The best camera apps for Android and iPhone: take better photos today!

Update: 2022 edition with iPhone apps
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Here are the best camera apps for Android and Apple iOS! Even if the default camera app on your phone works perfectly fine, you can probably get more features and creative options with an alternative camera application. Since I'm also listing free photo apps, you don't even have to shell out money for better pictures.

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Are you no longer satisfied with the quality of your smartphone camera? Then this is the right article for you! I have tried out several photo apps from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store and have compiled the best camera apps for Android and iOS in my opinion.

I'm sure you want to see results as quickly as possible, so you can head straight to the selection for your device via the links below:

Do you have any other suggestions that I should definitely include in this list? Then let me know your tip in the comments. Preferably with a short description and info if it's a free app.

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The best camera apps for Android

Photoshop Camera - the all-round solution

If you are no longer satisfied with the photos from your camera smartphone, you should definitely try "Photoshop Camera" from Adobe. Even though the legendary image editing software Photoshop is really expensive, Photoshop Camera doesn't cost a cent.

However, Adobe would like to push you a little bit to sign up for a cloud subscription, which is definitely recommended for ambitious hobby photographers. This way, the pictures of your mobile phone will conveniently end up in the Adobe Cloud for further post-processing on your PC. You also need an account with Adobe without a subscription.

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The Photoshop camera offers you numerous filters and takes good photos!  / © NextPit

Photoshop Camera helps you along the whole process of taking photos. That means you capture the subject using the built-in photo function, adjust it afterwards with several sliders for exposure, cropping, and colors, and then apply filters to the photo. Basic features for retouching images are also included.

Adobe's camera app is an all-around tip, as you install a whole photo studio directly with a single download. If you just want to capture images quickly, however, the app can be a little too complicated. For quick snapshots check our next tip.

OpenCamera - the solution for snapshots and manual shots

Open Camera is a free, open-source camera app. The camera app offers a strong automatic mode as well as an extensive professional mode. OpenCamera is a Swiss army knife for your mobile phone camera that is easy to use, but has the necessary reserves of functions for your further development as a hobby photographer.

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Open Camera is a very nice camera app / © Screenshot: NextPit

After launching the application, you can take the first picture directly via the blue camera icon on the right edge of the screen. With this, you snap a picture via the automatic mode and probably have the best snapshot in the box right away. There are more features on the left side of the screen, and there's only one thing to do here: try, try, try.

VSCO: For filter fans

VSCO is an exciting mix of camera app, filters, image editing, and an artistic social network. The app is designed in an unusual way and initially appears to be limited to the simplest functions. After taking or importing an image, the user has access to numerous filters - many of which are subject to a fee - as well as a wide range of image editing options to change a photo so that the desired look is achieved.

A minimalist look, but a lot behind it - that's VSCO. / © NextPit

Within VSCO, users can share their photos with the community. Like other social networks, VSCO also allows you to network with your own friends, acquaintances, and contacts so that you can admire pictures together. The app itself and many basic options are free of charge. However, there are many in-app purchases and ways to spend your money with VSCO. The filters and presets that VSCO sells for up to $59 can also be used with other software, such as Adobe Lightroom or Camera Raw.

HedgeCam 2: Modifies image processing (HDR and Co.)

If you're even more interested in mobile photography, you should give HedgeCam 2 a try. Here, you can not only vary the compression but also specify the logic of the High Dynamic Range algorithm. Its predecessor HedgeCam is a further development of the already mentioned Open Camera. Especially in terms of user-friendliness, HedgeCam 2 is a good alternative to our tip.

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Hedgecam 2 gives you manual control over image optimization. / © NextPit

HedgeCam 2's icons and menus look a little prettier, and there are virtual sliders for aperture and manual focus. However, some users in the Google Play Store report problems saving images. Therefore, HedgeCam doesn't quite make it to the top spot for us.

Google Camera (port): Best HDR and spherical panoramas

Google always manages to get top spots in camera phone best lists with its Pixel smartphones. This is mainly due to the very good software, which is actually exclusive to Google's own phones. But because the algorithms are so good, hobbyists started bringing the app to other phones.

Resourceful developers have managed to unlock ("port") HDR+ to other smartphones with Qualcomm chips. Thanks to these modified app versions, you can snap HDR photos and use some other features with non-Google smartphones.

