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 5.84 MB. The current version is 9.5 and works well on 11.0 and high ios versions.

Enhancements and fixes for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR
Video resolution can now be set, including 4K on recent iPhone models

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NightCap Camera Reviews

Von Veelder

Please add RAW capabilities  Von Veelder  4 star

Great app and my go to for night shots but please add RAW capabilities. Thanks!


Crap  ObjectDust  1 star

Read their information before buying. All the pics they have are not just from the phone they have attachments etc. waste of money and a scam.

John Hention

Amazing for the northern lights!  John Hention  5 star

My family was alerted when a KP index of 5 started at 1:30am we started out to find a great place to take pictures I tried to find the best way to capture the aurora I found this app, bought it, and it worked great super simple and easy to use plus the pictures came out great!


Impressive features — can’t switch out of video mode to photo without exiting  Rob-80441202  4 star

Found this app and am glad. iOS default is quite limited and is focused only on jpeg. I shoot in raw and like that this has TIFF. Wish there was a raw mode as well. Anyone know how to get back from video to photo mode? Keep snapping... 😉 Ps.. on iPhone X the photos don’t fill the screen. That is, if I take a photo while using the default video app on the iPhone X, the photos fill the screen in landscape mode. I need help doing the same with this app please. I’m not a pro photographer yet but would like to be soon.


Low light phone photography made possible!  Stargezzr  5 star

I have been using NightCap Camera app for more than a year, primarily in long exposure mode. I use it mostly for imaging nebula with my telescope and a night vision device, but I have also captured galaxies and many open and globular clusters. I can positively say that without NightCap and my night vision device, my efforts would be fruitless. I especially appreciate that NightCap will average photos for a period of time which is user set; this eliminates almost all noise that would otherwise be present in the image. You can see one or more of my images in the NightCap gallery... astrophotography with a phone! I give NightCap my highest recommendation.


Good for older iPhones only  Avayatrue  1 star

This app worked pretty well on my 7 Plus but is useless on my XS Max. The Max takes outstanding low light photos. Much better than the app.


This app works so amazingly well  TJLAL91311  5 star

This app is so good for nighttime photography and northern lights which worked like a charm on my trip to northern Norway it caught the auroras like an expensive camera but it’s really cheap. 5 stars


No good video quality  Shadow488  1 star

I took my first picture and it seems ok but I unfortunately my videos are terrible, they look blurry while recording and they play real fast when reviewing... am I doing something wrong ?


Pleasantly surprised!  DiazJ22  5 star

I can’t believe the power my camera had all along. I just wasn’t using the right tools to access it. This app allows you to see things, at night, that you can’t even see with your own eyes. Truly blew me away. I downloaded many apps looking for a “night vision” option on my 6s Plus and by far I am more than pleased with NightCap! Won’t ever need another night anything app after you install this one! Under priced but it over delivers which as you know can be hard to find in the App Store at times. I would definitely recommend!


Just got a reply  Itouchlearn  5 star

Impressive software, the best I could find.


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


Making the impossible possible  AstroTed  5 star

The single best app I have used for taking long exposure night time images. Highly recommend.


actually works  CuriousZombie  5 star

When I first downloaded this I was a bit skeptical since I've tried to use a lot of self-touted "low light" iPhone apps. I downloaded this anyway thinking it was only $1.29. To my amazement the app works really well and I tested it taking a star trail and left it on for about 90minutes. The picture looks absolutely stunning and turned out better than I thought.The lite version is rubbish and doesn't really showcase the full functions of the Pro version. I used the lite version a long time ago and decided it was rubbish and never downloded the full version and waited for a discount. Perhaps giving users full access to full functions and limited the resolution of the saved images?


Awesome Control  Phreephorm  5 star

I'm a professional photographer and I love the control I have over these pictures. I don't carry my Nikon everywhere, but I do carry my iPhone and this app does an amazing job!


#1 App on my iPhone  BDMurph  5 star

I have to honestly say, this is by far the best app I have ever downloaded for my iPhone. It has completely changed my life. I cannot express how thankful I am for this app for helping me follow my dream of being an aspiring Astrophotographer. With this app I didn’t have to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars for camera equipment to photograph the stars. Now I can do it with my iPhone 5s and NightCapPro. Best 2$ I spent my whole life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

No Spring Chicken 66

Pretty impressive  No Spring Chicken 66  5 star

This app impressed me. There are some good camera apps out there, but this one specializes in low-light pix and does it very well. It allows for very long exposures and high ISOs, and seems to use pixel averaging to minimize graininess. I can actually capture things in photos that are too faint to see with the naked eye, which is a little freaky (I could see Orion's shield in the photo but not when I looked at Orion directly). It does help to go over the manual—in particular, it helps to use it in bright light for a bit so that its AI can "learn," but that didn't take long. An app that found its niche and owns it.

Dreezy bug

Really cool app  Dreezy bug  5 star

Really fun app! Props to the developrers! Thank you!


