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Best camera apps for Android: 5 to improve your photos

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Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 18 hours ago

When a moment is gone, it’s gone forever and our moments are so precious to us. As phones increasingly become our go-to device for capturing these memories, it's important to make the most of them. Ensure your Android camera is as good as it can be with our list of the best camera apps for Android. 

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These are the best camera apps on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam isn't the most user-friendly camera on our list, despite its often minimal layout it takes a while just to learn which menu you're in. But it is one of the best Android camera apps thanks to the amount of customization it offers, and the quality of its adjustments. 

VSCO Cam combines a camera with editing and sharing functions to provide an Instagram-like experience, only even more powerful. While it doesn't house a one-click "beautify" option, it more than makes up for it with its premium temperature, tint, contrast and sharpen gauges. 

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The original photo (left) and a few steps later. / © ANDROIDPIT
VSCO Cam® Install on Google Play

A Better Camera

A Better Camera is basically as described: it's a superior camera app than the standard Android ones. A Better Camera brings a number of interesting features like Bestshot, which takes a number of photos in succession and then provides you with the least blurred, most impressive on. It's a simple idea but it works incredibly well.

A Better Camera also includes immediate post-processing, something which is absent in the camera apps from Sony, Samsung and co, and you can record video with real-time HDR. Unfortunately, many of the apps best functions are only available via in-app purchase, so A Better Camera sometimes feels a bit like an annoying free-to-play game at times.

However, if you take a lot of pictures, and are okay with a little investment, A Better Camera certainly lives up to its name — and more camera apps should certainly make use of its slide-out grid gesture. 

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A Better Camera doesn't come with a vast number of features, but it doesn't stop it providing quality snaps. / © ANDROIDPIT
A Better Camera Install on Google Play

Camera360 Ultimate

Camera360 is hugely popular on the Google Play Store, offering a comprehensive camera app capable of pretty much anything. It uses a lens-filter system that can be applied before a picture is taken, meaning you don't have to wait until later to see whether your picture is fixable by adding a cheeky filter. It contains a huge variety of options and effects, even if they aren't all entirely useful.

It's easy to use, though, and presents most of the important dials on the same screen so you can adjust multiple settings at the same time. This is something which other cameras lack, but it's really useful to have everything in one place instead of going through several different screens. 

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Notice the on-screen dials which adjust in real-time (left), and one of the warmer filters (right). / © ANDROIDPIT
Camera360 Ultimate Install on Google Play

Manual Camera

Most camera apps are designed to make photography as easy as possible for the end-user, removing complicated steps. The result is some Facebook-friendly snapshots, but certainly not professional pictures. For experienced photographers, you may be more at home with Manual Camera, which provides a range of settings options that most other apps just don't offer. 

Shutter speed, focus, white balance, exposure compensation - you control every detail of your picture. Also, this app lets you save images in the lossless RAW format, which offers completely new possibilities for further processing.

So, if you take photographs pretty seriously, but still want to use your smartphone, Manual Camera is an excellent, brand new solution. But beware, the app does require the many new APIs from Android 5.0 Lollipop, so it's currently only available to users with the update.

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Manual Camera is a fantastic recent app with a wealth of options.  / © GD Software
Manual Camera Install on Google Play

Pixlr Express

Pixlr Express needs to be used in conjunction with another camera app, as it’s just an image editor. But boy what an editor. You’ll be hard pressed to find more image editing options anywhere on Android, ranging from the strange low-poly and fire effects, to the typical gamut of photo fixers and alterations.

It has the option of automatic image correction, and adjustments such as heal, focus and splash, it feels like a near-Photoshop level experience. Some of the effects and features are more useful than others, I’m not sure “stickers” were ever a good idea for photo-editing, but there is plenty to tinker with to get your pictures looking polished. You can also add text to your photos with a number of different font-styles. 

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The original image (left) and then a few tweaks with Pixlr later. / © ANDROIDPIT
Autodesk Pixlr – photo editor Install on Google Play

What's your favorite Android camera app? Let us know in the comments below.

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.

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  • Brian Olmstead 12 hours ago Link to comment

    Manual Camera for me and for true black and white Lenka camera is great.

  • Pomacat 16 hours ago Link to comment

    Open Camera works good for me

  • Timothy Cremeans 16 hours ago Link to comment

    Of all the camera apps, I really like VSCO Cam and Camera 360! These two apps are just amazing and owns the editing features that could your turn simple photo into the best.

  • Dharma Arif 1 month ago Link to comment

    I'm using Open Camera
    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.sourceforge.opencamera&hl=en

  • jhonero 2 months ago Link to comment

    This new amazing application camera with 6 camera lens I like this
    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.photoeffects.camera510

  • Georgian Stanescu 3 months ago Link to comment

    I tried Android's Stock Camera simply called Camera. I enjoyed it, no problems with it. The settings were a bit hard to understand thou. SO I switched to Google Camera. I enjoy its SIMPLE interface. However the Error "Cannot connect to camera", really infuriates me. So I just end the Process and I'm ok. Its a bit slow in terms of taking a pic at times. So I have been thinking of Camera360 which I had previously, but never got the chance to download onto my Note 3.

  • glen lebarr 6 months ago Link to comment

    tried many, but use Cymera the most

  • Asad Ali 6 months ago Link to comment

    I am using better camera & Camu... Both are great

  • Edward Netherton 6 months ago Link to comment

    Instagram is the best and is still continuing to upgrade its features. It also improves your photography and creativity skills.

  • Lee 6 months ago Link to comment

    It's gotta be the DSLR Camera app for me, i don't know why that's not listed but keeping it simple there's nothing wrong with the stock camera on the S5 & Note 4. Say cheese 😊📷

  • Ralf Hase 6 months ago Link to comment

    how about: camera mx ?

  • rob damiani 11 months ago Link to comment

    ProCapture

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    11 months ago Link to comment

    vignette and of course VSCO

  • Sean Stockemer 11 months ago Link to comment

    I finally got Google camera...Sweet

  • Amat Mulisha 11 months ago Link to comment

    Snap camera, focal beta and pro capture also the best so far.

    • Scott Adam Gordon
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      11 months ago Link to comment

      YES! I wanted to include focal beta because I tested it and thought it was great! But a few weird things happened when I was using it (just bugs I presume), so I didn't want to recommend it as one of the best Android camera apps while in its current form.

      I've already written about it so I'll probably update this article when it comes out of beta.

  • Donald Anderson 11 months ago Link to comment

    Vignette is my goto camera. I use the purchased version to get rid of ads but it was not expensive. I like that it gives the option for saving very high resolution pictures.

  • Raindance Rob 11 months ago Link to comment

    Camera FV-5 is my camera app of choice, it has loads of settings & the results are great