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With the new UI, the Google camera is a bit more intuitive to use. / © NextPit

You can take pictures as panorama and as photosphere. The latter is a walk-in spherical panorama that you can view with the appropriate Photos app via the motion sensors; although 360-degree cameras are more suitable for such shots.

But some research is required: there are now countless different app versions and not all work equally well. Maybe there is a variant of the Google camera adapted for your smartphone. If so, you will find it on the corresponding hub page at the XDA Developers web site.

Cymera: Our tip for better selfies

Cymera is the perfect app for the selfie generation. With the integrated filters, beauty options, and postprocessing options, you can make even more stylish self-portraits of yourself.

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Cymera offers a lot of features for the perfect selfie / © NextPit

But Cymera can do more than just selfies. The app includes its own gallery, numerous options for editing your photos, and many options for playing around with the camera.

The best camera apps for iPhone

As promised, we're also going to cover camera apps for Apple iOS! Unfortunately, camera apps in particular are rarely found on both platforms as well. So if you use both iOS and Android, you'll have to get used to them a bit.

ProCamera: The best all-round solution for iOS

What Photoshop Camera is for Android, "ProCamera" is for iOS - but unfortunately not for free. Although the photo app costs just under $15 as a one-time purchase, it's worth spending the money. Because compared to Apple's standard app, there are many manual setting options, dozens of filters, and extensive image editing functions.

In addition to taking and editing photos, you also have more control over your iPhone's videos. ProCamera supports recording with the main and selfie camera at the same time or lets you feed Bluetooth microphones directly into the video. It's not for nothing that ProCamera is ranked among the best photo apps for iOS, and it's the best app that lets you take pictures directly.

Focos: Many filters, for free

If ProCamera is too expensive for you, you should check out Focos. The application is completely free and brings some creative possibilities with it. Among other things, you can take portrait shots and manually adjust the aperture used. It is exciting that I can also change the focus afterwards. Many of these features are already available in the free version of the camera app.

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Focos is a comprehensive camera app, but all functions are only available with a subscription / © NextPit

If you really like Focos, you can unlock all functions for $12.99 and expand the range of functions. Spending money on apps is and will always be something you have to get used to as an iOS user. But then again, some of the apps are much better than the Android alternatives.

VSCO: Photo network with filters also available for iOS

VSCO, on the other hand, is completely free, and that is partly because the app should encourage you to use the photo network of the same name. It's a bit like Instagram, but the standard app offers you a lot more shooting functions than Instagram.

VSCO offers you numerous functions for editing your pictures / © NextPit

With several filters and creative editing tools, you can create small works of art and share them with your friends or other VSCO users. More info about VSCO can be found in our description of the Android app above. Again, though, it can be stated that the app for iOS is a bit nicer and more intuitive.

Facetune: The iOS tip for selfies

Yes, I also have a tip for iPhone users who prefer to take selfies. Apple equips its phones with good selfie cameras and to spice up their results a bit more, I recommend you Facetune. The app costs $3.99 and offers "reshaping" features, filters, exposure options, a dark mode, and the ability to swap out the background of your selfies.

Apple's own camera app

You weren't expecting this, were you? Call me lazy if you want, but the native camera app on your iPhone is a really powerful piece of software. If you're unhappy with the app, you may not have discovered all the features and tricks the app has to offer. Before downloading new apps, maybe try Apple's Photos app again and check out all the modes.

This app also allows Apple to fully utilize its own algorithms for optimizing images. Because of this, the results before applying filters are usually a little better than with other camera apps. The Photos app, by the way, then allows you to make numerous tweaks. If you haven't used Apple's own photo tools yet, you're really missing out!

For now, this selection of camera apps should suffice, but I'll be happy to make any necessary adjustments to this article. So let me know your tips in the comments and I'll take a look at your suggestions.

This article is updated regularly. Older comments can, therefore, refer to an earlier version of the article and appear out of context accordingly.

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  • Iqra nawaz 6 months ago Link to comment

    There are many best camera apps it depend on users which they like and which they choose.

  • David Kolton 8 months ago Link to comment

    I like google camera but that isn't available to download from playstore. So APK may also not work.

  • g3l33m Jun 28, 2019 Link to comment

    Camera Zoom FX was pretty good on my Galaxy S7. Can't get it to focus at all in any of the focus settings on my Galaxy S10. Stock camera beats the heck out of it.

