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Cameras on iPhones improve with every model with all models from the iPhone 4 incorporating an LED flash to assist in taking photos at night or in low-light conditions. However the quality of photographs taken in low light conditions with an iPhone still leaves a lot to be desired and long exposure photography to capture images with natural light is very difficult. The free night camera app AvgNite Cam is a formerly premium app for iPhone that enables users to capture and adjust better quality long exposure images at night or in low-light conditions.

Obviously the main task of the free night camera app is to improve on the iPhone camera’s shortcomings in taking long exposure photography. In a low-light setting the app features will boost the light and lower the amount of noise captured in your photos. If you wish to capture a photo without using the flash and get all the natural light in then the night feature of the app will put your camera into “burst” mode for a long exposure shot. What this means is that it will take multiple photos and then average them together creating effects and reducing the noise in the image.

Once you launch the app, you will need to apply the settings by tapping an icon in the low left-hand corner of the screen. The interface is remarkably simple and from here you can set how many shots you want to take to average your night photo and the low light sensitivity reading. Setting a timer to take self portraits or move away from the image can be done with a couple of taps from the main photo screen. Either the front-facing or rear camera can be used to capture photos and toggled between in-app.

I have to say that the quality of the final averaged images is surprisingly good, and the app does not take long to perform the process. The app also supports low-light boost mode on iPhone 5 and you can edit and adjust your images in a preview after taking them before finalising them.

The Good

  • Simple interface
  • Adjustable night exposure settings
  • Preview and adjust photos before finalising image

The Bad

  • Shutter button does not reposition in landscape mode

The Verdict

While the cameras on iPhones are very good, you do feel they are lacking in features when it comes to taking phography in low light or night conditions. This is especially true when taking long-exposure photographs without a flash when you wish to capture as much natural light as possible. The “averaging” solution provided in the free night camera app AvgNite Cam is an innovative and ideal way to solve this. It is simple-to-use and provides great result. It has a free price tag for the moment so there is no reason not to download it and give it a try. Improve your night photos.

Get AvgNite Cam from the iTunes App store

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