Halide Camera App – Alternative iOS Camera App : Review

Having recently been restricted to using only my iPhone at a couple of motorcycle road races I found the native iOS Camera App lacking. Thankfully I found the Halide Camera App.

Until this point I had tried a few iOS Camera apps but always found myself going back to the original iOS Camera. ‘It just worked.’ It was handy, wasn’t full of fluff – a proper point and shoot experience, which to be fair is probably what 99% of camera phone users need 99% of the time.

Generally for motorcycle racing events I would have used my Panasonic TZ80 or Cannon DSLR – the ability for a fast shutter is obvious when motorcycles scream past you at speeds I could only guess.

For reasons outside of my control I found myself at the 2019 Cookstown 100, and 2019 Tandragee 100 road races with only my iPhone X. It was instantly apparent that the native iOS app was not going to produce images that were in anyway usable for me – I should be more specific – the native iOS was not going to produce images of the racing and moving motorcycles that were in anyway usable.

2019 Tandragee 100 native iPhone X Camera
2019 Tandragee 100 native iPhone X Camera

From the above photo you can clearly see the issue, so I sought about finding an app for the iPhone that would give me more control over the camera settings of the iPhone X. I found the Halide Camera App.

The results were instantly obvious – and I am sure you will agree – infinitely more usable. The shutter options in manual mode allow a max shutter speed of (a crazy for a phone) 1/50,000s.

Most of the images I took were captured at 1/1,000s – 1/3,000s (dependant on the available sunlight) but the loss of quality, as I am sure you can see, is completely acceptable for everyday use of the photographs – remembering without the app I would have ended up with nothing!

Davy Morgan captured at the 2019 Tandragee 100 on iPhone X using Halide Camera App
Davy Morgan #DM71 at 2019 Tandragee 100

You can check out the full gallery from the 2019 Tandragee 100 – all images were captured on an Apple iPhone X using the Halide Camera App Here

Apple AppStore Description :

Halide is an award-winning camera app listed in Macworld’s “Must Have Apps,” The Verge’s “Apps We Love,” and picked by The Sweet Setup as “Best Third-Party Camera App for iPhone.” Daring Fireball says, “This sort of maniacal attention to the smallest of details deserves to be celebrated.”

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

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

2019 Tandragee 100 : Dean Stimpson and Guy Martin locked in battle in the Classic Race
2019 Tandragee 100 : Dean Stimpson and Guy Martin locked in battle in the Classic Race

Features:

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

*Compatibility:

Histograms require iPhone 6 or later. (6, 6S, 7, 8, X, XS, XR, SE)
RAW requires iPhone 6S or later. (6S, 7, 8, X, XS, XR, SE)
Depth Capture requires iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, XS, or XR.

Taken from aPple App Store App Description

Halide is easy to recommend if you need more control over your iPhone photography – especially if you find yourself needing a fast shutter speed for sports, motor vehicles, or any other fast moving subject.

At the time of this review I paid £5.99 for the app – there are no other in app purchases. So if you find yourself needing more control – or a more ‘Manual’ experience with your iPhone and have six quid to spare – this could well be the app that captures the moments you would have otherwise missed.

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