The best camera is the one you have with you. But what if that camera was improved with pro features, a gorgeous interface, intuitive controls, and was always with you?
That camera is Obscura.
Obscura is designed to make it fast and easy to capture stunning images. Whether you're shooting in portrait or landscape, the Control Wheel fits into your hand perfectly. You won't be fumbling around trying to capture a photo when you're in a hurry – everything is accessible with one thumb. Finely tuned haptic feedback gives the devices a sense of physicality, so you can feel every adjustment.
You can shoot in a wide range of formats:
• RAW - capture more details and allow for a greater amount of flexibility when editing.
• HEIC - a new image format that uses advanced compression for high quality files at smaller sizes.
• JPEG - You can never really go wrong with JPEG, can you? It just works everywhere.
• Live Photo - combine high resolution photos with video clips that bring your images to life.
• Depth - allows you to apply exciting portrait mode effects and more.
Obscura includes a bunch of gorgeous filters to add style to your images.
There are 19 included filters, perfect for a wide range of scenes.
• A Sepia filter unlocked by sharing the app with friends
• A Black & White filter pack, including 8 filters. Especially good for dealing with low light and striking architecture.
• An Analogue filter pack, including 7 filters. These work great for giving a cinematic look to your images.
Other Camera Features
Obscura has all the features you expect in a great camera app, including:
• Flash control
• Shutter Timer
• Spirit Level
With a single swipe you can browse your library.
But Obscura doesn’t just have a simple image browser, it’s much more powerful than that. Here’s what you can do:
• Edit - Apply Obscura’s gorgeous filters to images you’ve just captured (or images from other, lesser camera apps). You can save the filtered image as an adjustment, or as a new copy.
• Share - There’s a good old share sheet, so you can share with your friends, and open images in other apps.
• Copy - quickly copy an image to the clipboard, so you can share it with ease.
• Favourite - Mark an image as favourite. Simple.
• Hide - Not every image is for everyone to see. It’s cool. We get it.
• Delete - Goodbye forever little photo.
• Trash - Obscura has a neat little feature where you can add photos to a special trash album, so you can delete them all in one go. Efficient.
With a wide range of customisation options, Obscura works your way. You can change the effects of gestures, secondary capture formats, and even the app icon!
We believe that your personal information belongs to you. Obscura doesn’t collect any information about you, so there’s nothing to share with third parties, nothing can be hacked or leaked, because we don’t have it. We think that’s best for everyone.
The only data we see is the opt-in analytics that’s automatically collected by iOS. See more about it at apple.com/privacy
Obscura has a Notification Center widget, which makes it quick and easy to access the app from the lock screen.
Press firmly on the app icon on your home screen to quickly jump to some of Obscura’s features.
Not all features are available on every device :(
Focus Peaking - requires iPhone 6 or newer
RAW capture - requires iPhone 6S or newer
HEIC capture - requires iPhone 7 or newer
Depth Capture - requires Dual Camera (iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X)
Advanced Haptic Feedback - requires iPhone 7 or newer
Made by Ben Rice McCarthy
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Version 1.4.1 includes a number of bug fixes for iPhone 5S users, and increases the contrast of the histogram, making it clearer
Version 1.4 introduces a few exciting new features: a histogram for the camera, and a redesigned image viewer, which is especially cool on iPad.
Accessed from the control wheel, the histogram provides you with simple visual feedback about the exposure levels in your scene. It makes it super easy to tell if you’re under- or over-exposing your shot.
We’ve worked to make it incredibly performant too. We’re really proud of this one.
Redesigned Image Viewer
We built this anew from scratch to make it faster, easier to use, and added a few new features while we were at it.
Straight away you can see the image format and filename (especially useful if you take a lot of images in RAW + JPEG).
Scroll up from the bottom to see more metadata, including image resolution, geolocation, and more.
For images captured with Obscura, we’ll also displayed the filter used, and the white balance at capture!
You can also now quickly duplicate and hide images, and when you’re sharing a RAW image, you can choose to share the RAW file, or a JPEG.
Live Photos now display much faster, and adding filters to them works much better (we added a progress indicator too, they can be slow)!
For the iPad users, the new image viewer is an even bigger change. When in landscape, the metadata will display in a sidebar, letting you scroll through your photos with a wealth of information.
We’ve also added and improved a bunch of keyboard shortcuts, letting you navigate your library and edit photos, without ever having to touch the screen.
Lastly, there are also a bunch of performance improvements and bug fixes, especially in the library, so you should see fewer crashes and hangs.
We hope you like the update!
Ben & Adam
As ever, reviews are greatly appreciated, and if you have an issues, please reach out to email@example.com
Ratings and Reviews
I’d love more than anything to give this app five stars. I love the customizations, the filters are gorgeous, and something about this app, more than any other photo editing app I’ve tried, just makes sense. Unfortunately, ever since I purchased the Analogue (I believe it’s called) filter pack, the app has completely gone haywire on me. I can get to my photo library, and select the photo I want to edit, but no edits are being made to the photos when I select them. I’m not trying to do anything experimental or weird or difficult for my phone to handle, I’m simply trying to add a filter, and for some reason it won’t load the filters onto my photos. I can see how they should look in the thumbnail version of the photo below the name of the filter currently selected, but no change is happening to the actual photo, or it shrinks up into the corner and looks all grainy, and unfiltered still. Help please!!
Developer Response ,
Hi Lilian, are you still seeing issues? We've made a lot of improvements and fixes to the app since launch. I'd love if you could update your review if you're no longer seeing the issues!
Depth effect not working, Slow UI
I would love to love this app. It has all I wanted in a camera app, will all the best features of the main camera app on the iPhone, like Live photos and Partrait mode, but with better UI and unlimited customizations!!
But, since I’m working with an iPhone XS Max, I don’t know if this is my device which makes the circle UI to lag, or is it the app itself?
So I have couple of things I wish to tell the developers of the app to work on:
1. Slow navigation between the main circle with all the options and each of the inner abilities - i.e I want to get into the filters menu, it lags until it opens. Same on all settings on the main circle.
2. Changing between formats is slowwww - going into live photos is slow, same on Depth, and same while returning to HEIC, JPG, RAW.
3. Depth - doesn’t work on my iPhone! Neither on rear cameras, nor on the selfie one (should it be working?
4. Slow opening of photos on the gallery view - the gallery main page with the thumbnails is fast but opening a photo can take seconds.. so disappointing :(
Please take care of this problems in this awesome app!
File extension not DNG
Raw photos taken with this app are not recognized as raw in any of my iPhone’s other raw photo apps. When I saved one of the photos to an app called File Explorer, the file saved as a JPG. Changing it to DNG did nothing to change the recognition.
Why is a DNG file wrapped in a JPG instead of the other way around? I didn’t even know JPGs could contain other files. In my default photo viewer (HashPhotos) the file is title [name].jpg + .dng which may explain why it’s not being recognized as raw.
For this reason, I can’t use this as a raw camera, despite other nice features (being able to customize what double-taps and the volume buttons do are two great features).
In-App PurchasesSee All
- Ben McCarthy
- 78.3 MB
- Photo & Video
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Ben McCarthy, 2018
- In-App Purchases
- Analogue $1.99
- Black & White $1.99
- Portrait $1.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.