15 best camera apps for Android

by: Joe HindySeptember 15, 2014

Amateur photography is a huge deal these days. There are people who make a living off of taking photos with their iPhone camera. Stock camera apps work pretty well most of the time and give you access to exclusive features on that phone (such as HTC Zoe or Samsung’s Drama Shot). However, sometimes you want something a little different or a little unique. That’s when you want to take a look at the best camera apps for Android and that’s what we’re going to do right now.

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best camera apps for android - camera mxCamera MX

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
First on our list of best camera apps for Android is called Camera MX. When compared to the other apps on the list, it’s pretty run of the mill. When compared to the rest, it’s actually quite good. It doesn’t necessarily have the feature set that a professional might be looking for, but if you’re a hobbyist or you really enjoy sharing pictures via Google+ or Instagram, then Camera MX is more than good enough.
Get it on Google Play camera mx best camera apps for android

Camera Zoom FX - best camera appsCamera ZOOM FX

[Price: $3.99]
Camera Zoom FX is next on our best camera apps for Android. Unlike Camera MX, and most of the other apps on this list, Camera Zoom FX takes a different approach to using filters and effects. Instead of applying any number of pre-made filters and effects, Camera Zoom FX allows users to choose multiple effects to create their own filter. If you’re feeling a little lazy, there are some pre-made ones to choose from. It’s highly functional and popular. There are also no in app purchases with this one.
Get it on Google Play
camera zoom fx - best camera apps for android

Camera360 Ultimate best camera apps for androidCamera360 Ultimate

[Price: Free]
Camera360 Ultimate is not only among the most popular camera apps for Android, but it’s also one of the best. For many, this is the go-to camera replacement app and has been for a long time. It’s totally understandable as well, as Camera360 Ultimate is packed full of features. They’ve even updated it recently to include more settings for a better camera experience. As per the norm, you get all the standard features along with a number of filters and effects.
Get it on Google Play
Camera360 Ultimate best camera apps for android

Camera Fun Pro best camera apps for androidCamera Fun Pro

[Price: $0.99]
Camera Fun Pro is next and this one is definitely for a more niche market. The various filters available provide a more goofy and fun theme for people rather than the more serious and artistic filters that others on this list provide. One of the more nifty features is the app’s ability to let you see how the effects will look before snapping the picture. So instead of taking the picture, adding the effects, and hoping you got the shot you needed, you can instead take the picture you wanted the first time. There are professional filters available, but this app definitely caters more to the fun pictures crowd.
Get it on Google Play
camera fun pro best camera apps for android

best camera apps for AndroidCamera JB+

[Price: $1.99]
Camera JB+ is an increasingly popular camera that was actually suggested to us by our readers (in the comments below). It’s based on the AOSP Jelly Bean camera. It includes three camera modes including regular shot, video capture, and panorama mode. There is also a lightweight image editor built in so you can make minor adjustments to your images. If you like the look and feel of the stock Android camera, this is the one we’d recommend. If you want KitKat then there is also the Camera KK app. The KitKat version is free with in app purchases.
Get it on Google Play

Cymera best camera apps for androidCymera

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Cymera is another one of those camera apps for Android that is already wildly popular. With over 10 million downloads to date, Cymera ranks up there with the most popular camera apps period. It also happens to be really highly rated as well. Unlike most camera apps on this list, Cymera focuses on taking a certain type of picture. Namely, it’s used predominately for taking pictures of people’s faces. It can function as a regular camera app. There are the standard features, filters, effects, and other editing goodness. However, it’s wheelhouse is face shots. There are a completely separate set of features and filters for when you catch a smile in your pictures.
Get it on Google Play
cymera best camera apps for android

best camera apps for AndroidDSLR Camera Pro

[Price: $2.99]
DSLR Camera is a camera application that acts like the kind of software you’d see on an actual DSLR camera. It includes things like the ability to change your ISO, exposure compensation, white balance, and grids. There are also some more casual features like color effects and geotagging. It is important to note that some features are dependent on your hardware. That means the app supports these features but your device’s camera may not support them which means you won’t be able to use them. If they do work then this is a great application.
Get it on Google Play
best camera apps for android

