My iPhone is home to half a dozen camera apps I seldom use and three I use often. First, the built-in iPhone Camera app. It’s perfect for photos and videos and works much like the point-and-shoot cameras which require no settings or effort. What about the other two?
I keep the built-in Camera app inside the Apple app folder. Why not on the home screen? Camera is easily accessed from the lock screen with a tap so it doesn’t need to take up valuable iPhone screen real estate.
Other than Camera, the camera app I used second most is called ProCamera. It offers more granular controls than Camera, an improved anti-shake mode, handles RAW, TIFF, and even HEIF photos, and an instant way to capture a moment– the screen is the button. If you’re serious about videography and photos, this is one to have.
What I use for thoughtful photography is not Camera and not ProCamera. The app I prefer is Halide. This is the only iOS camera app I’ve used which takes me back to yesteryear, to my first Pentax Spotmatic 35mm SLR days. Halide is so smart it doesn’t require me to think.
Halide brings all the iPhones photography features to a simple, elegant interface which makes point and shoot as easy as iPhone’s built-in camera, but also gives you controls that take you back to the days of film, exposure, and shutter speed.
Smart Auto – this is where the fun is and where you can sit back and relax and let the app handle ISO and shutter speed.
Quick EV – instead of rummaging through tabs and menus and sliders, oh my!, Halide lets you adjust exposure with your finger. Tap and slide.
Focus – Halide manages focus a bit differently than the built-in Camera with highlighted areas in the image with the sharper areas of contrast.
Grid Leveler – Maybe it’s just me, but without a built-in grid and leveler I get photos that need post-production leveling. Halide eliminates that step.
Halide also handles RAW, HEIC, and JPG files, comes with a very fast and live real time Histogram, and a portrait mode that improves on Apple’s dual camera iPhones with a depth map view. iPhone X users get a slightly different user interface that works with one hand.
The latest version uses Apple Watch as a remote trigger that also displays a live preview.
Halide is photos only. No video. And it works best on the latest iPhone models. Not bad for a few dollars. The app makes your iPhone work more like a new camera with different controls that do more. Nicely done.