NightCap Camera

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NightCap Camera is a powerful app that takes amazing low light and night photos, videos and 4K time lapse. Long exposure produces beautiful photos in low light and unique Astronomy modes capture the stars, Northern Lights (Aurora) and more!

Do you find your photos and videos dark and grainy in low light? NightCap will help by unlocking the full potential of your iPhone or iPad's camera.

AI camera control makes it easy by automatically setting optimum focus and exposure for a brighter, clearer shot. All you need to do is hold steady and tap the shutter. If you prefer manual control then instant gesture based adjustment is always available, and special camera modes give you DSLR like results. You can even shoot photos, videos and time lapse in black and white if you want to.

Try Long Exposure mode for amazing motion blur effects and reduced image noise in low light. NightCap has an ISO Boost feature that allows 4x higher ISO than any other app, producing much brighter low light photos with low noise in Long Exposure mode!

Light Trails mode preserves moving lights - ideal for moving traffic at night, fireworks or light painting.

These modes are stunning when combined with HD or 4K time lapse!

There are 4 dedicated astrophotography camera modes. Stars Mode is ideal for a starry sky or Northern / Southern Lights (Aurora), or leave your device capturing in Star Trails Mode and watch the stars paint circles in the sky! There are also modes for easy photography of the International Space Station (ISS) and meteors (shooting stars).

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• Video recording with special Night Mode and full manual control.
• Time lapse recording with adjustable speed, long exposure and light trails support and up to 4K resolution on iPhone 6s or newer or 1080p HD on older devices.
• Aidie, a fully automatic AI camera operator chooses the optimum camera settings for you automatically, meaning brighter, clearer photos in low light with less risk of blurring the shot. All you need to do is hold steady and tap the shutter.
• AI enhanced focusing in very low light for fast, reliable focus.
• Automatic camera modes for Meteors (shooting stars), ISS (International Space Station), stars and star trails make these difficult tasks easy.
• Innovative manual camera controls designed for photographers: intuitive gesture-based control of exposure, ISO, focus and even white balance. Simply swipe to adjust.
• Long Exposure mode: Capture detailed, noise-free low light shots.
• Light Trails mode: Perfect for light painting and even astronomy: photograph star trails with unlimited exposure time!
• ISO Boost allows up to 4x higher ISO than any other app.
• Light Boost instantly boosts brightness while preserving image detail.
• Noise Reduction Mode helps reduce image noise.
• 8x Zoom control (camera-style for easy, smooth zoom).
• Full Apple Watch support with live preview and control of the main app features.

NightCap Camera App Description & Overview

The applications NightCap Camera was published in the category Photo & Video on 2013-12-12 and was developed by Realtime Dreams Limited. The file size is 5.90 MB. The current version is 9.6 and works well on 11.0 and high ios versions.

Great news for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR owners: We've doubled performance in very low light by unlocking 1 second exposure times!

Please note that this improvement requires iOS 12.2 or later and an iPhone XS, XS Max or XR. Other devices are not affected.

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NightCap Camera Reviews


Be aware  mr_clue  2 star

Everything was working great and then one day the app just stop saving pictures. As far as I’m concerned $2.99 down the drain.


Xs camera is lagging? Anyone else??  Jakeem2000  1 star

In light it’s normal at about 24 exp but at night it goes to 1600 exp and lags a lot!!!!! Help!!!


Looks promising but can't get it to work  User9013829104  2 star

At a minimum it could be user error but the interface is not very intuitive to guide newbies in the right direction. I had a simple goal. Take a picture of the full moon 🌕 as it looked to my naked eye: large, bright and with some shadow detail on it's surface. Tried several modes and constant fiddling and could not get an acceptable picture. It was bright but not in focus and it never showed enough detail of the surface. I don't expect an app to make me into a NatGeo/Nature photographer with large full moons, rising over the distant horizon, but I at least expected something better than the stock camera. Would be willing to give it another shot after a major update....


The best time lapse app for iOS hands down  Drallamekard  5 star

Time lapse photography is my hobby, and I use a variety of hardware and software to do it, from a GoPro to a mirrorless camera to a retired iPhone... and I wish all of that hardware had the software that is Nightcap. Easily the best thing about this app is its ability to combine its virtual slow shutter function with its timelapse function. This is amazing if you want to capture wind, blur moving people out of public spaces, or just make motion look smooth. The latest version appears to have resolved one of my two major complaints about the app: it used to have problems with smooth exposure ramping in slow shutter mode, causing big exposure jumps when shooting a sunrise for example... it appears that has been resolved in my last few shoots, and I imagine (although I haven’t tried it yet) that I could do a beautiful night-to-day timelapse with it and have it come out seamless. (The other complaint was how if the phone runs out of battery during a timelapse the whole video is lost, I haven’t looked into that yet.) Thank you so much to the developer for making this, it has turned an old iPhone I no longer use into my favorite timelapse camera. Cheers!

Mr Means

Seems good so far  Mr Means  5 star

Seems like it will get the job done


Very Useful  Muleskinnerslide  5 star

This is a great app to get far more from the iPhone camera then the Apple camera app provides. One feature I would like to have is a volume button snapshot shutter option so that I could use my Bluetooth remote camera shutter with this app. Hopefully in a future update.


