Sebastian de With, an ex-Apple designer and Ben Sandofsky, a former Twitter engineer teamed up to create a new camera app called ‘Halide’ for the iPhone. The app is available for download on Apple app store for Rs 250. The price, however, is set to increase after June 6 and if their project gets an expected response. The app is compatible with iPhones running iOS 10.0 or above. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
According to a TechCrunch report, improvements in iPhone camera sensors inspired the duo to build the Halide app. Sandofsky had his eureka moment while he was on a vacation in Hawai and built the first prototype on his flight home. Later, he teamed up with de With, who suggested developments that could be made for enhanced user experience. Also Read - Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale top deals: iPhone SE, Poco X3 Pro and more on discount
So, what does the Halide app offer? Basically, it gives you more control over the iPhone camera, which is essentially hard to do from the default one. The app has advanced control options such as the manual control, Smart Auto mode, Quick EV controls, grid and levels to shoot like a pro along with other pre-optimized options. To extend the professional experience on the app, it also lets you click pictures in RAW format alongside the popular JPEG format. ALSO READ : RunSocial: Add a new dimension to indoor fitness with the Apple Watch Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for it
The highlight of the app, however, is the gesture-based design. The app lets you shift focus on objects and manage other settings such as exposure and levels while capturing by just swiping. Gesture controls make its easy for not only the professional photographers but even for amateur smartphone photography enthusiasts. “You don’t really need to understand concepts like Exposure Compensation, EVs, or manual focus to enjoy the features in Halide,” says de With as quoted by the publication.
According to the app’s website, the gesture-based Halide camera app for iPhone is meant to be “as intuitive and tactile as a great film camera, like an old Leica or Pentax.”