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Apps with Low Light functionality

Great apps available to take low light photography

The iPhone XS Max camera is amazing compared to the iPhone 6s Plus. Visit an Apple Store and do a side by side comparison to see how much brighter the camera makes everything appear.

The Apple iPhone XS Max Camera Specs

Facetime: 7 MP, f/2.2
iSight: 12 MP, f/1.8, Wide-angle: f/1.8 aperture Telephoto: f/2.4 aperture

The Apple iPhone 6s Plus Camera Specs

Facetime: 1.2 MP, f/2.2
iSight: 8 MP, f/2.2

It's hard to believe that the quality of the FaceTime camera on the new iPhone XS Max quality is just about similar to the rear camera of the iPhone 6s Plus.

Popular Camera Apps

I have found that there are four apps that will give you good night time pictures: Camera + 2, ProCamera, ProCamera and Slow Shutter.

There are key differences on how each approach low light conditions. The app that best works for you depends on what your trying to accomplish.

In all situations, for the best picture you shouldn't hold the camera. Either use a tripod or lay the camera against something and use any time delay

Slow Shutters
Use Slow Shutter to take night amazing photos.

What Makes the Apps Great

  • Camera+ 2 ($2.99) - Great colors and the option of using Telephoto mode or Wid Angle. Great when you need to take a night photo but don't need a long exposure.
  • Slow Shutter Cam ($1.99) - Takes great landscape photos. Takes a few seconds for the photo to generate, but you get nice bright night shots.
  • ProCam 6 ($5.99) - Easily switch between Low light, where you get the bright night photos, to Light Trail, where you can get neat trailing lights (such as headlights). Pretty much the best combination of Slow Shutter and Camera+ 2. However you can set the camera mode in Slow Shutter mode.
  • ProCamera ($5.99) - Good if you want control of ISO, Brightness and Aperture. There is a Low Light Plus add-on that is available, but I haven't tried it.



The iPhone XS Max is the most powerful iPhone Apple has ever made. I wanted to learn how to take the most advantage of the capabilities of the device and see how it so much better than my old iPhone 6s Plus.


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