Powerful iOS camera app Halide makes the jump to iPad

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Halide Mark II is available for iPad users too.
Halide for iPad is ready to break the bias against tablet photography.
Photo: Lux

Halide isn’t just for iPhone any more — the alternative camera application gained iPad support on Tuesday. Lux promises its latest release is, “packed with all the powerful features of Halide for iPhone and a few special ones for better photography on big screens.”

The application will have to overcome resistance from many people to the very idea of taking pictures with an iPad. To this group, an iPhone is the only possible option. But Apple ignores the criticism and keeps building high-quality cameras into its tablets.

Halide redesigned for iPad

The developers didn’t just expand the iPhone user interface to a larger screen. As discussed on the Lux blog, the solution was to to put the controls on the edges of the screen where they can be easily accessed with either the left or right hand while still gripping the tablet. And the whole interface can be swapped for left-handed photogs.

Lux also put a lot of thought into the viewfinder. Theoretically, the bigger iPad screen should lead to better pictures, but so many photographs today are made to be seen on a small handset display that a big image might not look right. So Halide for iPad includes Pro View, which lets users shrink the viewfinder so it fits in the limits of the user’s central vision.

“Enjoy the brand-new, completely custom iPad interface and features like Pro View to get a scaled-down, unobstructed view of your shot with plenty of space for your Pro tools and readouts,” said Lux’s Sebastiaan de With.

The company created a flashy promo video to show off the capabilities of Halide for iPad. Watch it now:

Get it now

Halide for iPad is available now on the App Store. There’s 7-day free trial, after which the software costs $29.99, or there’s a $9.99 Lux Plus subscription. But this is a free update for all existing Halide users.

This update builds on the Halide Mark II upgrade introduced for iPhone in late 2020. Lux redesigned the software to make it even easier to use for beginners but added new professional-grade features too.