GIF Camera - best camera apps for AndroidGIF Camera

[Price: Free]
Let’s face it ladies and gentlemen, the internet would not be the same without GIFs. They have contributed to the hilarity of the internet for so long that thinking about the internet without them can be difficult. With the next app on our best camera apps for Android list, called GIF Camera, lets you create your own GIFs using your camera. It’s actually pretty easy, too. Essentially, you just set up the shot you want to make a GIF. Then you shoot it and the app automatically turns it into one. You can adjust frame rates if you need to and then save it for sharing elsewhere. Additionally, you can create a collage of sorts using pictures you’ve already taken and create GIFs that way.
Get it on Google Play
GIF Camera best camera apps for android

google camera best camera apps for AndroidGoogle Camera

[Price: Free]
Google Camera was released by (you guessed it) Google earlier this year. It was massively popular for a while and it is a pretty functional camera app. The claim to fame for this one is its ability to do stuff like the Photosphere or Lens Blur Mode that lets you take a different kind of picture. It’s highly rated but do beware that like the DSLR Camera app above, some of these features are dependent on what phone you’re using. Not all phones can use all of these features. Thankfully it’s free so you won’t waste any money trying it out!
Get it on Google Play

best camera apps for AndroidHD Camera Ultra

[Price: Free / $1.90]
HD Camera Ultra is a more simple camera app replacement option. It has some features like White Balance, various focus and zoom modes, and some additional photo effects. It can even disable shutter sounds if your device supports that (not all devices do). Aside from that it looks really nice and focuses more on design than anything else. You can pick up the free version which displays ads or the donate version for $1.90 which removes ads.
Get it on Google Play
best camera apps for Android

LINE Camera - best camera apps for androidLINE Camera

[Price: Free]
LINE Camera is one of the newer additions to our list and for good reason. It’s one of the most popular camera apps available for Android right now and it has a boatload of features. This includes in-app photo editing, 20 filters, frames, stamps, and various other editing tools. It focuses more on post-shot editing than anything else, but people who have used this app seem content with this. You can’t really go wrong giving this one a shot because tens of millions already have.
Get it on Google Play
LINE Camera best camera apps for android

best camera apps for AndroidOpen Camera

[Price: Free]
Those of you who are fans of open source software will like Open Camera. It’s an open source camera project that has garnered quite a bit of attention and a pretty high rating. It’s packed with features including zoom and focus modes, face detection, auto-stabilization, and some more basic stuff like ISO, White Balance, and exposure lock (if your hardware supports those features). It’s totally free with no in app purchases which is nice and the design is simple and easy to use.
Get it on Google Play
best camera apps for Android

Otaku Camera best camera apps for androidOtaku Camera

[Price: Free]
Otaku Camera is another one of those specialized camera apps for Android. Unlike Camera360 Ultimate or Camera MX, which are for more general purposes, Otaku Camera is basically only appealing to manga and anime fans. It has a special filter with some frames and graphic overlays that can turn any picture into a manga picture. It’s really quite unique and if you’re into that sort of thing then this camera is worth checking out. On top of the manga-style pictures, people can download other themes that feature other filters. We quite liked the meme filter which overlaid a meme of your choice over pictures you take.
Get it on Google Play
otaku camera best camera apps for android

Paper Camera - best camera apps for androidPaper Camera

[Price: $1.99]
Paper Camera is up next on our list of the best camera apps for Android. However, it is also among the most popular and the highest ranked. We thought that a little odd since the camera has a single filter, but people apparently really love that filter. There is nothing wrong with that because Paper Camera also happens to be fun to use and fun to look at. It does have that single filter, but you can customize it to fit your needs. It’ll show your picture and video with the filter before you take the picture so you can line up that perfect shot with the filter already applied.
Get it on Google Play
Paper Camera best camera apps for android

best camera apps for AndroidSnap Camera HDR

[Price: $1.99]
Last and certainly not least is Snap Camera. Snap Camera has been around for a while but it’s still one of the best camera apps for Android. It comes with a host of features that is hard not to notice, intuitive on-screen controls, and it takes buttons when you press the shutter and not several seconds later. This was also recommended to us by our readers and it’s definitely a good one. If you want one of the best available, click the button below.
Get it on Google Play

Wrap up

If we missed any awesome camera apps, let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for more suggestions. Also keep in mind that many camera apps on devices (especially Sony, Samsung, and HTC) have been specially designed, configured, and optimized for the cameras on those devices. So before replacing it, root around your stock camera app for a bit and make sure you know what you’re leaving behind!

