Hydra - Amazing Photography

Creaceed SPRL

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
$4.99 Photo & Video 1.4.4 Jan 28, 2015 Jun 19, 2018 28.2 MB iOS 9.0 or later 4+
New in version 1.4.4

- Updated the crash reports framework.


Hydra offers innovative photo capture technology, and lets you take beautiful pictures even in the most difficult lighting conditions, which makes it a great companion to iOS Camera app.

Hydra captures more light by merging up to 60 frames to make a single high-quality picture (less noise, more highlights/shadows) on iPhone and iPad. Hydra also goes beyond the 8-megapixel sensor limit, with up to 32-megapixel high-resolution images. It uses the latest evolutions of iPhone and iPad camera hardware, as well as the latest camera APIs and GPU rendering technologies.

Hydra provides 5 specific capture modes: HDR, Video-HDR, Lo-light, Zoom, and Hi-res modes.

• Hydra's High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode is based on an alternate method that captures up to 20 images and that is made to handle even the most difficult lighting conditions.
• Video-HDR uses single-image tone mapping and device-specific sensor mode (iPhone 6) to create stunning videos.
• Lo-light mode removes sensor noise by merging together multiple images and amplifying light by a factor of 10 to provide a better image quality.
• Zoom mode uses real-time, super-resolution technique to recreate missing pixels from hand motion, producing 2x and 4x scale factors with more details than the standard digital zooming technique(*).
• Hi-res mode produces up to 32MP images from the regular 8MP camera sensor, providing finer details in captured image(*).

Hydra also features a photo gallery for reviewing images and their metadata, directly linked with built-in iOS photo album, thus avoiding duplicates and allowing to flag as favorites.

(*) recommended for static & distant scenery. Rendering artifacts can occur for scenes with parallax and for moving subjects.

