NightCap by developers interealtime.com allows your iPhone 4S the
ability to capture low light and night images without the need for
the flash. In essence, through its clever calculations, it gives you
similar features to digital SLR cameras thanks to the ability to
adjust your exposure. The only issue with the exposure length is
that the app does take a little time in focusing and taking a
The default setting of NightCap is 1/6s, however through the manual
functionality, the spectrum includes everything from 1/20s to 1/1s.
So does it work? Yes it does and the following photos of the world's
favourite Plumber speaks for themself.
Photo 1 - Nightcap Exposure
1/20s & Photo 2 - Nightcap Exposure 1/6s
Photo 3 - iPhone 4S camera with
flash & Photo 4 - iPhone 4S camera without flash
you can see from the top two photos that were using the NightCap
app, there was a marked difference compared to the bottom two. The
fourth photo was quite accurate at showing how much low light was
available but what surprised me the most, was photo 2 that brought
out all the colours of Mario quite accurately. The flash of the
iPhone 4S did oversaturate the colours, making it less than
This app won't turn your iPhone 4S into a true Digital SLR
camera but what it does is give the user the ability to capture some
great low light and night photos without the need for a flash and
more importantly, better than the in-built capera software of your
iPhone. The app even supports both cameras on the iPhone 4S and
boasts some great realistic images that Impulse Gamer would happily
True long exposure (up to 1s)
photography on the iPhone! No tricks, no software enhancement.
When the built-in camera app
struggles, NightCap can take up to 15 times more light. That
means up to 15x brighter!
Full resolution photos
Automatic or Manual modes -
Automatic works in all conditions, Manual lets you limit the
maximum exposure time* from 1/20s to 1s
Photos are saved automatically to
the iPhone camera roll with full metadata
Supports front and rear cameras and
flash (on devices that have them)
Sometimes the built-in app can
produce bright but grainy photos. NightCap can fix this too!
More exposure time means lower ISO levels and lower image noise.
Built-in viewer for the last photo
* Manual Mode: This sets the
exposure time, but the iPhone camera may still override this if
it decides that the photo is over-exposed.