  • CJ Brown Apr 6, 2019 Link to comment

    I can vouch that Google Camera App did improve my photos on the Motorola G7 (if you're not content with your Smartphone's Camera and / or the Software App tied to it? Download Google Camera and give it a try)

  • Steve0701 Apr 3, 2019 Link to comment

    All I really want is a simple camera that automatically freezes each new picture full-screen for at least a couple of seconds so I can review it. Do any of these apps do that?

  • Mark G. Jan 21, 2019 Link to comment

    Is there really any difference between any of these apps and say the stock Samsung Camera app?

    I don't mean playing around the edge differences but actual game changing features?

    It would appear that most differ in the UI rather than changes in the process, would it matter as the camera unit is the important part.

    Though if it's just the UI that differs then it's not a bad thing, I find it a little annoying that it takes 2,3,4 steps to change the camera settings so I'll give those listed a trial run, I'm just doubtful on the quality side.

    Peace 🖖

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    Deactivated Account Jan 21, 2019 Link to comment

    I have Camera ZOOM FX premium. Good app but a bit buggy and HDR not very good.

  • 최주호 Sep 14, 2018 Link to comment

    If you wanna defocusing, I recommend God Defocus Pro. It has powerful depth than google camera.

    • Steven J Oct 10, 2018 Link to comment

      It'll even support up to 4K video capture, providing you have the right hardware.

  • Dean L. Jul 15, 2018 Link to comment

    I'm using the native camera app on my Pixel 2 and open camera. Open camera provides a little extra control of some of the settings that I don't get with the native app. I have also used footej and camera 360 just a little, but stay for the most part to using open camera and the native Pixel 2 camera app for most of my pics.

  • Steven J Jul 11, 2018 Link to comment

    Google’s Camera app has been getting better and better both for beginners and pros!

  • Rusty H. Jul 9, 2018 Link to comment

    I use a combo of Open camera, when I'm in a hurry, and camera FV-5, if I want to really get the best I can out of a tiny pinhole sensor.

  • Khubsurat Khan Feb 18, 2018 Link to comment

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  • John Jan 4, 2018 Link to comment

    Which of the apps has ISO priority mode where I can set the ISO and the app can automatically select the shutter speed?

  • Diane Jan 3, 2018 Link to comment

    Just wondering if these apps store your photos. I'd like something that is secure. Thanks!

  • Raphael Solomon Oct 1, 2017 Link to comment

    I am using the nexus/pixel camera APK on my oneplus 3T which allows me to use HDR+ mode and I gotta say, It's incredible how much better it is than the native camera app.

    • Solomon Quansah Oct 24, 2017 Link to comment

      Cool Rapheal, where can I download this APK you mentioned?

  • Burcet Sep 20, 2017 Link to comment

    I'm using Camera Zoom FX and it is really nice.

  • John Eccles Sep 20, 2017 Link to comment

    I used to use ABC on my LG G2 but now I have an LG G4 and ABC will not work properly (doesn't focus)
    The ABC people do not respond to any posts on their site so I have deleted the app and now use CameraMX, which is an excellent application with a good team running it.

  • Malstron Aug 3, 2017 Link to comment

    I use the Season Camera, it has a lot of filters, frames and stamps.

  • Cute Pikoook Jun 26, 2017 Link to comment

    Which of these apps allow mirror mode on front camera?

  • theant May 28, 2017 Link to comment

    Which of these apps allows you to choose jpg compression level? The app of my Moto G5 plus compresses too much the files and the quality is low.

  • nick jones May 11, 2017 Link to comment

    RETRICA is also a good mobile app to use to customise your pics.
    it have a lot of filters which can improve contrast, brightness of your pic.

  • Albin Foro May 8, 2017 Link to comment

    Revised 190121 again - I began noticing intrusive noise reduction jpeg smearing at low ISO (when there is no noise to reduce) using Open Camera, which has no wavelet denoise toggle or jpeg sharpening - also lacks other sliders for contrast, saturation. After some experimental installs and tripod tests of competing apps on some subtle textures, I've chosen Snap Camera (Marginz Software) as default - includes video, DNG output, HDR, unusually configurable settings and GUI - it's worth the paid option to gain access to the current beta v8.9 - much better than the Play Store's v8.78. (Notably, Camera FV-5 produces lossless PNG images, which often outclass other apps' JPEGs. Finally, I also keep Bacon Camera on board because it makes better DNGs, despite instability on my phone.)

