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NightCap Camera app for iPhone and iPad

4.8 ( 7248 ratings )
Utilities Photo & Video
Developer: Chris Wood
1.99 USD
Current version: 9.4, last update: 11 months ago
First release : 12 Dec 2013
App size: 6.52 Mb

NightCap Camera is a powerful app that takes amazing low light and night photos, videos and 4K time lapse. Long exposure produces beautiful photos in low light and unique Astronomy modes capture the stars, Northern Lights (Aurora) and more!

Do you find your photos and videos dark and grainy in low light? NightCap will help by unlocking the full potential of your iPhone or iPads camera.

AI camera control makes it easy by automatically setting optimum focus and exposure for a brighter, clearer shot. All you need to do is hold steady and tap the shutter. If you prefer manual control then instant gesture based adjustment is always available, and special camera modes give you DSLR like results. You can even shoot photos, videos and time lapse in black and white if you want to.

Try Long Exposure mode for amazing motion blur effects and reduced image noise in low light. NightCap has an ISO Boost feature that allows 4x higher ISO than any other app, producing much brighter low light photos with low noise in Long Exposure mode!

Light Trails mode preserves moving lights - ideal for moving traffic at night, fireworks or light painting.

These modes are stunning when combined with HD or 4K time lapse!

There are 4 dedicated astrophotography camera modes. Stars Mode is ideal for a starry sky or Northern / Southern Lights (Aurora), or leave your device capturing in Star Trails Mode and watch the stars paint circles in the sky! There are also modes for easy photography of the International Space Station (ISS) and meteors (shooting stars).

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• Video recording with special Night Mode and full manual control.
• Time lapse recording with adjustable speed, long exposure and light trails support and up to 4K resolution on iPhone 6s or newer or 1080p HD on older devices.
• Aidie, a fully automatic AI camera operator chooses the optimum camera settings for you automatically, meaning brighter, clearer photos in low light with less risk of blurring the shot. All you need to do is hold steady and tap the shutter.
• AI enhanced focusing in very low light for fast, reliable focus.
• Automatic camera modes for Meteors (shooting stars), ISS (International Space Station), stars and star trails make these difficult tasks easy.
• Innovative manual camera controls designed for photographers: intuitive gesture-based control of exposure, ISO, focus and even white balance. Simply swipe to adjust.
• Long Exposure mode: Capture detailed, noise-free low light shots.
• Light Trails mode: Perfect for light painting and even astronomy: photograph star trails with unlimited exposure time!
• ISO Boost allows up to 4x higher ISO than any other app.
• Light Boost instantly boosts brightness while preserving image detail.
• Noise Reduction Mode helps reduce image noise.
• 8x Zoom control (camera-style for easy, smooth zoom).
• Full Apple Watch support with live preview and control of the main app features.

Pros and cons of NightCap Camera app for iPhone and iPad

NightCap Camera app good for

Only other camera app I HAVE to have (& use often) among the others. Works well, good results, easy to use. Great value for that.
Great app, good features, used for astrophotography, highly recommend
This app allows spotting scoped on a tripod to take HD Lunar images. There is also a device that clips the phone to any eyepiece. Sadly, I lost the link to this but it is out there!
I trien it in the special night mode and the picture is as clear as in daytime !! Crazy that the default ios app wont allow this sensivity by default ! I wonder how its going to work on iphone 6 witch have a lot better camera than my oldy 5 but newerless great
Id like a nice clean app but so Far this is the best camera app for star gazers
This app seems to really shine when lighting is just marginal. I had no idea what my iPhone 5 hardware was actually capable of capturing in low light.

Some bad moments

High-ISO cannot be deactivated which means higher noise in some situations. Noise reduction function shows little to no measurable effect.
The latest update crashes on my iPad. Cannot open it anymore. Cannot understand why updates lead to crashes, hope it is fixed soon, really annoying.
Son güncellemeden sonra program açılmıyor. Bunu nasıl beceriyorsunuz.
I was using the app to record my brother in laws wedding, at the very end I hit the record button to stop and save the recording and the App just crashed!!!! The entire ceremony was lost! I want my money back!
1. With my iPhone 6 Plus I cant get it to take exposures longer than 1/2-second. 2. No instructions provided, rendering the app useless. Ill stick with my stock Apple camera and other apps until were provided with a descent instructions of operation.
This app crashes most of time after I took photos and when it doesnt crash the photo was just pure black. I have iPhone 6 and 8.2 iOS. This really was a waste of money.

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