Hydra - Amazing Photography

Creaceed SPRL

Photo & Video
This version of the app is not recommended   
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App last updated Nov 03, 2017
New in version 1.4.1

- Updated to support iPhone X.
- Improved Volume button shutter handling.


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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Must have app
Buburuzele on 12/12/2017
One of the best.
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.
Works great most of the time
acidrains on 11/21/2017
I use it to take videos. Has wider angle than iOS camera app. There is recent bug where it randomly does not record audio. Would be nice if it had 60fps option
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!
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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 8/7/2017
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
Awesome Photography App
GHinemeyer on 11/25/2016
RPS599753 on 10/31/2016
The image acquisition rate is too slow to allow quality reconstruction of high resolution images with even small motion. The resulting images acquired on this app appear blurred compared to the default apple camera app, and under the best circumstances are of only comparable quality.
Hydra - so far the best
scrub2014 on 10/29/2016
After doing about shoots with Hydra (portrait, glamour and scenery) - this is going to be the last app I purchased. As long as there is minimal movement, the hi-res pictures are fantastic upon close analysis, HDR shots are saturated and vividly explosive; still working on video capture - will add the comments on it shortly. Thank you goes to the team who wrote this app!!!
The Gold Standard
YeuxNoirs on 10/12/2016
GUIDE AND REVIEW: Virtually all bad reviews of this app are misleading (lets leave video hdr aside—that may be somewhat limited). If you have an older phone or no stabilization this app will yield proportionally less results OBVIOUSLY. And misconceptions about Lo-Light mode abound—that is cleared up below. Why is it so good? It's a question of detail. Image stacking or over sampling has the effect of reducing noise and increasing detail. I.e, what you would get with a bigger sensor. That is the KEY GOAL in making a better camera. Thus, that is how you evaluate the app vs apple app. Yes the HDR is the best, But consider the whole app—this is what this app does. Two "styles" of image: Effectively this over sampling provides two styles: HDR and "normal". HDR MODE balances extremes of exposure into one high detail image. This is an "artistic" style different from apple HDR and you should EXPECT to further edit this image. For example: reduce saturation, exposure. You can edit it to look like a "normal" shot, however you will retain far more detail in shadows and highlights. Similarly you can make a normal apple shot look like HDR but you will NOT retain detail. HDR mode gives you OPTIONS. The downside is shot time (3 sec) and still subjects. "NORMAL": LO LIGHT, HI RES, and ZOOM do not sample different exposures, they sample the same exposure many times. Thus, lo-light mode is NOT for creating a brighter image—it is for bringing out detail and reducing noise—think it looks the same as the stock app? Bring up the exposure and look. OR JUST ZOOM IN, DUMMIES. It works very well; the difference: LO-LIGHT: faster (4-10 exposures), 12MP HI-RES: slower (30-60 exposures) 18MP, 24MP, 32MP—does the same thing bigger. Both fill in detail and reduce noise. (There is a "Hydra brand" artifacting on 32MP zoomed all the way in but it's a very small price to pay). The downside is shot time and still subjects. It uses the one option there is to overcome sensor size. Reviewers: If this isn't what you wanted the app to do, what exactly did you want?! The gold standard: The value can be expressed in a nutshell with one example mode. Let's take 18MP (low) Hi-Res mode and compare it to apple stock app. On the iPhone 7 it takes 2 secs and yields an 18MP vs 12MP file. Despite this, the file size is ACTUALLY SMALLER!!! The differences are extremely impressive. When you zoom into the pixel level you can see the harsh sharpening and nasty compression/artifacting of apple's stock image. NOTE: raw images on iPhone 7 do not remedy this—the detail captured is the same, sans sharpening. Hydra's image, on the other hand, is both smooth and much better detailed with NO noise and almost NO artifacting! By adding equivalent post-sharpening, you can see the difference even more. You can use lo light mode for the same reason (at 12MP and a faster shutter)—little detail is lost over 18MB (interestingly file size isn't much different). And remember that 32MB mode is only 1/3 larger file size with 3X the resolution. However, detail does not increase, only size. But this means that with 18MP hi res you can get a much better "normal" image than apple and the file size is smaller! Meaning it, or the faster Lo-Light, SHOULD replace the stock app for everyday shots, making Hydra the gold standard in quality! And just the value other than the HDR mode, which is even better! It's that good.
Bought it for the high res mode
WITstudent on 10/10/2016
I can confirm that the high res mode does work. I use my phone to take photos of small electronic components and their labels. Normally after the photo is taken and cropped the text is barely readable, 8MP just isn't enough but with this app, the resolution stacking really works and the output is much clearer. I'm impressed.
Hglkk on 10/6/2016
Doing a bunch of side by side comparison shots between Apple's camera app and this one is not even close. The clarity and crispness is incredible. No more digitized or grainy pics and low light is superb and no more noise. Love this app, must have for photographers.
Really changes what you thought was possible with iPhones camera
WhatATravisT on 10/4/2016
