Spectre Camera

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"Spectre is a new iOS camera app that uses AI to create stunning long exposures” — the Verge

Introducing Spectre, from the makers of Halide, one of the top camera apps in the App Store.

Spectre uses AI to help you make amazing long exposure photographs. Spectre can remove crowds, turn city streets into rivers of light, make waterfalls look like paintings, and much more. Until now, it was difficult to take long exposures: from keeping the camera steady to guessing the amount of light you need. Spectre takes care of all of that!


• MAKE CROWDS DISAPPEAR: Spectre helps take photos of crowded, touristy places. Simply set a medium or long duration and take a shot to erase the crowd from a location. Capture the those special moments like you remember them.

• RIVERS OF LIGHT: At night, AI scene detection automatically switches modes to draw beautiful light trails, for stunning nighttime city photography or light painting.

• GORGEOUS WATER: Capture waterfalls, ocean waves, fountains and more with beautiful ghostly water.


Spectre’s intelligent computational shutter takes hundreds of shots over the span of a few seconds, and saves them in an accompanying live photo. That means you can pick a different frame as your photo, apply live-photo effects, and even use the long exposure as a live-wallpaper!


Spectre is a packed with powerful technology from by the team that brought you Halide.

From machine learning-based scene detection to computer vision aided image stabilization, Spectre is jammed full of impressive technologies to get the best possible image.


Spectre is meticulously designed. Its dark UI is gentle on the eyes when you shoot at night. Gorgeous glowing highlights infuse it with a unique style. Custom typefaces and iconography combined with unique, smooth controls make it as tactile and delightful as an actual physical camera. Like its sister app Halide, the app is easily usable with one hand, even on the largest iPhones.


Build with the latest tech, Spectre isn't just a long exposure camera — it’s the cutting edge technology showcase of one of the App Store’s foremost camera apps, Halide. Here’s just a few of the latest technologies that we use in Spectre:

- DCI-P3 Wide Color Pipeline
- Live Photos
- Metal Graphics Acceleration
- Tripod Detection
- Siri & Shortcuts
- AI Stabilization
- Machine Learning & CoreML
- Computer Vision


Spectre’s smart Automatic Scene Detection requires iOS 12. AI-based stabilization features are available on iPhone 6S and later.* For the best experience, we recommend iPhone 8 or later.

On iPhone 6 Spectre captures in lower resolution.

* (Full compatibility device list: iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR)


We’re Ben and Sebastiaan, two friends living in the San Francisco Bay Area that love building fantastic apps for photography.

We hope you love Spectre! We’d love your feedback to make it even better or any reports of bugs you run into. You can always contact us directly via email: [email protected], on our Twitter: @halidecamera or Instagram: @halideapp

Don’t forget to share your amazing results by tagging them with #SpectreShot so we can share them on our growing social media accounts!

Spectre Camera App Description & Overview

The applications Spectre Camera was published in the category Photo & Video on 2019-03-03 and was developed by Chroma Noir LLC. The file size is 14.38 MB. The current version is 1.1.2 and works well on 11.0 and high ios versions.

This small update makes a few slight changes to the stabilization algorithm to help out new users.

Spectre is now available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish! While you’re reading this in English, that might not seem exciting, but we’re pleased to bring Spectre to even more parts of the world.

If you're using iOS 12.2, we've cut Spectre's size by 58%! Seven megabytes may not seem like much, but that's the size of Windows 3.1.

Finally, we've fixed a couple of our top crashes.

Thanks for supporting Spectre! If you like what we're doing, consider leaving a review. If you need any help or have feedback, please let us know at support at [email protected]

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Spectre Camera Reviews


Blurs image details  CJLF  1 star

The app appears promising in principle but unfortunately fine image detail is blurred along with water, clouds, and the other moving subjects which you might want blurred (e.g. stationary subjects in a lake or a dock projecting into the ocean). Not recommended. Most iOS users will be better off with the long exposure option in the stock Photos app’s Live Photos.