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Great Concept
pop-ups on 8/18/2018
I'm really happy to see this type of app emerge. I would love to see the dynamic range increased for the 32mp photos, perhaps by doing a slight exposure bracket while capturing. Also the option to save as tiff and 32bit hdr files for processing on the computer would be awesome. I love it, keep up the great work!
muon123 on 8/12/2018
Fantastic app Please increase the number of mb in the high Rez and also kill the clicking sound !
Want money back
TheFiendlyGhost on 7/24/2018
Waste of $5 Seen tons of great reviews, as a photographer, this is a terrible app.
No Front face camera
Sleeper8816 on 7/22/2018
I’ve taken a few pics with this app and it does seem to work better than my regular camera, but I mainly bought it for the front face camera but it doesn’t support that which I wasn’t aware of before I bought it. Probably wouldn’t have if I knew. But I’ll give it a shot for the other pics I take.
Fantastic, exceeds expectations!
AcidicRain12 on 7/12/2018
Don’t get any ideas but I would easily pay 3 times what I paid for this!
sierracamp on 7/1/2018
Nice lowlight..you need to offer full screen and selfie mode.
Video Sound
Husamulddin on 5/21/2018
I really hope you guys remove the sound that is made by the app when we start recording a video in the next update. It’s pretty annoying. I purchased this app for the HDR recording, so please consider my request.
Does not live up to claim
Agarikon on 5/20/2018
This app simply does not even vaguely live up to what’s being claimed. Would like money back. After testing it out I found the high res mode is a joke, a cheap parlor trick that does not seem to improve the resolution at all. You can zoom past 100% crop is all. Take a photo using the normal iPhone app, zoom 100%, now take a screenshot of that zoomed photo, go to screenshot and zoom in more...that’s what the hi res mode from this app looks like to me.
Add light option!
searleb on 5/10/2018
Lots of promise but not really usable in genuinely high dynamic range situations. Here the app would strongly benefit from a light setting or finer grain merging tools.
Very nice camera app
Ericman77 on 4/28/2018
I love this app works perfectly but just wish it had raw for photo stacking.
Dual Camera support?
Buurtt on 4/23/2018
This app is amazing. I use the Low Light feature whenever it’s even slightly dim in my photos, and the reduced noise is unreal. However, we’ve had dual camera phones for over two years now, and no updates that take advantage of them? I’d love to see Hydra work its magic while using portrait mode!
Excellent app, but weird charge the next day.
Quickpaws on 4/12/2018
The app is great! The photos are excellent. However, the day after I paid for this 4.99 app, a 13.90 charge appeared on my debit card for an Amazon Prime membership. A 4.99 charge never showed up on my banking info. I got it straightened out with Amazon, but be aware this could happen to you, too! Sounds like a bait and switch scheme.
cool guy dont tell no lie on 3/16/2018
Okay so I never write reviews unless it’s for some bogus unlock in an app, but I’m writing this one because this is seriously the best camera app I’ve ever had, period. It has an extremely simple layout, and every shooting Option can produce gorgeous photos, none of them feel like just a thrown together “filler” mode, and if you follow the tips it’ll get even better from there. P.S. anyone who hasn’t already should see what happens when you take multiple photos of the same area/subject. The app doesn’t just mesh the frames it captures during one shoot. ;) (insanely powerful and smart application guys, no complaints.)
IPhone 7 Plus Worse Pictures with Hydra Zoom
S2DH on 3/14/2018
I wanted use Hydra with the built in 2x zoom of my iPhone 7 Plus. Apparently instead of doing that, hydra removes my zoom (used the 1x zooms lens), takes its photos, then stitches together a higher res image that looks MUCH WORSE than a regular in 2x zoom image with the built in camera. Please guys! Let me use the built in 2x zoom on my phone, along with your tech to make the image sharper. Otherwise this a huge waste of money for an iPhone 7 Plus owner (or iPhone X owner).
Whiteyditmore on 3/4/2018
This is a great cam. One of my go - to. Easy to use and good quality shot.
Nope... no... no... no... nope!
StraitScoop on 2/11/2018
Using this app on an iPhoneX... it just doesn’t deliver. I spent several days making direct tripod mounted shot comparisons with the standard iPhone camera app, several other camera apps, and this one. Hydra delivered the worst results. If you want the highest quality from your iPhoneX, shoot RAW and do your own post processing.
Amazing results on zoom
cyclista on 1/31/2018
This is an amazing app, especially on the zoom mode. The other modes a good and useful but the zoom is amazing. But two things keep me from a 5 star. 1. Allow the preview to be zoomed so you can really frame the zoomed part. On the high zoom it can be hard to really frame the picture because it becomes so small in the picture that is shown. 2. And this is the real shame, please work with both cameras on X and Plus models. Phones with two cameras have been out for a couple of years now and plenty of apps can switch between both cameras. If I could choose the tele lens on my X and THEN do a 2x or 4x via their software, I think that would be REALLY amazing. If you have a phone with only one camera, this is really a great app. Until it can make use of the tele lens, it is not quite so useful on an X or Plus model.
Wish it had better control points
roamingmatt on 1/26/2018
I wanted to like the hi-res mode, I really did. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do a very good job of stitching source images together. What this means is that if there is slight movement while taking a photo there is a lot of distortion in the image. Think like blurring from long shutter timing, except instead of nice trails, you get jittery ghosting. Still, it’s a cool idea. Hopefully the developer will build better handling of control points soon. Otherwise I wouldn’t use this again without a tripod...
