Cameras are getting better and better on smartphones these days. We're big fans of the improved camera on the Pixel 3, while both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 take excellent shots in low light, thanks to hardware improvements. But better image sensors only tell 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 blurs, 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. Many of the old-style advanced camera controls for things like saturation, contrast, and white balance are still there, though you'll need to turn on an "Advanced adjustmets" switch in the settings to turn them on.
Cymera Camera is another app to check out for the selfie enthusiast who wants to spruce up their self-portraits. Camera controls-wise, Cymera offers your basic tap-to-auto-focus approach as well as brightness controls and pinch-to-zoom. You'll also find shot settings for anti-shake, a shot timer, and touch shooting. The app even comes with your standard mix of stickers and filters. But where Cymera really stands out is its range of transformation tools for beautifying your shots, such as blemish concealers, stretch tools to make you look taller or to widen or narrow the waist or hips, and more.
For a photo app that's less about social media shenanigans and more about a more focused photography experience, try out VSCO. The app delivers a range of configurable editing presets that are great at emulating the look of analog film effects, while also leaving room for users to continue editing with tools and settings for things like saturation, skin tone, and the like. The app also includes a subscription service, VSCO X, which includes more advanced tools such as video editing and Film X presets that closely mimic the properties of particular types of film.
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.