The best camera and photo editing apps for your iPhone

If you just got a new iPhone, there are many things you can do to make the most of the great cameras you now have in your pocket. I have selected some of the best camera and photo editing apps to help you enhance your shots with your iPhone.


Halide is probably the most popular app for those who are serious about mobile photography – and also one of my favorite iPhone apps. It contains all the advanced controls you would expect from a professional camera, including shutter speed, ISO and white balance settings.

However, Halide is more than a camera app with manual controls. The app has some unique features to enhance photos using artificial intelligence and other technologies. For example, iPhone XR and iPhone SE (2nd generation) users can take portraits of animals and objects even without two rear camera lenses.

You can also capture high-quality RAW photos, check histograms and metadata information, fine-tune focus with focus focus, export an image depth map, set Siri shortcuts, and more.

You can try Halide for free in the App Store. The app requires an annual subscription of $ 11.99 or a lifetime license of $ 39.99 after a 7-day trial period.

Dark room

After taking a few great photos with your iPhone, you’ll need some professional editing tools – but don’t think you need a computer for that. Darkroom is one of my favorite photo editors as it is available not only for iPhone but also for iPad and Mac.

One of the best things about Darkroom is that the app is extremely intuitive and easy to use, even if you’re not a professional photographer. The app is integrated with the iCloud Photo Library, so you don’t have to waste time selecting and importing the photos you want to edit.

With Darkroom, you can adjust the brightness, contrast, lighting, shadows, color temperature and other details of already taken photos. In fact, the app also allows you to edit videos and even Live Photos. In addition, you’ll also find a curve editor, watermark options, advanced support for RAW photos, and even integration with the Halide app.

The best part is that you can use most of the Darkroom features for free, which is available in the App Store. There is an annual subscription of $ 19.99 to unlock all app features.


Focus is a must-have app for those who like to take portraits with their iPhone. Although it took Apple a while to allow users to change the level of blur in the background of portrait photos, the Focos app has been offering this option since its 2017 release.

But Focos goes beyond adjusting the blur of portrait photos as it generates different apertures with multiple bokeh dot effects and preset settings that simulate the feel of professional lenses in photos. There are even options to add 3D lighting and change the photo depth map to enhance blurred backgrounds.

What’s more impressive is that Focos uses AI to create an artificial depth map for any photo, even if it’s not taken in iPhone’s Portrait mode. It’s amazing what you can do with your photos with this app.

Focus is available for free in the App Store, but some features require an annual subscription of $ 7.99 or a lifetime license of $ 12.99.


Adobe Lightroom is a well-known photo editor used by many professionals around the world, and although it is known for its version for computers, Adobe also offers a mobile version of Lightroom for iOS.

Adobe Lightroom iOS

It is extremely easy to edit photos in Lightroom for iOS, even if they were taken in RAW. The app includes options to adjust lighting, colors, effects, details and more. You can even distort photos, apply lens corrections, or use auto mode to set the best settings for that image. It also contains various color profiles and preset settings.

If you’re subscribed to Adobe Creative Cloud, you can sync everything between the mobile and work versions of the app – so you can start editing a photo on iPhone and then finish it on a Mac or iPad.

The mobile version of Lightroom is available for free in the App Store, but you will make the most of the app by becoming an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber.


Since a camera doesn’t just consist of photos, this list wouldn’t be complete without a video app. DoubleTake is an application created by the same company behind FiLMiC Pro and provides a new way to record videos on your iPhone.

Shooting video from just one camera is sometimes not enough, which is why DoubleTake got a simple but smart solution. If you’ve ever needed to shoot video from two different angles to create more professional-looking content, the app lets you choose two iPhone cameras that will capture everything at once.

You can choose from ultra-wide, wide, telephoto and selfie lenses to launch video from multiple cameras. The app also allows you to switch between 24, 25 and 30 frames per second. There are no complicated settings or anything like that – all you need to do is open the app, select the cameras you want and start recording.

DoubleTake is available for free in the App Store.


With these apps listed here, you have everything you need to start recording and editing like a pro with your iPhone. While there are some paid apps like Halida, you can find great alternatives for free photo enhancement in the App Store.

Is there any other app you use to capture better pictures than the one I didn’t mention on my list? Let me know in the comments below.

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