The iPhone X camera is the best camera on a phone out there.  It’s a technological dream and it actually gives DSLR’s a run for their money. But if you’re looking to get the most out of the iPhone X’s camera, it might be worth downloading a third party camera app that will help take your photos to the next level.  Some cost money, but some are free.  Check out this list for the best app to use with your iPhone X.



Halide is maybe one of the most highly-rated and popular camera apps to come out in 2017. The Halide app turns your iPhone X into a near perfect stand-in for a DSLR camera. Halide comes with the following features:

  • Focus peaking and a powerful manual focus
  • Full manual controls including exposure, ISO, and white balance
  • Live histogram for perfect exposure shots
  • Quick review of each of your shots
  • Intelligent automatic and manual mode
  • And a beautiful, easy to use gesture-based interface.

Halide will cost you around $5, but you will be able to shoot with your iPhone X with RAW support, so it’s definitely worth it.



Camera+ comes up as a popular app when asking people about their favorite third-party options.  It will cost you $3, which isn’t that much and it improves almost every aspect of the built-in camera that your iPhone X has.  Camera+ allows you to have full control over things like exposure and focus, access to features like stabilizers and timers for different shooting modes.  It also allows you to zoom up to 6x with advanced processing to provide you with DSLR level quality.

Camera+ also gives you access to a ton of other editing, sharing and shooting options:

  • Effects (which were all created by professional photographer Lisa Bettany)
  • Lightbox
  • Sharing
  • iCloud Lightbox sync
  • Crops
  • Borders
  • Captions



Hydra is an innovative third-party camera app that allows you to have full control over exposure and lighting depending on what your lighting conditions are.  The app provides 5 specific capture modes, including:

  • HDR
  • Video-HDR
  • Lo-light
  • Zoom
  • Hi-res

Which means, no matter what conditions you’re shooting in, you’ll be able to find a setting in Hydra.  Once you’re done shooting your images with Hydra, you will be able to review the images right in the app.  This app will cost you $4.99.


ProCam 5

ProCam 5 gives you a ton of shooting modes also, including:

  • Photo
  • Night Mode
  • Burst Mode
  • Slow Shutter
  • Portrait Mode
  • 3D Photos
  • Video
  • Time Lapse

This app will cost you $5, but it gives you different photo shutter release options like a self-timer, anti-shake, screen shutter and interval shots.  It also gives users the options to shoot RAW photos, support TIFF files, adjust aspect ratio and so much more.  You can choose from over 60 filters or one of 17 lenses that include options like fisheye, vignette, hatched, and ripple.



VSCO is a simple, modern and Instagram-worthy app.  You can shoot directly from the app itself and have access to dozens of filter options.  Which means, if you take a not so great image, you can automatically spice it up.  VSCO itself is free, but VSCO X is not.  You’ll have to shell out $19.99 US/year for a subscription.  Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if photography is your business.

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