How to Get HDR on iPhone 3GS/4 on iOS 4.1/4.0.x: HDR Apps and HDR Camera Enabler


Did you bypass the latest iOS 4.1 update on your iPhone 4 because you are preserving your jailbreak (which is coming soon) For those that did update, you are probably enjoying the benefits of HDR photography.

Did Apple Acquire their HDR Skills from imsense?

The latest HDR story is that Apple acquired the UK company, imsense, for this new feature. MacRumors reports that their iPhone app and desktop apps have been pulled along with their social networking accounts. Furthermore, three of Apple’s officers were named directors of imsense in July of this year. I think it’s a done deal that Apple owns imsense!

Want to Get HDR Photography On your iPhone 4 on iOS 4.0.1/4.0.2?

If you are REALLY desperate and want HDR photography on your iPhone 4, and want it in an easy way I’d suggest downloading one of two HDR apps: Pro HDR or TrueHDR.

Both of these apps have been reviewed and appear to be in worthy contention of replacing Apple’s HDR photography. I tried Pro HDR and here are some of my results:

iPhone 4 camera on iOS 4.0.2

Pro HDR allows for automatic or manual taking of pictures to create your final HDR image. It’s only $1.99 and has been an excellent app so far. One downside is the app does take some time to create your final HDR image. I haven’t tried TrueHDR, but I have read it’s similar to Pro HDR and equally worthy for photography junkies. Click here to download Pro HDR.

How to Get HDR Photos on your iPhone 3GS on iOS 4.1

Apple decided to only allow HDR photography on the iPhone 4. The iPhone 3GS is definitely capable and the iPhone 3G is too (although it’d probably be sluggish). There’s a fresh Cydia tweak to enable HDR easily without the use of SSH. It’s called HDR Camera Enabler (thanks to FSM for the heads up!).

1. Launch Cydia. Install Winterboard.
2. Go to Sections–Tweaks–HDR Camera Enabler (within the ModMyi repo).
3. Enable HDR Camera Enabler via Winterboard.
4. You should have the HDR photo option now on your iPhone 3GS!

How are you enjoying HDR photography on your iPhone 4? Let me know how the above solutions have worked for you!


  • Anonymous

    I prefer the first picture to the second….

  • netskipper

    actually u r right :0) i agree with u, the second one isn’t natural….

  • Anonymous

    The second one looks like 2 pictures glued together!

  • HDR photos look different because they are a blend of over/underexposed pictures.

  • Delta

    I can’t Find the HDR Camera enabler on modmyi repo… Think they haven’t updated repo yet.

  • Hmm, it was there earlier this morning.

  • Gfty

    I use Pro Hdr app, its good ONLY when there is not so much difference in underexposure and overexposure foto, if underexposure foto is too dark, has almost black areas then final HDR pic will not be so good.

  • Wuju

    would prefer if the software would take a picture and process it with normal & +/- 2 stops on exposure and then merges all 3 exposure.

    Does Apple work this way?

  • Wuju

    I do mean with one click and not taking 3 different shots (which would implies one must use a tripod for perfect image aligning)

  • Kerry

    That’s exactly what hdr photography is, sometime even three or more photos. This is just a bad example of what the program can do.

  • I am one of the few who did upgrade to 4.1 i love HDR, but it can also have negative effects in rare cases. Its nice to have the option to include the original for those occasions.

  • I’d like to see a Automatic mode, and an Advanced mode where you can adjust the Exposure, maybe throw a couple extra options as well.

  • Normyd

    How do I get 4.1 with my 3GS and still have Cydia ? Jailbreak isn’t out for 4.1 is it? Little confused.

  • Dennism

    I don’t think the jailbreak is coming soon. Yea they found an exploit in the bootrom but no one on the dev team has tweeter that they can attach a payload to it and get cydia on the phone.

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