NightCap Camera

Photo & Video
4.4 (2.4K)
6.4 MB
Age rating
Current version
Realtime Dreams Limited
Last update
2 years ago
Version OS
14.0 or later
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User Reviews for NightCap Camera

4.42 out of 5
2.4K Ratings
3 years ago, txjlc
Great to have more control over iPhone camera
This app does a great job in giving you additional control over your iPhone camera and I have made some cool Astro shots with it. I just wish it had a few items refined. 1. Ability to have it open at night with preset settings. When you open the app, it freezes due to trying to find the correct exposure and do a live view. This slows you down trying to capture your first shot. 2. Better ability to hold settings during a session. You get the ISO, focus and shutter set and take pictures. You stop to take a look in the photo app at your results. Then when you go back over to the app, all your settings are gone. Huge waste of time and effort and seems like a no-brainer. 3. EXIF data. I am shooting in tiff and none of the EXIF data is saved. That’s digital photography 101 to include the EXIF. I stopped having to write down shooting data 20 years ago. If you work around these items, you can get some nice shots.
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4 months ago, Marz8
Bluetooth Trigger
I never tried until recently, but why isn’t there a way to trigger the camera via Bluetooth? None of the four camera apps do this either. My video apps allow it, but they only do video. Even this app doesn’t work when doing video instead. Seems silly it’s not there. All that happens is it increases the Ringer volume. Though I did find the setting to allow triggering via the volume buttons of earbuds. Only of the others allow that.
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3 years ago, sammjenner
It does the job
This app is okay. I wouldn’t really recommend using it for taking pictures of the moon (unless you have a telescope handy). Even if you use their tutorial on how to take a picture of the moon, it’s still left grainy and undefined. The stars mode definitely helps taking pictures of the stars, but they are kind of just a glob in the sky. My BIGGEST issue is the constant lag and freezing. It seems that if you try to adjust the settings too much, the app doesn’t know what to do so it ultimately freezes, leaving you to close the app and start again. I’ve tried uninstalling the app, powering my phone off.. but the lag continues. It does get the job done to a certain extent, but you need lots of patience to work the app. It definitely isn’t worth $3 though. With all the downfalls this app has, it honestly should be free. The only reason i’m giving it a three star is because it does help me take pictures of the moon with my telescope. Otherwise, this is app is just messy and not worth it.
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6 months ago, cascadia442
Focus logic doesn’t work
I had good experience with NightCap with my iPhone 13 Pro. However, when I recently upgraded to an iPhone 15 pro NightCap is no longer compatible - it can’t focus on the stars. Testing against four other low light/astrophotography camera apps, infinite focus on my iPhone 15 pro is at around 0.95 (it was actually lower on my iPhone 13 Pro). Unfortunately with NightCap I run the focus all the way out to 1.00 and it still hasn’t achieved focus on the stars. I know the AI in NightCap is supposed to “learn” the camera and self calibrate the focus settings. But, after working with the phone outside for a while to see if it could learn, it didn’t. I still can’t achieve focus. I even tried deleting and reinstalling the app to see if had, perhaps, ported over the calibration data from my old iPhone 13 Pro. Still can’t achieve focus. I emailed the NightCap developers several times - no reply. Hence the review. Unfortunate, since otherwise NightCap was a pretty capable app for this application.
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5 years ago, Drallamekard
The best time lapse app for iOS hands down
Time lapse photography is my hobby, and I use a variety of hardware and software to do it, from a GoPro to a mirrorless camera to a retired iPhone... and I wish all of that hardware had the software that is Nightcap. Easily the best thing about this app is its ability to combine its virtual slow shutter function with its timelapse function. This is amazing if you want to capture wind, blur moving people out of public spaces, or just make motion look smooth. The latest version appears to have resolved one of my two major complaints about the app: it used to have problems with smooth exposure ramping in slow shutter mode, causing big exposure jumps when shooting a sunrise for example... it appears that has been resolved in my last few shoots, and I imagine (although I haven’t tried it yet) that I could do a beautiful night-to-day timelapse with it and have it come out seamless. (The other complaint was how if the phone runs out of battery during a timelapse the whole video is lost, I haven’t looked into that yet.) Thank you so much to the developer for making this, it has turned an old iPhone I no longer use into my favorite timelapse camera. Cheers!
