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If your work or play requires sunlight, Sun Scout is built for you. Turn your iPhone in to a magic lens. Point it to the sky and understand where the sun will be and when it will be there.

* romano01, US App Store – "This app has come in handy more then once this week alone. While working on a feature film called "fairhaven" the gaffer and I (key Grip) needed to find out where and when the sun would be for a scene… well after i pulled out my Sun Scout App. everyone started downloading it!!! It is well worth it."

* WPSHM, US App Store – "This should win a gajillion awards for usability and simplicity. I love it!!!!"

Please Note – Sun Scout uses your device's compass. Like all compasses, Sun Scout is adversely influenced by metal in buildings or vehicles. Sun Scout is only as good as the iPhone's compass and is prone to a variable margin of accuracy even under fair conditions. Please do not base high-value production decisions solely on Sun Scout. Confirming them using sun charts and a technical mission during the time of day of a future shoot.

We'd be delighted to hear what you're getting up to with Sun Scout. Give us a shout by email:

What's New in Version 1.4.1

* If you used Sun Scout on an iPhone 6s, you will have found that it didn't work for the first few revisions of iOS9. The sun's track simply flew about in the sky instead of staying put. This was caused by an issue in iOS9 which has been rectified in later updates. I'm very sorry this caused problems for you.

* This update is a fix for the "Where is the sun now" arrow on newer devices.

Many thanks for your support. Please get in touch with your suggestions. Happy scouting!


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Customer Reviews

Needs calibration adjustment

I like the ease of use. Simple for what it is intended. I think $10 is a bit too high for allowing only 1 function. Another app like star wall has similar function with AR view and offers much more other info.

The sun position does not quite align with my view. I think if a calibration tool exists it would be much better. Something like you move the overlay sun to where the sun actually is and hit calibrate....


Their website FAQ says:
"Does Sun Scout let me see the sun for days other than today?
Absolutely. You can tell Sun Scout the date in the year that you are interested in. You can't yet set a specific custom date, but we expect to add this as a feature provided there is demand."
SO, I'm confused…You CAN tell it the date you're interested in (HOW?), BUT YOU CANNOT YET SET A SPECIFIC DATE. ????
And: $9.99 is WAY too expensive and they say you should calibrate it every day.

Seems to be working now on iOS 9 and iPhone 6S

So excited to have this working again. It's the easiest app I've found for scouting for future date and sun location. Great for time lapse sunrise and sunset, but also excellent for scouting filming locations and impact of sun for time of day.

Sun Scout
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $9.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
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  • Version: 1.4.1
  • Size: 2.5 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone and iPad.

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