Halide Camera

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“This iOS Camera App Brings Out the Pro in Amateurs”

“Lavish, tactile, respectful, illuminating, gorgeous.”
- iMore

“Halide has the potential transform how you make photos with your phone.”
- Uncrate

“This sort of maniacal attention to the smallest of details deserves to be celebrated.”
- Daring Fireball


Halide is a groundbreaking camera app for deliberate and thoughtful photography. With high-end tools, a UI designed from scratch for iPhone 8 and iPhone X featuring beautiful details, Halide is your go-to camera when you want to really take a photo rather than a quick snapshot.

Use gestures in Halide’s to change exposure and manual focus with a swipe. Halide’s professional tools include focus peaking, a detailed histogram, adaptive level grid, and RAW support (on certain phones*). Customize controls to adapt the app to your needs.


- Beautiful, intuitive gesture-based interface
- On iPhone X and later, a custom-designed UI that is completely usable with one hand
- Focus peaking* and powerful manual focus
- Full manual controls including shutter speed, ISO and white balance
- Live histogram for perfect exposure*
- Captures RAW, TIFF, HEIC or JPG for the best quality shots*
- Capture Depth on dual-camera iPhones*
- Grid overlay with built-in level
- Quick-review of your last few shots
- Intelligent automatic and manual mode


Focus peaking requires iPhone 5S or later (5S, 6, 6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
Histogram requires iPhone 6 or later. (6, 6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
RAW requires iPhone 6S or later. (6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
Depth Capture requires a dual-camera iPhone (iPhone 7 and 8 Plus, iPhone X)

Halide Camera App Description & Overview

The applications Halide Camera was published in the category Photo & Video on 2017-05-30 and was developed by Chroma Noir LLC. The file size is 18.99 MB. The current version is 1.11.1 and works well on 11.0 and high ios versions.

In Halide 1.11.1, we've fixed an issue with Portrait Effects Matte and improved the AR viewer.

Halide 1.11 is a special update for iPhone XR. Now you you can apply portrait mode to pets and other objects! Just tap 'Depth' to turn on Depth Capture; a portrait blur effect will be applied after you take your photo. You can fine-tune portrait effects in the Photos app.

iPhone XR users also benefit from the Smart RAW feature we release for iPhone XS. When shooting with auto-exposure, we optimize RAW capture for the lowest noise and best dynamic range.

Tag your photos #HalideOnXR and we may feature them!

If you don't have an XR, you'll still benefit from the bug fixes and improvements we made along the way.

Thanks for using Halide, if you enjoy the app, please help us out by rating us on the App Store.

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Halide Camera Reviews


Big Let Down  Yota_Pine  2 star

Purchased this App through a recommendation via Sky Guide, in hopes to take better pictures than the regular camera on my IPhone X. 👎🏼 I took a few pictures after navigating through the App and right when I got the settings where I wanted them to take pictures of tonight’s Blood Moon, it Froze! I exited out and tried again and it froze again. Such a big let down. I then took pictures through my Iphone camera ( not the app) and got better pictures of the moon.


Zoom  Firefly183  3 star

Is there no way to zoom in on this version? I get the focusing features bit actual zooming?


Love the app but needs more help  Trey2421  4 star

With a robust app like this i expect a lot more documentation. I wanted to know if there was a lock focus feature. I read somewhere that it’s possible but it doesn’t say how. I contacted via instagram as I felt the response would be convenient but i guess it was overlooked. I feel like I’m not utilizing all features it may have. I still encourage people to give it a try. That’s the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.


Great app but crashes  JwOp904  2 star

Hello if the developer or owner is reading this review please respond back! Okay so basically every time I flip the camera towards my way it crashes like what is wrong with it? It’s so annoying


Mess app  josepacaba95  1 star

This app is terrible, depth feature for iPhone XR is a joke and it get Lagged every time. Want my money back


Really great app!  ericthered12662  4 star

I never review apps because I rarely download them, but this is one I really needed to talk about. The level of details in my photos has drastically changed! The portrait feature is awesome and easy to control and it does a great job on pets. The only thing that I don’t like is that I lose the portrait mode lighting effects, but it isn’t like I can’t add those later in photoshop. I just wish they were built in or that the iPhone camera would see my Halide portrait photos as portrait photos and let me adjust them accordingly. It’s a great app especially with RAW and ISO adjustments built in.


App Crashes  terrible!123456  1 star

App crashes every time you attempt to take a photo. Not worth the purchase.

Earthquake McGoon

Great app  Earthquake McGoon  5 star

Designed from the ground up to be intuitive and easy to use. I love it!


Crashes  Photomaster1414  5 star



It’s good, but not worth 6 dollars  Brian77777777  3 star

I am using an iPhone XR, and bought this app primarily because the portrait mode effects work only on people. The portrait mode with this app I find to be inconsistent, and doesn’t blur as much as I wish that it did. Hopefully you all can add blur adjustments to the photo at some point in the future.


No zoom for my 7?  Neetsi-ap  3 star

Read the overview and reviews.. looks good, paid and downloaded.. looking good and playing with controls.. no zoom?? Seriously??


Doesn't do what it says it does  Arrggghhhghhh  1 star

There are plenty of manual controls but the quality of the images is worse than what I get on the stock camera. 90% of the pictures I’ve taken look grainy in a fully lit room as well as outdoors and I’m using an XS Max so it’s not the phone that’s the issue. The stock camera actually takes great images. Editing raw photos on my phone is another issue. As soon as I transfer the image to either Lightroom or VSCO, it immediately loses all quality and looks like an overexposed, grainy mess. Am I doing something wrong?


