Halide Camera App Reviews

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Not so impressive

Somehow I had high hopes from the Halide app. I guess I should have reviewed carefully as there’s no refund policy here. Yes simple features but besides the white balance and ISO controls nothing much stands out. I cannot even edit the RAW within the app, disappointing!! Wish I was able to get a refund.

To difficult for me. Need a refund

To difficult fo me. Would like a refund .

Finally a beautiful UI with intuitive controls

I’ve been searching high and low trying to find an app that was both beautiful and functional and my search is finally over. Buy it, worth every penny!

Great RAW camera app

I wish there is a shutter speed feature.

Live Photo’s

Almost perfect, really satisfied with my purchase. I do really wish the app could do Live Photo’s in jpg only mode, with that I would not even need to open the stock camera app again. It is a really good app developer, thank you.

Please fix metadata

When taking pictures you record your own image sequence. Metadata viewers show 1.jpg 2.jpg etc. Instead of IMG_nnnn.jpg. Also please write Halide in the software field as well as the current version.

Pretty good, but what’s up with the Whitebalance?

This app is actually great. iPhones have desperately needed someone to properly unlock the power of the iPhone hardware for real photography for a while now. Before Halide ProCam was the beat there was. However, this app can become better than ProCam, but it needs to take its users more seriously first. Right now this app is a boutique product that’s designed to look cutesy. That’s cool, but frankly, the stock iPhone Camera App is better at this, and always will be better at doing this, and, it’s redundant because the stock iPhone camera app already *is* this. What we need from Halide is a camera app for power users switching from android to iPhone who are not onboard with the ‘one-size fits all’ approach. Specifically, Halide should purchase an lg g5 and take a look at what the manual mode of their stock camera app can do, and then make sure Halide is functionally equivalent to that. Right now LG is setting the benchmark in the mobile photography world with their real power user and enthusiast and professional photographers camera apps. Okay, with that out of the way, what’s up with the manual white balance settings? ‘Sunny,’ ‘florescent light,’ ‘low light,’ are you freaking kidding me? This isn’t a Kodak disposable camera. We deserve granular fully customizable white balance settings, on a sliding scale in Kelvin’s, for our individual artistic vision. It is not Halide’s role to tell the photographer how their photo should look. Sometimes we want a blue tint, sometimes a red tint, sometimes we want a washout look, sometimes we want a literal accurate white balance, but get out of town with this ‘florescent bulb,’ ‘cloudy,’ ‘sunlight’ garbage! This isn’t 1995! It’s astonishing that in the Apple world, no one has managed to make a real photography app that is simple and effective in the way LG has done on their products for 5 years now. You guys can do it! So just do it. Photographers who value their privacy will thank you for it when they can finally ditch android for iOS and not give up the ability to take photos in doing so. Don’t make us choose between our photos and our privacy!

My only camera choice.

Best camera app ever. The only time I don’t use it is when I need burst mode.

Shutter speed controls are very unusable

This app is unstable, unintuitive and overpriced.

Nice! But not silent :'(

I am thrilled by being able to control my photos. Raw quality is wonderful. I very much wish I could turn off the shutter sound in the app!

Image loading bug

I noticed that images do not appear instantaneously with their sharp quality. You have to zoom in and then out of the image for it to be high quality.

Great app, Great devs

Had an issue with the app locking on open. Devs fixed it promptly and it’s gone. Love the speedy fixes!


Sophisticated. Stylish. Full of features. Highly recommended to all iOS users, pro or not. Simply put: you need this application.

Not as expected

Update: 9july2018 The last update was an app killer ! I have no clue what did they do, while taking the pic using manual focus with peaking it's ok, the result in photo album is catastrophic ! Out of focus & blurry ! For my previous review the developer requested to send them an email to their support team which I did including photos, other than automated reply confirming receiving the email they never responded at all !! I'm reducing from 2 stars to 1 star. The idea is good, but in reality it's not, specially there's a free apps that provide exactly same options ! You need to work more on focus, like add focus magnifier beside peaking, AR option is a mystery for me though I searched your website on how to use it no luck. I believe you can make manual controls more easy (have a look into app store for similar apps). Advise: have a think of rewriting the app from beginning & don't stick to old design. Think of making it better !


