NightCap Camera

NightCap Camera

  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 9.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Chris Wood
  • Compatibility: Android
160 Ratings
$ 1.99

NightCap Camera App

NightCap Camera is a powerful app that takes amazing low light and night photos, videos and 4K time lapse. Long exposure produces beautiful photos in low light and unique Astronomy modes capture the stars, Northern Lights (Aurora) and more! Do you find your photos and videos dark and grainy in low light? NightCap will help by unlocking the full potential of your iPhone or iPad's camera. AI camera control makes it easy by automatically setting optimum focus and exposure for a brighter, clearer shot. All you need to do is hold steady and tap the shutter. If you prefer manual control then instant gesture based adjustment is always available, and special camera modes give you DSLR like results. You can even shoot photos, videos and time lapse in black and white if you want to. Try Long Exposure mode for amazing motion blur effects and reduced image noise in low light. NightCap has an ISO Boost feature that allows 4x higher ISO than any other app, producing much brighter low light photos with low noise in Long Exposure mode! Light Trails mode preserves moving lights - ideal for moving traffic at night, fireworks or light painting. These modes are stunning when combined with HD or 4K time lapse! There are 4 dedicated astrophotography camera modes. Stars Mode is ideal for a starry sky or Northern / Southern Lights (Aurora), or leave your device capturing in Star Trails Mode and watch the stars paint circles in the sky! There are also modes for easy photography of the International Space Station (ISS) and meteors (shooting stars). Visit for tutorials. Features: • Video recording with special Night Mode and full manual control. • Time lapse recording with adjustable speed, long exposure and light trails support and up to 4K resolution on iPhone 6s or newer or 1080p HD on older devices. • Aidie, a fully automatic AI camera operator chooses the optimum camera settings for you automatically, meaning brighter, clearer photos in low light with less risk of blurring the shot. All you need to do is hold steady and tap the shutter. • AI enhanced focusing in very low light for fast, reliable focus. • Automatic camera modes for Meteors (shooting stars), ISS (International Space Station), stars and star trails make these difficult tasks easy. • Innovative manual camera controls designed for photographers: intuitive gesture-based control of exposure, ISO, focus and even white balance. Simply swipe to adjust. • Long Exposure mode: Capture detailed, noise-free low light shots. • Light Trails mode: Perfect for light painting and even astronomy: photograph star trails with unlimited exposure time! • ISO Boost allows up to 4x higher ISO than any other app. • Light Boost instantly boosts brightness while preserving image detail. • Noise Reduction Mode helps reduce image noise. • 8x Zoom control (camera-style for easy, smooth zoom). • Full Apple Watch support with live preview and control of the main app features.


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NightCap Camera app reviews

  • Great app 5/5

    By HADBlanco
    I totally love this app because I have found this one by reading an article on the best photo apps rated. It does what it stated and plus at a professional grade.
  • Good overall 4/5

    By kv10048
    I really like this app and tried photographing using a few different settings. I'm looking forward to trying to capture pictures of the stars at night. My only complaint is that it dropped my battery about 20% in 10 minutes. Any way this can be improved?
  • Don't like 1/5

    By Sense1209
    I don't like
  • Fake Reviews? 1/5

    By Walkingonsunshine1
    I downloaded this app, the tutorial on line. No matter what settings I tried nothing worked. It was so grainy and just poor quality over all. Buyer beware.
  • Great app!! 5/5

    By Ur whack
    I used this app to capture the Aurora here in Alaska, it's worked great! Definitely use a tripod for best results though. I love this app!! I can't wait to text it out some more!!! 🤗
  • Amazing!! 5/5

    By 57&young
    This App is amazing. Very useful tool for IPhone Thx guys!!
  • Good 5/5

    By Noom bannok
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  • Excellent app. Great photos. 5/5

    By Dakota625
    This is a great app. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. I initially gave four stars because of a perceived flaw, but the developers cared enough to reply to my initial review and really helped me out. Thanks.
  • Amazing, highly recommend 5/5

    By Emerzz Reviews
    This app is a game changer. I got this app to take pictures of the night sky and I got amazing results. Once you get the hang of it you can take pictures like never before! Get this app!
  • Great app! 5/5

    By tjfromwisconsin
  • Very Cool 5/5

    By ARothmanMusic
    It takes a bit to get the hang of, but once you've got the basics down this little app is amazingly powerful and takes unique photos. I set it on light trails mode tonight and got some unbelievable shots of the fireflies in my back yard!
  • Excellent Night Photography App 5/5

