REXiG HDR Camera Review

HDR with one single shot.

by Pu on August 16, 2011

Using the HDR technique is the best option in many situations where lighting conditions are particularly problematic. However, getting the necessary exposures to be used in HDR composites can be hard in some specific instances, for example when you don’t have a tripod or other stable surfaces to support your camera or when you are trying to photograph moving subjects. In such instances, it has become quite common to create fake HDR images (using one exposure only) with the help of specialized software.

REXiG HDR Camera recreates HDR-like effects on the iPhone: a resource in cases where lighting is not satisfactory and regular HDR is not achievable.

Main Features

  • Full resolution available;
  • 23 presets;
  • Adjustable brightness, contrast and saturation;
  • Adjustable color balance;
  • Noise reduction.

Appotography Opinion

All you need to create your HDR-like image in REXiG HDR Camera is loading a single photo to the work area. REXiG HDR Camera doesn’t need two shots like real HDR because the app simply tries to restore useful information from either dark or bright areas — or both — of your photo.

REXiG HDR Camera iPhoneFor a quick enhancement of badly exposed photos, the Easy mode offers 23 presets which can be applied to images with a single tap. Presets can be found in the bottom part of the screen, and by swiping with the finger you can scroll and choose among them. For a more thorough processing and for more control, you can switch to Pro mode. Pro mode lets you adjust individual settings which affect the overall look of the image, like bright and dark intensity, saturation and contrast, and color balancing.

REXiG HDR Camera iPhone

Before and after REXiG HDR Camera processing.

Since recovering information from dark areas can significantly increase digital noise, REXiG HDR Camera also offers a noise reduction option. Noise reduction processing however can take some time and its effectiveness greatly varies depending on the photo you want to process.

Somebody cleverly said the best HDR is the one you cannot spot. For this reason, most photographers use HDR only when they are after a well exposed and natural looking photo and they have no other means to achieve it. While REXiG HDR Camera doesn’t actually generate true HDR, it tries to imitate the looks of the heaviest and most bombastic HDR processing: most presets are extremely overdone; without proper tweaking, REXiG HDR Camera’s final results look very artificial and thus not always desirable. Notwithstanding, REXiG HDR Camera is one of the most convincing HDR replacements available on iPhone and it will definitely come in handy now and then.

REXiG HDR Camera is free in the App Store until August 18, 2011.


Name: REXiG HDR Camera
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. iOS 4.0 or later.
Price: £0.69||$0.99||€0.79
Vote: 4/5


Miege August 17, 2011 at 12:30 am

Fake HDR, real HDR…whatever. As long as you like the picture, nothing matters! It is outrageously hilarious to find some reviewers in the App Store despising apps like REXiG HDR Camera for not being real–why not complain about apps that simulate fish-eye or colored lens for not being real as well? 😀

By the way, try take a look at Orasis as well if you’re into HDR or HDR-like single-photo adjustment.

Mar August 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm


Miege September 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm

REXiG is missing from the US App Store for now 😕

Pu September 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Yes, REXiG is not available right now. It’s not available in other App Stores as well, it’s not a problem with the US Store only.

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