Moment Pro Camera for iOS Gains New Time-Lapse Mode

Moment today updated its Pro Camera app to version 4.0, introducing a new time-lapse feature that's designed to be simple to use, combining time-lapse setting intervals with slow shutter options.


Pro Camera users can select the intervals, the number of shots, and the type of blur or light trail, with the app then letting users know how long a recording needs to be with the duration calculator. Settings can be saved as custom presets for reuse later.

All shots are combined into one video that can be exported in 720p, 1080p, or 4K, plus there's an option to export individual frames as up to 12MP Raw photos.


The update also includes exposure bracketing in photo mode, manual controls when using slow shutter mode, a new horizon leveler, and an option to update the app icon.

Moment's Pro Camera app can be downloaded from the App Store for $5.99, with the update free for existing users. [Direct Link]
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RTRO Camera is a New Video Editing App From the Makers of Moment Lenses

Moment, the company behind the popular Moment photo editing app and the Moment line of lenses designed for iPhones, today announced the launch of RTRO, a new app designed for capturing fun video clips.


RTRO features a 60 second timeline that can be stacked with multiple short clips, with the end goal of creating a video ideal for Instagram Stories or TikTok. RTRO was created to be simple and intuitive to use, but there are also some advanced features like real-time subject tracking and retro frame rates.


The app is free to download and there are some basic capabilities included, but additional features will cost $1.99 per month or $14.99 per year to unlock.

Free features include three vintage looks to add to videos with adjustable intensity, front and back camera support, an edge-to-edge shooting experience, full access to the 60-second recording feature, and support for multiple formats.

Paid features include the three default looks plus additional new looks, retro frame rates (6, 12, 18, and 24fps), an option to remove the watermark, and real-time subject tracking.

RTRO is available for download as of today.

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Review: Moment’s 14mm Fisheye Lens Lets You Take Better Ultra Wide-Angle Shots on Latest iPhones

Moment, known for its line of high-quality lenses designed for the iPhone, recently came out with its newest lens, a 170-degree 14mm fisheye lens that works with Apple's iPhones, including the newest triple-lens models.

Fisheye lenses are by definition ultra wide-angle lenses and are some of the widest lenses you can get, often offering up a wide view with artful distortion to capture as much of a scene as possible.

Moment Fisheye lens with Night Mode

Moment's Fisheye lens serves this purpose, and while it might seem entirely unnecessary because of the new ultra wide-angle lens available in the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, it does offer a wider field of view and the ability to use it with the higher-quality wide-angle lens on those devices.

Design wise, the Moment lens features a sturdy metal body with a glass lens inside, and it uses Moment's photography cases to attach to the ‌iPhone‌. I'm a big fan of the way Moment cases work because it's super simple to get a lens on and take it off when it's not needed, or to swap between multiple lenses.


You simply screw the Fisheye lens onto the back of the lens mount on the case, and it's ready to go. There's no hassling with clips or alignment, which is something that I appreciate about the Moment system. The lens is an M-Series lens, so it works with all of the M-Series cases, which are available for every ‌iPhone‌ starting with the ‌iPhone‌ 6.


Because it has a 170 degree field of view rather than a 120 degree field of view like the ultra wide-angle camera in the newest iPhones, the Moment Fisheye can capture more in the frame for a wider view.

Moment Fisheye lens with ‌Night Mode‌

There is distortion at the edges, which is to be expected with any Fisheye lens and is sometimes a desirable look, but this distortion can be leveled out using the Moment Pro Camera app. It's not going to create a perfect photo that has zero distortion, but it's decent at cleaning it up and straightening the image out a bit. The app also works better in some situations than others, and sometimes the differences are subtle.

Image taken with Moment app with lens on top, image taken with Moment lens in standard Camera app on bottom

I found the Moment app a bit finicky to use in nighttime conditions and it wasn't quite able to replicate what I was able to get out of the default Camera app when it comes to ‌Night Mode‌. It was great for cutting down on some distortion during the day, but not my preferred app at night.

When capturing a photo with the Moment Fisheye, there's no darkness or vignetting at the corners, and what comes out of the lens is crisp and clear. Moment says that this was achieved through multiple aspherical elements inside the lens, which are designed to maximize every corner of the image sensors within the newest camera phones.

Moment Lens on left with ‌Night Mode‌, ultra wide lens on right

I've used a lot of Fisheye lenses designed for the ‌iPhone‌ over the years, and Moment's version paired with the iPhone 11 Pro Max (which is what I tested on) is the best quality that I've seen.