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6 years ago, Stargezzr
Low light phone photography made possible!
I have been using NightCap Camera app for more than a year, primarily in long exposure mode. I use it mostly for imaging nebula with my telescope and a night vision device, but I have also captured galaxies and many open and globular clusters. I can positively say that without NightCap and my night vision device, my efforts would be fruitless. I especially appreciate that NightCap will average photos for a period of time which is user set; this eliminates almost all noise that would otherwise be present in the image. You can see one or more of my images in the NightCap gallery... astrophotography with a phone! I give NightCap my highest recommendation.
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6 years ago, dorkyapp2
Wow! Low light imaging now possible
I was a bit skeptical about how well this app would work but after a few days I am really impressed. I have yet to try the night sky due to weather and the full moon but I have used it to take portraits by candle light. Something the native camera app cannot do. I only gave it four stars because you MUST either prop the phone up or use a tripod of some kind to hold it still. I would like to see an image alignment function to reposition each frame taken with the first one so one can hand hold in some of these modes. This is how we use our phones mostly and that would be a big plus for every day use.
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3 years ago, Rdm51
Good for fish photography
I bought this awhile ago for nighttime photography, but I never ended up using it and it’s been sitting on my phone for maybe a year now. I also love to take pictures of my fish, but the iphone’s autofocus tends to focus on the background rather than the fish. Understandable, but frustrating. Just today I realized I could use this app to take fish photos, and it’s incredible! not the most user friendly, but it works really well and once you figure it out you’re good. I wish i could attach a photo to this review, but it does really well with variable lighting, and the manual focus is great.
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6 years ago, DaddyViolet
Pleasantly surprised!
I can’t believe the power my camera had all along. I just wasn’t using the right tools to access it. This app allows you to see things, at night, that you can’t even see with your own eyes. Truly blew me away. I downloaded many apps looking for a “night vision” option on my 6s Plus and by far I am more than pleased with NightCap! Won’t ever need another night anything app after you install this one! Under priced but it over delivers which as you know can be hard to find in the App Store at times. I would definitely recommend!
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7 years ago, No Spring Chicken 66
Pretty impressive
This app impressed me. There are some good camera apps out there, but this one specializes in low-light pix and does it very well. It allows for very long exposures and high ISOs, and seems to use pixel averaging to minimize graininess. I can actually capture things in photos that are too faint to see with the naked eye, which is a little freaky (I could see Orion's shield in the photo but not when I looked at Orion directly). It does help to go over the manual—in particular, it helps to use it in bright light for a bit so that its AI can "learn," but that didn't take long. An app that found its niche and owns it.
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2 years ago, nonickname68
Worked as advertised
Bought and Used this app the night of December 20, 2022, about 100 miles north of Anchorage. It helped me take great photos of the northern lights. I had an iPhone 12 and used a tripod and a stylus to activate the shutter (kept my hands from freezing) throughout the two hours session. I used the tutorial that is part of the app and set my camera up following instructions. I did try just the iPhone photo app and it was “okay,” but the pictures using the Night Cap app were a lot better. Good value IMO
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5 years ago, User9013829104
Looks promising but can't get it to work
At a minimum it could be user error but the interface is not very intuitive to guide newbies in the right direction. I had a simple goal. Take a picture of the full moon 🌕 as it looked to my naked eye: large, bright and with some shadow detail on it's surface. Tried several modes and constant fiddling and could not get an acceptable picture. It was bright but not in focus and it never showed enough detail of the surface. I don't expect an app to make me into a NatGeo/Nature photographer with large full moons, rising over the distant horizon, but I at least expected something better than the stock camera. Would be willing to give it another shot after a major update....
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6 years ago, owlpoop
Best astronomy app ever!
I enjoy observing artificial Earth satellites but until now haven’t found an easy-to-use app to capture them with a camera. All the others need lots of tinkering and experimenting to get just so-so results but NiteCap worked immediately with just a cursory peek at the instructions...I captured the trail of an old USSR rocket body on the first try. The tutorials explain the more complex features clearly for even better results. I’ve also learned to photograph the constellations, meteors and see things I can’t identify. I can’t criticize NightCap in any way.