Not a great camera
Hdidjejeowdi on 1/11/2018
The settings it has are very limited, and the ones it does have are not that great. The low-light doesn’t appear any different than the normal camera, and the ‘32mp’ is doubtfully that quality. Zooming in to the max doesn’t appear any different from a normal photo.
Junk app
Snorfest on 1/10/2018
Kills my battery, NOT old phone friendly , overall a bad purchase , none refundable, thanks apple n app devs
JLAuBuchon on 1/8/2018
Read some good reviews, decided to buy it, sorry I did. The photo quality just isn’t there. I have ProCamera which does a far better job at HDR and low light pictures as well as offering a lot of extra features. I’ve already deleted this app and would like a refund if I can get one.
32 mp setting
noahoct on instagram on 1/6/2018
This is a very good app for just your every day person the doesn’t know manual controls. I use a dslr on manual but if my camera ever dies this will be my back up. Love this app!
Foomanshoe2000 on 12/20/2017
This app has no customization sliders. For example, I was under the impression the low light mode would have adjustable exposure sliders, it doesn’t. The HiRes mode doesn’t seem to have any discernible difference from hdr and the IPhone X’s standard camera. I will ask for a refund as I feel a little mislead.
2 Star Rating
HammondK92 on 12/17/2017
Not compatible with Snapseed edits when trying to save a photo taken with this app on iPhone 6
No Sound Video!
willow the pup on 12/15/2017
The photo parts of the app are wonderful. I used the hdr video for the first time at my son’s christmas music program. I got so excited when i got home to watch it on tv. But when i played it on my phone it had no sound even with my phone volume in full!!! I transferred the file to my mac and it still had no sound!!! So disapponting and frustrating!!! Can the developers explain this please!
Very upset with purchase
V Flatline on 12/11/2017
I thought this took advantage of the iphone x camera it doesn’t even shoot video in 4k and i cant adjust the iso etc..i would like a refund
Amaing result!
willowcheng on 11/26/2017
The result is so amazing!!! All modes seem to remove noise a lot comparing with native camera app. Wish the app can take use of telephoto camera for iPhone 7Plus/8Plus/X to create even better 2x/4x photos.
Dirany Nassim on 11/20/2017
Comparing all the app techniques with the regular camera app I found that this app is useless and a scam!
Include telephoto support
Giiaanbvh on 11/18/2017
Great app. I would like to see an option to switch to the telephoto lens on iPhone 7+, 8+, and 10 when zooming. This would increase the zoom to incredible levels.
Sweet app!
Anzeo David on 11/16/2017
I’ve owned an iPhone since it’s initial release and I’ve never writing a review for an app until now. 10 years. This app does everything it says it does! On my iPhone X the shots are what I expected and more. I recommend this app to anyone who is a photographer. Professional to the beginner. This is an app you need in your photo arsenal!
More Updates
Crown farhad on 11/11/2017
App is wonderful and it need more updates !!!
Amazing combo with iPhone X!
Directingpete on 11/7/2017
Pros: This app is a great compliment to the iPhone X camera! i have been using it for a few days now and I’m blown away with the quality of the HDR! This is the first time i have seen an app take more than 3 pictures to make up a good HDR image. Cons: The only thing that would be cool to see this app do is have one more “light” HDR option. The normal is sometimes too strong. And the strong is so strong it’s pretty much unusable. Overall this app was worth writing about! Worth the money on your new iPhone 8/8plus and X!
Some excellence
PhelineCat on 9/18/2017
Oh dear- I think I need a manual. Why isn't there a manual with pretty much every single app?! Someone mentioned a better focus with a left to right wobble on a mode and I need reminders. Another referred to "smoky & horsey(??)" effects of HDR- I love that for landscapes at dusk. Mountains with a white tracing around… imagine forests, tall grass prairies, city and townscapes… Photography, iPhonography… what a wonderful thing
Great app if you take the time to learn it.
David247 on 9/16/2017
Hydra is not an app for impatient people or people who only want a quick "snapshot". Its market is the more serious enthusiast photographers who are willing to take the time to get a superior photo. Each function requires the taking of several shots, anywhere from 10 to 60, very quickly. Expect you must be mostly steady for 5-6 seconds. During the process the camera must be held very still. The end result though is worth the effort. High resolution is very good producing a choice of 18, 24 or 32 megapixel images from the 12 megapixel sensor of my iPhone 6s+. The results, while not replacing my more expensive camera gear, are very impressive. You could easily make poster size prints from a good shot. Zoom is amazing in good light. It will provide crisp photos at 2x and 4x magnifications, much sharper then most digital zooms on other apps. Low light is very good, again you must remains steady for around 5-6 seconds on average, but in my tests, (very low light that is hard to see in the shadows) it delivered excellent results. I don't shoot much video so haven't tried Video-HDR yet. HDR works as advertised, but this is one area where I wish they offered more control over the results such as strength of tonemapping. Currently they only have choice of Black and White, medium or strong. I find their approach very good in very sunny contrasty lighting but a little too much in moderate light conditions. However they do a good job of expanding dynamic range in contrasty lighting, literally bringing it close to expensive advanced and pro grade cameras. Because of the heavy tone mapping hydra uses, it is probably my least used function since I have other apps that provide more control there. But it does work, sometimes almost too well. I have had a chance to chat with the Creaceed developers (makers of Hydra) and they are very responsive. I expect we will see many improvements to this app in the future. For me, the most used modules are Low Light, Zoom (love it) and High Res. FYI, I am have over 50 years photographic experience, about 15 of that as a professional photographer, and though retired now, take my photography, be it using my iphone or my expensive interchangeable lens camers, very seriously. Hydra is one of my tools and one of the best I have tried. I use it regularly.
