“This iOS Camera App Brings Out the Pro in Amateurs”

“Lavish, tactile, respectful, illuminating, gorgeous.”
- iMore

“Halide has the potential transform how you make photos with your phone.”
- Uncrate

“This sort of maniacal attention to the smallest of details deserves to be celebrated.”
- Daring Fireball


Halide is a groundbreaking camera app for deliberate and thoughtful photography. With high-end tools, a UI designed from scratch for iPhone 8 and iPhone X featuring beautiful details, Halide is your go-to camera when you want to really take a photo rather than a quick snapshot.

Use gestures in Halide’s to change exposure and manual focus with a swipe. Halide’s professional tools include focus peaking, a detailed histogram, adaptive level grid, and RAW support (on certain phones*). Customize controls to adapt the app to your needs.


- Beautiful, intuitive gesture-based interface
- On iPhone X, a custom-designed UI that is completely usable with one hand
- Focus peaking* and powerful manual focus
- Full manual controls including shutter speed, ISO and white balance
- Live histogram for perfect exposure*
- Captures RAW, TIFF, HEIC or JPG for the best quality shots*
- Capture Depth on dual-camera iPhones*
- Grid overlay with built-in level
- Quick-review of your last few shots
- Intelligent automatic and manual mode


Focus peaking requires iPhone 5S or later (5S, 6, 6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
Histogram requires iPhone 6 or later. (6, 6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
RAW requires iPhone 6S or later. (6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
Depth Capture requires a dual-camera iPhone (iPhone 7 and 8 Plus, iPhone X)

What's New

Version 1.9.0

Welcome to Halide 1.9, a big update that makes the most of iOS 12. Let's go over what's new!


We're excited to support the new Portrait Effects Matte (PEM). When shooting photos with depth, PEM generate a crisp black-and-white matte alongside the depth data. This dramatically improves background effects, like portrait blur. It has to be seen to be believed, and it's easy! After taking a depth photo, tap the portrait icon to see the black-and-white matte. You'll be amazed by the fine details it captures, like hair.


With the help of Portrait Effects Matte, we've developed our own custom blur, unique from the iOS camera's portrait effect. It adds the lush bokeh you expect from a traditional camera.


Our viewfinder is now powered entirely by Apple's latest graphics technology, Metal. This will save battery, and pave the way for exciting new features in the works. And since our last major update, we've cut memory by as much as 80%. This speeds up launches and make your whole phone feel faster.


Halide 1.9 integrates with Siri Shortcuts. Take a lot of photos at sunset? Siri will learn this and start suggesting Halide in search and on your lock screen.

But we're really excited about the Siri powered Voice Trigger. Take a shot by saying, "Hey Siri, fire the shutter." This is great for remote shots, like group photos. You can enable this feature in Settings.


Curious about the nitty gritty details of your phone's cameras? We now give you a report of system-level information. Access Technical Readout in Settings.


Halide is ready to be used with your new phone out of the gate, with a tweaked landscape UI, extra-large last shot thumbnail and its entire user interface easily reachable with just one hand. And check out Technical Readout section to see how much it's improved!


Wide Color Rendering – When using depth mode or focus peaking, you'll notice vibrant, richer color. While we've always supported wide-color photos, what you see in the viewfinder will now more accurately represent the final image.

Smart Inversion – We invest in accessibility with every release. In this update we support smart-inversion, which inverts the colors of an app to help the visually impaired.

If you enjoy this update, consider rating us. If you run into any issues, we're always listening at

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5

133 Ratings

133 Ratings

Simple but powerful interface


This app is well-suited for smartphone photography, keeping things simple but letting you quickly change settings in an intuitive way, using gestures and easily accessible on-screen icons, without a steep learning curve.

Some users complain that this app doesn’t ‘take better pictures’ or ‘offer more facilities’ than other apps, but that’s missing the point. It’s a no-frills camera app that focuses on the experience of taking photos quickly and effectively and dispenses with fancy filters and effects (which, let’s face it, you can do in dozens of other post processing apps).

I’ve tried many of the other camera apps on my iPhone X and whilst they’re all pretty good, none come close to the ease of use of Halide, which suits me perfectly and always gives very acceptable results.

Still not the best


I wanted to like Halide. On paper, it has all the goodness. There's Depth mode, there's histogram, there's manual focus. I even like the haptic feedback on orientation alignment. But in use, I found I not only got poorer results than the stock Camera app, but it also distracted me from actually shooting my photos "in the moment". Clearly if I want a serious photo, I get out my SLR. But in situations where I need a fast camera, the iPhone is what I use. Unfortunately, I don't find Halide gives me the type of quality results I need that I can quickly tweak and upload with minimal editing. For that, I get better results with ProCamera, which although it has less features, I find it easier to get a finished result I'm happy with.

Very impressive app!

Dominic Hughes

Probably the best camera application I have ever come across. Searingly fast and responsive, with the controls all enthusiasts look for. The Raw function is the jewel in the crown.
Latest update is very nice, consolidating a very impressive camera app. Dig a bit deeper in the settings and fine tune the app to your own specs.
The self timer and new reviewer now make this application a must for all serious photographers. The complete package!


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Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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