Very nice app for raw shooters who like program mode on their DSLR. The only missing feature is square aspect ratio. I shoot mostly for Instagram and having a square frame with rule of thirds lines would be nice.

Super interface with flexibility

I have used a few of the more advanced iPhone camera GUIs and most are actually pretty decent but Halide is the best in terms usability, flexibility, stability in my opinion. Nice work!

I Like the Idea

A camera is a simple thing, but most apps ignore that and try to add in lots of gimmicks. This one seems to want to keep it simple. It provides what you need to control the camera and the data and not much more. The “wow” features it adds are in support of fast manual capture, IE focus peeking, histogram, raw, and depth maps. It is missing HDR, but in the spirit of simplicity, perhaps just adding a quick automated bracket exposure would be nice so HDR can be done in post, just like the depth map for portrait mode. The app is fast, clean, and deceptively simple to use. It makes manual control simple and provides the tools to make it as fast as possible to see what you are doing when working manually. If you want fast and accurate manual exposure adjustment and maximum quality data output, this does it well. Just be prepared to post-process elsewhere.

App crashes in depth mode

App is constantly crashing when I use depth mode/portrait. Used to be my go-to camera app but with the crashing, I’ll be going back to VSCO which is FREE. Save your money - use VSCO.


Not worth 5 bucks, camera is constantly blurry, pictures are dark, auto focus and manual focus don’t work as described. Unhappy as heck at the quality of this app. Will ask for a refund. Don’t waste time or money on this app.

Nice, but unstable

Using the depth feature, the app crashes constantly. Once it totally locked up my phone. If they can fix the constant crashes, it’ll be a killer app. But what use is a camera app that crashes when you try to use it?


The camera is no different then any other on the AppStore. Nothing special and no burst mode. Unfortunately for me I spent 5.99 on this and I have more features with camera + 2 and it has a burst mode.


The operation couldn’t be completed. (Halide.DepthEffectError error 1.) I am unable to take picture in depth mode. I used a telephoto moment Lens.

Favorite camera app needs long exposure settings

This app gives manual control over I so focus and file types including raw. It’s only missing a long exposure mode for use With tripod. I hope that’s in a future release


I looked at the YouTube videos and the video on the developers site and not at all what I expected and it’s not all gestures have an iPhone X and with the app installed with latest software crashes and kicks me out of the app and also I have to tap any function there is no gestures to be used.. REFUND please ...

On the go SLR features

This is a great augmentation to the iPhone camera. Allows total shutter and exposure control, also manual focus mode.

Easy to Use with a lot of Depth

The interface makes it really easy to figure out how to adjust settings, even for someone with limited photography knowledge. It has become my default camera app.

Unusable, I guess

6/18 Even with a new 6+ with few apps installed it still crashes. I forgot it even exists until I was looking for something to filter out all reds to get a dog’s perspective on things. I suppose I’ll take my dog’s philosophical perspective on this app and just let go... ———————————- Earlier...Constantly crashes on my 6 Plus so I'm unfamiliar with it; all I've experienced with it is like it's any other basic decent manual iOS camera app. There once was a manual but it’s obsolete. Maybe I'll delete other apps until it functions, pepper the devs with questions, or give up.

No comparison...RUN!!!

This app is nothing like Procamera Or Camera+ What a joke. Joke is on me I guess, I just got ripped off. I want my money back. At $5.99 I expected something that works as advertised. This is not a pro-camara in any sense of the word. I had to give it one star, but don't feel it deserves that at all.

Seems to do a good job as a camera but no documentation

How to use the features? How to capture on RAW. Looks like a lot of potential but it needs a link to instructions.

It’s ok.

Like others who have reviewed, I’m not totally sold as this being a must have photo app. It does have some nice options and it does work well, but so does my regular iOS camera app. Devs... any thought of having a full screen camera like another very popular app that I use call Flache? Would look very cool behind all the other options on the screen. 4 stars because it works and works well. Just not ready to be my go to camera app right now.

