About Hydra 2 › AI Camera (RAW/HDR‪)‬

Hydra is a camera app for iPhone & iPad with innovative capture technology that lets you take gorgeous and unique pictures even in challenging lighting conditions. Making use of the latest advances in artificial intelligence & image processing, Hydra’s independent computational core offers to overcome the physical limits of small sensors, with features such as over 20-stop extreme HDR, detail-enhancing denoising, macro shooting, crisp 6/8x zooming, and a whopping 110-megapixel resolution.

But there's more. Hydra now features a new highly capable manual mode for photo enthusiasts, an improved faster shooting for reduced artifacts, and the addition of a new normal capture mode for everyday photos. It also comes with a number of presets to define your own style as well as a completely new high-fidelity photo editor.

Last but not least, Hydra’s constantly evolving photo capabilities are your best asset to continue enjoying picture quality improvements after device purchase and to obtain state-of-the-art camera innovations all through its lifetime.

“The Hydra app […] is one of the more interesting iOS camera apps we have seen in the recent past.”
— Lars Rehm (DPReview)

“Hydra is for people who enjoy iPhone photography at a higher and more rewarding level.”
— David Robinson (iPhonographer)

“The user interface is particularly well made […] If Apple were to purchase this app, they wouldn't have to change anything in its design.”
— Florian Innocente (Mac Génération)

“Hydra […] is a well thought out and terrific performing photo app with solid features that will improve your images in challenging lighting conditions.”
— Mel Martin (Engadget)


• Refined, designed-with-care camera experience for iPhone & iPad.
• Computational photography with artificial intelligence (AI). Neural processing & fusion of RAW sensor data.
• Unique capabilities that'll make your DSLR blush: extreme HDR (> 20-stop range) to accommodate lighting conditions, superior detail-enhancement and denoising for low-light & macro, up-to-6/8x zooming, and a whopping 110-megapixel resolution. New normal camera mode.
• Versatile viewfinder: approachable ergonomics, tactile input & sensory feedback (1-stop vibrations). Exposure tuning with “zebra” previewing.
• Manual mode for precise camera control: focus, ISO, shutter speed, white balance. New advanced priority modes.
• Rich capture options: Apple Watch remote, timer, flash & selfie, geotagging, grid overlay…
• Photo style presets (tonal intent, color rendition…).
• Powerful photo editor for 32-bit non-degrading edits, including tone mapping, detail boosting, precise colorimetry, and Apple ProRAW editing.
• Side-by-side pixel-level comparison with unprocessed RAW input.
• Exhaustive output options with varied file formats, including pro options for later reprocessing (JPEG, HEIC, TIFF, TIFF-32, OpenEXR, Radiance, DNG, Apple ProRAW, and next-gen JPEG XL) & color spaces (sRGB, Display P3, ROMM ProPhoto).
• Saving to Files (iCloud & 3rd-party apps) including shared folders for professional use cases.
• Integrated photo gallery.
• Lock screen and home screen widgets.
• Optimized for latest iOS, Metal, CoreML, and Apple Neural Engine (ANE) for high-speed machine learning computations on Apple Silicon.
• Privacy first: full on-device processing, privacy filter for social sharing.


The free app offers unrestricted shooting in normal mode (auto & manual), including RAW & Apple ProRAW (compatible devices only). Other capture modes & restrictions can be unlocked either with the Pro Pack one-time purchase, or with the Pro Plan subscription. Upgrade pricing is available within the app for previous version owners.


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Additional Information
2.2 (57.2 MB)
Oct 18, 2022
4+ Years
First Released
Feb 25, 2022
App Store ID
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