Smartphone cameras have evolved from being convenient to super powerful. And the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is our favorite. But hardware doesn't tell the whole story. Android phone owners have the flexibility to choose from a wide array of camera apps, with features such as multiple shot modes, composition overlays, steady shot helpers, editing tools and post-processing special effects. From premium, feature packed options to free and lightweight tools, these are the best Android camera apps.
Camera Zoom FX offers a clean interface loaded with features and settings. The app comes with multiple shot modes, such as burst, timed, voice activated and a steady shot helper. There are further settings for ISO, HDR, brightness, saturation, hardware button controls, composition overlays and more. The app also comes with photo editing tools for applying effects such as color transformations, tilt-shift and more, which can be displayed in real time as you shoot or applied later through post-processing. The app continues to add features, such as support for RAW file formats and Camera2 API manual camera controls where the device supports it.
Camera MX is a free (and good) point and shoot camera app that comes with some extra features, special effects and editing tools. The camera interface features tap-to-focus, zoom, a timer and an FX menu loaded with filters, overlays and frames. You'll also find plenty of photo effects that can be applied and previewed in real time to photos and videos. Camera MX also includes powerful editing tools in its gallery for white balance, contrast, straightening and other options.
Camera 360 may be making much of its funny stickers and other live image editing tools in its latest iteration, but don't let that fool you into thinking that this is a light-weight camera app. In addition to all the stickers and filters, it comes with a variety of shot modes, tools, and settings for sprucing up your shots, such as tilt-shift bluts, a posterizer, and more, while a Selfie Camera mode can bring out skin tone and visual ambiance to give you exactly the look and feel you want for your next self-portrait.
If you're looking for an open source option, check out Open Camera, an Android camera app loaded with a ton of features aimed at taking the perfect snapshot, as well as experimental support for manual camera controls from the Camera2 API. It's got a whole slew of helpful tools, from auto-stabilization, ISO and exposure controls, exposure lock, shutter controls, to countdown timers and voice triggers for taking a photo. The open source nature and continuing development also means that the app's features continue to grow.
Successor to JFDP Labs' popular Paper Camera, Camera 2 builds upon Paper Camera's real-time rendered special effects with a much expanded library of special effects. In addition to the old pencil, comic book or ink sketch effects, users can capture the look of retro cameras or old computer monitors with film grain effects and light leaks. The app includes basic editing features, as well as basics such as white balance, exposure tools and focus settings.
Try out Retrica, a simple, easy to use Android camera app whose main claim to fame is the ability to apply its effects in real time to your viewfinder. The app features more than 100 filters grouped together into convenient categories with customizable intensity. Users can take collage shots, apply vignette borders and a blur effect, and easily share their creations to people through social media.
Almalence's A Better Camera takes features from many of its specialized camera apps such as HDR Camera+, HD Panorama+ and Night Camera+ and fuses them together into one app. Users can tinker with various shooting grid guides, white balance, focus and exposure settings to get the perfect shot. The app's various shooting mode allows for additional options such as burst shooting mode, HDR effects, panorama shots and a night mode. Some premium features allow 30 trial shoots before requiring you to purchase an unlock key ($3.99).