Moment Fisheye lens with ‌Night Mode‌

What's most useful about this lens is that it can be attached to the wide-angle camera on the ‌iPhone 11‌ and 11 Pro, and that camera is a lot better than the super wide-angle camera. It has a larger sensor and a lower aperture so it works in low lighting conditions and even at night, plus it has optical image stabilization.

Moment Lens on left with ‌Night Mode‌, ultra wide lens on right

You can't use the ultra wide-angle lens in the new iPhones with ‌Night Mode‌ because it's just not high enough quality, but with Moment's Fisheye lens, you can get the same ultra wide-angle look while also taking advantage of ‌Night Mode‌. The lens allows for ultra wide shots in lighting conditions where such a shot would not be possible with the ‌iPhone‌'s native camera.

Moment Lens on top with ‌Night Mode‌, ultra wide lens on bottom

Moment says that the wide-angle camera in the ‌iPhone‌ that works with the Fisheye lens lets in about 25 percent more light, which appears to be accurate in my testing. Most people are probably going to want to use this lens primarily with the wide-angle lens that's in the ‌iPhone‌, but it can also be used with the ‌iPhone‌'s telephoto lens if desired.

Moment Fisheye Lens on top with ‌Night Mode‌, standard wide-angle lens on bottom with no lens

Note that while using the lens, only the camera that it's attached to is functional as it blocks the other two cameras due to its size. If you want to use the other cameras on the ‌iPhone‌, you'll need to remove the Moment lens and store it away in a pocket. Luckily it comes with a little carrying bag and a lens cap to keep it safe when it's not in use.

Fisheye lenses aren't generally everyday lenses, but they're useful when you need to shoot up close, in tight spaces (like taking a full photo of a room that you're in), or take shots of things like tall buildings. You can also get some great wide landscape shots, and while I don't do a lot of action photography, the Fisheye is a neat way to get close-up action shots and videos.

Moment Fisheye Lens

When Apple announced a super wide-angle lens for the ‌iPhone 11‌ models I was excited because it allows for such unique images, but it has ultimately been a bit of a disappointment because the quality just isn't comparable to the wide-angle lens, especially when the lighting is poor. In the Ferris wheel photos above and below, for example, you can see how much crisper the shot with the Moment lens is than the ultra wide-angle shot, even though at first glance, both of these images look passable for nighttime cell phone shots.

Built-in ultra wide-angle camera on ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌

I like the Fisheye lens from Moment because it's offering the same general capabilities, but a little bit better, especially if you don't mind or even appreciate some of the Fisheye distortion. Personally, I prefer the look of a lot of the Fisheye images to the traditional ultra wide angle, just because it adds another dimension of interest to the photos.

Bottom Line


Since this lens is priced at $120, it's not something that I'm going to recommend to everyone as for most people with new iPhones, the ultra wide-angle lens in the ‌iPhone 11‌ and 11 Pro models is more than sufficient.

For those super into ‌iPhone‌ photography or videography, though, I think this is a lens you're going to want to pick up, especially if you've already got a Moment kit. It's better quality than the ultra wide-angle camera, and being able to take these kind of shots in any kind of lighting -- not just great lighting -- adds a lot more utility to the ‌iPhone‌'s camera setup.


Keep in mind that this is a Fisheye lens, and even with Moment's software to cut down on distortion, there's still going to be some distortion at the edges of the image.

If you don't have an ‌iPhone‌ with an ultra wide-angle camera, the Moment lens is even more appealing because it adds a function you won't otherwise have access to.

How to Buy


The Moment Fisheye lens can be purchased from the Moment website for $120.

Note: Moment provided MacRumors with a Fisheye Lens for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

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Moment Debuts New 14mm Fisheye Lens for iPhone, Promises Crisper Ultra Wide-Angle Shots

Moment, known for both its Pro Camera app and its line of professional lenses for the iPhone, today debuted its latest lens offering, the Moment Fisheye 14mm Lens.

Priced at $119.99 (though available at a discount for the first 48 hours), the Moment Fisheye Lens works with Apple's new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and older iPhones using one of Moment's iPhone photo cases.


While Apple's newest iPhones have an ultra wide-angle camera lens with a 13mm focal length and a 120 degree field of view, it's lacking compared to the wide-angle camera because of its higher aperture, lack of optical image stabilization, and smaller sensor.


The Moment Fisheye Lens transforms the higher-quality wide-angle camera in the newest iPhones into an ultra wide-angle lens, offering up the same general capabilities but able to take advantage of the better camera technology in the wide-angle lens.