I've taken some of my best photos with this application using the high resolution mode. This is my most used third party camera application by far. Needs better integration of the new dual camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus, but I have faith the developer will deliver. Your heart was in the right place with that haptic feedback, but I'm so thankful you removed it haha.
Truly revolutionary
Buurtt on 10/4/2016
This app is amazing for everyone who decided not to go for the larger size of the iPhone 7 Plus. It allows you to zoom in 2x or 4x without needing that fancy new camera. Also the developers respond enthusiastically and quickly to any feature requests. Top notch!
My go to app for low light shots
Sam Graf on 10/3/2016
I've used Hydra for some time and my favorite feature is the low light setting. Hydra delivers a clean, colorful end product image in low light conditions (even on my iPad). Noise is my chief complaint over phone images (a noisy shot is better than no shot, but why settle for a noisy shot?) and Hydra addresses that problem very nicely.
Crap, crap, crap
Tx1383 on 7/30/2016
Do NOT buy this app! Horrible. Built in iOS camera is better. Every picture I have taken with this app has been blurry and extremely distorted. Pass on this app.
U S E L E S S!!!
Catalinstelianshanks on 7/20/2016
This app is totally useless It doesn't actually do anything Bought it, tested it and I am soooo disappointed!!!
Perfect for taking photos inside of clubs!
Msduvall on 6/6/2016
I have become sort of the unofficial (very) amateur photographer for local bands. Getting pics of the stage is no problem...but shots of the crowd were awful--they were all blurred and had terrible noise. Not even the so-called "night camera" apps worked. The only app that has consistently given me crisp, clear pics and noise free--most of the shots don't need any further editing! I don't know what that one reviewer is talking about...Hydra is great!
Piece of crap
Docdhs on 5/11/2016
Overpriced and not even as good as the built in IOS camera. When I compared identical lighting situation using Hydra in all its modes and then the IOS built in camera, the IOS camera was clearer, brighter and more vibrant than the Hydra version. DO NOT BUY!
I can see clearly now.
Chucker1952 on 4/4/2016
More in depth review later. I taken a few pics indoors and if the subject isn't moving very good quality with no flash in my iPad Air 2. Just took 2 pics of my car outside. While they may look the same zooming in there is a big difference. The Hydra had less pixelization than the stock iPad camera. Great product. Which I could and the pics.
My Favorite iPhone Camera App
stormjosh on 3/20/2016
Hydra is my favorite camera app outside the built in app. Whether you are using Hydra or a DSLR, to get he best results you have to hold very steady or use a tripod. No camera app is perfect including the iPhone camera app & yes, some Hydra HDR pictures don't look good, which is why I take multiple pictures with multiple apps.
Could be better
Yoshiyahu262 on 3/9/2016
For the price, I would expect more control over the process. Right now, it tends to be a little bit aggressive on the HDR. There are certain times when you wanton obviously HDR photo, but then there are times where you want it less adversely HDR, and there really isn't the option to tone things down. That being said, sometimes the results are really cool. The zoom and hi res image options really do work. Sure, you need to be really still for best results, but that's to be expected.
Good start!
OkieAplUzr on 3/4/2016
One of the better apps for people exploring the photographic potential of smartphones. Considering that shutterbugs are the most enthusiastic users, the HDR function needs a high res option. Also, the "medium" setting in HDR is actually somewhat intense. Not complaining; just looking for logical completion of a strong start.
Good but
Norbe vega on 2/19/2016
I wanted a frontal camera too
Noise issues
Gfpguy1 on 2/2/2016
For an app that claims to minimize low light noise, there's actually more color noise than many other low light apps I've tried. And the color noise in the HDR mode is atrocious in the lower tones. The algorithm used for the super resolution mode also appears to result in considerable color noise. Luminosity is ok, but lots of course noise in color space. iPhone 6s Plus
Wish I Could Get My Money Back
TrustMeOnThisInATL on 1/25/2016
I can't believe I paid for something this bad. It's not even as good as some of the free apps. Don't waste your money.
About the best
AA Manhattan on 1/19/2016
This is the perfect companion either on its own, Or as a pre professional shooting session. The HDR mode is by far the most accurate for jpeg files and the closest to raw outcomes. Take your iPhone shooting to the next level.
jClabo on 1/6/2016
This camera app is real good. It has several camera modes, two of which I think are really great. First, the high resolution 32mp camera is not the camera for every shot. But it is amazing on landscapes and anything that isn't moving. It does take about 3 to 4 secs for every shot unless it's great lighting and you hold it steady (it will do it faster). The image quality under these conditions are amazing! I don't use this camera except in situations with decent lighting and subject is relatively still. The second camera option it has that impresses my is the HDR video camera, which I must say is worth the price of the app alone. Wow, does it take great HDR video and you can really see the HDR and quality of the final video.
Don't see the difference
JMontoyaXer on 12/24/2015
I don't see the difference between the iOS camera and hydra
Fact Sheet
  • Publisher: Creaceed SPRL
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Released: Jan 28, 2015
  • Current Version Released: Nov 03, 2017
  • Version: 1.4.1
  • Size: 29.2 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
  • Recommended Age: 4+
  • Game Center Certified: No
  • Supported Devices: iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX,
  • Supported Languages: Arabic; Dutch; Flemish; English; French; German; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Bokmål, Norwegian; Norwegian Bokmål; Portuguese; Russian; Chinese; Spanish; Castilian; Chinese; Turkish;