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Manual – RAW custom exposure camera

By Will Global

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


RAW capture now available! Shoot RAW in DNG format with full control of exposure. Amazing.

RAW is available on iPhone SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus. Requires iOS 10. (Manual controls available to any device iOS 8 or above)

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Custom exposure for your iPhone camera.

Featured in the NYTimes "If you like to manually adjust camera settings, you’ll love Manual".

A powerful camera app with full control over your image. Quickly and simply adjust all parameters of your image. No more tapping and hoping automatic can understand what you want. Take control.

Full independent control of

• Shutter
• White Balance
• Focus
• Exposure Compensation

Cool Things®

• Full RAW DNG capture (6s and above, iOS 10+)
• Live monitor automatic exposure values
• Live Histogram
• Level
• Photos save directly to Camera Roll
• Focus zoom
• Optional delayed shutter for long exposures
• Fill Flash Mode (Flashlight)
• Grid Overlays (Rule of Thirds, Square)
• Light & Dark Themes
• EXIF viewer

If you're a photographer tired of trying to tap your way to the exposure you want, then this is the app for you. Fighting to get the sweet spot between a blown out background and a silhouetted subject? Stop tapping and just set the ISO and shutter yourself, you know how, stop letting your silly pocket computer decide what looks good to you.

Be better than automatic. Shoot Manual.

Requires iOS 8 or later. Please note: iPhone lenses are fixed-aperture by design and do not have an adjustable iris.

RAW capture requires iOS 10 and only possible on iPhone SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and above.

Made by William Wilkinson & Craig Merchant

Photos featured in screenshots shot by Kevin Russ with an iPhone (licensed via Stocksy).

What's New in Version 2.1

– Lens switcher for the iPhone 7 Plus. Tap the 1x button in the top icon row to toggle between the 28mm and 56mm lenses. Neat!
– New widget for fast access to Manual from lock screen! To add the widget swipe right on lock or home screen, scroll to bottom of widgets, tap Edit and add Manual as top item. Wow fast.
– We added some nice little haptic feedback bumps and clicks for iPhone 7. Feels good, man.
– Fixed dumb bug where RAW files didn't save location.
– Have you been working out?

Just a few reminders for handling the RAW DNG files:

– The Photos app doesn't support viewing DNG properly, so instead it shows the low resolution preview image embedded in the DNG.
– If an app doesn't understand DNG it will import the low resolution preview and look bad. Make sure it's compatible.
– Some apps will misread the metadata on the file as having a very small resolution, again this is the low res preview file being read. RAW always captures the full resolution of the sensor. You just need to open the DNG in a compatible app.

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Customer Reviews

Simple, Intuitive, Powerful!

App Store is full of camera apps for iPhone offering full control over settings like exposure, focus, ISO and shutter speed. And while these kinds of apps aren’t always necessary, a great one is a good tool to have in your app arsenal.

Manual is fairly easy to use for those who have the desire and patience to actually control the photographs they take with their phones. It doesn't hide behind "freemium" veneer and the interface is intuitive. There's zero setup for Manual. Upon first launch, a quick tutorial walks you through how to adjust ISO and shutter speed, or activate automatic mode. You can also check out histograms live, all in a beautifully designed and easy to use package.

Manual gives you total control over your photos' exposure, and with the arrival of iOS10, it can now shoot raw DNG photos. It automatically saved both DNG and JPG formats to the camera roll. You can get great images straight from the iPhone's stock Camera or the Manual app, but if you're interested in using your iPhone for more pro-level photography experiments, Manual saves the RAW format as well for more advanced editing.

Some people are complaining about the quality of the RAW image. Please note that it doesn't look good in the Photos app, but when you open the DNG file in a compatible app, such as Lightroom or Photoshop, you will get the high-quality RAW image with the advanced editing options on the screen.

It's OK.

This app has a lot going for it. It shoots RAW. The use of the haptic engine is nice on the control sliders though I always find myself moving them wrong way to make changes. The picture taking interface isn’t overrun with tons of little doodads. The pictures are saved into the camera roll directly instead of its own camera folder.

The RAW quality is not an issue despite what the other reviews say. The developer even notes that the default preview that’s saved into the RAW file is of poor quality. The built in iOS Photos app, ironically, does not support RAW so you will be seeing that low res preview instead of the actual RAW file. I use Lightroom mobile, which does support RAW, and the files look fine.

There are a couple of biggish bugs in the camera. The histogram does not display correctly. That is, if you have a blown highlight, the rightest most bar should be showing it. That bar just doesn’t budge even if most of the screen is pure white. The other big bug, which is probably related to the first, is the tap to set exposure. When you tap a blown highlight. The camera should bring the exposure down (bring down to middle gray), it doesn’t.

I have written the developer a couple times about these little bugs a week ago, but I haven’t received any response or acknowledgment. Maybe it's in his spam folder.

In a nutshell (TL;DR), app is mostly ok but will not use because of the bugs and have no idea if it will even be fixed.

Simple, works perfectly

First off - the files are not blurry. I use Manual to shoot on my phone and edit in Lightroom (desktop) and the files are gorgeous.

Second - nope, it doesn't have other features. You already have thirty editing apps on your phone. Use those. This one is just for shooting with a simple UI.

Realistically if I could set the regular iPhone camera app to shoot in RAW, I'd use that. But until then, this is a simple app that works well and isn't crapped up with a bunch of annoying junk on the screen.

Manual – RAW custom exposure camera
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  • $3.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 3.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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