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  • http://twitter.com/CiNiCaL Jim Sperry

    fotodanz was pretty good, but i guess will be eclipsed by cinemagram now.

  • s-jerry

    OK, we all know that the best camera is the one you have with you and that’s your smartphone camera. But, we also acknowledge that phone cameras are for snapshots, not serious photography. Based on the volume of camera apps I see offered, phone cameras (apps) are for making your lousy snapshot look cool by adding weird filter effects and then sharing your garish photo with friends.

    Trust me, these photos are not cool or worthy of sharing with anyone. But, then these same folks buy a real camera that also takes lousy photos. Many take snapshots; few are photographers.

    • Cormachio

      get over yourself for fuck sake

    • TruthTrumpsMorons

      LOL. Another moron who thinks equipment makes the photographer. A person who understands framing and composition with a webcam will take more engaging photos than an SLR kiss-ass who hasn’t a clue regarding the basics of photography.

      And for the record, the reason the “weird” filters were ever introduced is because professional photographers spent years developing those subtle styles via the use of exposure, film stock and post-processing. The effects you’re seeing on current camera phones (including those found in Instagram) are the same looks employed by photographers for decades in the pre-digital era. Back then, they were acclaimed and praised for giving “character” to their prints. Nowadays, douches like yourself call those SAME effects “hackey.”

      Who are you to decide which photos are worth sharing? Is my photo of my girlfriend walking in the forest with our dog using a warm filter any less worth sharing than your ham-fisted stark black and white photo of an off-centered chair next to a door with peeling paint in Tuscany? The answer is no. Any photo is capable of being great, and anyone who takes photos is capable of being a photographer–it’s about content and commitment to the craft, not the tools.

      People, S-Jerry is just another in a long line of dinosaurs who can’t accept that current digital camera technology has made it possible for the average smartphone to POTENTIALLY take the same quality photos one can take with a digital SLR. Do apps like these make you a better photographer? Not directly, of course – but seeing how they work, and seeing what they produce may encourage you ro learn more about the real, fundamentals of photography (framing, composition, content, subtle lighting, etc.). When you start to get that stuff, these apps will only enhance what you take. Don’t let his narrow, jaded viewpoint stop you from enjoying taking photos with your phone.

      The one thing he may be right about, however, is that some of the apps listed here are not that great. If you’re looking for a great camera app for TAKING photos, try the default app on your phone, followed closely by apps such as ProCapture and Vignette. Your best bet is to simply take the photo, and process it in post, though, and the best apps for that aren’t even listed here: Aviary, Pixlr Express, Snapseed and PS Touch.

      Happy Photos!

      • Robert Leonardo


      • Dewk

        Well Said!

      • Norminator

        I love you.

      • TruthBasher

        Think you lost the argument when you started name calling, however what you’ve written has to be the biggest load of shite I’ve read about photography in a long time. You cannot in any way compare a smartphone/tablet against a dedicated camera, even a camera costing half the price of smartphone will take a better picture. Nearly all special effects pre or post are mostly used to hide the inadequate proficiency of the photographer or the equipment used or to make a boring photo appear more interesting. Try blowing up a photo taken with a phone and you loose quality before you get to A5 size, whereas the same photo taken with a medium priced camera will get you A4 and possibly A3 it all comes down to sensor size and the lens used not the number of megapixels. Also how often do you see photos taken by good photographers in sports/wildlife magazines shot with a smartphone…never ? So the next time read a book to increase your knowledge base before you start spraffing off about a subject you know nothing about.

