Best Mobile Camera Apps
It’s tough to find a mobile that comes without a camera these days, and most of us love clicking away on our camera phones. From Facebook pictures to family portraits, smart phone cameras are so good nowadays that it’s tough to justify the expense of buying a phone and a digital camera. When it comes to great pictures though, you might need a little bit of help. Sure, you could use the built in camera software that comes with your phone, but if you’re looking for some seriously good snaps then you might want to download one of these awesome camera apps!
Camera Zoom FX
We’re starting out with a biggie here: Camera Zoom FX is the ultimate in photography apps for both amateurs and pros. The downside is that this isn’t a free app, it’s going to cost you a couple of pounds (but it is available on both Android and iOS). The upside is that this is a one stop shop. Zoom FX allows you to manually adjust filters and effects so that you can get the exact shot that you want. If you’re not quite up to scratch on your camera lingo, there are pre-made filters that you can use too.
Not only that though, but Zoom FX also allows you to edit pics (rather than having to download yet another app to handle the chore). Given that this is a paid app, there are no in-app purchases (always nice), and expansion packs are free, giving you strange extras like the ability to insert celebrities into your pics. All in all, Camera Zoom FX is the grand-daddy of camera apps. Don’t fancy a paid app? Then check out PicsArt or Camera360, both of which are free, have similar features, though aren’t quite as comprehensive as Zoom FX.
We love Pudding Camera because it’s just so darn easy to use. You get pre-photo options to play around with, including a choice of filters and films (so you can get those old sepia tones if you want them), you can also control exposure time if you want. Click to snap, and then you get a drop down menu of simple editing choices, including cropping, resizing and adding text.
Pudding Camera doesn’t support huge resolution pics, so it’s not the best for printing pics out, but for on phone or online pics, it’s smart, simple and even better, free. Available for both Android and iOS, Pudding Camera gives you pro looking shots without needing pro skills.
If you’re a budding photographer and already know what exposure, ISO and white balance are, then Camera FV-5 is going to be for you. Okay, the interface isn’t beautiful, with tons of big, bulky icons, but you really need to use the app before passing judgement. Each of those big icons puts a camera setting at your fingertips, and you can use FV-5 in more or less the same way as you would control a regular camera. In fact, FV-5 was designed based on a DSLR cam, so you know you’re getting the good stuff.
FV-5 will even let you control shutter speed and allows manual bracketing too. Be warned though, this is a pro app, and if you’re not too sure what manual bracketing is, then you might have a bit of a steep learning curve. Camera FV-5 is currently Android only, and there’s both a free and a pro version.
SKRWT is a handy little camera app that you might not even know that you need. If you’re into building photography (or snapping anything with straight lines), you might have noticed that a smart phone camera tends to distort lines. Because phone cameras tend to have wide angled lenses, taking a pic of something like a brick wall will give you an image that seems to bulge out in the middle. SKWRT fixes this, letting you take flat, lined pictures of walls, bridges, whatever floats your boat. It is iOS only, but it’s also free…
Manual is another iOS only app, specifically designed to take advantage of iOS8 and its ability to (finally) adjust exposure settings. Manual is sweet and simple, it gives you control over shutter speed and ISO, as well as white balance and(as the name implies) manual focussing. You don’t have to be a pro to use this app, but if you’ve got an iPhone then Manual really is a must have to take advantage of iOS8’s way better camera interface.
Google Camera is quite simply one of the easiest camera apps on the market. If you’ve got no idea what you’re doing (or you want a great app for a kid’s phone or for grandma) then Google Camera should be your top choice. It’s easy point and shoot, but there are some nifty little tricks too. You can perform some minor adjustments, but that’s not really Google’s thing. What’s more interesting is things like 360 panorama mode, or a weird blurred lens setting. For sheer simplicity and elegance, Google Camera should be a no brainer to download. Android only though, but it’s free.
Camera Awesome is, well, awesome. It’s also probably the most fun that we’ve ever had using a camera app. Take your picture and then choose from a hundred or so effects, including not just the normal crop and rotate options, but also things like sticking hats on people, or making them look like paintings. You get basic camera features too, like burst mode and panorama mode, but the joy of Camera Awesome really lies in the fun factor. Until recently an iPhone only app, Camera Awesome has recently launched on Android too, though it will cost you a couple of pounds.
Finally, another fun one: ever wondered what your mum would look like as a cartoon? Or your kid as a watercolour? Wonder no more. Paper Camera takes any photo you have on your phone and turns it into any one of a number of different art styles. From line drawings to cartoons, from oil paintings to silhouettes, if you’re looking for a Facebook profile pic that’s a little bit different, then you need Paper Camera . It’s available for both iOS and Android, but again will cost you a couple of pounds.