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Obscura Camera

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Price: $4.99
Release Date: 2015-06-26
Category: Photo & Video
Developer: © Ben McCarthy
Version: 5.1
App Size: 54 MB
Language: English
Seller: Ben McCarthy
Rated: 4+

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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

More info at

What's New in Version 5.1
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Obscura 5.1 introduces support for the brand new iPhone X

There's also some bug fixes for everyone to enjoy.
What's New in Version 5.0.1
Hi all,

This little 5.0.1 update is just a small patch for the lucky new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus users to properly enable all the features of the device, like RAW, Live Photos, and the telephoto camera.

Sorry that this bug slipped through the cracks!

What's New in Version 5.0
Obscura 5.0 Introduces:

An all new interface for choosing filters.

A shutter timer, to help you get the best group shots and quality selfies.

New editing controls.

Performance and interface improvements throughout.
Many squished bugs.
What's New in Version 4.2
Added some delightful little animations to the buttons on the camera screen! They're fun but subtle, just as they should be.

For iPhone 7 users, there's now pleasant little taptic feedback on these buttons too. Makes it feel just a little bit more like shooting with physical controls!

There's also a handful of fixes to the way ISO and Shutter Speed are changed, which should make that more reliable across the board
What's New in Version 4.1.5
Lots and lots of bug fixes. I know many of them are long overdue.

Apologies for the delay, I've recently moved from Ireland to New York and haven't had a lot of time to dedicate to Obscura. But there are good things in the pipeline to look forward to.

In terms of more exciting changes:

- There's now an indicator to show you what camera mode you're using.

- An option in Obscura's settings to always open the camera to a specific mode (for those RAW enthusiasts out there)

- A redesigned information bar at the top of the camera view which makes it clearer when camera settings change
What's New in Version 4.1.3
Lots of bug fixes, particularly in regard to the Front Facing Camera, Telephoto Camera on the iPhone 7 Plus and the Flash settings.

It also adds an indicator for camera modes, to clarify what mode is currently active.
What's New in Version 4.1
Support for the Telephoto camera on the iPhone 7 Plus

A wide range of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Apologies for the delay in getting this update out, it's been a busy and difficult couple of months.

Thanks for supporting Obscura.
What's New in Version 4.0.2
Fix for RAW support on the 9.7" iPad Pro.
Fix for RAW images missing location data.

Support for RAW + JPEG
What's New in Version 2.0.2
Lots of bug fixes. Specifically about GPS (again), the photo extension and a few other little nuisances.

That's all folks! More to come soon
What's New in Version 2.0
2.0 is finally here!

And with that comes a new pricing model for Obscura. It'll now be paid upfront and all the filters will be made available to everyone, free of charge.

There's a handful of new features of course, including:

- A Photos extension for applying Obscura's wonderful filters on photos you may have taken with other, lesser camera apps.

- A vastly improved photo browser. You can now swipe left and right between photos. (Finally.) as well as more obvious sharing controls.
(Pro tip: press and hold on a photo in the browser to bring up the share sheet)

- Performance enhancements. So very many of them. Everything should feel snappier.

If you've enjoyed using Obscura, please consider leaving a review or telling your photographic friends.
I love working on this, so your support really means a lot.

What's New in Version 1.3
Okay let’s not turn this into a novel. Obscura 1.3 has some neat new features I think you’re going to like.


- Manual Focus
- Manual Slider
- Pinch to Zoom
- Introducing Focus Peaking.
- When focusing manually, edges with be highlighted to help you determine when objects are in focus. And if it’s not your thing, it can be enabled and disabled in the settings.


- The filter picker has been redesigned and now lets you set favourites to swipe between directly from the camera
- It’s now easier to see and purchase extra filters which are no longer buried in the settings.
- There’s a new set of 6 filters. They’re absolutely Mad..


- A whole new redesign for Settings. Woohoo.

If you’ve been enjoying Obscura, please consider leaving a review, buying some filters, or telling your friends about it.

If you’re having issues, don’t hesitate to get in touch at

Thanks, Ben.
What's New in Version 1.2
Camera Roll

Obscura *finally* has access to your Camera Roll. I wanted it. You wanted it. Now it’s here. Just swipe left across the controls to see your recent photos.


From the Camera Roll you can tap on any of the photos, swipe up on them to share or swipe downwards to close. (Instagram support coming soon, okay?)

Filter Picker

Quick access to all your filters at once. Super convenient, right? Especially if there was more filters at some point in the future..

White Balance

For more unusual lighting conditions, Obscura now lets you lock the white balance, or select from a few presets. It’s on auto by default, of course.

Rotation Lock

It seems a little crazy that a camera app should follow the system rotation lock, and most don’t. However, some people did want a rotation lock. So we came to a little compromise. Now there’s a rotation lock within Obscura. (you can also tap and hold on the camera view to prevent rotation)

Spirit Level

The Spirit Level has been moved and now has it’s own button. Woohoo!

Redrawn Icons

Obscura is even prettier. An elegant camera for a more civilised photographer.

Performance Improvements

Does it seem snappier? It’s a little snappier.

Layout Improvements

Especially on older devices.

Bug Fixes

All over the place. Squashed to a pulp. It got messy.
What's New in Version 1.1
Obscura 1.1 introduces a few new features.

Camera Switching
Double Tap anywhere on the camera view to switch between the front and rear cameras. Because a certain app used for chatting with snaps uses this gesture and it quickly becomes habit.

Spirit Level
Tap through the grid buttons for access to the spirit level. The spirit level will help you get your photos nice and straight. Which is really nice for landscapes and architecture and whatnot.

Volume Buttons
By popular demand, Obscura now supports using the Volume Up button on the side of your phone. Which is pretty nice right? Well that's not all..
Because you can also use the Volume Down button to lock in your Focus and Exposure, making Obscura that much more like an SLR camera.

And of course, there's been lots of bugs squished.
There's so much more planned for the future, but that's all for now.

And hey, if you think it's worth it, maybe consider leaving a tip?
Okay cool, thanks for the support. Enjoy.
Note: The release notes shown here are grabbed from time to time from the iTunes servers, so maybe there's some missing versions.
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