  • nishantsirohi123

    I still feel that clicking pictures right through the filters actually is a loss
    it is better to click a picture first and then edit it using filters

    although i found one app called sleek camera that took great pictures in worst of the lighting conditions

  • raghava snapdeal

    I love paper camera among these. Any way thanks for sharing awesome stuff


  • mrjayviper

    snap camera user here and I’ve tried/paid for others like camera fx/vignette/etc.


  • Moebiuzz

    Snap Camera should be in the list, this app improves the stock camera of my phone in all the ways. Not with filters or add-ons, the raw photo before filtering is much better than the stock app in contrast, brightness and saturation, photos are clearer and I can add HDR capabilities. A must, in my opinion.
    I have installed permanently Snap Camera, Camera 360, Instagram, and stock app.

  • Paul Troy

    Tried them all and i think the best of all is camera jb+

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    • Sadia Nusrat Toma

      I think Nikon D3200 is the best camera I have ever seen. I got a new lists of DSLR camera of 2015 here

    • thelastguyX20

      Too bad it doesn’t work on Lollipop right now :

  • Leonardo Rojas

    No one of these can take panoramas but are among the best??? O.o

    • beboo

      focal take panoramas and Photo Sphere

  • Bone

    The 4.3 stock app does a pretty nice job on the Nexus 4, very underrated app, I don’t need any further option 98% of the time (2% being manual ISO setting in extreme cases). I use lg Camcorder for video recording however, cause it does 20Mbits instead of 12, and result is much better with no constant refocusing.

    • Samsul Plur

      oh thanks The 4.3 stock app does a pretty nice job on the Nexus 4, very underrated
      app, I don’t need any further option 98% of the time (2% being manual
      ISO setting in extreme cases).tas wanita murah
      tutorial merakit komputer I use lg Camcorder for video recording
      however, cause it does 20Mbits instead of 12, and result is much better
      with no constant refocusing.

  • le_lutin

    I’ve just released simple (free) camera app that some might be interested in. It basically enables you to overlay a “before” image on your camera viewfinder, so that you can take perfectly aligned “after” pic and then turn it into a animated gif transition.

    Here’s the link to the play store listing:

  • Andrea Manconi

    Vignette is still there, and it’s still unbeatable for quite everything.

    • Albin

      I wouldn’t pay money for filters or frames, which really are a dime a dozen. For my older GB phone with its mediocre camera Vignette provides a range of controls that compete with those on my Canon p&s, it leaves settings in place so they don’t have to be reset each time, it’s tiny, and bless the developers’ souls it moves to the microSD.

      • Andrea Manconi

        exactly, and quite NON of the others in this comparison can compete.

        • JosephHindy

          Camera FV-5 had some serious issues when i first wrote this list a couple of years ago but it seems to have fixed them. It will likely be on the update when I get around to writing it :)

  • nishantsirohi123

    paper camera is free through amazon store. Also honorable mention of PicArt… it has a great camera app in it.

    Pudding camera is also good, you can have lot of fun with it

  • J.M

    Try out Snap Camera HDR
    This is a good camera Application plus good video application records 1080p at 100FPS relatively new but gets updated frequently!


    • George Av

      It doesn’t work :/ bought this app a while back and then returned it since the HDR didn’t work at all. Horrible faded gray colours instead of good looking bright strong crisp colours. Also as an fyi, in that image comparison you posted, the Galaxy s3 looks WAY sharper and has better colours too.


    LINE CAMERA is annoying me

  • George Av

    these are not camera apps. DUH these are idiotic effects that 12 year old girls use.

    • TruthTrumspMorons

      Not true in the least. These are camera apps that allow for post processing.

      And, I’ll just cut and paste what I wrote above regarding those “filters:”

      “And for the record, the reason the “weird” filters were ever introduced is because professional photographers spent years developing those subtle styles via the use of exposure, film stock and post-processing. The effects you’re seeing on current camera phones (including those found in Instagram) are the same looks employed by photographers for decades in the pre-digital era. Back then, they were acclaimed and praised for giving “character” to their prints. Nowadays, douches like yourself call those SAME effects “hackey.”

