The best camera is the one you have with you. But what if that camera was improved with pro features, a gorgeous interface, intuitive controls, and was always with you?

That camera is Obscura.

Obscura is designed to make it fast and easy to capture stunning images. Whether you're shooting in portrait or landscape, the Control Wheel fits into your hand perfectly. You won't be fumbling around trying to capture a photo when you're in a hurry – everything is accessible with one thumb. Finely tuned haptic feedback gives the devices a sense of physicality, so you can feel every adjustment.

You can shoot in a wide range of formats:

• RAW - capture more details and allow for a greater amount of flexibility when editing.

• HEIC - a new image format that uses advanced compression for high quality files at smaller sizes.

• JPEG - You can never really go wrong with JPEG, can you? It just works everywhere.

• Live Photo - combine high resolution photos with video clips that bring your images to life.

• Depth - allows you to apply exciting portrait mode effects and more.

Obscura includes a bunch of gorgeous filters to add style to your images.
There are 19 included filters, perfect for a wide range of scenes.

• A Sepia filter unlocked by sharing the app with friends

• A Black & White filter pack, including 8 filters. Especially good for dealing with low light and striking architecture.

• An Analogue filter pack, including 7 filters. These work great for giving a cinematic look to your images.

Other Camera Features
Obscura has all the features you expect in a great camera app, including:
• Flash control
• Grids
• Shutter Timer
• Spirit Level

With a single swipe you can browse your library.
But Obscura doesn’t just have a simple image browser, it’s much more powerful than that. Here’s what you can do:

• Edit - Apply Obscura’s gorgeous filters to images you’ve just captured (or images from other, lesser camera apps). You can save the filtered image as an adjustment, or as a new copy.

• Share - There’s a good old share sheet, so you can share with your friends, and open images in other apps.

• Copy - quickly copy an image to the clipboard, so you can share it with ease.

• Favourite - Mark an image as favourite. Simple.

• Hide - Not every image is for everyone to see. It’s cool. We get it.

• Delete - Goodbye forever little photo.

• Trash - Obscura has a neat little feature where you can add photos to a special trash album, so you can delete them all in one go. Efficient.

With a wide range of customisation options, Obscura works your way. You can change the effects of gestures, secondary capture formats, and even the app icon!

We believe that your personal information belongs to you. Obscura doesn’t collect any information about you, so there’s nothing to share with third parties, nothing can be hacked or leaked, because we don’t have it. We think that’s best for everyone.

The only data we see is the opt-in analytics that’s automatically collected by iOS. See more about it at

Obscura has a Notification Center widget, which makes it quick and easy to access the app from the lock screen.

Press firmly on the app icon on your home screen to quickly jump to some of Obscura’s features.

Not all features are available on every device :(

Focus Peaking - requires iPhone 6 or newer
RAW capture - requires iPhone 6S or newer
HEIC capture - requires iPhone 7 or newer
Depth Capture - requires Dual Camera (iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X)
Advanced Haptic Feedback - requires iPhone 7 or newer


Made by Ben Rice McCarthy

More info at

What’s New

Version 1.3.5

Added a Photos Editing Extension!
You can access it by open an image in the Photos app, taping the Edit button, then the extensions button in the bottom right. You may then have to enable Obscura in the "More Extensions" list.

A bunch of fixes, notably:
The back arrow button on the App Icon page
Improvements to In-App-Purchase code

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
45 Ratings
45 Ratings

Editors' Notes

Minimal design, maximum features.

enkaytee ,

Thanks for getting Depth mode working!

Promised developer a 5 star review once Depth mode is working so here it is. Obscura has a great design which really works one handed - just the right amount of control which allows you to select options and take pictures quickly. You need to process images as Portrait in the Photos app which then enables Depth information to be used by editing apps such as Focos and Darkroom but overall a great app which makes the most of the new cameras in Apple mobile devices.

billbluesnjazz ,

Does not work on iPad Pro

As a keen photographer I wanted an app for the iPad Pro 10.5 in which would let me use manual mode. Read the reviews of Obscura 2, checked that it was compatible with iPad and paid to download. The app has clearly NOT been designed for iPad, it shows the x1 or x2 button which tells you that it is an iPhone app on an iPad. Not only this, but you cannot see the controls, only the bottom third or so, so completely useless. The iPad Pro is a fantastic tool, but you need to take care before purchasing apps. To the developer Ben in Ireland, will there be an iPad version or will you just refund my purchase money? I do not use iPhone so cannot use this app at all.

Developer Response ,

Hey, we just added iPad support to Obscura yesterday! If you like it, please consider updating your review. It would mean a lot, and help other people discover the app.

Editors' Notes

Minimal design, maximum features.

In-App Purchases

7 funky analogue film filters
8 filters tuned for portraits and selfies
Black & White
8 gorgeous b&w filters to shoot and edit with


Ben McCarthy
77.1 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Ben McCarthy, 2018
In-App Purchases
  1. Analogue £1.99
  2. Black & White £1.99
  3. Portrait £1.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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