Making crowded disappear  NateR977  1 star

I would have to do I’m not impressed with this as they so it removes crowds and other things. My visit to Chicago to the bean I used this app and it doesn’t do as implied. Just blurs the people as they walk in front of the camera. Does nothing for all the others that are standing still.


$2.99 flushed down the toilet  LittlePinkyToe  1 star

No matter how steady I hold the iPhone X, the photos are out of focus. Even when I put the camera on a surface (not hand-held), the photos are terrible. Unlike their slick marketing video, getting the ‘steady’ icon takes just about forever. I used to be a professional photographer but I’m not comparing the equipment that I had to this app — I’m comparing it to the iPhone X camera. The iPhone takes wonderful photographs, this app is pure crap. I’m an extremely patient person. I have spent thousands of hours in my life learning new subjects (not just photography). I don’t give up easily but this tested my patience. CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Surprise, there is none! I contacted them days ago and they never got back go me. Don’t throw away your money. Give the $2.99 to charity.


Waste of money  MpowerSkills  1 star

Worthless. I’ve wasted so many good picture opportunities on this app, I could have used the stock app and captured special stuff, instead I paid them extra so I can take pictures that are garbage.


Interesting take on long exposures  duck'aducks  4 star

Long exposures have always been part of my photography. Often I use camera motion for long exposures. Maybe the dev can correct me, but I get the feeling that the app is trying to fight that every step of the way and stabilize the image. While this does lead to some interesting results, it is generally unpredictable. I get much different results using a DSLR or different apps on my phone. Maybe a mode for light trails with camera motion (as opposed to subject motion) that ignores or does something different with the motion data is a path to explore? Still a good effort from the people who made Halide and worth it if you’re interested in long exposures. I’m excited to see what they do with this app over time.


Spectre  bobprob  5 star

Spectre just works nice job


Why couldn't this be in halide?  McWetty  2 star

iPhone XR here... I haven't had the best of luck getting good results with this. I wish there was a 1-second option; or even better, an edit to shorten time after the shot (since really this is just a modified live photo). Any way, no matter how still I take a shot, there's moderate blurriness and janky effects. Hoping the team can fix some of the XR issues. But the thing that gets me most is why this had to be a separate app. Why not an IAP for halide?


Enjoy taking long exposure shots  Otonoelito  5 star

The app is user friendly. Easy to use and the fact that you do not have to worry about any settings it is just terrific.


Blurrier than using the built-in app  Ronlap  1 star

This app doesn’t work for beans. I submitted samples of photos taken with it and with the built-in app to the publisher, and got back in an automated email that a ticket was opened. That was about three weeks ago. No communication since.


Showcasing the true power of the A12 Bionic  jfh_007  5 star

It’s remarkable the way in which the devs of Spectre have leveraged the true power of the A12 Bionic/neural engine of the latest iPhones. It’s amazing that I’m able to capture tack sharp 9 second long exposure simulations without the help of a tripod.


A good idea but no  Moof!Woo!  1 star

A good idea but no. This doesn’t work. Been testing with a number of scenarios without success or a single successful non-burred photo. Most disappointing. The media PR is better than he performance.

Mr.Chicken 101

Don’t believe everything you see!  Mr.Chicken 101  2 star

This app looks great, but it the camera just can’t focus in this app and when you take a long exposure photo it’s always blurry even when on a tripod! I would like a refund thank you! Have a lovely day xx


BLUUUURRRRRRYYYYY~~~~~~  imiwowakaranai  1 star

Daytime shots are OKAY... but nighttime shots are horrible. Even when holding my phone against a pole to avoid movement. BUYER BEWARE!💸


siri shortcut is not working  da0mao  4 star

Not working


Crashes often, blurry  Luketoh  1 star

The app crashes often when trying to take a photo. In fact it crashed on the very first time after installing. Ever since every time I try to use it, there will be at least 1 crash. Relaunching it usually works. But photos don’t look good - blurry.

