Hydra Review: The Next Level of Low-Light Photography

The App Store is flooded with a lot of photography apps and out of these profusion of apps, very few apps prove to be actually useful to take photos on your iOS device. Hydra is one of those few apps that I’d say is one of those. Just one of those features I’d like to focus on is its low-light photography technique makes it different from so many other photography apps on the App Store.

Hydra relies on the latest evolutions of camera hardware, and uses the latest camera APIs and GPU rendering technologies of iOS 8.


When, I tested its low-light photography technique, I was completely impressed with its capabilities — the app actually captures multiple photos and combines them — picking out the best part of each — into a new photo while reducing the noise from those photos and thus providing you with a better image. You’ll need to have a still frame and no movement otherwise it doesn’t take the picture.

Have a look at two images below. The first one is captured with stock Camera app and the second one is with Hydra. There’s a clear difference between two images and you can notice the reduced noise in second image, which puts Hydra ahead in low-light photography. In some images, because of the noise-reduction, you may lose some clarity in the image.


From Creaceed’s own website on the feature:

Lo-Light mode, as its name suggests, is dedicated to low-light conditions, when taking pictures is particularly hazardous. In this mode, Hydra merges together multiple images to amplify light by a factor of 10. This technique significantly removes sensor noise to provide a better image quality.


Like many other photography apps, including the stock Camera app, Hydra also has an HDR mode and performs well at HDR, also known as high dynamic range . It scans for highlights and clicks the number of pictures according to your needs and combines them to form an HDR image. After processing (merging those images which were captured) it gives you multiple options, such as Black and White, Medium and Strong to process the image for a last time and save to the Camera Roll.


Well, Hydra has a Video HDR mode too. I’ve rarely seen apps with Video HDR mode as it’s difficult to use Video HDR mode on fast moving scenes. But Hydra has settings for light and strong HDR and also an option to choose between 720p or 1080p resolution. So, low settings may prove good for your work on Video HDR mode.

Apart from all these features it also packs Zoom and Hi-Res mode, where Zoom gives you an option to Digitally Zoom your photos to 2x or 4x and Hi-res mode provides you an option to click pictures at 32MP (4x the 8-megapixel sensor resolution), well this is done digitally, it won’t be as effective as a real sensor but it still provides you a better image quality than a normal settings of any photography app.

After using Hydra for a while it has become a must-have app on my home screen, and I’d recommend this app to anyone who wants to take great low-light photographs. In fact, it’s the next level of low-light photography.

Download Hydra on the App Store.

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