According to Moment, the Fisheye lens also offers a 170 degree field of view, which is 30 percent wider than the ultra-wide angle lens, so it gets even more in the frame. There is distortion with a Fisheye lens, of course, but the Pro Camera app for iOS is gaining a new distortion correction option to go along with the new lens.


The app will feature a slider that will correct the bend in the image, allowing for a super wide-angle photo with less distortion. The lens screws right on to the Moment iPhone case, making it easy to attach, detach, and swap out with other lenses.

The Moment Fisheye Lens features a bi-aspherical design, which Moment says brings edge-to-edge clarity, taking advantage of 15 percent more of the image sensor than the company's previous Fisheye lens.


Because it can use the better camera in the iPhone, it's sharper than the built-in ultra wide-angle camera, especially in lower lighting conditions, and it works with Night Mode.

The new Moment Fisheye 14mm Lens can be purchased from the Moment website. For the first 48 hours after launch, it will be available for $90, and after that, it will be priced at $120.

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Apple Begins Selling Moment Camera Lenses for iPhone

Apple recently began selling Moment's iPhone camera lenses and cases on its website. This means that you can now buy accessories like the Moment Wide 18mm Lens ($119.95), Tele 58mm Lens ($119.95), and Anamorphic Lens ($149.95) all on Apple.com.


Moment also sells iPhone cases, and they're now available on Apple's website as well. You can purchase the Moment Photo Case in Black Canvas for the iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max, priced at $39.95.


In related news, Apple has begun selling the Eve Energy Strip for $99.95. This is Eve's HomeKit-connected power strip that lets you individually control three devices through Siri or in the Home app.

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‘Moment Air’ Anamorphic Drone Lens Launches on Kickstarter for $200

Moment has announced its first accessory for drones called the Moment Air, which launches today on Kickstarter. The new accessory is an anamorphic lens for consumer drones, which can be attached to devices like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

Moment said that the Moment Air ($299.99; $199 on Kickstarter) delivers cinematic footage thanks to a proprietary design that minimizes lateral chromatic aberration while using a unique set of coatings, which delivers a horizontal flare associated with vintage anamorphics.


Because of this, the Moment Air can show off unique flares in different conditions, including sunsets, to make footage stand out. The lens has a 2.40:1 Cinemascope aspect ratio for video and an anti-reflection lens coating.

Moment Air includes a unique counterweight system that ensures the accessory is locked and balanced around the drone's camera. Additionally, Moment said that the accessory is light enough to ensure the drone can fly uninterrupted.
There is no standard for how to attach and balance a lens on a drone, so we made one. Introducing our Lock and Balance Mounting System. It’s a two part design with a lens on one side and a counterweight on the other. The two parts clamp together over the drone’s camera, creating a secure lock that doesn’t impede the gimbal.
There are a few other drone accessories announced by Moment today, including the new Airlight Droner Filters ($119.99; $99 on Kickstarter). These filters enhance drone footage with cinematic glass that provide smooth, color neutral images, without adding unnecessary weight to the drone.


Lastly, Moment is selling the Ultra Thin Photo Case ($29.99; $25 on Kickstarter), which is thin enough to fit within a drone controller, gimbal, or tripod, and is compatible with the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.

These accessories are on Kickstarter as of today, with special early bird prices for those who back the project before the public launch. Moment said that the accessories will ship in November.

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Moment Pro Camera App for iOS Gains Zebra Striping for Displaying Over and Underexposed Areas

Moment, the company behind the popular Moment lenses, today updated its Moment Pro Camera app for iOS devices, adding new features and a new pricing structure.

For those unfamiliar with Moment Pro Camera, it's an iOS app that was designed to work with the Moment line of lenses, but those lenses are not required to access the features. The app also works on a standalone basis, offering up full manual photography tools along with other features to improve your iPhone images.


The updated Moment Pro Camera app features a new Zebra Stripes option, which is designed to let you see a visual representation of areas that are either under or overexposed so that you can adjust your camera settings. In areas that need adjustment, you'll see stripes in the viewfinder.


Focus Peaking has also been added to adjust the focus in photo or video mode. When using manual focus, sharp edges in the viewfinder will be highlighted.

On iOS, the pricing on the Moment Pro Camera app is changing from freemium to paid. Previously, you could unlock pro tools within Moment through an in-app purchase, but now the app will require an upfront purchase.

Moment is now available from the App Store for $5.99, and to celebrate the launch of the updated app, Moment is offering 15 percent off all of its lenses and gear. [Direct Link]

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