These are the best camera apps for Android that will improve your photography. The best camera you have is the one in your pocket, your Android phone. And while most phones come with a capable camera app, some Android camera apps are a lot better than others.
Android phone cameras are pretty powerful, but the hardware is only half the battle. Getting a good camera app can add new features, different shooting modes, GIFs, or even composition overlays. Now can you see the benefits?
Whether you’re looking for more features, pro modes, extra filters, or just want to try something else, a new camera app is a great way to do it. These are some of our favorites and what they each have to offer. Take your Android photography skills to the next level.
Best Camera Apps for Android
Most phones have pretty capable camera apps already, like the Galaxy S9+. However, manufacturers try to find a good balance between auto controls and full manual mode. As a result, the camera works great for most but has a few things missing here and there. That’s where alternative apps come in handy.
Our list is in no particular order, as each camera app has different strengths or features. These are the Android camera replacement apps worth considering or spending a few bucks on.
Camera Zoom FX
First up is Camera Zoom FX, an app that’s been available on the Google Play Store for more than a few years and has plenty of fans. Zoom FX is perfect for those that want a simple camera experience, and more serious stuff all at the same time. It has a clean interface, nice controls, and a large shutter button.
With Camera Zoom FX you’ll get your typical filters, HDR options, and multiple photo modes. Then, more experienced users will enjoy manual controls like ISO, shutter speed, exposure levels, and other small adjustments. This app has more features than most, and you can even unlock more for in the pro version for only $3.49
Of course, we had to include Google’s Camera app in our roundup. Not just because it comes from Google, but because it’s actually a highly capable and powerful camera app. I mean, it’s what the highest rated smartphone camera on the market uses, the Pixel 2 XL.
Google Camera delivers an exceptionally clean and simple experience, with some nice features sprinkled throughout. Those include lens blur mode, slow motion (on supported devices), photo spheres, video stabilization and auto HDR. However, only select devices can take advantage of everything, and only if they’re running Android 7.1.1 Nougat or higher. This is because it takes advantage of Google’s latest Camera2 API in Android. But, the results are excellent photos.
If you’re looking for a camera with those full manual DSLR-type controls, this is our first recommendation. Camera FV-5 is pretty powerful and almost has too many options. Basically, you’ll want to know what you’re doing before paying $3 for the Pro version of this app.
Skip the free version and go right to FV-5 Pro for $3.95 and enjoy all the benefits. You’ll get full manual controls and the option to shoot in RAW. Then, use full automatic exposure bracketing, composition grids, exposure controls, ISO levels, timelapse, burst mode and other choices. Yes, you can do a little of everything, or keep it simple with a quality auto mode.
Everyone wants to take great selfies, right? Cymera delivers thousands of filters, stickers, collages, frames and other effects to spruce up your selfie game. Perfect for the selfie and portrait mode phase of 2017-18.
The biggest reason people download Cymera is the Beauty mode, which instantly changes skin tone similar to popular effects on Samsung smartphones. It makes you prettier with silky smooth skin. You can also add a mole, remove moles or freckles, or remove red marks from your face and body.
Another extremely popular camera, possibly one of the best, is Camera MX. It’s a basic point-and-shoot camera app for Android, but then they’ve filled it with lots of extra features. Take time-lapse photos or videos, share and create GIFs, add filters (live filters), and much more.
We enjoy the built-in photo editor, creating GIFs, and the slew of filters. It’s a pretty well-rounded all-in-one camera app that does a little of everything. Camera MX is one of the highest rated options on the Play Store, too.
We also recommend Open camera for those that are professional photographers or need a few more features than most. In fact, it’s pretty feature-complete, free, and even has a remote app for those who need remote control access to snap the perfect photos.
Open camera gives you most of the advanced controls of other cameras, as well as a few extras. These include a manual mode, exposure and brackets, timers, screen modes, color effects, white balance, ISO, and even external microphones in some cases.
As you can see from the name, it’s completely open source. So other versions with varying features can likely be found on Github or other popular sites. Give it a try today.
If you’re looking for pro-level DSLR controls, as the name implies, this application is perfect. One of the features we love the most is the two-stage shutter controls. Press to focus, and release to take the photo. Giving you extra control over what and when you focus, and where. It’s pretty powerful and very helpful for getting the best shot.
The best part though is the fact that nearly every option or setting (and there’s a lot) is just a tap away. As you can see from the image above, everything is in one simple and easy to find and use place.
Rather than explain all the features this camera has, we’ll just direct you to the Play Store to see for yourself.
When I think of a new-age smartphone camera experience, I think of Footej. This app has a beautiful yet simple user interface, easy controls, and lots of options. And while it’s great for a beginner, it also has more than enough for someone more advanced or even a professional wanting to take better photos.
The main feature is RAW photos if your phone supports it. Then, enjoy exposure and ISO controls, full manual mode, you can shoot GIFs, histogram, slow-motion video recording and more. One big benefit of Footej is this uses Google’s latest Camera2 API’s too, for the best experience on newer devices. You’ll like the Footej Camera Gallery too.
As the name implies, this app is all about full customizable manual controls on Android smartphones or tablets. In fact, it takes full advantage of the latest Camera2 API from Android Lollipop to deliver the most manual controls for any camera app on the Google Play Store. This does a little of everything,
As long as your phone has some sort of manual controls or manual mode, and runs Android Lollipop or newer, which most do, this app is perfect for you. Take control over manual shutter speed, focus distance, ISO, white balance, exposure comps, and a few other things.
You’ll also enjoy GRID lines, Geo tagging, RAW support and an insanely fast camera experience overall.
Last but not least is one of our favorites, ProShot camera. This once popular Windows Phone camera app came to Android a few years ago, and it’s a refreshing change of pace. While most camera apps for Android look, feel, and work the same, ProShot is completely different. From the looks, the way you interact with the controls, change ISO levels, add grid lines and more.
As you can see from the image above, all the controls are very neat and simple. From the color scheme to the obvious buttons and different modes. It’s unlike anything else, and in a good way.
When it comes to feature-complete camera apps, ProShot is right up with the best of them. And while it does cost $3.99, it’s worth every penny and will have you shooting photos and changing settings just because you can.
These are some of our favorite camera apps for Android. Delivering the best features, RAW support, manual controls, or tons of beauty modes and filters for the social butterfly. We have a little of something for everyone. That said, it’s just a small sample of the many replacement camera apps available.
A few honorary mentions go out to VSCO Cam, Pro Capture, A Better Camera, Google Cardboard Camera, or Simple Camera if you just want to take photos with no distractions. Find one from our list and enjoy taking better photos on your Android device today.