      I know it’s tough to accept that the world of technology has allowed the general public affordable access to powerful cameras, whereas in the past, only the hobbyist or professional bothered to spend the money to buy an SLR–change is tough on anyone, especially photo snobs.

  • richiem

    I’ve had many paid camera apps on my note 2, all are really good in there own way.
    “Vignette” – has excellent picture quality and many editing features…
    “A better camera” – fairly new, but very impressive…
    “Snap Camera HDR” – This is my #1 camera app, an android 4.3 user interface with loads of extras from settings to editing and picture quality is top notch. I’ve rated it 5
    stars on the Google play store. All paid versions and remain on my phone.
    A final comment – “There’s only one way to find out”…

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  • GregD

    I also tried many camera apps. But they all just have fancy filters & effects etc., but are VERY INCONVENIENT. So the one I stick for is “DSLR Camera” (it’s the name of the app ;)). It’s the most convenient & powerful app I ever saw. I think stock camera should look like this ;)



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  • John Doe

    Not quite a camera app, but take a look to Collagics Photo Mosaic

  • Rick Cooley

    I am looking for an android camera app that has one feature that the iphone has but the android camera apps don’t. It’s the availibility to shoot video at 120FPS. Anyone know of one?

  • sourav

    my favorite is instafusion app.i like its blending and masking features…https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.techbla.instafusionfree

  • raj

    a better camera is the best camera app and, cymera & 360 ultimate provide best editing options. if you really want to rank camera apps try A BETTER CAMERA first.

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    • Amin Armani

      Wow totally agreed! And thats what i use currently on my phone!

  • OhYeah

    where is snap camera??? every time joe hindy omit this beautiful app from his list. -_-

  • https://google.com/+AliRamli Ali Ramli

    where is camera fv-5 ?

    • Blackyx007

      I was hoping to see that camera app as well I’m using it for some time now and there new app for videos is good as well :)

  • Peter

    i have used many camera apps and for me PROCAPTURE Pro is the best. it has a lot of features and it deserves to be on this list

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      that’s off as well for now.

  • Mark S

    pro capture is a solid app. Lately I’ve just been using google’s camera. I don’t use any filters. 98% point and shoot and 2% photoshpere

  • Juan Manuel Tastzian

    I could also recommend “Camera Awesome!” (paid. Also known as “Camera!”), “Focal” (free) and “Camera FV-5” (paid), with its video counterpart “Cinema FV-5” (paid).

    Both with a lot of options not found in other apps (at least by me).

  • Shoen

    Hey JOE HINDYAside from Camera360, which of these Camera app does took picture by tapping the screen? I find it so convinient ’cause ma fone doesn’t have ddcated key. I need to replace my native camera app as I always fumbling with the onscreen shutter. tnx!

    • Albin

      Best to visit the developer’s site for full instructions on the more complete and complex apps. Some of these really replace stock controls with much better ones, while others are mainly editing tricks or treats. I’m sure, like Vignette (what I use) several will let you set a screen tap and also set “anti-shake” so it will not trigger while shaking from a tap. Good documentation and support is a real plus for serious camera apps.

      To JH: on these “permanent” best-of lists it might be helpful to identify the new ones when the list is reposted.

  • http://www.t-mobile.com Big-Myke Kanuri

    Yall apparently have no tried the Lenovo Super Camera!!!

  • Shiplu Ahmed

    I have bought over a few hundred dollars worth of software for cam and photo. The best top two cameras are missing.

    1. A better camera – Just amazing! Put white balance on cloudy and you the best photo/video.
    2. Camera FV-5 – The fastest cam on android, feels like real point and shoot interface

    Honorable mention – Candy Camera

    Trust me, try these cams, there are free editions. You will be taken

  • Dimitrios Pandioras

    Google Camera works perfectly for me. Of course, I don’t use extra features. But for snaps here and there, it does the job wonderfully.

