“This iOS Camera App Brings Out the Pro in Amateurs”

“Lavish, tactile, respectful, illuminating, gorgeous.”
- iMore

“Halide has the potential transform how you make photos with your phone.”
- Uncrate

“This sort of maniacal attention to the smallest of details deserves to be celebrated.”
- Daring Fireball


Halide is a groundbreaking camera app for deliberate and thoughtful photography. With high-end tools, a UI designed from scratch for iPhone 8 and iPhone X featuring beautiful details, Halide is your go-to camera when you want to really take a photo rather than a quick snapshot.

Use gestures in Halide’s to change exposure and manual focus with a swipe. Halide’s professional tools include focus peaking, a detailed histogram, adaptive level grid, and RAW support (on certain phones*). Customize controls to adapt the app to your needs.


- Beautiful, intuitive gesture-based interface
- On iPhone X, a custom-designed UI that is completely usable with one hand
- Focus peaking* and powerful manual focus
- Full manual controls including shutter speed, ISO and white balance
- Live histogram for perfect exposure*
- Captures RAW, TIFF, HEIC or JPG for the best quality shots*
- Capture Depth on dual-camera iPhones*
- Grid overlay with built-in level
- Quick-review of your last few shots
- Intelligent automatic and manual mode


Focus peaking requires iPhone 5S or later (5S, 6, 6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
Histogram requires iPhone 6 or later. (6, 6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
RAW requires iPhone 6S or later. (6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
Depth Capture requires a dual-camera iPhone (iPhone 7 and 8 Plus, iPhone X)

What's New

Version 1.10.2

This update fixes a few bugs in HALIDE 1.10: A SPECIAL IPHONE XS UPDATE

In Halide 1.10, we’re launching a new feature called Smart RAW for iPhone XS. After extensively testing the new iPhone in the field in the last few weeks, we’ve built a new automatic logic for exposing and getting the best RAW shots out of the iPhone XS, enabling more detail than ever out of any iPhone camera.

There’s nothing to enable. Just shoot in auto exposure you’ll notice lower noise and better highlight recovery in all your RAW shots. Check out some incredible examples on Instagram by searching for the #SmartRAW hashtag.

VIEW RAW AND JPG PAIRS: Inside our reviewer, we’ve added the option to compare the system JPEG with the RAW.

WATCH APP UPDATES: We’ve updated our watch app to take advantage of the larger screen on the Apple Watch Series 4.

OUR THINNEST APP YET: Finally, we did a little cleaning and cut our app size in half.

Previously, on Halide Season 1:


We're excited to support the new Portrait Effects Matte (PEM). When shooting photos with depth, PEM generate a crisp black-and-white matte alongside the depth data. This dramatically improves background effects, like portrait blur. It has to be seen to be believed, and it's easy! After taking a depth photo, tap the portrait icon to see the black-and-white matte. You'll be amazed by the fine details it captures, like hair.


With the help of Portrait Effects Matte, we've developed our own custom blur, unique from the iOS camera's portrait effect. It adds the lush bokeh you expect from a traditional camera.


Our viewfinder is now powered entirely by Apple's latest graphics technology, Metal. This will save battery, and pave the way for exciting new features in the works. And since our last major update, we've cut memory by as much as 80%. This speeds up launches and make your whole phone feel faster.


Halide 1.9 integrates with Siri Shortcuts. Take a lot of photos at sunset? Siri will learn this and start suggesting Halide in search and on your lock screen.

But we're really excited about the Siri powered Voice Trigger. Take a shot by saying, "Hey Siri, fire the shutter." This is great for remote shots, like group photos. You can enable this feature in Settings.


Curious about the nitty gritty details of your phone's cameras? We now give you a report of system-level information. Access Technical Readout in Settings.


Halide is ready to be used with your new phone out of the gate, with a tweaked landscape UI, extra-large last shot thumbnail and its entire user interface easily reachable with just one hand. And check out Technical Readout section to see how much it's improved!


Wide Color Rendering – When using depth mode or focus peaking, you'll notice vibrant, richer color. While we've always supported wide-color photos, what you see in the viewfinder will now more accurately represent the final image.

Smart Inversion – We invest in accessibility with every release. In this update we support smart-inversion, which inverts the colors of an app to help the visually impaired.

If you enjoy this update, consider rating us. If you run into any issues, we're always listening at

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.2K Ratings
1.2K Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Take a photo in manual mode.

Not impressed so far

round midnight

The app crashed while testing the 3D Depth feature. Then the UI became unstable and the camera shutter sound played when i wasn’t even taking a picture. The UI is fairly good, but I’m not blown away as the hype around this app suggested. The semi-transparent tap circles around buttons I find frankly a bit ugly and amateurish looking.

As for the features, I use format framing modes like square extensively, and I was shocked that a pro camera app would lack framing options. This is something I really want to see added. The seeming lack of long exposure photos is also a big negative for an app designed around manual controls—this was an important tool for me in the analog film days.

I do think I’d use this app if photo framing modes were added, but until then it’s just not giving me what I need at a basic level. I understand the designer’s desire to simplify, but as an ex-Apple designer he should know that Apple-esque elegance isn’t just removing features, but providing streamlined common features on top while letting users drill down for more complex options. Though I’d consider taking a square format photo (which came from medium format film cameras, not Instagram) a basic and necessary option for the top level.

Developer Response

Sorry to hear about your crash! We treat crashes seriously, so if you email, we'll be glad to dig in.

As for long exposure, the iPhone can only native support exposures up to 1/3 a second. If you see anything longer, it's a post-processing effect that blends together multiple images. It would be impossible to support that kind of effect while supporting RAW; we haven't ruled that out in the future, but we usually avoid any post processing effects.

As for framing modes, we're definitely considering it in the future, but isn't a top priority right now.

A fantastic camera for the iPhone

The One True Dude

Halide is a fantastic camera for your iPhone. It is well designed and build to take advantage of every possible feature. I’ve used Halide with both an iPhone 6 and and iPhone X. Even on my iPhone 6 Halide helped me feel more like I was using my traditional camera with interchangeable lenses. Focusing and exposure on shots is easy to control if you want to.

On my iPhone X Halide sings. The RAW capture capability. The intuitive controls still work great, and the work the team put into supporting the iPhone X shows and makes it worth every penny. The inventive uses of the new screen are welcomed additions. I love using Halide for most of my shooting now because it is so easy to point and shoot in Auto or you can switch to manual and tune as you feel it needs. Just today I found the guide with haptics for lining up a level shot from above to be invaluable. I can’t wait to only take my iPhone X and Halide with me on my next trip and still be able to capture great photos.


Chroma Noir LLC
20.5 MB
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Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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