you tap the screen that blasted thing stays right there in the middle. Could we PLEASE get rid of it and show the countdown timer somewhere else OTHER than right smack dab in the middle of a pre-framed photo please? Apart from that, I think this program is perfect.
Still the best for lower light stills
Cortex cam still beats the native iPhone 6 camera app for noise reduction in lower light shots. The iPhone 6 app has less noise than the earlier phones but there is still a loss of quality when you zoom in to view a shot. The dots of noise appear to be smoothed out, which is an improvement, but appears sort of a smudged feel, and still not as naturally clear as cortex cam. I can find nothing better than cortex camera for significant noise reduction in low light and moderate zoom shots.
Pic's minus Noise
I bought this a couple of years ago for my iPhone and after a purchasing an iPad Air recently, I installed this on that too. And what a difference it created! Noiseless photography finally comes to the iPad with Cortex Camera. Photography is phenomenal during indoors and lowlight scenarios and during zoomed up photography. Well worth the purchase, especially if you have an iPad. The only downside I can think of is that it doesn't have any options to tweak around with, but it does what it does brilliantly...
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- Category: Photo & Video
- Updated: Feb 23, 2015
- Version: 1.94
- Size: 1.5 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: John Corcoran
- © John Kevin Corcoran
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.