All around fun to use

If you loved fooling around with the settings in your old time SLR, Halide will surely satisfy you. And, no more camera bag with rolls of Kodachrome used to get that one must keep shot.


Not sure what the difference between this camera app and the others. It has nice UI. Easy to use but other than that I wouldn't pay the $5.99 for it. I bought it at the $2.99 price and maybe that is a bit more expensive. Some other one I would recommend would be Camera+ and ProCamera. ProCamera has more features and its a little less expensive than this app. I also have a bug where something keeps crashing every time I open the camera. It does not tell me what at times and other times it just tells me that I cant take a photo but works just fine once I click ok or dismiss, depending on what error it gives me.

Pretty good!

I paid $6 for this app and there's no shutter speed option? EDIT: they have shown me that you can adjust shutter speed

Love it!

This was the first app I got after getting my iPhone X set up in November. Looks and works great!

The best !!!!!

So I downloaded at least 10 paid camera apps. Some of them $6.99. I ended up deleting all of them. I hid apples default camera in some folder. This is the only cAmera app that I currently use. One of the best in controlling focus (blur). Sharp and fast.

Seriously best camera app that I always come back to

Design is great. I had used a couple other apps but this one is hand down the best out there. I really like how it handles portrait mode as well.

My app locked into a screen to set preferences

And I cant get it back into photo mode

Over hyped

Halide has a nice UI and provides a couple of features not offered by Apple’s camera app. But overall it’s lacking. I had high hopes for using this as my main camera app and I’ll watch and see if it evolves further. But at the present, DSLR photographers will find better iPhone camera alternatives. Three stars because it works, but I recommend searching elsewhere.

Black screen

Uninstalled and reinstalled. All permissions are set. Nothing but a black screen when I launch.

App has been great

Up until recently. Has started to crash after taking a photo.

Great camera

Wonderful features including depth setting and indicators on monitor highly recommended . Read the instructions first!

Y los formatos?

Esta aplicación es costosa y entiendo esta bien diseñada, pero donde cambio los formatos a cuadrado 4:3, 16:9, o es que esta aplicación no tiene esta función?

Crashes when Shooting with Depth On

Same prob many people seem to be having. Sounded like a great app, but you cant push productivity when the app crashes shooting a big feature.

Hardly any documentation

The “Manual” (detailed information for a longer read) has almost no information on its four pages. On half the pages the graphics are defective. Clever newly-introduced icons are not explained. Particularly frustrating is The Quick Bar page where there is a guide to what each icon means. All icons are broken on several web browsers I’ve tried. Technical information reads more like an advertisement than an explanation.

Good but not enough

For a price of 6$ the features focused in this app can be found in a 3$ app. Yes, it has a very sophisticated and smart auto focus that gets the perfect shot most of the time, but no, portrait mode is only on the plus and X models of iPhone. Considering that the portrait enhancement is shown on the images and makes it looks good, I would not recommend this for beginners but rather for more advanced photographer!

No manual white balance

I should have gone with other app like pro cam. This one is no better than default app on iPhone. The reason I got this one is to be able to adjust white balance because default app makes my face orange and this one does it too. Waste of money. There is no pro feature like low light exposure. Really wish I could get the money back.

Hook me up with some iPad connection.

The controls and user interface are intuitive and responsive. Keep up the good work.

Loving this Camera!

I’ve been using an IPhone X with the Halide camera for a few months now and it’s become my go to camera! It captures superior photos on auto focus but I also love the manual focus features just to name one of the many other features! I come from a professional DSLR background working with all manual settings of those cameras and I can honestly say that Halide gives me as much or more flexibility and control than my DSLR. Thanks Halide—keep developing but keep it as simple and easy to use as it is right now!

Editing photos

I can’t seem to find a way to edit photos I have taken. I am able to access them but I can’t use them


Probably the best camera app for capturing raw pictures. A very nice UI with easy to use controls, customizable buttons and fun depth effects. Even the framing guide has a satisfying Taptic click to it when you get it lined up. Clever. The only thing that is missing is exposure, shutter and focus lock.

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