Professional photography in the palm of your hand

We reveal the latest apps designed to help you take better photos and videos on your iPhone.

When was the last time you used a digital compact camera to take a photo?

The soaring popularity of smartphones and their advanced in-built cameras have revolutionised the way consumers capture images offering dual-lens camera systems, high megapixel camera lenses and professional editing tools at the touch of a button.

Yet journalists, photographers, filmmakers and bloggers are beginning to explore new ways to capture images by downloading a range of camera apps onto their smartphone to further enhance their image and video stories on-the-go. Here are four professional camera apps currently trending for savvy iPhone users, but be careful, they aren’t free.

Spectre Camera

Created by Halide, Spectre is a new camera app that uses an Al-powered shutter for your iPhone to create amazing long exposures. The app enables you to capture busy places without the crowds, clear busy streets of cars, share shots as videos or stills and apply Live Photo effects. The long exposures can add movement to an ordinary image – for example it can create streaks of light from passing cars, create a sense of moving water in waterfalls or bring night-time city shots to life.

Compatibility: iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Halide Camera

Halide is a camera app which you can comfortably operate with just one hand. It is specifically designed to allow you to adjust the exposure of your image with a simple swipe. The app offers fast and smart focus peaking, fast Portrait mode as well as robust depth tools like professional movie and still cameras would. Best of all it creates RAW images letting you snap the highest possible quality photo from your iPhone, giving you the freedom to edit images multiple times and in various ways.
The Ultra Wide camera on iPhone 11 and 11 Pro does not support RAW or manual focus. Histograms requires iPhone 6 or later (6, 6S, 7, 8, X, XS, XR, SE, 11, 11 Pro).
RAW requires iPhone 6S or later (6S, 7, 8, X, XS, XR, SE, 11, 11 Pro).
Depth Capture requires iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, X, XS, XR, 11, 11 Pro.


Focos brings DSLR-like photography to your mobile phone to simulate large apertures and create stunning bokeh effects. Users can tap on a portrait photo to focus after shooting, generate different bokeh spot effects, add 3D lighting and adjust colour. This app can turn any image into a portrait mode style image by giving users the ability to adjust the depth of field on any image.

Compatibility: iOS 11.0 or later.


LumaFusion is a popular mobile video editing app which features a project manager, media library, editing tools, special effects, slow and fast motion tools, audio and sharing capabilities. The app is used by mobile journalists, filmmakers and professional video producers who create and edit video stories on-the-go. 
Compatibility: iOS 11.4 or later.


Think your iPhone camera has what it takes to compete with the world’s best iPhone photographers? Apple has announced the winners of the 2019 Shot on iPhone Challenge.