Now a days smartphones are becoming our go-to devices for capturing important and memorable events, it is important to have a good camera app that can bring out the best in your phone’s camera.
Camera 360 Ultimate
This is one of the most popular camera apps on the Google Play Store with over 100 million downloads and an excellent 4.3 average rating. Camera 360 Ultimate features two modes – a camera mode and a selfie mode which uses your device’s front camera. Once ready, you can tap the big yellow button to capture an image, or if you prefer, just tap anywhere on the screen to take a shot. (You have to turn on the function in the settings first.) All your photos are saved to the Camera album which you can access from the app’s main screen.
There are hundreds of built-in filters that you can apply to give your images a sharp or glossy effect. You can cycle through each filter and preview your changes by swiping and selecting each effect. Once you’ve applied a filter, you can save it to the gallery or share it to Instagram or any other service using Android’s share function.
Availability: Requires Android 4.0 and later
Camera Zoom FX
This app is another popular alternative to the stock Android camera with over 5 million users. It sports a busy interface with buttons on the top and bottom of the app which links to a host of features and settings. Much like Camera 360 Ultimate, it supports an array of filters that you can apply to your photo or you can download additional ones from the Play Store. You can also perform other editing actions such as cropping, rotating, flipping, adding frames or creating collages from within the app. You can also shoot videos with this app.
Price: Free / $2.99
Availability: Requires Android 1.6 and later.
Camera MX is another high-quality Android app that supports all devices sporting Android 2.3 and later. Its most outstanding feature is the “Shoot the Past” mode which allows you to go back several seconds before the shot to look through a buffer of images and save moments that happened before the actual photo. It’s best to use this feature in a bright and well-lit area, as your device’s flash will only work for the main photograph.
There are nineteen visual effects you can take advantage of, and you can also set different scenes for your photos such as selfie, sunlight, snow, etc. Finally, you get 500mb of space for your online album where you can save, view and share your images.
Availability: Android 2.3 and later.
Manual Camera is a very different camera from the others on this list. While most third-party apps try to remove the complicated steps to ease the process of taking photos, Manual Camera provides full manual control of the camera on your Android device by taking advantage of the APIs included in Android Lollipop.
You get a range of features that other apps simply do not offer, such as manual shutter speed, manual ISO, manual exposure compensation, the ability to save images in lossless RAW format for further processing and much more. If complete control over every detail of photos taken on your smartphone appeals to you, Manual Camera should be your next purchase.
Availability: Requires Android 5.0 and later.
No list of the best Android camera apps would be complete without Cymera with its over 100 million users and a high 4.3 rating a testament to its awesomeness. Apart from the wealth of editing options included in this app, you get automatic face recognition as well as a choice of fifteen unique watermark design for your photos. There is a built-in “smart” gallery which can categorize your photos based on location or group all selfies together. Sharing your shots with friends is as easy as it gets with built-in sharing options for Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and more.
Availability: Varies with device.
Google Camera: the standard for stand-alone camera applications. Google really has it’s Camera app right. It has just as many features as the Android AOSP camera app that has come with Android stock since the start of it all.
You’ll be able to take advantage of all the cool new features that Google is constantly coming out with. And believe me, Google Camera has some truly awesome features, features that you might not have in your stock app (like panorama, photosphere, wide-angle, etc.). And if your stock app does have them, they’re probably not implemented as well.
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