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Best camera apps for Android: 5 to improve your photos

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 4 weeks ago

When a moment is gone, it’s gone forever, and our memories of them are precious. As phones increasingly become our go-to devices 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 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 what it says it is: a superior camera app to the standard Android ones. A Better Camera brings a number of interesting features, including Bestshot, which takes a number of photos in succession and then provides you with the least blurred, most impressive one. It's a simple idea but it works incredibly well.

A Better Camera also includes immediate post-processing, something that is absent in the camera apps from Sony, Samsung and co, and you can record video with real-time HDR. Unfortunately, many of the app's 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 happy with a little investment, A Better Camera certainly lives up to its name — and more camera apps should 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 provides quality snaps. / © ANDROIDPIT
A Better Camera Install on Google Play

Camera360 Ultimate

Camera360 is hugely popular on the Google Play Store. It offers a comprehensive camera app that's 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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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. Experienced photographers 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 get to control every detail of your picture. This app also 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

Pixr Express — Effect Express

Pixr Express — Effect Express needs to be used in conjunction with another camera app, because 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; the ones here range 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 after a few tweaks with Pixr. / © ANDROIDPIT
Pixr Express - Effect Express 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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