The iPhone is renowned for its high-quality camera sensors, and you can make even better use of it with the right apps. Although the native camera app is good enough, third-party options give you access to a lot more features to up your photography game. Whether it’s varied settings and controls or a range of editing tools, you can explore a whole new world with these best iPhone camera apps.
- ProCam 7
- ProCamera by Moment
- DSLR Camera
- CAMERA +2
- NeuralCam NightMode
- Obscura Camera
- Manual – RAW Camera
VSCO is one of the most top-rated camera apps for iPhones that has a free version too. It offers 10 different presets for different scenes and has editing tools like contrast, saturation, and grain adjuster.
The paid version brings up to 200 presets and advanced tools like HSL and video editing. There’s also a built-in camera app with complete manual controls to click pictures as per your liking.
The app offers the ability to adjust filter strength, and colors can be fine-tuned. If you’re just getting started with image editing, VSCO is an excellent place to begin.
Price: Free (Yearly VSCO Membership – $19.99)
2. ProCam 7
ProCam 7 is a remarkable manual camera app for your iPhone. It offers a night mode for low-light shots, burst mode so that you don’t miss a moment, slow shutter, and a portrait mode for sharply focussed images. It can also capture 3D photos and time-lapse videos.
Further, the app has tools like timer, anti-shake for blur-free pictures, and screen shutter. Expert users can also tweak exposure, shutter speed, ISO, focus, and white balance. Moreover, you can also click RAW images, and the built-in photo/video editor has 60 filters, the ability to crop, trim, mirror, straighten, and much more.
Altogether, it’s a complete package if you’re into videos and photo editing.
3. ProCamera by Moment
Known for their hardware lenses and accessories, Moment also has an app up its sleeve. The Moment – Pro Camera app gives you manual control over photos and videos. It features RAW mode and has support for color profile picker and dual-channel audio meters.
The slow shutter feature can produce motion blur and light trail shots. The app overlays stripes on the under or overexposed areas in the subject for users to manually light up the scene.
Then, there’s the burst mode, video stabilization, and audiometer to get precise audio levels. The app has support for Moment Anamorphic lens to shoot letterbox style photos and videos, giving images a nostalgic touch.
Halide is an award-winning camera app for iPhone packed full of features. Gesture control lets you change exposure and manual focus more conveniently. The app offers pro-level tools like focus peaking, histograms, adaptive level grid, manual depth capture, and the ability to click RAW images.
Moreover, for the iPhone 11 series, it offers a fast lens switcher for different scenarios and a one-handed mode. Interestingly, the app lets you click portraits of pets and objects on the iPhone XR, which isn’t possible via the default camera app.
There’s also a manual mode to tweak the white balance, ISO, color temperature. It can click TIFF, HEIC, or JPG formats.
This is one of the best combo camera and photo editor apps for your iPhone, and it enjoys Editor’s Choice status on the App Stores. It’s chock-full of professional-level tools like manual exposures, custom presets, and adjusting your tone curves until they’re *just* right.
Functions worth mentioning are all the essential editing tools, the RGB tone curves, the ability to adjust vibrance, undo each edit action, and to save custom presets.
The best way to learn your way around this app is by experimenting, and you’ll gain more confidence in your photography and editing skills. It’s not for you if you just want to add a filter here and there, but it’s a must-have if you’re interested in a photographer’s sort of photography.
6. DSLR Camera
DSLR Camera app for iPhone offers around 160 filters and has a dedicated night mode. It comes with three modes- auto, manual and P mode. So you can automatically adjust the presets and lighting to click photos and record videos or choose to inker with shutter times, ISO, manual focus, manual white balance. The P Mode lets you shoot pictures with perfect exposure quickly.
The AI engine automatically predicts the best filters for the photo, depending on the scene. Users can click images in RAW as well as portrait mode. There is an AR assistant to pick the best point of view to take a photo or video.
There’s an integrated photo editor where one can adjust the exposure, contrast, lights, shadows, color temperature, saturation, and more. Users can also take photos and record videos using two cameras simultaneously, a feature that isn’t available in most of the other camera apps.
7. CAMERA +2
Camera+ 2 is another powerful camera for the iPhone. It comes with purpose-specific presets, exposure tools, and a manual mode to adjust the best lens for the scene. The app supports slow-shutter that allows users to take long exposure shots.
There’s a macro mode to click close up subjects and an automatic burst mode so that you don’t miss a shot. For the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max that come with multiple lenses, the app selects the best lens for the scene by itself and produces ‘Deep Fusion’ pictures. A feature that comes handy even if you’re a pro photographer.
There is also a built-in RAW image editor, which is an added bonus. The Depth capture or the portrait mode is optimized for person subjects to distinguish background and foreground accurately.
8. NeuralCam NightMode
Neural Cam is powered by artificial intelligence, and with the latest update, it brings support for the ultra-wide lens on the iPhone 11-series.
The NeuralCam is capable of clicking vivid, brighter, and clearer images with minimal noise even in low-light conditions. It does so by capturing a varying number of frames and uses image processing algorithms and machine learning to merge frames that, in return, brighten the colors.
The image processing is claimed to take only a few seconds and is compatible with ultra-wide, wide, front-facing, and telephoto sensors as well. However, the app isn’t free, but consider it as a one-time investment for your photography interests.
9. Obscura Camera
Obscura can click amazing portraits, landscapes, and live photos. It comes with fine-tuned haptic feedback that lets you better understand of any adjustments done in the settings. The app can click in RAW, HEIC, and JPEG formats. There are a total of 19 filters, including black and white, and an analog filter.
The OBSCURA 2 app’s features list includes flash control, grid layout, shutter timer, and pro-level controls. What’s more, there’s also an in-built editor to tweak the image as per your choice. It has support for the notification center widget for easy and quick access. The app secured ‘Editor’s choice’ in the App App Store.
10. Manual – RAW Camera
Manual-Raw Camera comes with features like manual control, ability to click in RAW, DNG/HEIF format, focus zoom, and histogram. It gives control over shutter speed, ISO, focus, and exposure compensation for better output.
The app supports light and dark themes. It can click portrait mode images of objects with accurate separation of background. Though the app isn’t free, the set of features it offers makes it a compelling buy to further enhance your picture quality.
Are you a novice photographer or an expert? Let us know in the comments below which camera app you think is best for your iPhone and your preferences.
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