    By CallieCheveaux
    Thank you, Chris, for your kind and patient explanation regarding my misunderstanding. I have now rated the app back up where it rightfully belongs. I was unsure how to get a response, but now I see I simply needed to ask, not mess with the rating. Thank you again. 💖👍🏻
  • Great app 5/5

    By Fuzz-655
    A really good app for iPhones. Great if you want to get similar quality pictures of that of a regular camera. With customizable settings for ISO, aperture, etc. it is a great all around product. And app developer is really good in engaging with his audience, as he has helped me a lot and helped to get me noticed. 😀
  • Awesome! 5/5

    By HoBo cycling
    Don't believe it? Search for #nightcappro or #nightcapproapp on Instagram or Twitter to see the results. Also check @NightCapApp and see the postings people have made. Many udpates, super customer support. Have tried several other low light apps and aways come back to this one. Best iPhone night sky app period. Key is phone needs to be still and use your headphones as a shutter switch. Works great in dim light too not just for the sky. ATTENTION: The May 24th 2017 update is unbelievable! Can't say enough about the app. Like I posted above Please look on the developers web site for photos, check twitter / Instagram really it's pushing the iPhone camera to the limit. Photos are awesome!
  • This is the BEST 5/5

    By Richard Ma yq
    This app demonstrates what good developers are. You don't need to worry this app will stop update and kinda disappear after you purchase it like some other apps. However, (iPhone 5s heats up really really fast while using this app, like 10sec, but my iPod touch doesn't, so it's probably a bug)
  • This app is amazing! 5/5

    By _Ian_
    This is the best imaging application I have seen. It is easy to use and works! What more can I say? It works! Star trails, long exposure star field images, amazing time lapse videos of the night sky, fine control of ISO, exposure, focus and zoom. I just wish a $3000 DSLR had these type of features and was as easy to use. Thanks for creating this jewel!
  • Nice 5/5

    By Stevo642
    Used ISS mode and got a great shot 1st try. Recommend
  • Please check focus for iPhone 7+ 4/5

    By 85fcab
    This is one of my favorite camera apps! It makes night cityscapes 10x better. Thanks for updating to have support for the 7+!!! I still use it off my 5s and the focus and sharpness is perfect. Please update focus for the 7 plus! Focus is still a bit off on the 7+ wide angle at 100 focus. Tele lens seems to work perfectly.
  • Best iPhone Astrophotography app out there! 5/5

    By JonnyRon
    Great for low light environments and astrophotography!
  • Just incredible 5/5

    By astronoman
    I can take very good starscape photos with this app, far beyond what the iPhone should be capable of capturing
  • Northern lights! 5/5

    By heartsbeat
    Great app- I was able to catch some amazing pictures of the northern lights in Iceland that I couldn't have done with just my iPhone camera alone. I'm looking forward to using it on other trips this summer :) definitely worth the couple of dollars to get night pictures that you can actually see!!
  • Best night camera for iPhone 5/5

    By B-gecko
    I love love loveee this app! It is defiantly worth buying! I also have a Nikon camera and honestly this app is better for taking pictures of stars! Highly recommend!!
  • Wonderful smartphone app !!! 5/5

    By LorenCBall
    For the last few weeks I have been testing NightCap Pro and a few other apps using my iPhone SE as a camera for my telescope. There was a clear winner, and it was NightCap Pro. This app reduces noise by taking a series of short exposures, and then stacking them to produce the finished image. The results are incredible, and looks great without any further processing. When using ISO 8000, I can use my smartphone as a real time finder instead of swithching back and forth with a visual eyepiece. This saves me a tremendous amount of time and effort in the observatory. Keep up the good work, Loren C Ball Emerald Lane Observatory 843
  • King of the Night and so much More 5/5

    By allanster
    Thank you Chris for this fantastic app! An amazing & indispensable tool that takes some of the finest quality shots amongst any of the "low lighters". Opens up whole new capabilities in daylight too so don't let the name fool you. Amazed all the things this crazy diamond does. User friendly, excellent docs and tutorials. If you don't have this in your camera bag of apps you are seriously missing out. I keep alongside ProCamera w/full, FiLMiC Pro, and Mavis. Nightcap Pro is a fraction of their prices but every bit as good and does things none of these other apps can do. Strong buy and a keeper for sure. Keep up the awesome work!
  • WOW ! This is so cool. 10 Stars ********** 5/5

    By Truckerdon1958
    I am so happy to finally see an App for the iPhone 6 plus that really works taking Video and Photos. I see one review before mine and they gave it a bad review. Maybe there is a problem on their phone can't say. Let me tell you that there is a little getting use to the settings but when you spend just a little time practicing and learn the best setting you will be amazed how this app works. I'd like to personally thank the Developers for the work you all have put into making this for what I feel is a professional application and should listed thereof. I am going to check back in a while to see if anybody has commented on this app. Would like to hear more of people and how it works. Wish there was some way of me showing these beautiful pics/videos.
  • Great app + wifi function request 5/5

    By Tangram Joe
    Request: Is there any way to trigger/monitor this app from an iPad? Love this app, I've gotten some great photos of the Orion Nebula and even Andromeda.
  • My favorite photo app 5/5

    By Bob_H
    I rate Nightcap Pro a notch above Adobe's Lightroom mobile.Both are very flexible photography apps. But, Nightcap Pro allows for easy long exposures. The results are very good with less apparent noise in images.
  • Do not waste your money 1/5

    By Angryuser77
    Tried the app after reading online how one person swears by this app for great night time pictures. I took it to the top of a mountain to get pictures of the super moon and stars. I read the article and did everything they said to do and the pictures came out like crap and just as bad as a iPhone. I want my money back.
  • Hard to use 1/5

    By Kenvadah
    Can't make heads or tails out of this app. Have not taken one good shot of the night sky with it. Tried to take a picture of the Super Moon tonight. No matter what I tried, I kept getting overexposed pictures. Finally I just gave up. Definitely not for me. The program is way too complicated. You have to be a professional photographer to use this app. Missed my shot of the Super Moon because of it. Wasted my money on this one. Live and learn.
  • Star trails are great! 5/5

    By JasonR100
    I set my phone up on a tripod in my backyard the other night, pointed it at the North Star, and took a 3 hour long photo of the sky. You can see how the stars appear to move across the sky, circling the North Star. It even picked up 4 airplanes that flew past. I posted the picture on the Hubble telescope photos Facebook page. Check it out. Really happy with app!
  • I want to rate 5 stars 3/5

    By 1217744895
    Oh, NightCap pro, you are so close. There have been multiple, heartbreaking occurrences where the perfect, hour(s)+ long light trail image is an amateur Nat Geo cover worthy photo, and..... No.. The app closed by itself???? The Apple watch application won't open??? Those times, I wish I could rate you with that one star. But... It wouldn't be right. You save yourself with awesome smartphone images. Images that make Instagrammers from all around look at their lame photos in disgust and self doubt. THE BIGGEST problem that (I think) would make much of this go away is really focusing on the Apple watch to iPhone control problems. When you need to adjust your camera angle, (especially without a tripod) and you are unable to see your own phone screen, Apple Watch is the PERFECT tool. But then, the Apple watch disconnects from NightCap app, and you have no choice to use the side volume buttons to stop the picture, hands shaking, and it's ruined. This could have been avoided if the watch app would just, stay strong, pull through, survive until the camera lense clicks. Then, watch application, you may take your rest. No one has a steady enough hand to click those stubborn side buttons, AND save the light trails picture from a scribbled mess. Great app. Sweet photos. So close to being not frustrating. I'm no developer, but if I were, I would look into finding some way to add a security feature option for those lengthy or sensitive photos.. every so often, it will save a copy of the image, in case of crashing or an unfortunate movement at the last second of the image??
  • Dufus 5/5

    By Roger A. Stephenson
    Absolutely love this app! Bought it just before Perseids started snd have captured somewhere north of 100 meteors since. A real bargain. Building a barn door tracker to use with star trails mode.
  • AWESOME but.... 5/5

    By Bob G unc
    Truly awesome. Really does an amazing job with low light. One wish: I just wish it had the option to save intervalometer imaged to video instead of dozens, hundreds, or thousands of individual photos.
  • Freeze bug 1/5

    By Fwustwated
    You can only record one video each time you open the app. After you stop recording hitting the record button again will do nothing. If you want to record another video you must exit the app. Shut down completely and then start over.
  • It Actually Works! 5/5

    By Astronomy devotee
    As a professional astronomer, I can say, in all honesty, that this app really does work. Carefully read the instructions, find a dark location, make sure the iPhone is firmly attached to a tripod, and you're ready to go. One of the best astronomy/imaging apps that exists in the known universe!
  • Great for astrophotography 5/5

    By lookBeforeYouLoop
    I use this app to capture planets, galaxies, and nebula with my iPhone 6s and 5" GOTO telescope. It takes a little while to figure out how the right settings but once you do it's amazing. I wish they'd release a second app that could do stacking on the phone, right now I have to use bootcamp and RegiStax to finish processing.
  • Truly best in class 5/5

