iPhone 3rd party camera app with smart hdr function

Caspavio

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is there any app out there that can do what apple's smart hdr or google hdr+ does? thanks
 

dictoresno

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personally, I get MUCH better results taking my regular photos and processing them with the HDR filter in Snapseed. I find the HDR functions in iOS and in ProCamera don't perform the way I expected them to.
 

Caspavio

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personally, I get MUCH better results taking my regular photos and processing them with the HDR filter in Snapseed. I find the HDR functions in iOS and in ProCamera don't perform the way I expected them to.
are you doing that with iphone XS or MAX?
 

Caspavio

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Uh the 7. It’s an app.
oh ok. i know that it's an app. however, im asking because the HDR mode in 7 is different from the smart HDR mode in XS or MAX, hence not directly comparable. smart HDR is only available in phones with A12 chip.

in any case, for those who are interested, i may have found 1 similar app. it is called halide, but it shoots in raw, so it needs post-processing which is troublesome.
 

dictoresno

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oh ok. i know that it's an app. however, im asking because the HDR mode in 7 is different from the smart HDR mode in XS or MAX, hence not directly comparable. smart HDR is only available in phones with A12 chip.

in any case, for those who are interested, i may have found 1 similar app. it is called halide, but it shoots in raw, so it needs post-processing which is troublesome.
Any iPhone I’ve ever used, the HDR function was almost never even noticeable. Maybe that’s changed now.
 

Paco II

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I find vivid HDR in ProCamera to be pretty amazing. But it's all quite subjective.
 

Azathoth123

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You might try Adobe Lightroom Mobile’s camera app. It uses 3 exposures for HDR I believe, while SmartHDR uses more. And LRM is free. I think Procamera can be set to use from 2-5 exposures, but they caution that using 5 can be slow and problematic with moving subjects (see below about the buffer)

The problem with replicating the actual thing that SmartHDR is doing in a 3rd party app on older phones seems to be twofold. To use many images will require that photos are continuously made and saved to a buffer, so when you press the shutter, it doesn’t take an extended time to make the multiple exposures. Secondly, to combine a large number of images takes a lot of processing power that older hardware probably just doesn’t have. That power comes at least in part from the new neural processor.

Hope this helps.

Cheers, Azy
 

Caspavio

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thanks Paco and Azatholoth i will look at LRM first since it's free.
 
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