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3 years ago, DeepSkyPie
Very good for Astro-photos
I like this app because it has all the settings you need for the intervalometer to make photo shoots very smooth (how long between pictures, how long of an exposure, and how many pictures to take) which is hard to find in a lot of camera apps, The only bad thing Is you don’t have the ability to shoot the photos in Raw, if that got added, it definitely would be the best astrophotography camera app. but it’s still Worth the money.
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4 years ago, hNajajajjJana
This is the best iPhone night camera of all of time.
I think this is incredible I get better results when doing night lapses with nightcap than my SLR built in time-lapse. I have one suggestion to update. There is a crop when doing time lapses and I think that most people use this app for time lapse. This is app already is 2.99 so there should be no crop when shooting time lapses. This app is great but would be the best purchase I have made on the app store if you took away the crop.
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7 years ago, Ace Combat Legend
Amazing app with DSLR controls!
For the longest time, I have been unable to pursue one of my favorite hobbies, due in large part to the cost of DSLR cameras. I'm of course talking about astrophotography. However, with this app, I have finally been able to take amazing images through my Meade ETX-125 with unparalleled detail. M45 looks absolutely stunning, the nebulosity in the Orion Nebula is amazing, and I have even caught the dark area of the Black Eye Galaxy! The controls on the app are a breeze to use, and anyone from the newest photographer to the professional can use this in minutes. And with the help of the built in AI, those new to photography need only tap a few things and they'll achieve amazing photographs. There are so many things that I could say about the app and how I could praise it. But I will just say that this is worth every cent!
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5 years ago, Scruffy....the janitor
Edit: Noisy images
Edit: I was able to reduce noise by setting the camera to a lower ISO and higher exposure. Definitely better than the stock camera; and less noise in low light than filming with Filmic Pro. I’ll be using this regularly! This app does not reduce any noise when videoing or photographing in low light. That’s why I got it; so it’s kind of useless to me. If you plan to buy this app to take good night pictures with an iPhone 8 I would recommend looking at other options.
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4 years ago, Swood friend
Love Night Cap for Astronomy
I love using this app for my love of the night sky. Easily takes wide field starry photos showing constellations from my suburban yard. Even got a bit of the Milky Way which I never see here. The ISS feature is great! Even caught the Dragon crew module tagging behind. Meteor feature seems to work well - haven’t been too many showers but did catch a couple of them. Even attached my phone to my guided telescope to catch a couple of galaxies
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4 years ago, Battle bee
Pretty amazing app for the price!
I normally do planetary imaging with my telescopes. Which is great but you can’t get wide shots of constellations. Normally that’s done with expensive digital cameras and a star tracker. I honestly didn’t expect much but wow. Save your images as tiff and use an image processor like registax afterwards. I got some great shots of the northern crown constellation including background stars tonight. Research your camera settings like exposure and gain. Image processing tutorials are also a must.
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7 years ago, BDMurph
#1 App on my iPhone
I have to honestly say, this is by far the best app I have ever downloaded for my iPhone. It has completely changed my life. I cannot express how thankful I am for this app for helping me follow my dream of being an aspiring Astrophotographer. With this app I didn’t have to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars for camera equipment to photograph the stars. Now I can do it with my iPhone 5s and NightCapPro. Best 2$ I spent my whole life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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4 years ago, Cro88100
Very slow app, help
Every time I tap my screen the app takes about 10 seconds to process that I tapped on an icon, or the cap button. I assume this isn’t normal, I have an iPhone 11 Pro, I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled the app. Sometimes the app is smooth then it slows down again and crashes sometimes. Any advice on trouble shooting? Thanks!
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4 years ago, Nesa1974
A must have
I don’t really write reviews but I feel this developer deserves one. This app was developed 6 years ago, here we are 6 years later and it’s still amazing!! This app has given me amazing photo opportunities that I did not have before with my IPhone. I will tell everyone I know and don’t know to get this app, it is a must have! Spend the couple bucks it’s totally worth every cent!
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7 years ago, Leica-Fan
Vastly More Powerful Than The iOS Camera
I’ve used this app routinely for years. It allows me to choose iso, shutter speed, color balance, and manual focus, as I shoot allowing me to shoot pictures in situations and low light the iOS built in app doesn’t come close to allowing. It also has built in intervalvometer shooting, tools astronomy photographers love, and full exposure controls while shooting video, too. Unhesitatingly recommend this app.
