Hydra - Amazing Photography


Hydra offers innovative photo capture technology, and lets you take beautiful pictures even in the most difficult lighting conditions, which makes it a great companion to iOS Camera app.

Hydra captures more light by merging up to 60 frames to make a single high-quality picture (less noise, more highlights/shadows) on iPhone and iPad. Hydra also goes beyond the 8-megapixel sensor limit, with up to 32-megapixel high-resolution images. It uses the latest evolutions of iPhone and iPad camera hardware, as well as the latest camera APIs and GPU rendering technologies of iOS 8.

Hydra provides 5 specific capture modes: HDR, Video-HDR, Lo-light, Zoom, and Hi-res modes.

• Hydra's High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode is based on an alternate method that captures up to 20 images and that is made to handle even the most difficult lighting conditions.
• Video-HDR uses single-image tonemapping and device-specific sensor mode (iPhone 6) to create stunning videos.
• Lo-light mode removes sensor noise by merging together multiple images and amplifying light by a factor of 10 to provide a better image quality.
• Zoom mode uses real-time, super-resolution technique to recreate missing pixels from hand motion, producing 2x and 4x scale factors with more details than the standard digital zooming technique(*).
• Hi-res mode produces up to 32MP images from the regular 8MP camera sensor, providing finer details in captured image(*).

Hydra also features a photo gallery for reviewing images and their metadata, directly linked with built-in iOS photo album (iOS 8 feature), thus avoiding duplicates and allowing to flag as favorites.

(*) recommended for static & distant scenery. Rendering artifacts can occur for scenes with parallax and for moving subjects.

What's new in version 1.1.1

Enhancements & Bug Fixes
- Updated Norwegian localization
- Better background state handling, in particular when communicating with Apple Watch. Fixes possible background crashes.


Linked Opinion

Recommended by Skip Owens

Version 1.1.1 – October 25, 2015 at 7:27 AM

Recommended by Aaron

Version 1.0.1 – March 3, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Recommended by Tiffany White

Version 1.1.1 – March 9, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Rated so-so by Matt Sawyers

Version 1.1.1 – November 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM