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Obscura, an iPhone camera app for professional users, has released a new major version called Obsucra 4 with iPad support. It also has new features such as dual reticle mode, which places focus and exposure at different points on the viewfinder.
The app’s developer, Ben McCarthy, released the first version in 2015, shortly after Apple released the Manual Camera API at WWDC 2014. Then in 2018 his second version was released.
Obscura 3 was just released last year with a redesigned interface, but McCarthy decided to release a new version to switch to a freemium model. We also decided to simply update the Obscura 3 app instead of releasing a separate app like in previous releases, so that users who purchased that version will also benefit from it.
Obscura 4 still retains most of the elements of its predecessor that made it easy to take pictures and videos while holding the phone with one hand. The exposure wheel has 1/3 stop increments for satisfying tactile feedback.
The app also has a cleaned up quick settings menu with better labeling options. We’ve added a new button that gives you one-tap access to your photo library directly from the main camera screen. Drag your finger off that icon to quickly see your recent shots without leaving the main his interface.
McCarthy also placed the image details neatly under the picture on the floating card to avoid obscuring information. You can always swipe up to see more details.
The new version maintains premium features such as RAW and ProRAW image formats, 48 megapixel capture, filters, histograms, alternate aspect ratio capture, themes, live photo mode, portrait mode and custom app icons. It also adds new features such as a dual reticle mode that allows you to select different points on the viewfinder for focus and exposure, and an exposure clipping highlight that shows underexposed or overexposed areas of the viewfinder.
Obscura 4 is a free download to use features such as exposure dial and manual photo mode. Users can unlock all features by paying $9.99 annually. Users already using the Obscura 3 app with an Extra level subscription can upgrade to Ultra for just $4.99 for the first year.
McCarthy’s app competes directly with Proton (a new app from the makers of Camera+) and the popular Halide app. However, Obscura is relatively cheaper than both apps.