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Using a manual camera app like Halide an iPhone 6 is able to achieve a maximum of 1/2" exposure time, what's the longest an iPhone X can reach?

  • I edited my answer to include the correct information that answers the question. – Alaska Man Jan 9 '18 at 4:41
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It is dependent on the Third party app you are using and not the phone itself.

I have several apps that allow me to use shutter speeds from fractions of a second up to 60 seconds and even bulb ( as long as you want ). I have used these apps on my iPhone 6 and my new iPhone 8+.

I use Procam 5 as my main app but i have others. It has a slow shutter mode. ( i am not affiliated with procam, just a user )

Do some research when you are choosing an app to see if you can find out what the manual control options for each app.


EDIT: I asked the pro cam five support staff the question and here is there reply

"Hi , Thanks for getting in touch with us. The longest exposure time supported by the iPhone X hardware is 1/4 sec. Longer exposure time are digitally simulated. Please don’t hesitate to contact us again with additional questions or feedback. Best",

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    No, it depends in the phone (actually camera assembly) itself. Applications that offer a longer exposure time than the camera assembly supports fake it by taking multiple images and stacking them together in software (which might work for the OP, or might not). – Aram Hăvărneanu Jan 8 '18 at 11:02
  • Yes, I'm not interested in software manipulation but the actual hardware limitation – Razär Jan 8 '18 at 17:56
  • "The longest exposure time supported by the iPhone X hardware is 1/4 sec" meaning it hasn't changed since the iPhone 6s. Adobe Lightroom doesn't go further than 1/4 sec on my 6s. Will have a look at other apps – ArieKanarie Oct 16 '18 at 9:41
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Not sure if these are the limits of the camera assembly, or the operating system, or the application I am using, but using Halide I can set the shutter speed between 1/3"-1/50k" on my iPhone X.

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