Enhance Your Photos with These Camera Apps
Cameras are getting better and better on smartphones these days. We're big fans of the improved camera on the Pixel 3 (and the budget-priced Pixel 3a is nearly as good), while the triple lens setup on the Galaxy S10 Plus gives Google's phone a run for its money. 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)
Google Camera (Free)
If you're interested in discovering the shiniest new features that Google wants to introduce to Android photography, check out the Google Camera app. It lets users take super-sharp pictures enhanced with a variety of features such as HDR+, Night Sight, and Super Res Zoom. There are even some Google-centric features thrown in, such as Lens support for photo-assisted searches and AR stickers, labels and effects. The catch? You'll need a fairly new Nexus or Pixel device running Android Nougat or later.
Camera Zoom FX ($3.99)
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 (Free)
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 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.
Camera360 - Funny Stickers (Free)
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 lightweight 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. Meanwhile, 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 adjustments" switch in the settings to turn them on.
Moment Pro ($2.99)
Mobile camera accessories maker Moment has a solid, feature-packed camera app that's finally made the jump from iOS to Android devices, providing a polished, professional experience without a ton of guff like stickers and emojis. Moment Pro offers up full manual camera controls for focus, ISO, shutter speed and more. You also get the option to shoot in RAW formats, a live histogram view for photo shooting, video support, and other tools. And you'll find support for HDR+ on the Pixel. You can get even more out of the app if you use Moment peripherals like its anamorphic lens and others.
Cymera Camera (Free)
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 (Free)
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 ($1.99)
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.
Open Camera (Free)
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.
A Better Camera (Free)
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 a $3.99 unlock key.
Manual Camera ($2.99)
Manual Camera takes advantage of direct camera controls introduced in the Camera2 API, providing users with near total manual control over their camera settings when taking shots. Users can manually configure settings such as the shutter speed, focus distance and exposure compensation, allowing you to set up your shot just the way you want it. The entire point is to give the photographer as much direct control over the shot as possible, so if you're just aiming to get easy, optimized snapshots, look elsewhere. But if you want to configure your shots just so, give Manual Camera a try. (To check whether your device supports Manual Camera, try out this compatibility checker.)
Long famous on the Windows Phone store as a standout camera app, ProShot made its way over to Android two years ago and comes loaded with features for the point-and-shoot and serious photo junkie crowds. You can go snap happy with Auto mode or tweak your settings with manual or programmed camera controls. Users can customize aspect ratios, JPEG compression levels, save RAW files, or fire off timed shots, burst shots or timelapse videos. It's a feature-packed Android camera app that just begs to be played around with, and at a pretty reasonable price.
Camera FV-5 ($3.95)
Camera FV-5 is aimed squarely at photography enthusiasts and combines a feature-set and interface that mirror that of a manual DSLR. The app packs numerous settings within easy reach, such as ISO, white balance, focus modes and more. An intervalometer lets you set up time lapse photography and videos, while a long exposure mode lets you create low-light photos and light trails. If you love making manual tweaks, Camera FV-5 might be the app for you.
ProCapture leaves post-processing to other apps and focuses on giving users as much control over photo capture as possible. Controls for focus settings, white balance, exposure and other fine-tuning options are all easily accessible from the main screen for your fiddling pleasure. Multiple shot modes, such as burst, panorama, wide shot and noise reduction, let you take specialized shots. ProCapture has plenty of appeal for enthusiasts.