Improved Lowlight Quality? Not.
griffinclubmerv on 9/15/2017
I was disappointed by this app the first few times I used it, then just lost interest in it.
Great Photo App, but
Stuke on 8/20/2017
I need a way to focus lock and exposure lock.
A great addition to the toolbag
Mfloreen on 8/6/2017
Hydra definitely fills a niche that no other app does. The developers are forthright about the limitations, and once you learn them, you'll still find many opportunities where Hydra is the best tool for the job.
Please update for iPhone 7+ Camera
GarrDeMoy on 7/26/2017
Not much point in the 2x zoom when my iphone has optical zoom. Please fix
Just resizing the image
Blackbery-12 on 6/3/2017
I've looked at the photo out of the standard iPhone app Camera and photos from this app. The photos from the default camera app are just as sharp when compared to the same magnification. The only thing this app does is resize the images to a larger size. That's not giving you more resolution. And in low-light mode the images are dramatically more grainy than the iPhone camera app. There is nothing about this app that is redeeming. It is a total rip off.
Love this App for Still Photos
CPSSNY on 5/1/2017
Fantastic app for taking hi-Rez and "telephoto" photographs of non-moving subjects. Movement will cause blur, which may be a desired effect e.g. Like using ND filters to blur moving water, or simply to have motion blur. When traveling, it is like packing a zoom lens for your phone. NB: you do *not* need a tripod - app actually needs the natural hand shake movement caused when trying to hold your phone still in order to work. Amazing.
SOCCER LOVER!!!! on 4/11/2017
I bought this thinking it would help me take photos of my tennis team, but every photo turned out blurry. If you are taking a completely still, nothing moving at all photo, then this is for you. However if the wind blows and you can't keep something still, it won't work. Sadly, I spent money on this.
Great For Zoom/32MP And *Sometimes* HDR
Paul in NJ on 3/8/2017
This app uses a wonderful algorithm of stacking photos to create noise-free clarity and then enlarges the result to allow either a 32 MP picture or a very clean 2X or 4X zoom. Although when viewed at the pixel level you can see some minor artifacts and a bit of a plasticy look, the result is still terrific. You will find it helpful to retouch your results with some clarity and/or structure tweaks as the output is somewhat soft. And of course, always shoot using the native camera app with no zoom as back up. I would love to see the developers provide an option to do all of this with the second camera in the iPhone 7 Plus. It would allow an 8X zoom and would really set this app apart. The HDR feature in this app runs hot and cold. On some scenes it provides a beautiful broad and dramatic look that looks natural and elegant. On others, the HDR result is horsey and smokey and look horrendous. But I always try it out because you never know what you will get. I'm not impressed with the other features of this app which are pretty useless. It's low light feature is soft and allows no exposure compensation. And the video HDR bounces around too much with its light levels to be usable. Still, this app rates five stars because what it does well, it does tremendously well. And no other app is stacking photos for a pretty innovative approach to zooming or super-high resolution. As such I highly recommend this app.
SeymourTEagle on 3/6/2017
Great for stills or landscapes, or anything that is not moving in the slightest. Any movement by the subject and the 32mp feature is only good for blurs and smears.
Really Under-Utilized
jsmudd2 on 2/24/2017
The regular iOS camera software, paired with, for a phone, really top-shelf equipment makes the regular camera TOUGH to beat. Read the other reviews by actual photographers to understand how all the wizardry works, but be assured that it does. It draws strength from taking MULTIPLE exposures and then processing them for a single fantastic shot. Make sure the setting for "save all exposures" is set to the off position, or you will quickly use A LOT of memory! It's strength is also its weakness. Having a camera on your phone is chiefly a convenience. Having a GREAT camera on your phone is a luxury. Needing to spend (what seems to be an interminable amount of..) TIME taking pictures greatly reduces convenience. But I do construction estimates, and top-flight photography that I always carry with me is.. a necessity!
Super resolution and low-light modes definitely
fthnmr on 2/7/2017
enhance the details and diminish noise, but they also add color artifacts throughout. Please add Wide Color Gamut (P3)!
Alana sk on 2/7/2017
Unless your subject is completely still this app is worthless. So disappointed!
Nice camera app
MOXIESODA on 12/14/2016
So happy to find this app, a great photography features! Takes great pictures. I 'm very happy with the results of my pictures!!!
🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨🚨 Request
Greg.ni on 11/28/2016
I want to make this my go to camera app BUT I need to be able to take basic photos as well with no effects added Please add normal mode so that we can take quick photos 🙏🏻
super great!
choukano on 11/27/2016
wow!!!!!!Love This App!
Worst camera app
Youssef hashemi on 11/25/2016
Its actually do nothing Just make some blur effect on your photo and sometimes ruin it. 32mp resoulution? Its joke Its worst paid app I ever had 😡 Dont waste your money
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