"It is most impressive when working with live video, as it does a good job of keeping up with changing action happening on screen" -

Hue Camera creates an Ambilight-like effect using your Philips Hue lights and your device's built-in camera. The custom build algorithm of Hue Camera continuously analyses all individual pixels and takes hue, saturation, luminance, occurrence and many more factors into consideration to determine which specific colour is the most contributing to the overall ambiance. Your house will for example turn green when watching movies in the forest and turn blue for underwater scenes.

Because Hue Camera uses the built-in camera, it's not limited to a specific device and can be used for content on televisions, Apple TV, gaming consoles, BluRay/DVD players and even things off-screen like photos and paintings. Although Hue Camera was designed to work within a wide range of situations, you can change the speed of colour transitions and the intensity of the colour to your liking.

What's New

Version 1.2

- You can now also use your front camera
- Some of you reported issues with connecting to the brige. That should not happen anymore
- Fix for orientation issues on iPad
- The app is now also available in German (thanks to Andreas & Peggy!)

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5

12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Super clever


This is really worth giving a go but bear in mind that movies with scenes that have short sequences where colours can change quickly are a little problematic. A fair bit of lag can build up causing the lamps to change colour rapidly and fall out of sync with what is displayed on-screen.

I suspect this is down either to the hue bridge and colour transition time, or the phone itself being slow to interpret and process the images from the camera and send the colour change instructions to the bridge.

Other than that it's a really neat app and works well.



Don’t often write reviews. But this is a fantastic little app. Unlocks a whole new element to your Hue system. Really comes into its own when used with light strip round the back edge of your tv, we use this along with 4 uplighters in each corner of the room. Can be a little ineffective if you’re watching a movie, however when watching natural history stuff like blue planet/planet earth it’s absolutely superb. As is watching any live gig. Nice work!

Great idea, but causes lag


As mentioned in other reviews, fast cuts and quick colour changes on screen cause a "backlog" on the hue bridge. After a while it is completely out of sync. If you paused the movie you can watch your Hue lamps "catch up" which sort of defeats the purpose.

Not recommended at this price point in its current state but there is certainly potential here to be great.


Erwin Zwart
7.7 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, German, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Erwin Zwart


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