Halide App Promises Leica-Like Experience from an iPhone

June 7, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

There are no shortage of photography apps for the iPhone and yet there’s also no shortage of new apps clamoring for a place on your home screen.

One of the newest, Halide, comes courtesy of former Twitter and Apple designers and aims to deliver a more intuitive, gesture-based experience to iPhone photography. An experience “like an old Leica or Pentax” the company (rather boldly) claims.

The app enables you to manually focus the iPhone with focus peaking to aid your composition. It supports RAW and JPEG capture and lets you adjust exposure, ISO and shutter speed. There’s a live histogram display, grid and level to help you frame your scene.

If you just want to let the app do the thinking, there’s a “smart” auto mode that does the exposure calculating for you.

After you’ve snapped your image, you can swipe to the right to add it to your favorites or swipe left to delete it.

Halide’s button layout is customizable, so you can tweak it to suit your style.

It’s available now in iTunes for a $2.99 introductory price. It will climb to $4.99 soon.