There's always a better camera than the one you have with you.

And that's Obscura.

Designed with intuitive controls, comfortable ergonomics, and beautiful filters, Obscura is the camera that gets out of your way. Despite it's simplicity, it’s deceptively powerful. Obscura brings the kind of controls you’d expect from professional DSLRs to your iPhone.

Obscura gives you powerful manual control over ISO, exposure, focus, and shutter speed, with gestures for quick adjustments, and controls for precise settings.

All that control means Obscura helps you take incredible photos that are instantly ready to share with the world.

Get creative with a wide range of live filters that display over the camera preview. Just swipe to effortlessly switch between filters and see exactly what your images will look like before you take them. Or swipe across to your photo library apply filters after the fact.

Key features:

- Filtered, RAW, and Live Photo Capture
(RAW And Live Photos are only supported on these devices: iPhone SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 9.7" iPad Pro)

- Focus controls and exposure controls: quickly lock with a single tap or new control wheels for manual adjustment

- Manual ISO controls to easily set the camera sensitivity

- Manual shutter speed controls to easily set the duration of the image capture

- Flash controls

- White balance controls with presets for daylight, cloud, tungsten and fluorescent light

- Pinch to zoom

- Spirit level to help you get level perfectly horizons

- Rule of Thirds and Square Grids, because you can’t beat classic compositions

- Focus Peaking: highlights sharp areas to help when focusing

- 28 Gorgeous Filters

- Quick access to camera roll and fast sharing

- Quick access to filters

- Every control is easily reachable with one thumb

Some recommendations from people who care about the fine details:

“It’s almost like using a digital single-lens reflex camera.”
- New York Times

“I cannot recommend Obscura Camera highly enough. It's a camera app that gives you significantly more fine-grained controls over the pictures that you take, which can make a big difference in difficult settings. Using this app can be the difference between capturing a cherished memory and a missed opportunity.“
- Business Insider

“Obscura is a terrific app for mobile photographers who just want to get on with taking pictures, without the software getting in the way. The beauty of it is in its simplicity.”
- Jeffery Saddoris

“My favorite third-party iPhone camera app (and the only one that’s on my first home screen).”
- John Gruber

Photos by:
Fabio Macori
Charles Vestal
And myself.

Made by Ben Rice McCarthy

More info at

What's New

Version 5.1

Obscura 5.1 introduces support for the brand new iPhone X

There's also some bug fixes for everyone to enjoy.

Ratings and Reviews

Probably an unfair review


I’m not sure if it’s just my set up on my phone (iPhone 7 iOS 11.2)
But the experience I’ve had with this app I just purchased feels a little buggy , it also keeps freezing or hanging

After testing properly I’ve decided to uninstall as the raw option just delivers soft non workable images.
Will stick to adobe lr and stock camera

Crashes - now fixed so upped the rating!


Since latest update the app crashes on opening. Was enjoying the app before this. Have tried uninstalling and reinstalling. Contacted the developer and got a v quick reply but unfortunately the app still isn't working. iPhone 6+ 8.4.
September - latest update fixed the crashing on opening. Happy again 👍👍

Poor iPhone 7 Plus experience


Nice simple user interface but this app does not work properly on the iPhone 7. I experience long delays (~10 seconds) when the camera is used after being in the background. During this time the app is unresponsive so you have to wait ages to take a photo,

Nor does it allow use of the second camera.

Not recommended until these problems are fixed.


Ben McCarthy
57 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Ben Rice McCarthy


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