Good For night photos  animallover27  4 star

I haven’t spent a lot of time playing with this app, but I have noticed that it greatly helps me get better nighttime photos 🙂


Night stars app.  Juytgvvffhh  1 star

I spent time and money, and traveled to Goblin Valley to take star pictures. I bought a tripod and the iPhone 8 plus. What a disappointment! Nothing but dark pictures, no stars. I even tried longer exposures than the programmed app, that also failed. What a waste if time and money!


Awesome App  Cwr360  5 star

Definitely love this app. Clarity is pretty neat and the ability to do a lot with the features.


It's now an amazing app that lives up to its promise!  AstroPaul  5 star

FANTASTIC! Updating my critical 3-star review of a previous version of this app. I believe it is important for users who have left pointed or somewhat negative reviews to update them when an app improves! The developer has worked magic on this. It's now a definite 5-star app. The Nightcap Camera app is truly amazing. It's clear that the developer is an amateur astronomer -- or, at least, knows what is needed to capture well constellations, the ISS, star trails, meteor showers. etc. While I still get several shots that are far too dark (not sure what is going on with that), I have also gotten incredible shots of constellations, the ISS and other satellites, and even mini-star trails (haven't gone for the gold, yet, on that score, with long exposures!). INTERFACE AND SUGGESTIONS The interface is intuitive and markedly improved. The app responds fluidly. The app automatically saves to the built-in camera roll. I do not know if there's a way of directly moving from the app to the roll; if possible, it should be included. The online tutorials are also great. Do wish, though, that the developer would incorporate more of the extended tutorials into a built-in help system -- that way, one wouldn't have to go online to read them. (The PDFs for the tutorials, which can be downloaded into iBooks, and read offline, end up with too small text to be readable on the iPhone!) Suggestion: one tutorial makes too bold a statement that flashing lights are airplanes and not satellites! However, certain Iridium satellites and different rocket boosters are tumbling and show intermittent flashes or on-off patterns. So, that statement should be modified. To the developer's credit, there are short explanations *within* the app when you tap on a mode. However, it would be helpful if the developer would provide an option to turn OFF those explanations because they overlay the screen and block the view of the Sky! They must be sent away each time. Once a user is familiar with the app, he or she doesn't need to see those any more. (Don't misunderstand this. They should still be available within the app or left on, if the user wishes.) I still recommend that the tutorials and the app's website include more explicit caveats -- they still give the impression that all one has to do is open up the app, tap, and you will automatically get amazing night sky shots. While that is absolutely now much closer to being a reality, you will still need to take several photographs, change the position of the camera (use one of the mini tripods that come with a smartphone holder), and experiment. Still, the magic often comes easily. RESULTS You do not need dark skies to get good results! In mag 4-4.5 skies, using Nightcap, I can photograph stars a magnitude fainter and capture constellations, the ISS, etc. While that's not nearly as deep as a digital camera with manual controls can go under those same skies, it beats the straight out-of-the-box iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, which CANNOT photograph the night sky at all! Nightcap makes night sky, beginning astrophotography, possible. Note: The results you achieve will still depend upon sky conditions, which vary greatly from night to night, and even from hour to hour, or minute to minute, on a single night. Many nights have much greater *transparency* during which you can see -- and photograph -- many more stars! Note: If you want to use a regular digital camera, be sure it's one that permits high ISOs (400+) with long exposures; many, irritatingly, limit ISO to 80 or 100 whenever the exposures are set for over 1 second, and end up doing a poor job capturing the stars. In fact, Nightcap Camera outperforms such digicams as it can go to ISO 3200 and it handles noise especially well. OTOH, with a digicam that can go to, say, ISO 800 with a 15-second exposures, you can readily capture mag 8 stars with colors and even show the brightest clusters and nebulae -- without a telescope! NIGHT SKY STAR MODES Nevertheless, Nightcap provides clear advantages over most digital cameras because they do not typically even have night sky photography modes. There are a few Canon cameras that have a Star Mode and can do star trails, but Nightcap provides more modes (ISS, Stars, Meteor, Star Trails, etc.) and they are readily accessible with a single tap. IN USE What is also amazing about the app is that it renders the night sky well on the iPhone's screen itself -- a form of live view! Many digital cameras cannot do that and, those that can, do not show more than one or two of the brightest stars. With Nightcap, especially in ISS mode, one can literally see the night sky and stars appear on the display. CONCLUSION If you have any interest at all in capturing the night sky, with stars, using your iPhone or iPad, this is the app to get. It is well worth its low cost! Buying it also supports its continued development and rewards the developer for a job well done. Indeed, Apple should buy this app and incorporate its features into its own camera app! It's that well designed!


Wouldn't save photos  Vvvcmts  1 star

Wouldn't save to my photos even though settings were correct. 😞

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That’s a This is a trap  Michael 20176789  1 star

This app will change your bill every month 1.99










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