Smartphone cameras have evolved from being convenient to super powerful. And the Galaxy S8 and S8+ from Samsung sport our favorite smartphone cameras. 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.
As its name suggests, DSLR Camera Pro aims to replicate the controls and interface of a professional DSLR camera on a smartphone. Rather than loading up on features like filters, stickers and other transformation and editing tools, this one is all about the fine tuning and camera controls. Much like Geeky Dev's older Manual Camera app, users can fiddle around with ISO settings, light metering, and white balance, and the app displays a live histogram. The app also provides a two-stage shutter, a moveable viewfinder, configurable autofocus and scene presets. That said, because it relies on manual camera hardware controls, DSLR Camera Pro may have compatibility issues on some phones so check device compatibility before you download.
Users looking to create more impressionistic photograph might want to try out camera and photo-editing app Prisma. Using a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence, Prisma takes images from your smartphone's camera roll and then transforms them into works of art in the style of famous artists like Munch or Picasso. It also applies a variety of special effects and visual transformations with a simple slider interface. You can then save your photos and easily share them across a variety of social media apps. It's a great way to transform your tired old holiday snaps into striking images worthy of using as wallpapers, digital postcards and more.
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.