The new Galaxy S9 may feature a vastly improved camera, and Google's Pixel 2 XL may be our favorite smartphone camera overall. But hardware only tells some of the story when it comes to taking memorable photos on your phone. 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. (Image Credit: Tom's Guide)
If you're interested in discovering the shiniest new features that Google wants to introduce to Android photography, then check out the Google Camera app, which allows users to take super sharp pictures enhanced with a variety of features such as HDR+, video stabilization, as well as photosphere, lens blur, and slow motion video effects. The catch? You'll need a fairly new Nexus or Pixel device running Android Nougat or later.
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.
Footej Camera is a feature-packed Android camera that offers a variety of shot modes and settings on the free tier. A premium version unlocks even more capabilities for pros and photography enthusiasts. The app takes advantage of the Camera 2 API and newer hardware to provide manual ISO control, focus settings, shutter speed controls, and the ability to set focus and exposure from different points of the image. You'll also enjoy features like a burst mode, slow motion recording, and more. The premium upgrade adds more tweaks and options such as reducing the burst mode shot interval, and a photo histogram.
Snap Camera HDR is neat camera app with a built-in editor that packs in some nice features. You can use a settings dial to quickly enable HDR, and you can also switch between a variety of shot modes such as panorama mode and burst shooting. The camera portion of the app gives you control over white balance, while the built-in editor lets you enhance details and contrast, reduce noise, crop, rotate, straighten, and otherwise tweak the resulting image.
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. Open Camera offers 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.