Excellent camera app  onepluszeroequalsten  5 star

Easy to use with full auto or can set manually. RAW files easy to export for desktop editing.


Awesome  Justmeboowho  5 star

This is honestly the most in depth and best camera app I have ever used. The UI is amazing and it has all the manual control you could ever want


Brilliant  MacDon7  5 star

Smart Raw is a game changer! Brilliant app!


iPhone XS 2x zoom crashes app  Gfdsat  1 star

Every time I try take a photo at 2x zoom the app crashes.

Timofey K

Watch app is non-functional  Timofey K  3 star

Watch app shows black screen with misplaced controls and red corners on S4 44mm watch iPhone app shows a garbage yellow line on the lower right side on iPhone XS


First time I’ve actually felt in control of my iPhone camera  evilgoldfish01  5 star

There are times when I take a photo on my iPhone and it turns out to be terrible. The Camera app takes over and I simply can’t change any kind of conditions in a shot that I really should be able to. But no more. For the first time I actually feel in control of the photos that I am taking on an iPhone. It’s seriously good, whilst simultaneously the easiest thing to use. If I don’t care about adjusting photo settings on a particular occasion the app is ready to go on auto mode. The location data removal on share feature is a life saver as well. Such a powerful and well designed app and easily worth the $10.


Serious iPhoneography X tool  enzyme69  5 star

I own the iPhone X and could be not be happier with Halide! Depth extract, portrait matte, cool 3D highlight when taking depth photo, this is one serious iPhoneography tool!


iPhone app is better for the beginner  Kitacooch  1 star

Just a beginner but finding the quality of images is less than the standard iPhone camera. Perhaps I need to learn more about using this app?? I’ll have a play but so far disappointed.


Better Than the Stock Camera  cshrcat  5 star

Phenomenal quality - at least as good as stock, often significantly better. For iPhone XR users, it gives non-human portrait mode with Pixel-quality edge detection... BONUS! Absolutely worth more than the asking price.


Disappointing  lmphoto789  1 star

No image editing once you take a photo. Doesn’t add anything to apple’s photo features that already exist on the phone.


Good app  Recon37  5 star

This one makes me almost miss my cannon DSLR ,you can do better with a larger sensor but this app makes up most of the problems of that. MikePhotography


Finally. Unlimited Potrait Mode on XR!  Chefclean  5 star

I am a Chef and Take pictures of my food constantly. When Apple released the iPhone XR, it wasn’t a well known fact that the Portrait Mode on this phones camera only worked on humans. I was not aware until after I upgraded. I felt that Apple was making a huge mistake. Now I had to scramble and find an App that would bring back the unlimited potential of Portrait Mode. Halide does just this and more. This App takes beautiful pictures. It is so far above Apples camera App that I hid that one and use Halide for all of my pictures. However, one note to everyone considering purchasing this App. Research the App before buying. Go on their website and read everything. If you buy it and start snapping away, chances are you won’t understand what this robust App is doing and your photos will NOT look like you want them to. So read up on it. Highly recommended App! Thanks!


Not what I expected  Fallendown2005  1 star

Got this thinking it would be a decent app. As a professional photographer I have a plethora of camera apps on my phone and for the price this app is hardly worth it. If you have an iPhone with dual cameras then Focos is a far better app for you.


Need a newer phone  [email protected]  3 star

I found the descriptor to be misleading. Some functions don’t work on 6+.


Extremely Disappointed  madonna816  2 star

Brand new XR & this app either gets sluggish or crashes. Waste of $6. 2 stars for potential, but I wish I hadn’t bothered.


Not great for the Xr  Lamppost2k  1 star

I downloaded to add depth control for portraits not involving a person. I have to say this may be the worst camera app I have ever downloaded. Especially for a paid app, I expected much more. Maybe an update will fix the slow/freezing app problem.


Too little instruction  bdmsb  3 star

Your app suffers from the most common failure of iPhone apps: too little instructions. I know, you have “The Manual” for detailed information. It’s pathetic. It seems good to you only because you’re familiar with Halide. But I can’t figure out how to use the software. And, when I try to follow The Manual, it leads me to a seemingly random set of “Related Articles”. I want to start at the beginning and read everything. But each article I read seems to take me to a non-linear group of other “Related Articles”. And each article is a short summary without any detail. Let’s take “The Quick Bar”. It tells me how to “Toggle RAW” or “Toggle MAX” with a single sentence for each. It does NOT tell me why I might want RAW or how to manipulate it. It does not tell me what MAX even is. I take Portraits and I can’t edit the focal length in the Photos app. I can’t edit it in Halide either because I have no idea how to do it. My last photo now says “There was an error loading this photo.” Why was that? No idea. More info says: “The operation couldn’t be completed.” That’s no help. I understand that $6 is peanuts for software. But could you please produce a document that actually shows us how to use the program? I’ll pay more.


Love the minimalist design ethos  jfh_007  5 star

I love the minimalist design ethos that's on display throughout this app. The way in which the shine changes, as you tilt your iPhone, in the photo grid, is especially compelling. The haptics are also a very nice touch. For those of us with iPhone X/XS, please allow granular control of zoom. Many shooting scenarios require something in between 1x & 2x. Also, the 52mm/f2.4 telephoto of iPhone X/XS requires far less light vs. the tele of iPhone 7/8 Plus.


Great app!  [email protected]  4 star

Why can't I use my Apple headphones to take a picture when camera is on a tripod (using this app)?

John Forde

Seriously good  John Forde  5 star

This is a really well thought out app, packed with excellent and useful features. However, the inclusion of Focus Peaking (usually only found on very high-end pro equipment) makes this app an absolute no-brainer for people who are serious about photography. Just get it.

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