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"Spectre is a new iOS camera app that uses AI to create stunning long exposures” — the Verge

Introducing Spectre, from the makers of Halide, one of the top camera apps in the App Store.

Spectre uses AI to help you make amazing long exposure photographs. Spectre can remove crowds, turn city streets into rivers of light, make waterfalls look like paintings, and much more. Until now, it was difficult to take long exposures: from keeping the camera steady to guessing the amount of light you need. Spectre takes care of all of that!


• MAKE CROWDS DISAPPEAR: Spectre helps take photos of crowded, touristy places. Simply set a medium or long duration and take a shot to erase the crowd from a location. Capture the those special moments like you remember them.

• RIVERS OF LIGHT: At night, AI scene detection automatically switches modes to draw beautiful light trails, for stunning nighttime city photography or light painting.

• GORGEOUS WATER: Capture waterfalls, ocean waves, fountains and more with beautiful ghostly water.


Spectre’s intelligent computational shutter takes hundreds of shots over the span of a few seconds, and saves them in an accompanying live photo. That means you can pick a different frame as your photo, apply live-photo effects, and even use the long exposure as a live-wallpaper!


Spectre is a packed with powerful technology from by the team that brought you Halide.

From machine learning-based scene detection to computer vision aided image stabilization, Spectre is jammed full of impressive technologies to get the best possible image.


Spectre is meticulously designed. Its dark UI is gentle on the eyes when you shoot at night. Gorgeous glowing highlights infuse it with a unique style. Custom typefaces and iconography combined with unique, smooth controls make it as tactile and delightful as an actual physical camera. Like its sister app Halide, the app is easily usable with one hand, even on the largest iPhones.


Build with the latest tech, Spectre isn't just a long exposure camera — it’s the cutting edge technology showcase of one of the App Store’s foremost camera apps, Halide. Here’s just a few of the latest technologies that we use in Spectre:

- DCI-P3 Wide Color Pipeline
- Live Photos
- Metal Graphics Acceleration
- Tripod Detection
- Siri & Shortcuts
- AI Stabilization
- Machine Learning & CoreML
- Computer Vision


Spectre’s smart Automatic Scene Detection requires iOS 12. AI-based stabilization features are available on iPhone 6S and later.* For the best experience, we recommend iPhone 8 or later.

On iPhone 6 Spectre captures in lower resolution.

* (Full compatibility device list: iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR)


We’re Ben and Sebastiaan, two friends living in the San Francisco Bay Area that love building fantastic apps for photography.

We hope you love Spectre! We’d love your feedback to make it even better or any reports of bugs you run into. You can always contact us directly via email: support@halide.cam, on our Twitter: @halidecamera or Instagram: @halideapp

Don’t forget to share your amazing results by tagging them with #SpectreShot so we can share them on our growing social media accounts!

What’s New

Version 1.1.1

Thank you for helping make Spectre such a success! We're excited to release this hefty update based on your feedback.
AI Stabilization is now available to iPhone 7, 6S and SE users! Handheld shots will be significantly sharper. Just wait for "STABLE" to light up, and snap away.

When shooting light trails, we've increased stabilization on all devices. It took some work to do this without compromising quality, but we think the wait was worth it.

We've increased the resolution of the video we save as part of your live photo. That means more details when you go back to edit the long exposure, or share the video. You didn't know you could share the video? Just tap the movie-share button in the bottom of our photo reviewer.

For our vision impaired users, we've significantly improved voiceover support.

Finally, we've fixed a bunch of small things. We improved the metadata we save in images, so they show the right duration. We've fixed our top crash, and fixed some bugs in Dutch localization. More localizations are coming soon!

Enjoy the update? Fixed an issue you had? Or just love Spectre? We’d love it if you left us a review. It helps us a lot.

If we missed something, please email us at support@chromanoir.com, and we're happy to help.

— Ben & Sebastiaan

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
106 Ratings
106 Ratings
GiantSponge ,

There’s A Knack To It

I’ve found that there is some skill required to get a good result. You still have to remain steady but it’s possible to perform a long exposure without a tripod which would otherwise be a total mess. I think my expectations were very high from the hype and once I managed those I was able to enjoy that app more. Additionally, it’s important to note that this can only stabilise translational motion and not rotation so keeping the phone parallel to the subject is important.

At this point it’s more of a fun curiosity than a useful app for me. I will continue to experiment.

On the downside my initial disappointment put me off downloading Halide which I have been considering purchasing for a while. However, I do see how this app is more nice and a curiosity than a general purpose manual control camera app.

i_dont_want_a_nick_name ,

Doesn’t work on iphone7

I’ve updated to the latest version and gave 3 starts (was 1), this is a big improvement on initial tests, I’ll do more tomorrow and perhaps upgrade the rating again. stability is now on by default, but also make sure you turn off light trails (from auto) during the day as that gave me better results

V1... I bought this last night, thinking it'd be better than that provided by the ios "long exposure" effect, which has its uses. I tried it today down at the beach and was unimpressed, everything was blurry. Perhaps it works if the phone is on a stand of some sorts although the blurb says its not needed, or perhaps it needs sunshine although its meant to work at night. I'll try again and update this if I get better results

Ps, I see on DPR that it needs iPhone 8 or higher for handheld shots, I didn’t see that when I bought spectre.. It obviously pays to read the small print, £1.99 for the app and now I need another £999 to upgrade my iPhone 7, not gonna happen any time soon

It has a stabilisation option, off by default which is daft. It still doesn’t work with it on

Developer Response ,

We're sorry you're disappointed. With our recent update, version 1.1, we've added stabilization to iPhone 7, which should definitely help you out. If you give it a second try and you're still unhappy, please let us know at support@chromanoir.com and we'll see what we can do.

Dazzy62 ,

So simple, so beautiful!

Ok, I don’t write reviews but this app is SO brilliant I felt I had to! Takes a little getting used to and okay it doesn’t work 100% 100% of the time but my God when it works, IT WORKS!!! I was so surprised the first time I used it.... Stunning results! No, I’m not being paid for this review, I’m being genuine! I sometimes have issues going back into the app at times when I’ve just used it but do yourself a favour and TRY it! You won’t be disappointed once you see the results!! Well done guys!! Excellent app. Can’t wait to see what you add to it!


Chroma Noir LLC
15.2 MB
Photo & Video

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, Dutch, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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