NightCap Camera is a powerful app that takes amazing low light and night photos, videos and 4K time lapse. Long exposure produces beautiful photos in low light and unique Astronomy modes capture the stars, Northern Lights (Aurora) and more!

Do you find your photos and videos dark and grainy in low light? NightCap will help by unlocking the full potential of your iPhone or iPad's camera.

AI camera control makes it easy by automatically setting optimum focus and exposure for a brighter, clearer shot. All you need to do is hold steady and tap the shutter. If you prefer manual control then instant gesture based adjustment is always available, and special camera modes give you DSLR like results. You can even shoot photos, videos and time lapse in black and white if you want to.

Try Long Exposure mode for amazing motion blur effects and reduced image noise in low light. NightCap has an ISO Boost feature that allows 4x higher ISO than any other app, producing much brighter low light photos with low noise in Long Exposure mode!

Light Trails mode preserves moving lights - ideal for moving traffic at night, fireworks or light painting.

These modes are stunning when combined with HD or 4K time lapse!

There are 4 dedicated astrophotography camera modes. Stars Mode is ideal for a starry sky or Northern / Southern Lights (Aurora), or leave your device capturing in Star Trails Mode and watch the stars paint circles in the sky! There are also modes for easy photography of the International Space Station (ISS) and meteors (shooting stars).

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• Video recording with special Night Mode and full manual control.
• Time lapse recording with adjustable speed, long exposure and light trails support and up to 4K resolution on iPhone 6s or newer or 1080p HD on older devices.
• Aidie, a fully automatic AI camera operator chooses the optimum camera settings for you automatically, meaning brighter, clearer photos in low light with less risk of blurring the shot. All you need to do is hold steady and tap the shutter.
• AI enhanced focusing in very low light for fast, reliable focus.
• Automatic camera modes for Meteors (shooting stars), ISS (International Space Station), stars and star trails make these difficult tasks easy.
• Innovative manual camera controls designed for photographers: intuitive gesture-based control of exposure, ISO, focus and even white balance. Simply swipe to adjust.
• Long Exposure mode: Capture detailed, noise-free low light shots.
• Light Trails mode: Perfect for light painting and even astronomy: photograph star trails with unlimited exposure time!
• ISO Boost allows up to 4x higher ISO than any other app.
• Light Boost instantly boosts brightness while preserving image detail.
• Noise Reduction Mode helps reduce image noise.
• 8x Zoom control (camera-style for easy, smooth zoom).
• Full Apple Watch support with live preview and control of the main app features.

What's New

Version 9.4

Fixes and improved battery life.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
140 Ratings
140 Ratings

Editors' Notes

A perfect app for taking pictures in low light environments.

Thee weatherman

The best low Light camera app

This is without doubt the best low light camera app on the App Store. The ability to collect light in low level light conditions is incredible. The app can gather light on conditions other camera apps will either give a very dark fuzzy blur or no discernible detail.

The app offers a multitude of different shooting styles such as light trails, long exposure amongst others. It also includes some very clever like collection algorithms to further enhance Photos in lowlight level conditions.

There is a huge number of options to choose from making this ideal for Astro photography or shooting in extreme low level conditions.


Astrophotography app

Having not taken my camera Mount Teide, Tenerife, one of the best stargazing spots in the world I put all my hope in this app to be able to capture the stars for me, as I'd bought and downloaded I'd seen a star mode/light trail mode and star trail mode. NONE worked in the slightest. Had a completely pitch black area, no light pollution what so ever, and my photos still turned out a solid black colour, no stars not nothing, useless.
I'm aware of the limitations of iPhones camera for night time photography, but to claim this as a Star Mode app is just scandalous.
I've never been one to want 2 quid back, but this is the most ripped off I've ever felt, and I go to QPR matches..

EDIT - I have received a response from the developing team, sending me to a gallery of images taken with the app. There are some good images on there.
I'm not quite sure why I did not get the same results, I can only guess to put it down to an issue with my phone.
I won't use the app again, as I will bring my dslr all other places, but I will raise my review to 3 stars assuming these results in the gallery are legitimate.

Developer Response

Can you please email You should certainly see some stars in the photos. You can see customer photos here:


Realtime Dreams Limited
6.8 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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