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Cortex Camera

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“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 individual photos to create a single high resolution, noise free image. The whole process takes just a few seconds and produces an end result that you won’t believe came from your mobile phone camera.

PLEASE NOTE that for best results the camera must be held steady and your subject must be still for the duration of the exposure, which takes 2-10 seconds depending on which device you’re using.

- 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.
- Includes support for front camera, shutter timer, and grid overlay.
- Most of all, image quality! The list of features isn't long but 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: 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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What's New in Version 2.0

- All new manual exposure controls including shutter priority, ISO priority and full manual modes
- Improved image quality on all devices
- Many other small improvements


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Customer Reviews


The pictures that Cortex Camera takes are startlingly good, with exceptional clarity and very low noise. Dim lighting is no obstacle, and in good light the results can with some justification be called jaw-dropping. Several times now I've thought to myself "did I really take this picture with my phone?"

And with the latest update's inclusion of manual exposure controls, Cortex Camera has become my flat out favorite app for picture taking.

Everything I can think of is perfect

The stabilization is great. Everything gets a crisp border.

Large uniform areas become clean and smooth, with no visible noise.

Huge resolution and tons of detail.

Cortex has real zooming. When you zoom in with the regular Camera, you just get a cropped photo. When you zoom in with Cortex, it exposes and processes for slightly longer, to give you more detail and the same resolution.

File sizes are very reasonable. For my iPod Touch 6, Cortex JPEGs are only about 1.7x the file size of regular photos.

Cortex captures location data just like the built-in Camera. The geotags can be seen in Photos.

For still scenes, Cortex can completely replace the built-in Camera. This is truly one of the best apps I've ever used.


It's quite possible that this is the best camera app in the App Store. The picture is crystal clear from the front and back camera. The developer has done an excellent job focusing on quality and taking time to make sure a feature is ready.

Cortex Camera
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0
  • Size: 2.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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