Doctor Daniel

Poor resolution  Doctor Daniel  1 star

Nowhere near as good as HYDRA which is a much older app but gives a far clearer sharper image. Even with the latest upgrade Hydra is much sharper for a given photographic setting. Don’t know how they could get this so wrong obviously their AI is not very intelligent. This app needs a lot of work to bring it up to scratch. I would really like this app to be pristinely sharp. Unfortunately, even with today’s update, it is still very blurry. Hydra is far superior and a far older application to boot. You guys really need to do your homework.


Blurry  Nicknick168  1 star

Pics are blurry even in ample light. Better use stock camera app.


Very different - move phone a little  Picspa  4 star

Still assessing this App but the first thing I learned was not to hold the phone too still. A very still phone gives blurry pics. Hand hold with a little movement and the pics are dramatically better.


Great!  ApoapsisZ  4 star

Very clean and useful app. Has great quality and very easy to use. Not sure why the stable thing isn’t always on, but other than that it is great. I do have a request that you can make your own custom exposure time where you can choose how long it is exposed for. This would be good for taking great star exposure shots. Anyway, great app!


Won't open its [email protected]@t  danjhoy  1 star

Won't let me access photo library don't know what to do! No support anywhere


Utterly useless  YeuxNoirs  1 star

I will feel obliged to write a good review of a underrated photo app (see hydra), but I’ve never felt so strongly that I should do the opposite until now. What this app promises is definitely needed and always has been, on iPhone. THIS DOES NOT DELIVER. NOT AT ALL. None of the modes, none of the settings, not with extensive testing. Any manual camera app can get a longer exposure. Why would you want the result if it’s not stabilized? Literally every part of every picture is blurry regardless of ANY settings and YES this is an XR and YES this is after the latest update. And YES I’m holding the phone very still. I’m well above the average of patience for a specialized camera. But I can’t imagine how any user would use this and get anything but crap as a result! The results are always bad. ALWAYS. ALWAYS. I really can’t understand where the good reviews are coming from, seriously. I rarely impulse buy. But there you go. You got me. Shame on me.

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Keep Your Amazing Privacy Policy  Cool beans 12345625  5 star

I appreciate that you don’t share with thirds...if so, not nearly to the extent of most sites and apps now. Thank you

Old duff

Still a bit rough, but a great app from a great company.  Old duff  4 star

This application works well if used on a tripod, but struggles when hand held. Live Photo’s are very good. I wish it had Iwatch integration. Have not yet been able to get Siri to work properly with it.


Halide was good, this is not  vilinskyy  2 star

Halide made me a better photographer, Spectre did nothing :(

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A Brilliant Computational Camera  JCSimcoe  5 star

Spectre is beautifully executed from onboarding to capture. Every detail shines and enables you to capture beautiful long exposures that previously would have required an expensive rig. Hats off to the team for another beautiful camera experience for iPhone.


u see blur i see art  tokyoblues  5 star

i’ll admit i wasn’t super impressed by the first couple of pics i took; i thought the pics were blurry af. but after i took a few more pics and looked at what i had just captured, i was like wow! there’s so much potential in this app! i think the more the developers keep tweaking it and pushing updates, the better the app will get. i’m not a pro photographer or anything like that, however i am (modestly & humbly speaking) artistically inclined. Spectre is a great art making app that pros, novices, and everything in between would likely enjoy. i really like this app.


Crashes on XS max a lot  BrtCrrck  1 star

Crashes on XS max a lot. Including when just ‘learning how to use’. We should get an automatic refund if an app crashes this much on the latest phone with the latest iOS.


Excellent  gespino  5 star

Works great on iPhone X.

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Complicated  George Orr  1 star

I found this app for a point and shoot application to just not be worth it. My native iPhone 7 does a fantastic job. Combined with Apples Photos editing, I am taking the best pictures ever. If this was a stellar app and easy to use. I would. But I am sticking with Apple iPhone camera and editing tools.










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