The cameras on smartphones are getting better and better with each generation. When you look at a device like the Samsung Galaxy S4, for example, you’ll find a very impressive 13-megapixel camera on the back and the pre-installed software lets you do all sorts of interesting things like erase moving objects or take a photo with a front and rear cameras at the same time. But you can always do more and you can always be even more creative with your photos on the go.
You might remember when we wrote about some of the best free panorama photo apps for Android, but what if you want to do other picture types? If you want to take better pictures and really express yourself through your images, then you’ll want to have a look at these Android camera apps. Better still, all of the camera apps listed in this article are free to download from the Google Play Store.
Just because you want to do a huge variety of different things with your Android camera doesn’t mean that you have to download a huge number of different apps. Designed to be more of an “all-in-one” camera app is Cymera. It comes with seven different camera lenses inspired by DSLR cameras, giving you anti-shake, timer, and out-of focus modes, as well as over 20 filters, funny effects (like big eyes and slim face), the ability to make a “storytelling collage,” and over 800 decoration options like stickers, comic masks and frames. At the basest level, Cymera also has fundamental image editing features like being able to crop and rotate your photos, plus adjust the brightness and contrast.
Japanese manga has been around for a very long time and it has really gained in popularity in Western countries in the last couple of decades. Regular photos can be great, but what if you could turn those pictures into something that looks like it comes straight out of your favorite manga comic book? That’s exactly what you can do with Otaku Camera. There are over 100 different effects, like adding frames and scenery. And yes, you can share these images directly to Facebook and Twitter too.
You just might not have the time to download the photos from your camera, upload them to your computer, fire up Photoshop or Lightroom, and go through the full editing process to process all the images you took with your Android smartphone. For some quick editing and correction on the go, a free photo editor like Pixlr Express can really do the trick. There’s even an “auto fix” feature that will automatically balance out the colors and adjust for dark photos. Other features include the ability to automatically remove red eye, crop and rotate, adjust the tones, add lighting effects, add borders, explore color tools, and apply filters. You can even “look like a pro with cool photo effects like focal blur, denoise and more.”
The elephant in the room when it comes to mobile photos and photo sharing has to be Instagram and that was largely popularized because of the filters. The problem is that you could never mix and match multiple filters and borders, because you were stuck with the default configurations. That’s not the case with Streamzoo, granting you much more creative flexibility. You’re also not stuck with the square aspect ratio (though that is an option), as you can crop to 3×2, 4×3, 16×9, Golden Ratio or even a custom aspect. There are tilt-shift options, photo collages, brightness adjustment, and other cool effects.
With a name like that, you’d assume that Camera360 was an Android camera app designed to take panoramas. Instead, what you get here are seven different shooting modes to achieve different goals. There’s the self-portrait mode for taking better selfies, the tilt-shift mode for selective blurring, a quick-shoot mode, a funny mode, a color-shift mode and a special effect mode. Want to show off more than one picture at a time? The photo montage feature takes care of that. And if you want a safe place to keep all your creations, Camera360 Cloud is an integrated service that handles up to 2000-pixel uploads.
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