There's always a better camera than the one you have with you.

And that's Obscura.

Designed with intuitive controls, comfortable ergonomics, and beautiful filters, Obscura is the camera that gets out of your way. Despite it's simplicity, it’s deceptively powerful. Obscura brings the kind of controls you’d expect from professional DSLRs to your iPhone.

Obscura gives you powerful manual control over ISO, exposure, focus, and shutter speed, with gestures for quick adjustments, and controls for precise settings.

All that control means Obscura helps you take incredible photos that are instantly ready to share with the world.

Get creative with a wide range of live filters that display over the camera preview. Just swipe to effortlessly switch between filters and see exactly what your images will look like before you take them. Or swipe across to your photo library apply filters after the fact.

Key features:

- Filtered, RAW, and Live Photo Capture
(RAW And Live Photos are only supported on these devices: iPhone SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 9.7" iPad Pro)

- Focus controls and exposure controls: quickly lock with a single tap or new control wheels for manual adjustment

- Manual ISO controls to easily set the camera sensitivity

- Manual shutter speed controls to easily set the duration of the image capture

- Flash controls

- White balance controls with presets for daylight, cloud, tungsten and fluorescent light

- Pinch to zoom

- Spirit level to help you get level perfectly horizons

- Rule of Thirds and Square Grids, because you can’t beat classic compositions

- Focus Peaking: highlights sharp areas to help when focusing

- 28 Gorgeous Filters

- Quick access to camera roll and fast sharing

- Quick access to filters

- Every control is easily reachable with one thumb

Some recommendations from people who care about the fine details:

“It’s almost like using a digital single-lens reflex camera.”
- New York Times

“I cannot recommend Obscura Camera highly enough. It's a camera app that gives you significantly more fine-grained controls over the pictures that you take, which can make a big difference in difficult settings. Using this app can be the difference between capturing a cherished memory and a missed opportunity.“
- Business Insider

“Obscura is a terrific app for mobile photographers who just want to get on with taking pictures, without the software getting in the way. The beauty of it is in its simplicity.”
- Jeffery Saddoris

“My favorite third-party iPhone camera app (and the only one that’s on my first home screen).”
- John Gruber

Photos by:
Fabio Macori
Charles Vestal
And myself.

Made by Ben Rice McCarthy

More info at

What's New

Version 5.1

Obscura 5.1 introduces support for the brand new iPhone X

There's also some bug fixes for everyone to enjoy.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Still not good


I appreciate the developer of this app, Ben, reaching out to get feedback and offer apologies. This shows the developers of this app at least care for creating a pleasing app for its users. The update improved things slightly however the interface is still not intuitive in comparison to free options around the App Store. I look forward to seeing what else comes from this developer as they have a good eye for creating an eye pleasing UI. However there's functionality to improve greatly. I wish Ben and his team good luck

Developer Response

I'm very sorry that the app isn't working well for you. There were a lot of issues after the update to iOS 10 which involved a lot of big changes under the hood for Obscura. Most of these issues have since been resolved

If you're still interested in support, please get in touch at and I'll do my best to help.


Everything I wanted

evan and jess

Simple and intuitive design packed with more advanced features. Have had no issues on iPad or iPhone with iOS 11.

Great update


Enjoy the fresh new update. 👍🏻


Ben McCarthy
57 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Ben Rice McCarthy


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