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NightCap Pro

By Chris Wood

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Do you find your photos a little dark and grainy in low light? Meet Aidie, the AI camera operator at the heart of NightCap Pro. Aidie (Artificial Intelligence Derived ISO and Exposure) handles the camera for you like a pro, ensuring you get the brightest, clearest shots possible. All you need to do is hold steady and tap the shutter.

There are dedicated camera modes for automatic photography of the night sky, star trails, meteors (shooting stars) and even the International Space Station (ISS)!

NightCap Pro also has amazing tools for serious photographers, including full manual control with a unique gesture based system that gives you instant access to all controls. Simply swipe to adjust. ISO can go up to 4x higher than any other app, and there are 2 special long exposure modes: one removes almost all noise, the other captures light trails such as night traffic and even the movement of stars in the sky!

NightCap Pro requires iOS 8 or later, and is designed for both iPhone and iPad. Astronomy modes require iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad Mini (2nd Generation), iPod Touch (6th Generation) or later.

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• Aidie, a fully automatic AI camera operator chooses the optimum camera settings for you automatically, meaning brighter, clearer photos in low light with less risk of blurring the shot. All you need to do is hold steady and tap the shutter.
• AI enhanced focusing in very low light for fast, reliable focus.
• Automatic camera modes for Meteors (shooting stars), ISS (International Space Station), stars and star trails make these difficult tasks easy.
• Innovative manual camera controls designed for photographers: intuitive gesture-based control of exposure, ISO, focus and even white balance. Simply swipe to adjust.
• Video recording with special Night Mode and full manual control.
• Long Exposure mode: Capture detailed, noise-free low light shots.
• Light Trail mode: Perfect for light painting and even astronomy: photograph star trails with unlimited exposure time!
• Light Boost instantly boosts brightness while preserving image detail.
• Grain Reduction Mode helps reduce image noise.
• Zoom control (camera-style for easy, smooth zoom)
• Optional high quality JPEG or perfect quality TIFF photos
• Live shutter speed and ISO display
• Volume button shutter control
• On-screen grid to aid composition
• Self timer
• Versatile interval programmer
• Geotagging (saves location with photo)
• Full Apple Watch support with live preview and control of the main app features

What's New in Version 8.1

New in 8.1:

- Adjusting Light Boost or Grain Reduction makes the interface is transparent so you can see the effect.

Bug fixes:
- Rotation issues are fixed for iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro
- New camera modes now work on iPod Touch 6G

New in 8.0:

NEW: 4 automatic camera modes (requires iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad Mini (2nd Generation), iPod Touch (6th Generation) or later):

• Meteor mode for photographing shooting stars with ease. Just start this mode and point your device upwards, leave it for a while, and see what it caught!
• ISS mode for photographing the International Space Station and other satellites.
• Star trails mode for capturing the movement of the stars in the sky.
• Stars mode for taking clear, crisp photos of the stars.

NEW: AI focusing. When the camera struggles to focus in very low light the new AI system takes over for fast, reliable focus.

NEW: 3D Touch shortcut menu for iPhone 6s / 6s Plus. Press firmly on the app icon for quick access to common features.

Improved manual focus - 100 now means infinite focus, not past it!

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Customer Reviews


Please disregard the earlier review that claimed this app cannot capture star trails- it absolutely can. I don't know under what circumstances he/she was attempting to shoot, but common sense needs to come into play (don't expect miracles from this or any camera/app when shooting from suburbia, for instance).

To get the most from this app, you need to expect a similar learning curve to learning a new camera, because that's essentially what it's doing with the iPhone camera. I just spent the last 2 hours shooting fireflies and in some cases I got better results with this app than my professional Nikon D700 (the app seems to suppress overexposure in the sky during magic hour- very impressive).

Will it capture the Milky Way as well as my D700 and 50mm f/1.2 lens? I highly doubt it- this is a phone after all, but the next clear, moonless night I'm heading up to the mountains to see how close I can come.

If you read this far, you're obviously interested enough- just get it already. For less than an order of fries that I certainly don't need I've been able to astound my young kids with images of star trails and fireflies- well worth it!

King of the Night and so much More

Thank you Chris for this fantastic app! An amazing & indispensable tool that takes some of the finest quality shots amongst any of the "low lighters". Opens up whole new capabilities in daylight too so don't let the name fool you. Amazed all the things this crazy diamond does. User friendly, excellent docs and tutorials. If you don't have this in your camera bag of apps you are seriously missing out. I keep alongside ProCamera w/full, FiLMiC Pro, and Mavis. Nightcap Pro is a fraction of their prices but every bit as good and does things none of these other apps can do. Strong buy and a keeper for sure. Keep up the awesome work!

Excellent! Saved the day on my northern lights trip!

Thank you to the makers of this app! I just returned from a trip in Reykjavik, Iceland and this app was pivotal. Several people on my tour bus were amazed by the quality photographs I was able to take of the Aurora Borealis with my iPhone. In fact, many people downloaded the app so they could do the same.

Without this app I wouldn't have the fantastic pictures from this once in a lifetime experience. The default camera just couldn't capture the images.


NightCap Pro
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
Offers Apple Watch App for iPhone
  • $1.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 8.1
  • Size: 5.8 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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