With an Android, you aren’t just limited to the default camera. The software and filters that camera apps for Android can offer will have a big impact on the quality of your pics — almost as much as the specs on your phone’s camera.
There is a pretty serious variety of camera apps available, with features that can help anyone take better photos. There’s something for everyone — whether you want to take professional-looking pictures, record crisp video or just punch up your vacation photos.
A Better Camera aims to offer improved functionality where the stock camera app falls short.
The app offers a lot of power to users who want more control over how their photos look. The app’s features include HDR, night mode, RAW capture, burst mode and a panorama setting.
With the free version of the app, you’ll get most of the features A Better Camera offers. Upgrading costs just 99 cents and will net you a few additional tools, including higher resolutions and an improved HDR setting.
2. FiLMiC Pro
Want to take better video? FiLMiC Pro is a video app for Android that offers a range of video recording tools and quality options that can help you out.
With the app, you can adjust the bitrate, exposure and aspect ratio of captured video. You can also adjust the framerate of your video, allowing you to record at a cinematic 24 FPS or capture intense slow-motion shots.
If you want to take professional-looking footage but don’t want to invest in a costly DSLR, FiLMiC Pro is a great alternative.
The app, however, is still fairly expensive. There’s just one version of FiLMiC Pro and it will cost you $14.99.
3. Camera MX
One of the first-available third-party camera apps, Camera MX is still one of the best in 2020.
Camera MX is one of the simpler and more user-friendly camera apps on the Play Store — but it still features a range of camera functions and settings that makes it a solid improvement over Android’s default camera app. You’ll have access to quality settings, autofocus, adjustable exposure settings and a range of photo filters.
The app also supports burst mode, allowing you to take a cluster of photos one after another with just one button press.
Camera MX is free with in-app advertisements with no paid version available.
Camera Zoom FX is another all-around great camera app for Android. The app’s combination of manual camera settings, filters and editing tools make it an excellent upgrade over the stock camera app.
What sets Camera Zoom FX apart is its range of post-processing tools and filters. The app comes stocked with tech that will let you emulate a tilt-shift lens, add light leaks and apply a fisheye effect.
The app also comes with tools that will help you take action shots and minimize motion blur.
If you want to make your pictures look more professional or add effects that give an analog feel to your photos, Camera Zoom FX is one of the best options out there.
While there’s no free option, the app is fairly affordable, at just $3.99.
How to Pick the Best Camera App for Your Android
If you want to go beyond the limitations of the stock Android camera app, these apps are some of the best upgrades available. With extra control over your camera settings, additional filters and unique post-processing tools, you’ll be able to take photos that almost look like they were taken with a professional camera.
While a few of the best camera apps are paid-only, you have some free options as well — like Camera MX and A Better Camera. Put down some money and you can have access to some seriously powerful apps in the form of Camera Zoom and FiLMiC Pro.
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