Obscura 2 by Ben McCarthy (Universal)
Released: May 24, 2018
Version: 1.5
Size: 84 MB
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Obscura 2

Ben McCarthy
The best camera is the one you have with you. But what if that camera was improved with pro features, a gorgeous interface, intuitive controls, and was always with you?

That camera is Obscura.

Obscura is designed to make it fast and easy to capture stunning images. Whether you're shooting in portrait or landscape, the Control Wheel fits into your hand perfectly. You won't be fumbling around trying to capture a photo when you're in a hurry – everything is accessible with one thumb. Finely tuned haptic feedback gives the devices a sense of physicality, so you can feel every adjustment.

You can shoot in a wide range of formats:

• RAW - capture more details and allow for a greater amount of flexibility when editing.

• HEIC - a new image format that uses advanced compression for high quality files at smaller sizes.

• JPEG - You can never really go wrong with JPEG, can you? It just works everywhere.

• Live Photo - combine high resolution photos with video clips that bring your images to life.

• Depth - allows you to apply exciting portrait mode effects and more.

Obscura includes a bunch of gorgeous filters to add style to your images.
There are 19 included filters, perfect for a wide range of scenes.

• A Sepia filter unlocked by sharing the app with friends

• A Black & White filter pack, including 8 filters. Especially good for dealing with low light and striking architecture.

• An Analogue filter pack, including 7 filters. These work great for giving a cinematic look to your images.

Other Camera Features
Obscura has all the features you expect in a great camera app, including:
• Flash control
• Grids
• Shutter Timer
• Spirit Level

With a single swipe you can browse your library.
But Obscura doesn’t just have a simple image browser, it’s much more powerful than that. Here’s what you can do:

• Edit - Apply Obscura’s gorgeous filters to images you’ve just captured (or images from other, lesser camera apps). You can save the filtered image as an adjustment, or as a new copy.

• Share - There’s a good old share sheet, so you can share with your friends, and open images in other apps.

• Copy - quickly copy an image to the clipboard, so you can share it with ease.

• Favourite - Mark an image as favourite. Simple.

• Hide - Not every image is for everyone to see. It’s cool. We get it.

• Delete - Goodbye forever little photo.

• Trash - Obscura has a neat little feature where you can add photos to a special trash album, so you can delete them all in one go. Efficient.

With a wide range of customisation options, Obscura works your way. You can change the effects of gestures, secondary capture formats, and even the app icon!

We believe that your personal information belongs to you. Obscura doesn’t collect any information about you, so there’s nothing to share with third parties, nothing can be hacked or leaked, because we don’t have it. We think that’s best for everyone.

The only data we see is the opt-in analytics that’s automatically collected by iOS. See more about it at apple.com/privacy

Obscura has a Notification Center widget, which makes it quick and easy to access the app from the lock screen.

Press firmly on the app icon on your home screen to quickly jump to some of Obscura’s features.

Not all features are available on every device :(

Focus Peaking - requires iPhone 6 or newer
RAW capture - requires iPhone 6S or newer
HEIC capture - requires iPhone 7 or newer
Depth Capture - requires Dual Camera (iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X)
Advanced Haptic Feedback - requires iPhone 7 or newer


Made by Ben Rice McCarthy

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What's new in version 1.5
Support for the latest devices and system updates!
Plus new filters, a newsletter, and more.


We’re delighted to introduce support for the latest iPhones and all their new cameras!

With the latest devices you can now shoot ultra wide photos using the new 13mm camera system.

Using the new cameras works just like it always has in Obscura, tap the Camera options in the Control Wheel and you’ll now see a new 0.5× option labelled Ultrawide. Tap that and you’re ready to start capturing some gorgeous wide photos.

Unfortunately we don’t yet have these devices to test with, so we’re crossing our fingers that everything goes smoothly. If there’s any issues, we’ll get an update out as soon as our new toys arrive.


A Note on the New Front Facing Cameras

Related to this, we haven’t made any changes to the behaviour of the front facing cameras, because there’s no documentation for the new behaviours of these cameras. Once we can try them out, we’ll try and implement some new features there.


Other Bits and Pieces


Contact Sheet

We’re introducing a newsletter! It’s going to provide a behind the scenes view into Studio Obscura, including some sneak peeks at what we’re working on, our thoughts on the latest developments in the world of Apple and mobile technology, as well as early access to betas.

We’re also introducing a new filter pack, Duotone! It’s unlocked when you sign up for the newsletter. Duotone filters use only two colours to produce pop-art style images. They were a lot of fun to put together and I hope you’ll make some bold, artistic new photos with them.


Quick Sharing

You can now tap and hold on an image in the library view to quickly share, favourite, or delete it. It works great on all devices running the latest iOS!


In addition, you can now set whether photos taken with the front facing camera should be mirrored or not.

We’ve also made some under the hood changes to improve performance when navigating the library.


We hope you like the update!
Ben & Adam
Screenshot #1 (iPhone)
Our verdict: Good
  • + Obscura 2 is an ok, 3.5-star app.
  • + Obscura 2 is currently ranked #82 in paid Photo-Video apps for iPhone, as well as #72 in paid Photo-Video apps for iPad.
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