    By 2016Qtr2
    Exceptional App! Works exactly as described and then some. I have several camera apps and consider this one a "best in class" app. Thanks to the developers!!
  • Extraordinary! 5/5

    By Toyo Panzoff
    Please disregard the earlier review that claimed this app cannot capture star trails- it absolutely can. I don't know under what circumstances he/she was attempting to shoot, but common sense needs to come into play (don't expect miracles from this or any camera/app when shooting from suburbia, for instance). To get the most from this app, you need to expect a similar learning curve to learning a new camera, because that's essentially what it's doing with the iPhone camera. I just spent the last 2 hours shooting fireflies and in some cases I got better results with this app than my professional Nikon D700 (the app seems to suppress overexposure in the sky during magic hour- very impressive). Will it capture the Milky Way as well as my D700 and 50mm f/1.2 lens? I highly doubt it- this is a phone after all, but the next clear, moonless night I'm heading up to the mountains to see how close I can come. If you read this far, you're obviously interested enough- just get it already. For less than an order of fries that I certainly don't need I've been able to astound my young kids with images of star trails and fireflies- well worth it!
  • Don't waste your money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1/5

    By Joel Nathaniel
    This app is not what it says it is, it says that you can do star trails "BUT IT CANT"you can't even see the stars this is the last camera app I wast my money on they all say that you can do this you can do that "LETS JUST FACE IT" the iPhone doesn't have a good enough camera to take pictures of the stars I'm done with iPhone I'm done with camera apps because there both pieces of crap. I'm giving it one star because I have to to rate it and to warn you to not wast your money on this.
  • Excellent and easy to learn 5/5

    By WishIHadEcco
    Nightcap saved me when my SLR broke. The app got me some great night shots in Death Valley, even a bit of the Milky Way. It was very easy to learn and use in less than an hour.
  • Very Cool! 5/5

    By vEditGuy
    It captures very nice night pics, I didn't think an iPhone could do that. Quite happy with this purchase.
  • Excellent! Saved the day on my northern lights trip! 5/5

    By JHatem
    Thank you to the makers of this app! I just returned from a trip in Reykjavik, Iceland and this app was pivotal. Several people on my tour bus were amazed by the quality photographs I was able to take of the Aurora Borealis with my iPhone. In fact, many people downloaded the app so they could do the same. Without this app I wouldn't have the fantastic pictures from this once in a lifetime experience. The default camera just couldn't capture the images. Thanks!
  • Excellent 5/5

    By galacticdude
    Does what it does very well: take lowlight photographs.
  • Amazing! 5/5

    By kyndlm
    I first covered the App through the ‘Start Something New’ campaign on I am so glad I did! The app has been amazing to work with as well as the support! Any time I have had a question about how to use it or the best settings they have been very prompt in getting back to me! I love it and I can’t wait to perfect my long exposure and light trails! I totally recommend this app!
  • Awesome 5/5

    By MathGenius132
    Works really well and is the best I can find out there!
  • Astrophotography made fun! 5/5

    By Jeffrey L. Smith
    Astrophotography doesn't get any easier than this. I've done the DSLR thing with a tracking eq. mount, but found it unsatisfying. While you won't get the highest quality images, they are so easy to take and modify that it just makes it more fun!
  • Don't Hesitate!! GET THIS NOW!! 5/5

    By iDro.TM
    I've been looking for a really good reliable camera app to take long exposures like I see in movies and video clips of ppl standing still in a crowd moving at the speed of light around them! This is what I've been waiting for! Thank You
  • Great for astrophotography 5/5

    By StargazerJoe
    This app is about as good as you're going to get when it comes to astrophotography on a smartphone. The ability to manually control ISO and exposure settings allows you to take some very detailed lunar and planetary photos, as well as some pleasing shots of nebulas and other deep-sky objects. It also excels in general low light photography, reducing noise in a seemingly magical fashion.
  • An Astronomer/Photographers Best Friend 5/5

    By zmclearan
    Thank you for letting me photograph the stars with the device I carry with me everywhere.
  • Best low light and astrophoto camers 5/5

    By Technodad
    Nightcap Pro can do amazing things with an iPhone camera in low light situations. I've used it many times for astrophotography, both for prime focus shots on the telescope, and also just using the phone camera. Hoping for clear skies soon to try out the new meteor trail modde. BTW, this app excels at general low light shots as well - try it for evening cityscapes.

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