By Ben McCarthy
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
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 gives you powerful manual control over ISO, exposure, focus, and shutter speed, with gestures for quick adjustments, and controls for precise settings.
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.
- Filtered, RAW, and Live Photo Capture
(RAW And Live Photos are only supported on these devices: iPhone 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
“I cannot recommend Obscura Camera highly enough. It's a camera app that gives you significantly more fine-grained controls over the pictures that you take, which can make a big difference in difficult settings. Using this app can be the difference between capturing a cherished memory and a missed opportunity.“
- Business Insider
“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
Made by Ben Rice McCarthy
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What's New in Version 5.0
Obscura 5.0 Introduces:
An all new interface for choosing filters.
A shutter timer, to help you get the best group shots and quality selfies.
New editing controls.
Performance and interface improvements throughout.
Many squished bugs.
Still not good
I appreciate the developer of this app, Ben, reaching out to get feedback and offer apologies. This shows the developers of this app at least care for creating a pleasing app for its users. The update improved things slightly however the interface is still not intuitive in comparison to free options around the App Store. I look forward to seeing what else comes from this developer as they have a good eye for creating an eye pleasing UI. However there's functionality to improve greatly. I wish Ben and his team good luck
Enjoy the fresh new update. 👍🏻
- Category: Photo & Video
- Updated: Jul 25, 2017
- Version: 5.0
- Size: 58.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Ben McCarthy
- © Ben Rice McCarthy
Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.