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Obscura Camera

By Ben McCarthy

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There's always a better camera than the one you have with you.

And that's Obscura.

Designed with intuitive controls, comfortable ergonomics, and beautiful filters, Obscura is the camera that gets out of your way. Despite it's simplicity, it’s deceptively powerful. Obscura brings the kind of controls you’d expect from professional DSLRs to your iPhone.

Obscura has always given you powerful manual control over ISO, exposure, focus, and shutter speed. New in the latest major update are gesture-based exposure and focus controls that offer effortless adjustments to those settings with just a swipe of your thumb, letting you quickly get the perfect image no matter the conditions. But don’t worry, great auto-focus and auto-exposure controls are there for more casual shooting.

All that control means Obscura helps you take incredible photos that are instantly ready to share with the world.

Get creative with a wide range of live filters that display over the camera preview. Just swipe to effortlessly switch between filters and see exactly what your images will look like before you take them. Or swipe across to your photo library apply filters after the fact.

Key features:

- Filtered, RAW, and Live Photo Capture
(Supported Devices: SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 9.7" iPad Pro)

- Focus controls and exposure controls: quickly lock with a single tap or new control wheels for manual adjustment

- Manual ISO controls to easily set the camera sensitivity

- Manual shutter speed controls to easily set the duration of the image capture

- Flash controls

- White balance controls with presets for daylight, cloud, tungsten and fluorescent light

- Pinch to zoom

- Spirit level to help you get level perfectly horizons

- Rule of Thirds and Square Grids, because you can’t beat classic compositions

- Focus Peaking: highlights sharp areas to help when focusing

- 28 Gorgeous Filters

- Quick access to camera roll and fast sharing

- Quick access to filters

- Every control is easily reachable with one thumb

Some recommendations from people who care about the fine details:

“It’s almost like using a digital single-lens reflex camera.”
- New York Times

“Obscura is a terrific app for mobile photographers who just want to get on with taking pictures, without the software getting in the way. The beauty of it is in its simplicity.”
- Jeffery Saddoris

“My favorite third-party iPhone camera app (and the only one that’s on my first home screen).”
- John Gruber

Photos by:
Fabio Macori
Charles Vestal
And myself.

Made by Ben Rice McCarthy

More info at

What's New in Version 4.1.3

Lots of bug fixes, particularly in regard to the Front Facing Camera, Telephoto Camera on the iPhone 7 Plus and the Flash settings.

It also adds an indicator for camera modes, to clarify what mode is currently active.


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Customer Reviews


After seeing some articles recommending this App online I decided to buy it. It turns out to be garbage. The user interface looks clean and minimalist. This cool if you only care about it looking trendy. The user interface is simple but it is also very finicky. For instance... to or lower/boot ISO or shutter speeds you must tap the plus or minus keys repeatedly. When I need to get a shot this doesn't help with the speed. The RAW camera app has a spinning interface that allows you to get settings where they need to be very quickly. Also, this camera app also resets every setting you have setup when you need to refocus. So god forbid you need to recompose/refocus your shot once you spent the time trying to get the ISO and shutter to the right setting. This is a horrid app with deceiving good looks.

Stupid people

this app deserves the 5 stars because no one has the stunning filters this owns, so if you are looking this app to make good selfies DON'T BUY IT because you surely don't even understand what ISO means, it worths every penny and i would pay even $10 for this, just for how stunning photos it can take. Thank you developer!


This app is overpriced for what it is. As a previous review mentioned, looks really nice but performance is lackluster. I'm hoping the dev will improve this app because for the price I feel that the performance needs to be way better for it to be worth it. Hoping it's improved, but for now it will be sitting in my app purgatory 📲❌👋

Obscura Camera
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.1.3
  • Size: 81.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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