Today I am going to share what I think are few of the best camera apps for your android smartphone. I have been testing quite a few of these apps for the past couple of weeks, and I have narrowed down the list to just 3 apps.I feel these camera apps offer you most if not all the features that you might expect from a professional stills or a video camera.
1. Open Camera
Open Camera If you are just starting to get into mobile phone photography, and you feel somewhat limited by the options on the native camera app on your android phone. Or if you are an advanced shooter, Open camera is one of the better apps to sharpen your skills and take better professional looking images. It gives you so much more control over various setings like Focus, ISO, shutter speed, white balance, exposure and so on. What is great is, it lets you take control of all these settings while shooting videos as well. For stills, it lets you change the image quality and even the format, so you can capture RAW files, to preserve most of the details of the scene you are trying to capture. For videos, it again lets you change everything from the format, bit rate and frame rate, and even lets you shoot in Flat or Log profile. If you don’t know what Log profile is, It is like having RAW mode, but for videos.
Overall user interface is not as nice as some of the other apps in our list, but right on the main viewfinder, it does pack in most of the features that you might want, for take better control over your images or videos. You just have to dig in a bit. Speaking of digging in. When you head over to the settings menu, there are heaps of features and options hidden here. So take some time to dig through these settings, and see which additional features you need to enable, and customise the app to tailor fit your requirements. Best thing about Open Camera, is that it is free. There is no in app purchase, or no payment to unlock some features or for higher resolution images for videos. Which is is why, no matter how basic the interface is, this is the first app in our list. FirstLight If you want a somewhat better looking camera interface, and if you feel too overwhelmed with all the numbers and settings, you should try out this next app.
Where there are a some advanced settings that you can dig into, but If you just want to take control over images based on how they look, you can just slide your fingers up and down or to the left or right on the screen to manipulate your images. Swiping your fingers up or down changes the exposure. And these zebra lines show you if certain parts of your images are being over or under exposed. Swiping your fingers from left to right, adjusts the focus. And the green area in the image denoted the part that is in focus. This is called focus peeking.
So this app makes it easier to take well exposed and focused images. From the settings you can change the image format, set timer, turn on flash, turn on various grids for better composition of the shot, and even change the aspect ratio of your shot. You can add various filters, vignette or some train overlays on your shots. All these features are available in the free version of this app. But if you want even finer control over some settings, or if you want to set some custom functions, you will have to unlock the full version, which costs Rs.690. I know that can be a bit steep for some of you guys. But I still included this app because, even without unlocking the full version, this is one of the simplest app which gives you more control over your images than the native camera app of your phone. Manual Camera Lite (more features than first light in free mode) That brings us to the nest camera App.
Now this app provides you with most of the features and options that the Open Camera app did, but it gets a much nicer user interface. While the FirstLight app had somewhat simpler interface, it lacked many options, and you could only take images with that app. With the Manual Camera app, you can take granular control over your images and videos. It is much easier to locate a particular feature right from the dashboard. But when you dive in the settings, you still get a ton of features and customisation options.
The good thing is, all these settings are laid out in one page in a much simpler manner compared to the Open Camera app. You still get most of the settings, that matter but on this app, these settings are just easier to reach. Now this is the full version of the app. But there is a lighter version, which gives you all the same settings and features. But the the maximum resolution for images is set to around 8 megapixels and videos are capped at 1080p. You can try the lite app, and if you find it useful, you can then buy the full version. So these were the 3 camera apps that that I think give you the most control over your images and videos.
There are lot of other apps on the Play Store, but these 3 apps pretty much cover everything that a good camera app should have. Do you click your images with the native camera app on your phone? or do you use some 3rd party camera apps? If you have any particularly good one, then let me know in the comments.