Halide camera app improves iPhone 13 Pro macro shots


Halide 2.5 update improves images from iPhone 13 Pro macro camera
Take better macro images with the iPhone 13 Pro and a new Halide 2.5 update.
Photo: Lux Optics/Cult of Mac

A just-released update to Halide helps iPhone and iPad owners take better close-up images. The iOS application works with the macro camera in the iPhone 13 Pro series, but also offers tools that can help any phone or tablet user with close-in pictures.

This is in addition to Halide Mark II 2.5’s many other features that give more control over the cameras built into iPhone and iPad than are available in Apple’s own application.

Halide 2.5: Big news for small objects

Lux Optics promises that Halide Mark II 2.5 is “the best tool for close-up photos on any iPhone, and the perfect companion for the iPhone 13 Pro’s new near-focusing camera.” The application gives the user precise focus control to be sure tiny objects appear as sharp as possible in images. And that’s just the start.

Halide 2.5 adds Neural Macro, a feature that can improve the look of close-up pictures after they have been taken.
It offers “a powerful Al-based detail enhancement process gets even more detail out of your processed image,” according to Lux Optics. And it can upscale images 2x or 3x and keep them looking sharp.

More about the powerful camera app

Halide is loaded with features but is designed to be usable for beginners. That said, it also offers many professional-grade features, like tools for working with RAW images.

At first glance, it resembles Apple’s camera app but builds on it with additions like manual focus. And that hardly scratches the surface. Prosumers can appreciate its support for XDR 14-bit RAW streaming waveform views, color zebras, focus assists like focus peaking and loupe, histograms, an adaptive level grid and manual depth capture.

Halide Mark II 2.5 is available now on the App Store. It costs $49.99 as a one-time purchase, or there’s an $11.99 yearly subscription and a $2.99 monthly subscription.


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