Obscura Camera by Ben McCarthy (Universal)
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Released: Jun 26, 2015
Version: 5.1.1
Size: 53 MB
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Obscura Camera

Ben McCarthy
This is no longer being developed. Please check out Obscura 2 instead.

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There's always a better camera than the one you have with you.

And that's Obscura.

Designed with intuitive controls, comfortable ergonomics, and beautiful filters, Obscura is the camera that gets out of your way. Despite it's simplicity, it’s deceptively powerful. Obscura brings the kind of controls you’d expect from professional DSLRs to your iPhone.

Obscura gives you powerful manual control over ISO, exposure, focus, and shutter speed, with gestures for quick adjustments, and controls for precise settings.

All that control means Obscura helps you take incredible photos that are instantly ready to share with the world.

Get creative with a wide range of live filters that display over the camera preview. Just swipe to effortlessly switch between filters and see exactly what your images will look like before you take them. Or swipe across to your photo library apply filters after the fact.


Key features:

- Filtered, RAW, and Live Photo Capture
(RAW And Live Photos are only supported on these devices: iPhone SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 9.7" iPad Pro)

- Focus controls and exposure controls: quickly lock with a single tap or new control wheels for manual adjustment

- Manual ISO controls to easily set the camera sensitivity

- Manual shutter speed controls to easily set the duration of the image capture

- Flash controls

- White balance controls with presets for daylight, cloud, tungsten and fluorescent light

- Pinch to zoom

- Spirit level to help you get level perfectly horizons

- Rule of Thirds and Square Grids, because you can’t beat classic compositions

- Focus Peaking: highlights sharp areas to help when focusing

- 28 Gorgeous Filters

- Quick access to camera roll and fast sharing

- Quick access to filters

- Every control is easily reachable with one thumb


Some recommendations from people who care about the fine details:

“It’s almost like using a digital single-lens reflex camera.”
- New York Times

“I cannot recommend Obscura Camera highly enough. It's a camera app that gives you significantly more fine-grained controls over the pictures that you take, which can make a big difference in difficult settings. Using this app can be the difference between capturing a cherished memory and a missed opportunity.“
- Business Insider

“Obscura is a terrific app for mobile photographers who just want to get on with taking pictures, without the software getting in the way. The beauty of it is in its simplicity.”
- Jeffery Saddoris

“My favorite third-party iPhone camera app (and the only one that’s on my first home screen).”
- John Gruber


Photos by:
Fabio Macori
Charles Vestal
And myself.


Made by Ben Rice McCarthy
http://www.benricemccarthy.com/

More info at
http://www.obscuraapp.com

What's new in version 5.1.1
Obscura 2 is out now! Find it by searching for Obscura 2 on the App Store, or visiting obscura.app online.

Obscura 2 is a new app, and it's been completely redesigned and rewritten. It is significantly faster and more reliable. It’s been resigned with a new control system that is a joy to use, as well as brand new filters, and some great features for pros and enthusiasts alike.

I think you’re going to love it.

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A brief farewell

This is the last update to Obscura 1, and I wanted to thank you for using it. It’s been an incredible 3 years since the app first launched, and I wouldn’t be here today doing what I love without you.

So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support. I hope you join me for the next part of the adventure.

Ben

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If you’ve recently purchased Obscura and would like to request a refund, please contact me at ben@obscuraapp.com. I can’t issue refunds myself, but I’ll help you get it sorted out.
Our verdict: Ok
  • + Obscura Camera is an ok, 3.5-star app.
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