“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.”
Cortex Camera improves on your device’s already excellent camera to achieve quality that rivals a DSLR. It combines dozens of exposures to create a single noise free, high resolution photo. If you want the best quality for a static scene and you aren't carrying a bulky DSLR with you, Cortex Cam is an excellent alternative.
PLEASE NOTE that while a tripod is not required, the camera must be held steady and your subject must be still for the duration of the exposure, which takes 2-10 seconds with default settings.
In addition to the image quality benefits mentioned above, Cortex Cam also enables long exposure effects such as motion blur and soft water. Switch off the "remove motion blur" option to capture these effects.
Cortex Cam is all about achieving the best image quality possible on a mobile device. It uses RAW data (when available) to increase sharpness and image detail. Professional exposure controls (including shutter priority, ISO priority, and full manual) enable great photos even in the most challenging lighting situations. It may not replace your DSLR (or the default camera app for that matter), but for certain situations you will find it indispensable.
- Advanced image processing techniques combine information from multiple frames to remove noise and increase resolution.
- Motion compensation enables hand-held long exposure photography.
- The “enhance shadows” option brightens dark areas of your photos without making them look unnatural or processed.
- Uses RAW data as input to increase sharpness and image detail (iPhone 6s and above).
- Supports JPEG or TIFF file formats.
- Supports telephoto lens on iPhone 7 plus and above.
- Manually choose to combine 10-99 frames or let Cortex Cam automatically determine number of frames.
- Includes support for front camera, shutter timer, and grid overlay.
- Most of all, image quality! The majority of development time has been spent on making image quality unreasonably good for a mobile device.
Image resolution depends on which device you’re using:
iPhone 6s, 6s plus: 19 megapixels
iPhone 7 and above: 27 megapixels
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- Fixed video input
*** Version 2.17 ***
- Further improved color balance, especially when combining more than 50 frames
- Remove motion blur is now off by default
- Restored RAW / Video input switch on certain iPad models
*** Version 2.16 ***
- Improved image quality and color balance in very low light conditions
- Fixed an issue that could prevent the exposure progress bar from displaying
- Fixed an advanced exposure control issue that caused light metering updates to stop
- Prevented screen from sleeping during very long exposures
*** Version 2.15 ***
Support for iPhone X, XS, and XR:
- Optimized for large screens
- Fixed telephoto lens on XS
- Adjusted exposure for new sensor
- Improved noise reduction when a large gain is applied during image processing
- Fixed several exposure control and layout issues
- Reduced stuttering sound during exposure
- Exposure settings are now saved when the app is closed
- Restored full resolution photos in image browser
Ratings and Reviews
Takes the best quality photos of any app
I’ve tried and reviewed many apps that claim to improve the image quality.
In a side by side test cortex is the best. Miles ahead of the built in camera app.
Having said that it’s best for tripod work. However if you have a steady hand you can also get great noise free shots handheld
The additions of also being able to set iso, shutter or exposure compensation is also great but neatly hidden away if you don’t need.
Testing against other well known apps this app can produce better shots with its stacking technique than even the best RAW apps
The only draw back is the images are a little soft sometimes but you can easily sharpen later in your favourite app. Also the auto white is often vastly different if you choose to stack raw pics or video option in settings. My preference for best image is stacking raw
It is a great camera app, being able to take photos like this really makes anything look great (provided u can hold it still enough) and being able to adjust things yourself is even better. I would like to see an updated GUI though, as it isn't really the nicest thing to look at
Great App - App icon needs a new deaign
Such a great app. Simply does what it says and you can really take some very high quality photos. It’s great! However, I find it hard to keep the app on my phone because the look of the icon is a bit of a mish mash with the iOS design. Any chance of an updated colour design?
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.