Hue Camera for Philips Hue

Hue Camera for Philips Hue

By Erwin Zwart

  • Category: Utilities
  • Release Date: 2015-03-18
  • Current Version: 1.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 7.33 MB
  • Developer: Erwin Zwart
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Score: 4
From 32 Ratings


"It is most impressive when working with live video, as it does a good job of keeping up with changing action happening on screen" - Hue Camera creates an Ambilight-like effect using your Philips Hue lights and your device's built-in camera. The custom build algorithm of Hue Camera continuously analyses all individual pixels and takes hue, saturation, luminance, occurrence and many more factors into consideration to determine which specific colour is the most contributing to the overall ambiance. Your house will for example turn green when watching movies in the forest and turn blue for underwater scenes. Because Hue Camera uses the built-in camera, it's not limited to a specific device and can be used for content on televisions, Apple TV, gaming consoles, BluRay/DVD players and even things off-screen like photos and paintings. Although Hue Camera was designed to work within a wide range of situations, you can change the speed of colour transitions and the intensity of the colour to your liking.



  • Nearly awesome

    By this person is made of cheese
    Currently too much lag. Tried it with Royal Blood Turn the lights out video where the whole screen goes red half way through the song. My lights went red 20 seconds later. Great for general viewing, animated films etc. But not if the timing needs to be accurate. Quietly hoping the developers might have a fix for the lag soon. :)
  • Great idea, but causes lag

    By K.SOY
    As mentioned in other reviews, fast cuts and quick colour changes on screen cause a "backlog" on the hue bridge. After a while it is completely out of sync. If you paused the movie you can watch your Hue lamps "catch up" which sort of defeats the purpose. Not recommended at this price point in its current state but there is certainly potential here to be great.
  • Superb!

    By Cardweiser
    Don’t often write reviews. But this is a fantastic little app. Unlocks a whole new element to your Hue system. Really comes into its own when used with light strip round the back edge of your tv, we use this along with 4 uplighters in each corner of the room. Can be a little ineffective if you’re watching a movie, however when watching natural history stuff like blue planet/planet earth it’s absolutely superb. As is watching any live gig. Nice work!
  • Distance is still an issue

    By Bobby Betts
    CANNOT pinch to zoom despite developer comments.
  • Love it but...

    By Tesscoco
    Distance is an issue my phone takes into account the lights as I can't get it near the tv
  • It works

    By Sirandre1983
    It works ok. I wonder how much battery will it take if you watching a movie and I will also need a phone holder. :-) I actually like the app, and i also think it's a bit expensive.
  • It works!

    By iPod Head
    Buy this now if you have Hue lights in your TV room & like: - Watching Movies - Watching TV shows - Playing Video Games The more lights you have the better I'm sure but I'm getting by with a single ceiling light and find it adds a nice dynamic to my TV based activities. Of course it helps to have a spare iOS device and this version works fine on my 1st gen. iPad mini.
  • Super clever

    By Boovy
    This is really worth giving a go but bear in mind that movies with scenes that have short sequences where colours can change quickly are a little problematic. A fair bit of lag can build up causing the lamps to change colour rapidly and fall out of sync with what is displayed on-screen. I suspect this is down either to the hue bridge and colour transition time, or the phone itself being slow to interpret and process the images from the camera and send the colour change instructions to the bridge. Other than that it's a really neat app and works well.
  • Works. But!

    By sadboy
    This app does what it says. Works well with the colours from the tv but it has its problems, great if you fancy setting watching telly holding your phone camera at the screen all night, that's not relaxing to me! I moved the camera so it was freestanding, that worked until I had to use this because of a message or phone call. Best put your phone on charge also as drains your battery if using it for a long period.
  • Worst point - no support

    By Danioli
    Blue on screen, the Hue is green. Greens result in yellow. ZERO response from developer. On a practical note - who needs their phone stuck in front of the TV all evening?