10 best camera apps for Android

October 15, 2013


    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!


    best camera apps for android - camera mxCamera MX

    [Price: Free]
    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
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    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 mx best camera apps for android


    Camera Zoom FX - best camera appsCamera ZOOM FX

    [Price: $2.99]
    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, 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
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    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.
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    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. 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
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    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.
    Camera360 Ultimate best camera apps for android


    Cymera best camera apps for androidCymera

    [Price: Free]
    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
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    camera apps for Android list. To give it a try, use the button to grab it from the Google Play Store for free.
    cymera 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. While this isn’t a camera app in the traditional sense, it’s the only one on
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    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
    GIF Camera 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. So there are uses
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    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.
    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. Aside from that, it features a simplistic interface that is perfect for quick shots or for people who don’t want to learn
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    how to use something more complicated. You can pick it up for $1.99 in the Google Play Store using the button.
    Paper Camera 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.
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    There are professional filters available, but this app definitely caters more to the fun pictures crowd.
    camera fun pro 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,
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    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.
    LINE Camera best camera apps for android


    Focal beta best camera apps for androidFocal Beta

    [Price: Free / $2.99 Donate Version]
    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.
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    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.
    focal beta best camera apps for android


    Final thoughts

    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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    • 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

          Awesome.

    • 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

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

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    • mrjayviper

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

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marginz.snap

    • 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+

    • 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:
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dallapps.lite

    • 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.

    • 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!

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marginz.snap&hl=en

      • 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.

    • WE CHAT EMPLOYEE

      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 ;)

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.vipek.camera

      Cheers!

      • Mark Zeaker

        Thanks for pointing me to this app! I just bought it, and so far looks very promising :) SGS3

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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

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