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3 years ago, Neluszka
Not great photos of the moon
This app has some wonderful features. The time lapse and star photography features are what I have played around with the most and those work well. However, I bought this app mostly to try to capture the moon. I used all the tips and tricks in the tutorial and all I get are blurry moon photos with correct iso and exposure. That’s been disappointing. I have an iPhone 12 Pro and was hoping for better than that, especially on clear nights.
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4 years ago, Jeff Ostrander
Excellent App
Nightcap provides granular control over low-light photographic processes and produces an excellent result. I use it, especially, for time-lapse shots, and am especially impressed by its auto-exposure feature, which produces smooth transitions from starlight to sunrise. There are many options and it takes some time to learn their strengths, but this is one of the most helpful and powerful photography apps I’ve found.
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7 years ago, Dalvrin
Very impressed
There are so many functions to this app it’s quite amazing. It truly delivers the SLR experience into your iPhone, even if you don’t have any experience with an SLR camera. Very easy to use and intuitive. The supportive website also guide you through the functions. A must buy if you are curious about photography and are just starting out.
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6 months ago, jdubin31
Powerful once you get the hang of it!
I use this app in conjunction with my telescope for some basic astrophotography photography. It takes some getting used to, but once you get a feel for the controls you can take some really amazing photos, even on older models of the iPhone.
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7 years ago, _Ian_
This app is amazing!
This is the best imaging application I have seen. It is easy to use and works! What more can I say? It works! Star trails, long exposure star field images, amazing time lapse videos of the night sky, fine control of ISO, exposure, focus and zoom. I just wish a $3000 DSLR had these type of features and was as easy to use. Thanks for creating this jewel!
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6 years ago, John Hention
Amazing for the northern lights!
My family was alerted when a KP index of 5 started at 1:30am we started out to find a great place to take pictures I tried to find the best way to capture the aurora I found this app, bought it, and it worked great super simple and easy to use plus the pictures came out great!
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7 months ago, DJCowboy85
Meteor mode is still not working
This app usually works great but I’m bummed to find out the last update was a year ago so meaning it’s way behind in iOS updates and maybe not taking advantage of the iPhone 15’s cameras. And I tried to use it to capture pictures of the meteor shower last night but it never saved any of the photos (the app has always had full access to my photo album and camera)
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4 years ago, Entasmiquity
High-Quality App For Budding Astrophotographers
NightCap is a very impressive—and high-quality—app that is essential for beginning astrophotographers. NightCap provides easy, intuitive access to settings that Apple's stock camera app lacks, such as ISO and long-exposure settings. It also features thoughtful preset modes for star trails, meteors, and other celestial objects. The support has been excellent. The developers have posted terrific tutorials on their website and they have helpful email support as well. NightCap offers a great way to learn photography basics and get off to a strong start in astrophotography. Highly recommended!
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7 years ago, 85fcab
Please check focus for iPhone 7+
This is one of my favorite camera apps! It makes night cityscapes 10x better. Thanks for updating to have support for the 7+!!! I still use it off my 5s and the focus and sharpness is perfect. Please update focus for the 7 plus! Focus is still a bit off on the 7+ wide angle at 100 focus. Tele lens seems to work perfectly.
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4 years ago, olgamaria_18
Horrible!! Nothing as promised!!
I spent money on this app hoping to take some great pictures of the pink super moon but was very disappointed. After many hours and trying to follow steps from the app and other websites I couldn’t get ONE single good picture of the moon. Any combo of settings just wasn’t working and just had my high hopes torn down. I’m very dissatisfied with this app and wish I could get my money back because this app WAS NOT worth it. DO NOT waste your money there’s probably a much better app somewhere else out there.
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5 years ago, Muleskinnerslide
Very Useful
This is a great app to get far more from the iPhone camera then the Apple camera app provides. One feature I would like to have is a volume button snapshot shutter option so that I could use my Bluetooth remote camera shutter with this app. Hopefully in a future update.
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6 years ago, RDub76
The best low light camera out there!
I’ve tried quite a few low light camera apps and not only does NightCap take the best photos and videos in low light, it is the easiest to use also. The interface is clean, simple, and efficient, making this app a pleasure to use!
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7 years ago, kv10048
Good overall
I really like this app and tried photographing using a few different settings. I'm looking forward to trying to capture pictures of the stars at night. My only complaint is that it dropped my battery about 20% in 10 minutes. Any way this can be improved?
