Cameras have become an indispensable feature of smartphones nowadays. Mobile companies are hankering after making their cameras more definitive, work better in unfavorable conditions and add features that people want. Purchase decisions of many customers are based on the strength of the camera. Of course, the experience has the potential to be improved with the right camera apps that could add additional features that make things work a little better. Here are the best camera apps for Android!
10 Best Free Camera Apps
BestMe Selfie Camera[Price: Free]
BestMe Selfie Camera is an application for selfie lovers and is available for free. The app offers features such as 125 real-time filters, emoji along with vignettes, stickers, selfie stick support, blur effects and more. The app is especially effective for those who frequently share their photos to social media. The developers have also announced that features like Android Wear support and real-time filter for video are coming soon so keep an eye out for that!
Camera FV-5[Price: Free / $3.95]
This app is quickly catching up in popularity. It is largely known for its manual camera features like shutter speed, light metering, adjustable settings for exposure compensation, focus, white balance and ISO. These features can give photographers better control over what their photos are going to look like and work similar to how DSLR cameras do things. It also suppers RAW, lossless PNG, and JPEG files, a live RGB histogram, and various overlays and crop grids. It’s effective and powerful.
Camera MX[Price: Free]
Camera MX has been around for a long time now and is one of the older camera apps. However, it has still managed to remain pertinent. It flaunts a clump of features that include scene modes, Live Shot mode, 16:9 aspect ratios support. You can also adjust stuff like contrast, saturation, brightness, rotation, temperature and others with the large variety of photo and video editing tools that the app offers. However, the app lags behind in providing the manual controls that more professional photographers look for. Even then, it is good enough for non-pros looking to get a good shot.
Camera Zoom FX
Camera Zoom FX is another camera app that has existed since the beginning of time. This app has continually improved over time by adding features such as RAW capture support and manual camera controls (shutter speed, ISO, focus, etc). Into the bargain, it also has time lapse, HDR, live effects, 360-degree panorama photos, and a variety of post processing effects to make your photos really pop. It is a fine blend of “pro” and “Instagram” and caters to people who want manual camera setting as well as filters.
CandyCamera[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Candy Camera is relatively new in the market but has already gone on to become one of the most popular camera apps ever with over 100 million downloads. On the features front, it offers pretty decent features including 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.
The only proficient 360-degree photo camera app available in the market currently is the Cardboard Camera. The app lets you shoot 360-degree photos that can be viewed in VR and is meant to be used with Google Cardboard. The app itself will help you take the photos and also provides a gallery that lets you find and view your 360-degree image content. It is totally free to use and while VR photography is a tad niche, it’s really nice that there is a decent app to take those kinds of photos.
Cymera[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Boasting over 200 million installs presently, the Cymera app has been around for a while now. Keeping aside popularity, the app certainly offers some decent features such as a lot of filters and stickers. You can also brush or draw on the images 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 a manual camera control which is bit of a shame, but everything else works very well.
GO Camera[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
GO has tons of app and they have recently forayed into the camera apps section in the market. GO Camera is rather simple provided how “bloated” many of their apps actually feel. It has HDR mode, real-time filters, a lens blur mode and filters specifically for those who like to take selfies in the offing. The app also provides an inbuilt photo editor that comes with some basic tools to patch things up if need be. It’s simple, easy, and it works pretty well.
Google Camera[Price: Free]
Though not the best of camera apps historically, Google Camera app has improved dramatically over the last few years. The interface is quite simple and should be easy to use for just about everyone. The app offers a few features such as slow motion video capture, auto-HDR+, lens blur mode, SmartBurst (burst mode), photo sphere mode, wide angle mode and panorama mode. The Google Camera app is not loaded with tons of features which is great if you want something clean and simple.
Open Camera[Price: Free]
Open Camera is one of the only fully featured and free camera apps that is also open source. It includes quite a few features, including auto-stabilization, manual camera controls, various camera modes to take specialized shots, voice controls, and it even has support for some external microphones if you’re looking for something more professional. Again, it’s completely free, open source, and it doesn’t even include advertising.