Gone are the days when smartphone cameras could only produce blurry pictures of your friends. These little cameras have evolved from simply being a convenient point-and-shoot, to rivaling the very best compact cameras available today. They’re more reliable, work better in low light, and include DSLR-like features that photography enthusiasts enjoy.
However, the default camera app on your smartphone is usually limited in functionality. With the right camera app, you can turn your camera into a pseudo-DSLR, adding professional level functions that give you more control over your photos. To save you from having to trawl through the Google Play Store on your own, here are the very best Android camera apps.
Camera Zoom FX (S$4.99 (free demo version available))
One of the first “professional” camera apps available on the Google Play Store, Camera Zoom FX comes with manual camera controls like ISO, exposure and shutter speed in addition to RAW capture. You can combine the timer, HDR and Timelapse modes for interesting images.
The app also includes various postprocessing effects like colour transformations and a tilt-shift filter for a little fun in your photos. A geotagger function is also built into the app to track where you took your photos.
Camera MX (S$free)
Camera MX is a good point and shoot camera app that does just a little more than your default camera app. In-app processing optimises your photo quality automatically, and there are a number of editing tools to further enhance your photos.
Its standout function is the Live Shot mode, shooting short clips editable with a range of filters, effects and optimisation options. You can save any individual frame from the Live Shot, or send it to your friends as a GIF.
Open Camera (S$free)
Open Camera is a lightweight and free open source app loaded with professional-level camera features and no distracting advertisements.
You get manual camera controls like ISO, shutter, exposure and countdown timers, as well as a bunch of helpful tools like auto-stabilisation, exposure lock and voice controls. The app even supports external microphones to expand its range of abilities. Another great feature of this app is the ability to add a widget to your home screen that will help you never miss a moment. All you need to do is press the widget to open the app and take a picture immediately.