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6 years ago, Satisfied App Store Coustomer
This app is incredible! With its exposure settings and the ability to change your ISO number I can actually photograph the night sky with a phone! This app does all that you need it to (as far as night sky photography goes). 10/10 would recommend!
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7 years ago, Richard Ma yq
This is the BEST
This app demonstrates what good developers are. You don't need to worry this app will stop update and kinda disappear after you purchase it like some other apps. However, (iPhone 5s heats up really really fast while using this app, like 10sec, but my iPod touch doesn't, so it's probably a bug)
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7 years ago, Fuzz-655
Great app
A really good app for iPhones. Great if you want to get similar quality pictures of that of a regular camera. With customizable settings for ISO, aperture, etc. it is a great all around product. And app developer is really good in engaging with his audience, as he has helped me a lot and helped to get me noticed. 😀
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11 months ago, t freelance
meteor mode not working at all
the sole purpose i bought this app is to take photos of meteors. however either the auto mode or using some manual turning failed to take a single photo of meteor. even failed to take the most brightest ones. this app should at least provide an option to save all the photos it took so I have a chance to manual pick the photos with meteor before your weird ai algorithm automatically removes them.
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7 years ago, CallieCheveaux
Excellent Night Photography App
Thank you, Chris, for your kind and patient explanation regarding my misunderstanding. I have now rated the app back up where it rightfully belongs. I was unsure how to get a response, but now I see I simply needed to ask, not mess with the rating. Thank you again. 💖👍🏻
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2 years ago, laesc
My favorite app
Been using this app for years and I’ve tried so many in hopes of finding something similar or better and I always revert back to this one. Best I’ve tried for astrophotog by far!
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3 years ago, Bbjjff78987
Great App for ISS photos
I wanted something to take some long exposure photos of the International Space Station moving across the sky. This works great for that - super clear photo of the ISS moving across the sky (and some planes that also fly by). Also want to try it for some lightning shots and star trails - have not done so yet. Definitely worth the money for this app. I’d like to see it use all the cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro if that is possible (or maybe it does and I don’t know how to do it). Would be nice to use the wider angle lens.
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7 months ago, JustNic79
Does not work for meteors
I set up the app on an iPhone 14 Pro Max during the last two major meteor showers in low ambient light on a tripod. The first two days have me 100 shots and not a single meteor. For the Geminids, I set up the same way but left it running for ten hours. I only ran two hours for the first two tries. I got zero pictures during the ten hour run. I’m very disappointed in this app but glad it is cheap just like it’s AI software.
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4 years ago, Obese Geese
The app is good but it has one problem
I recently got this app for astrophotography and before actually using it, I tried testing out if it could show light pictures when in the dark like how it showed on one of the app picture slides. I tried raising the exposure to maximum and then the frame rate dropped to 1 frame per second. Is this normal or a glitch?
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3 years ago, C.M.D!
Save Your Money
I was really looking forward to capturing the full moon in better quality with the help of this app. Unfortunately I was really disappointed as the images weren’t clear as advertised. I visited the website, followed the help guide within the app and still found no improvement. I’m disappointed because I was really hoping this would level up my mediocre moon pictures.
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4 years ago, ActuonGamerz
Not what I hoped for
I’ve been using this app for over a year, and I am disappointed in its ability to capture enough light to make out what I’m trying to photograph. I like that the photos do not turn out as grainy as some other apps, but I can barely make out any nebulae. I had better results with the Slow Shutter app than I did with this one.
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7 years ago, hpwooten
This app is pure magic. I can’t believe that I’m now able to take such fantastic low light photos on my phone. The UI could be improved, but it’s a very minor point compared to the jaw-dropping effectiveness of this app. Very well done.
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7 years ago, ARothmanMusic
Very Cool
It takes a bit to get the hang of, but once you've got the basics down this little app is amazingly powerful and takes unique photos. I set it on light trails mode tonight and got some unbelievable shots of the fireflies in my back yard!
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5 years ago, MaryP61
Northern Lights
I purchased this app shortly before taking a 12-day cruise to see the Northern Lights in Norway, and I have to say, it worked like a charm. It’s really easy to use (I’m not particularly tech savvy), and I got some excellent pictures of the Northern Lights with my iPhone. I was very happy with it.
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