Long one of the most popular professional camera apps for iOS, Obscura is relatively easy to use. It allows various manual style controls to take photos using your iPhone.
And with Obscura 3 – Pro Camera, released on Thursday, developer Ben McCarthy redesigned the interface, added new capture modes, and made other improvements. Obscura’s last major update was four years ago.
Obscura 3: redesigned interface, new capture modes and more
the Dark 3 the team made lots of changes in the app. For one, they’ve redesigned the app’s controls to give it a more modern feel. Now you control functions through gestures – like sliding a thumb around the focus or exposure buttons to mimic the rotation of a dial – as well as haptic (touch) feedback.
As part of this redesign, the app’s classic ‘control wheel’, which made using the app feel more like a DSLR camera, is gone. This might bother some users.
But Obscura 3 also adds new capture modes to take advantage of the capabilities of iPhone cameras. Five different modes cover different purposes and offer varying amounts of automation versus control: Photo, Pro Photo, Depth, Live Photo, and Video.
New aspect ratios and format options
And if you want to get even more creative with your photo taking, the app now lets users select from more aspect ratios. You can choose 4:3, 16:9, 2:1 or square.
When capturing in RAW format, you can now save both the cropped image and the original image to separate files. This way you don’t lose the ability to crop the photo.
Other new features include manual exposure, focus peaking, advanced white balance adjustment and new format options.
Obscura 3 is available in the App Store for $9.99. This is a one-time purchase with no in-app purchases or additional subscriptions.
Where to download: App store