  • Doni Hermawan

    is no one mention Google Camera…?

    yeah, its poor and hard to use the features…

  • pravin007techno

    among all android apps, i like to use different apps for different features. hope you to like these apps.


  • http://nfrozi.blogspot.com Nanang F. Rozi

    I choose OpenCamera :) #niceApps

  • http://punmobile.com/ punzz

    well, android default camera still the best for me


  • Elena Abramov
  • Mom of 2

    I love snapping pictures of my children on my phone. I have a DSLR but for day to day I like using my phone to capture the moment. I have a Samsung s5, which is a great phone but I find that if the children are not perfectly still all my photos are blurry! My s4 seemed to have a much better camera! I don’t care about all of the filters, I just want a camera that will capture clear images quickly. Please help!!

  • sofiene mrabti

    try this apps looks amazing but need some improuvements:

  • Madhur

    Try https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.madv.futurecam its free with all options for photographers

  • Madhur

    Try https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.madv.futurecam its free with all options for photographers. Still in early stage but is promising.

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  • HoodCouture

    I like the app Camera MX the most. Imho the beste camera app , because it has everything you need for free and also does , so I feel, better pictures qualitywise

  • Toyz

    I use Perfectly clear it is awesome. It actually improves the picture quality

  • http://www.appgyaan.com Rahul Kumar

    great list of apps…
    going to try some of them.

  • http://photoxor.blogspot.com.au/ Photoxor

    Have a look at “Photoxor Calculations & GPS”. It is a tool for exposure calculations, depth of field calculations, circle of confusion calculations,
    and also provides GPS tracking and sun and moon ephemeris calculations.

    I first developed this tool set for myself, but it is now available for free on Google Play

    Blog: http://photoxor.blogspot.com.au/

  • Divin Divakar

    better camera. it actually makes the picture look so awesome.

  • GreenMachine

    I liked the MagicPix Pro Camera app on Google Play. I thought the light on feature for video recordign was quite cool.

  • The Brake Fast Club

    Does any damn android camera have manual audio controls?!

  • Margarette

    What about “A Better Camera”? Its better than my own stock camera app (OPO)

  • Fawzi Breidi

    my favorites are “better camera” an “camera 51”

  • Manol Chalakov

    “It doesn’t necessarily have the feature set that a professional might be looking for”
    TRUST ME! A professional photographer will never choose a phone to do his jobs.Are you serious?These apps are just fancy effects over the photo.They can’t do anything about the fact that phone cameras are still sh*t…and I’m not even comparing them to DSLRs.

  • George Lafiatis

    How can you not mention Manual Camera?

  • Champak

    ” A Better Camera Unlocked “

  • Champak

    ” Camera51 – a smarter camera “

  • thelastguyX20

    It would be very nice if you can stop autoplay on your video every time I have to load this page. You shouldn’t go about forcing people to watch the video again and again…

  • justpassingby

    what is the best camera app for taking best photos, i mean i dont really care about filters.. the best app for taking photos which produce uncompressed photos leaving much details.. i own a htc one x plus and i heard that it compresses the images to lesser size while processing and losses details.. i bought a camera app from app store and was a rip off as it took photos only at 5mp at max.

  • Eddie

    Can you make a review also from SliderCamera Pro or Free?

  • haydar

    camera fv 5 is the best and not in the list? you must be joking.

  • hany

    Line camera has changed it’s name to aillis and it’s not as good as before with especially with samsung mega 2.0

  • Mrabti S
  • Rob Ladida Jackson

    is their a camara app where i can call out “action” and it would record my video and “cut” as finish??

  • Simon Peter

    For me Camera MX is top of the notch

  • Ed Bride

    Sprint users or testers: Does any of these apps (or any other) allow me to override the Sprint settings on my LG LS970 so that the shutter can be silenced? Lowering the volume or setting the phone on Silent does not work, the camera apparently has its own audio output app. This is a function of Sprint, which says that their policy about camera sounds is a result of their concern for privacy. Big deal, I have a digital camera that’s half the size of my smartphone, and it is always silent; it’s only a minor inconvenience to download pix to my computer.