Are you losing those special moments to dark grainy photos because the iPhone doesn't work well in low light? Try NightCap. It captures up to 15x more light than any other app - you'll be amazed at the improvement!
NightCap is a camera replacement built for high performance around the clock. It's the first and only app to do real slow shutter photography, not the fake software effect other apps use! That means in low light it performs better than any other app thanks to its unique extended exposure range, producing brighter and more detailed images with less grain.
It also provides the best tools available to help you get that perfect shot, night or day. It's built for ease of use and takes fully automatic photos or if you prefer you can effortlessly set exposure (including manual shutter speed for the first time on iOS), focus and even white balance to different parts of the scene. Just point the camera where you want to set something and lock it with a single tap - it's extremely easy and intuitive.
NightCap now includes a powerful burst mode that takes a number of photos with a single tap. Fully customizable, it's perfect for taking group shots or even time-lapse sequences!
== Reviews from popular iPhone photography sites ==
148 apps - "In night time, there’s nothing I’ve seen that can beat it" ☆☆☆☆
Glyn Evans, iPhoneography.com - “NightCap now lets you shoot day or night, and offers one of the most accurate, yet simplest camera interfaces I've used to date.”
Featured in “Best 6 iPhoneography Camera Replacement Apps” by David Roccato, davidroccato.com
== Features ==
• Automatic or Manual: NightCap works fully automatically when you want speed or simplicity. Automatic but with night mode when you need it. If you want control, class-leading focus, exposure and white balance control is available including true manual exposure in low light.
• Extended Exposure Range: In low light it uses much longer exposure times (up to 15x!) than other apps giving brighter, clearer photos. This is real long exposure not a fake software effect.
• Powerful and Intuitive Camera Control: All the flexibility of separate focus, exposure and white balance targeting and locking, none of the hassle. Just point where you want to focus and tap the focus button to lock. Point elsewhere, lock exposure. Full control, fast and easy operation.
• Flexible burst mode: 2-9 photos, or unlimited (tap shutter to end), with 2-60s interval.
• On-screen exposure and ISO display
• Self-Timer: Whether you're taking a group photo and want to be in the shot or you're taking a long exposure shot and want to avoid camera shake, the built in timer with adjustable delay is there for you.
• Full resolution support on every device, photos saved instantly to the Camera Roll.
• Left or right handed operation.
• Full EXIF support and geo-tagging.
== Tips ==
• If you enable Max Exposure Range on the iPhone 5 with High ISO enabled the camera may stall. We're investigating, but restarting the app fixes it.
• Focus and exposure control is simple. The camera focuses and exposes whatever is in the focus box. Point at the object you want focused and the square turns green. Tap "Foc" button to lock. It's now fixed until you unlock it. Repeat to lock exposure/white balance for complete control and perfect photos.
• Manual exposure gives you complete control in low light. In bright light it automatically reduces exposure if it's over-exposed (on-screen ISO turns red to warn you). To avoid this cover the lens then lock exposure.
• Photography in very low light isn't possible without the flash. NightCap will work better than the built-in camera app (and will often work when other apps fail) but results depend on available light.
• Focusing takes longer in low light. Lock focus to prevent re-focusing.
• Hold the camera still in low light - rest against something, use the timer, take burst shots and pick the best, or use a tripod/stand.
Version 3.0.1 (Jan 1, 2013)
Things got fixed:
- Crash when saving as TIFF is fixed.
- Geo-tagging fixed.
- Better stability for iPhone 5 when using high ISO mode and max exposure range.
Version 3.0 (Dec 19, 2012)
New in 3.0:
• Full iPhone 5 support:
• New iPhone 5 optimised interface with much improved controls
• Supports iPhone 5 High ISO mode (boosts ISO from 800 to 3200)
• New Burst mode (available in settings)
• TIFF and HQ JPEG support for higher photo quality (available in settings)
• More responsive: Exposure time is limited to 1/3s for faster handling and less blur (you can disable this in the settings if you prefer the full 1 second exposure time)
• Photo sharing: Share via email, twitter or facebook
• Photo printing
• Easily open photos in your favourite editing app
• Full iOS 6 support
• Many fixes and improvements
** Please note: The camera may misbehave if you enable Max Exposure Range, especially on the iPhone 5 with High ISO enabled. We're investigating this. It's easily cured by simply restarting the app.
If you have any problems with NightCap, please restart your phone. If that doesn't fix it contact us: email@example.com
Version 2.1 (Apr 11, 2012)
If you experience a crash when starting NightCap, take a photo with the regular camera app then open NightCap again. This issue will be fixed shortly.
New in NightCap 2.1:
- You can now move the focus square. Just tap to set it to a new position
- Fixed an issue that prevents long exposure on iOS 5.0.1
- Disabled auto-sleep
- Many minor improvements and fixes
Version 2.0 (Mar 30, 2012)
New in NightCap 2.0:
NightCap has been completely rebuilt with a new interface many new features:
• Powerful new focus/exposure/white balance tools. Simply point the camera at the area you want focused or exposed, and tap the Focus Lock, Exposure Lock or White Balance Lock buttons
• On-screen shutter speed and ISO display
• Self-timer mode
• 3x3 grid to aid composition
• Full EXIF support including geo-tagging
• Integrated help and support
Volume+ shutter support will be added very soon.
Version 1.1 (Jan 6, 2012)
NightCap needs access to you photo library. Because photos can contain location (GPS) information, you will be asked to allow access to your location when you first take a photo. It's important that you allow this, otherwise the in-app photo viewer will not work!
If you have previously denied access to NightCap, please allow access by opening the Settings app, then opening the Location Services section and turning NightCap on. The app does not access your location at all except for GPS tagging of photos and photo library access.
Much faster photo taking when the camera is adjusting focus
Reduced lag when adjusting manual exposure
Added warning when location services are disabled (this prevents the photo view from working)
Flash is now initially turned off
Fixed an issue on iPhone 4/3GS that could cause photos to save in low resolution
Removed flash button for front camera
Fixed low-res preview photo bug (in some situations photos could be saved at full resolution, but appear as very low resolution in the photo view)
Fixed incorrect exposure settings when switching from manual back to automatic
The shortest exposure time has been adjusted, and is now 1/15s on iPhone 3GS/4 and 1/20s on iPhone 4S