Professional iPhone camera app Obscura the has recently launched a new major version named Obscura 4, which includes compatibility for the iPad. Additionally, it includes brand new capabilities, such as a dual reticule mode that allows the user to have different spots on the viewfinder for focusing and exposing respectively.
Ben McCarthy, the app’s developer, released the first version of the software in 2015, not long after Apple made the manual camera API public at the WWDC in 2014. The subsequent edition, which came out in 2018, came after it.
McCarthy has decided to create a new version of Obscura in order to transition to a freemium business model. This decision was made despite the fact that Obscura 3 was only published a year ago with a revised UI. In addition, the developers chose to update the Obscura 3 app rather than creating a standalone version of the game as they had done in the past. This allowed prior purchasers of the game to take advantage of the new features included in the update.
Majority of the iPhone camera app Obscura features from the previous edition of Obscura have been carried over into the current version, which makes it simple to take pictures or movies with just one hand while holding the phone in the other. The exposure wheel now offers increments of a third of a stop and provides gratifying haptic feedback.
A more organized fast settings menu with improved labeling choices has also been added to the app. On the primary screen of the camera, a new button has been added that allows users to access their photo collection with a single press. You can rapidly go through some recent shots without leaving the main interface by dragging your finger out from that icon. This can be done without leaving the main screen.
McCarthy has also artfully positioned picture details below a photo in a floating card, ensuring that the details do not obscure the photo. You can swipe up at any time to get further information.
Premium features like as RAW and ProRAW image formats, 48-megapixel capture, filters, histogram, alternate aspect ratio captures, themes, live photo mode, portrait mode, and custom app icons have been carried over into the newly released version. It also adds new features such as exposure clipping highlighting, which indicates sections of the viewfinder that are under- or over-exposed, and dual reticule mode, which allows you to select different spots on the viewfinder for focus and exposure.
Downloading and using Obscura 4 is completely free, and it comes packed with features including an exposure dial and a manual photography option. The user can access all features for a one-time fee of $9.99 per year. People who are already using the Obscura 3 app and have a subscription at the Extra level have the option to upgrade to Ultra at a discounted price of $4.99 for the first year.
The app created by McCarthy is in direct competition with other popular photography apps such as Halide and Proton, both of which were developed by the same company that created Camera+. Obscura, on the other hand, is significantly more affordable than both of these apps.