Cameras on smartphones are a much bigger deal than they used to be. Companies are chomping at the bit to make their cameras more reliable, work better in low light, and add features that people want. Many will base their purchase decisions on the strength of the camera. Here are the best camera apps for Android!
Our favorite 3rd-party camera app is the free and open sourced Open Camera. This camera app has everything you could possibly need. It features auto-stabilization and manual controls for everything from white balance, ISO, and exposure. If you’re looking for a camera with more controls, it’s hard to get better than this.
BestMe Selfie Camera
BestMe Selfie Camera is a free camera application for those who love to take selfies. The app includes 125 real-time filters, stickers, and emoji along with vignettes, blur effects, selfie stick support, and more. It’s an effective app, especially for people who often share their photos to social media and it’s about as good as it gets for selfie photos.
For a long time, Google Camera was seen as the barebones camera. It was a good replacement for over complicated OEM camera apps. However, Google Camera has gotten more features in the last few years. Auto-HDR mode, slow motion video, burst mode, and of course panorama. It’s great if you want something a little better but still on the simple end.
Manuel Camera was the first app to take advantage of the new camera2 API in Android Lollipop. It has remained one of the best camera apps for manual controls for focus, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, exposure, and more. Manual Camera also supports RAW capture. Despite the long list of controls, the app is still very easy to use.
Camera FV-5 is another app that’s known for great manual controls. It has everything you’d expect: focus, white balance, exposure, shutter speed, and more. FV-5 supports RAW, lossless PNG, JPEG, and RGB histogram so you can do whatever you want with the photos after they’re taken.
Camera Zoom FX
Price: Free / $0.99
Camera Zoom FX is another one of the camera apps that have been around for a long time. It was good back then, but has improved over time by adding things like manual camera controls (ISO, focus, shutter speed, etc) and RAW capture support. On top of that, it has HDR, time lapse, 360-degree panorama photos, live effects, and a variety of post processing effects to make your photos really pop. It’s a good mix of “pro” and “Instagram” and should be good enough for people who want manual camera stuff, but also want filters too.
If you want to go back to the days of Android Jelly Bean, Camera JB+ is a remake of the stock app from those days. Despite being a remake of an old camera, it has all the modern necessities. 4K video capture, panorama, burst mode, live effects, and more.
ProShot is a rare app that made its claim to fame on Windows Phone before Android. It’s here now and it’s one of the best camera apps for pro users. You can customize aspect ratios, compression levels, save RAW files, take group shots on a timer, burst shots, or time-lapse videos. All these pro features cost a pro price tag.
Candy Camera[Price: Free with in-app purchases] Candy Camera wasn’t around a couple of years ago, but it’s already one of the most popular camera apps ever with over 100 million installs. Feature-wise, it’s pretty decent and includes a ton of filters with simple swipe gestures to switch between them, various editing tools (including unusual stuff like concealer and lipstick options), stickers, collage mode, and more. It could definitely use some manual camera controls and RAW support, but it’s still pretty decent without them.
Camera MX is an older app, sir, but it checks out. It still receives steady updates. The app features scene modes, support for 16:9 aspect ration, Live Shot mode, and a ton of tools to adjust photos after they’ve been taken. It doesn’t have manual controls like a lot of the other apps in this list, but it makes up for it with editing tools.
DSLR Camera Pro
With a name like “DSLR Camera Pro” you would expect some pretty hardcore camera features. It has all the manual controls you would expect, including ISO, white balance, exposure compensation, and a live RGB histogram. One of the coolest features is a two-stage shutter button, which allows you to focus before taking the photo. Just like a physical shutter button on a real camera.
GO Camera[Price: Free with in-app purchases] GO has a ton of apps and one of their more recent forays has been into the camera apps market. Ironically, given how “bloated” many of their apps can feel, GO Camera is actually rather simple. It comes with real-time filters, HDR mode, a lens blur mode, and filters specifically for those who like to take selfies. It also comes with a built-in photo editor that comes with some basic tools to patch things up if need be. It’s simple, easy, and it works pretty well.
A Better Camera
As the name implies, this app aims to be “A Better Camera.” It does this with a variety of “modes,” including burst, best shot, single shot, night mode, preshot, HDR, and many more. It’s very easy to quickly switch the mode before taking a photo. You don’t have to fiddle with sliders and dials.
Snap Camera HDR[Price: Free trial / $1.99] Snap Camera HDR is another app that can cater to both amateurs and pro type photographers. It includes all of the manual controls , RAW support, 4K video recording, and HDR mode. The app also comes with some fun stuff like various shoot modes, photo and video quality settings, and a photo editor that allows you to make some basic edits. It even includes some unique settings, like turning on your camera LED for low light video recording. It’s simple, but effective, and there is a trial version you can try before you buy it.
Last on our list is a fun app that works with Google Cardboard and virtual reality headsets. Google Camera allows you to easily take a 360-degree panorama (not a full photo sphere). You can record audio while taking the photo, which makes it feel like a living moment when you view it later on. Very cool for saving memories.
Cymera[Price: Free with in-app purchases] Cymera has been around for a while and currently boasts over 200 million downloads. Popularity aside, the app has some decent features including a ton of filters, stickers, and you can brush or draw on images that you take. It comes with a photo editor that includes some unique features, including editing tools for skin, hair, eyes, and more to make selfies really pop. It doesn’t have manual camera controls which is bit of a shame, but everything else works very well.