“Cortex Camera Takes Great Low Light iPhone Photos”
“In my experience, I found that Cortex Camera greatly reduced noise in low-light conditions. And I was able to get crisp shots without the need for a stand or tripod.”
Cortex Camera improves on your device’s already excellent camera to achieve quality that rivals a DSLR. It combines dozens of exposures to create a single noise free, high resolution photo. If you want the best quality for a static scene and you aren't carrying a bulky DSLR with you, Cortex Cam is an excellent alternative.
PLEASE NOTE that while a tripod is not required, the camera must be held steady and your subject must be still for the duration of the exposure, which takes 2-10 seconds with default settings.
In addition to the image quality benefits mentioned above, Cortex Cam also enables long exposure effects such as motion blur and soft water. Switch off the "remove motion blur" option to capture these effects.
Cortex Cam is all about achieving the best image quality possible on a mobile device. It uses RAW data (when available) to increase sharpness and image detail. Professional exposure controls (including shutter priority, ISO priority, and full manual) enable great photos even in the most challenging lighting situations. It may not replace your DSLR (or the default camera app for that matter), but for certain situations you will find it indispensable.
- Advanced image processing techniques combine information from multiple frames to remove noise and increase resolution.
- Motion compensation enables hand-held long exposure photography.
- The “enhance shadows” option brightens dark areas of your photos without making them look unnatural or processed.
- Uses RAW data as input to increase sharpness and image detail (iPhone 6s, 7, 6s plus, 7 plus, SE and iPad Pro only).
- Supports JPEG or TIFF file formats.
- Supports telephoto lens on iPhone 7 plus.
- Manually choose to combine 10-99 frames or let Cortex Cam automatically determine number of frames.
- Includes support for front camera, shutter timer, and grid overlay.
- Most of all, image quality! The majority of development time has been spent on making image quality unreasonably good for a mobile device.
Image resolution depends on which device you’re using:
iPhone 6s, 6s plus, 7, 7 plus: 27 megapixels
iPhone 5s, 6, 6 plus: 18 megapixels
iPhone 5: 12.5 megapixels
iPhone 4s, iPad 3, and iPod touch 5G: 8 megapixels
iPad 2: 2 megapixels
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* Option to switch between raw and video input (video input was used prior to version 2.1)
* Several raw improvements: fixed purple artifacts in very low light, auto detect contrast, fixed enhance shadows brightening too much near edges
* Fixed crash on iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 plus
* Cortex Cam now uses raw data as input! Using raw data allows for even better image detail and improved zooming. Raw data is only available on devices with 13 MP cameras. Note that Cortex Cam processes the raw data to produce a JPG or TIFF image and does not currently output raw images.
* Support for TIFF format
* Option to use telephoto lens on iPhone 7 plus
* Fixed front camera on iPhone 7, fixed countdown timer, improved focus reliability, and many other bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Multiple shots combine for your clearest low-light photos yet.
Truly amazing and underrated
I know that I have left five star review for this app before, and I don’t know why my review seems to have disappeared.
The increasing resolution for this application is amazing. It is basically the only way to shoot photos at night and be able to appreciate them later. Also it does great job in resolving details whenever the subject is at a distance, even during the day. This is a true photographers application for the phone, and will give you a little bit of satisfaction back when you’re not carrying your normal hardware.
I just wish the same developers were also release another application for removing people from photos. Sometimes I can accomplish the same with this application, if there is little enough motion. Even still, I’ve been able to take photos in crowded museums and have nothing more than ghosting where the people were.
Astonishing on my 7
I was concerned to read some of the negative reviews but figured I could roll the dice for $3. Admittedly the best result in sharpness comes from shooting a stabilized phone, but the dramatic improvement in low light quality, even hand held, is astonishing. The rendering of improved shadow detail is remarkable and the noise reduction superb. I can't wait to use it on subject matter beyond the preliminary test shots. I have no idea why others describe a poor experience but I'm very impressed.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.