Doesn’t work  123dew  1 star

Sadly, it doesn’t work on an iPad at all. Not worth the money if u have an iPad.


Great app!  LVSNE  5 star

My go to a weather app.


amazing  friggenhammerrrr  5 star

i read the tutorial on the bus on the way from reykjavík to see the northern lights. everything i got came out great. took 2 minutes of tooling around with it to have it mastered. friends/family thought i used a professional camera when in fact i used this cheap app, a $10 little tripod, and a $15 clip on wide angle lens. wish i could post the pictures here to prove it. idk how anyone can give this a bad review, but it’s clearly user error.


Baby I’m amazed  12string  5 star

I haven’t yet used every feature. Still figuring the best way to get the effects I’m looking for. But I’m amazed so far with the control I do use.


Absolutely Superb  ItsDanTheMan  5 star

This app gives you absolute control over the iPhone’s camera. With the right conditions you will able to take amazing pictures of star trails, DSO’s, planets, clusters etc. Pics I have taken on iPhone XS Max through my telescope rival DSLR shots. I love this app!


Very Disappointing  Figment320  1 star

I used an earlier version of this app and it did a very good job but this one is so poor that I now refuse to take night photos with it as they only come out pixelated. The standard iPhone camera app takes a better night time photo than this app.


Fantastic  beandoc1  5 star

Lots of people with massive expensive SLR’s And me with my iphone and nightcap - guess who got the only decent northern lights shots ! Simple easy to use and great memories


Don’t bother.  wildhay  1 star

No tutorials can be found .. no help there.


App Doesn’t Work  ciaraflex  1 star

I bought this app and whenever I try to access the app it just shuts down. Really disappointing for a $2.99 app and a big waste of money


Video recording not working(1fps) not saving  Kironet  1 star



Great camera app  Phree_ed  5 star

Works flawlessly and produces some way out effects if used "artistically". Two improvements would be nice. 1. Always open in shooting mode. If the app is put in the background when image viewing was in use it returns to image view mode when re-activated and time is wasted getting back to shooting mode. 2. How about the option to save images in raw to make editing even better. Otherwise 5 stars.


Actually quite incredible  RenegadeZero_  5 star

One of the problems I have with my iPhone6s camera is that whilst the photos in low light look nice, I can never ever get the videos to look right. This app totally fixes that and the results are INCREDIBLE. You have some really good settings to tweak it but by default it produces AMAZING results, I'm just so shocked. The interface is a little bit to be desired but the actual output of this is enough to fix it. Buy it now!


Great but fiddly  Rich88776655353  5 star

Amazing improvement in quality of (especially night) pics but interface needs a redesign. Look at there Lumia camera app for a intuitive manual mode!

Bye bye zanga

Amazing Photos  Bye bye zanga  5 star

Hands down the best night photo app out there! Night sky photos are incredible

Anne Isip

Waste of time and money  Anne Isip  1 star

worst app I've ever purchased


Low light photos with app inferior to iPhone X  ilovegoodmovies  2 star

Low light photos with this app are vastly inferior to the iPhone X stock app. You see much more grain on this app.


Magic  hpwooten  5 star

This app is pure magic. I can’t believe that I’m now able to take such fantastic low light photos on my phone. The UI could be improved, but it’s a very minor point compared to the jaw-dropping effectiveness of this app. Very well done.


No Difference  Touchdowns🏈  1 star

Next to no difference from your original camera, waste of purchase


Wish I could get a refund  Zoeysma77  1 star

I hate this app. The UI is confusing. Not for amateur photographers. Pictures come out worse than plain camera. Tutorials are frustrating. Can’t get refund from Apple. Waste of my money.


Astounding, brilliant,  Neal415  5 star

Best app ever. Great job. Great long exposure shots (iPhone X)from this app. Nighttime rocket launches, aircraft, just set to “light trails” set 3 sec timer, touch screen to focus and take pic. Left on for full 4-5 mins, got amazing shot.


Doesn’t work?  Jessieminden  1 star

I bought this specifically for the recent meteor shower. I could see shooting stars/ meteors all over the night sky and yet The Meteor function was unable to capture any of them. So basically it didn’t work and I feel like I wasted my money even if it was only a couple bucks.

Ed Hendel

Fantastic for star photography  Ed Hendel  5 star

This app is so much better than the default Camera app for night photos. I love taking pictures of the stars out in the desert. Thank you so much for this app!

Wes Inman

It’s all I use  Wes Inman  5 star

Absolutely great, worth 100x it’s modest cost. I use NightCap for astrophotography with my Iphone5s and no other app will allow me to take great photos at night OR day. If you want an app that works in low light, this is the best!

Chris Cook NCPA

I have tried 8 others, both paid and free; this app should be $20 easy  Chris Cook NCPA  5 star

... i dont write reviews-ever- but if you want a true nightvision camera app, you literally wont find better- ive tried so many. What this app does with low light i honestly thought couldnt be done on a phone (i have android too). 100% man- worth every penny and then some- you ahould totally charge more... Great job - I hope this is your FT job bc if this is your work and its just a hobby, I’d think about a career change!










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