One of the biggest improvements we’ve seen in Android over the last two years is the camera app. Not just OEMs putting better cameras in devices, but also better overall camera software. What used to be just a simple point, focus, and shoot even has evolved into complicated ISO and white balance settings. So if you’re looking for a camera app replacement, which one should you go with? That’s an excellent question because there are dozens, if not hundreds, of camera apps for Android and below we brought you the best of them. If you’d rather watch than read, watch the video above!
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.
Included with Camera MX are a number of features. You get all the standard stuff like zoom, flash, white balance, ISO, etc. However, you also get a number of themes and frames to personalize each picture. When you apply a filter, you can see it before you take the picture so you can see how it’ll turn out beforehand. You can also take pictures you’ve already taken and
add the same effects to make them a little better. This camera app for Android is free and you can find it in the button.
Camera ZOOM FX
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, though, there are some pre-made ones to choose from.
What we really liked about Camera Zoom FX is just how many different effects there were. Whether you’re going for something colorful and flamboyant or just a light vignette effect, Camera Zoom FX
has a filter or an effect that anyone could enjoy. You can grab it for $2.99 in the Google Play Store using the button.
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. They’re a little hard to find sometimes, as you can’t see the effects until after you pick a filter. The biggest caveat for Camera360 Ultimate is that you have to take the picture before the filters are applied, so you can’t see how it’ll turn out before you hit the shutter button. Other than
that, Camera360 Ultimate can definitely compete with the best camera apps for Android. You can get it free from the Google Play Store using the button.
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. That’s what makes it unique and that’s why it’s on the best
camera apps for Android list. To give it a try, use the button to grab it from the Google Play Store for 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. While this isn’t a camera app in the traditional sense, it’s the only one on
the list capable of making GIFs, so it’s definitely a great camera app for Android. You can get it from the Google Play Store for free using the button
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. So there are uses
aside from manga-style pictures, but this is definitely for enthusiasts and hobbyists only. You can get it for free from the Google Play Store using the button.
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. Aside from that, it features a simplistic interface that is perfect for quick shots or for people who don’t want to learn
how to use something more complicated. You can pick it up for $1.99 in the Google Play Store using the button.
Camera Fun Pro
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.
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.
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Last on our list is Focal Beta. This is a unique camera app for a number of reasons. It used to be a stock app in CyanogenMod before they went corporate and the camera itself is totally open source. Aside from that, the app features everything you need for a great camera experience even if it’s still in the beta stages. It even has an open source variant of Google’s Photosphere called PicSphere.
If you want a fully functional camera app and don’t mind dealing with a bug or two (due to beta), then we highly recommend giving it a shot.
We also have an honorary mention. It’s not a camera replacement app on the face of it, but DSLR Controller by Chainfire allows you to control your DSLR camera and take pictures from your phone. So if you’d rather take pictures with your expensive camera using your Android device, you can DSLR Controller in the Play Store here.
There are hundreds of camera apps for Android so it’s perfectly possible that we may have missed one or two. If we did that or you just want to mention your favorite, feel more than free to leave us a comment below letting us know!
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