    There are several good "manual" apps and time spent getting under the hood and comfortable with a good one is better than time spent flitting between installs like a bumblebee. It's surprising how different the GUIs can be for the sophisticated apps, and mainly a matter of user preference which to use. To the comment below, the practical fact is that many OEM "stock" camera apps fail miserably to get the best out of their camera hardware, because they're designed for simplicity not photography. Most users familiar with DSLR or advanced compact cameras install the better third party apps.

  • Peter Harwood May 8, 2017 Link to comment

    Don't see any point in these apps because they definitely do not make your in phone camera any better so not really much point in them.

  • Jerry's W. May 8, 2017 Link to comment

    wow this is an old article reposted 😎

    • Brittany McGhee May 9, 2017 Link to comment

      Hi Jerry,
      It is an older article, but we've added a new app to the list and wanted to share it with the community.

  • Manju Natha Mar 8, 2017 Link to comment

    Fotor camera app is exceptionally best.

  • Manju Natha Mar 8, 2017 Link to comment

    Above mentioned camera apps are good but 2 camera apps in playstore are exceptionally best.360 panorama and can use fotor to make their photos professional.

  • Lion Couple Jan 20, 2017 Link to comment

    Great & useful, thanks.

  • Rakesh C. Jan 16, 2017 Link to comment

    I'll recommend trying Photo Editor App download for PhotoMediaApps in play store .

  • samira khan Jan 14, 2017 Link to comment

    I am not able solve my screen overlay problem. I have tried all the method bt nothing is worked with my xperia xa. Please help me this regard.

  • Gohar Ali Jan 1, 2017 Link to comment

    Good Apps Thanks

  • Joanna hamilton Sep 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Im bonkers for Snapseed ...just takes amazing pictures and for selfies it has to be YouCam makeup...hours of fun xxx

  • Giorgos Raptopoulos Jul 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Footej Camera is a new entry... released in June 2016... It's simple and bloat-free! Worth a try!

  • love selfie Jul 6, 2016 Link to comment

    Sweet Selfie is an easy selfie camera. It can take beauty selfies with filters in seconds! It is easy to use and become a natural beauty just one click. I like it best~

  • Jacky Jun 21, 2016 Link to comment

    which is best.. vsco or manual camera!?!

    • Manju Natha Mar 8, 2017 Link to comment

      My opinion is manual camera app.coz I use it extensively in my Samsung 8.and manual settings gives professional grade photos.but the efficiency of any camera app depends on the smartphone one is using,and the settings.just experiment yourself by using different camera apps and choose the one you are satisfied with.

  • Olga Jun 9, 2016 Link to comment

    Facey Camera is one of the best Android camera applications I’ve ever tried. Very cool features for the capturing and amazing photo editor.

    This app has unique feature of taking pictures when face(s) are detected. So, You don’t have to worry that someone will be left out of focus even if You capture with back camera.

    Also it has an awesome photo editor that has lot of different filters and tools for tuning of the photo.

  • Denys Zaiats May 17, 2016 Link to comment

    I'll recommend to try Facey Camera

    This app has unique features that don't have other apps. Also cool photo editor.

  • Alex Apr 23, 2016 Link to comment

    My personal choices from the listed Apps are VSCO cam and 360 ultimate had used them many a times they are nice and got cool filters and additional features and stuff and they are great for Photography.

    • Georgian Stanescu Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

      I've recently started using VSCO, its not bad. I'd have to keep testing it thou. LIke for e.g if I want to take a selfie, it don't provide a Timer, whereas with the back it does. stuff like that

  • lianne john Apr 22, 2016 Link to comment

    Good list!

  • Parvind Chahal Apr 22, 2016 Link to comment

    you cam perfect should be on first place.......#scott give a try to it

  • Albert Albert Apr 10, 2016 Link to comment

    how about Camera FV-5?????

  • The1Metallian Mar 29, 2016 Link to comment

    So far I tried Open Camera and A Better Camera. They SUCK at indoor pictures compared to the stock app of my Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I'm not trying any other.

    The only problem is the amount of time it takes for the Gallery app to open from the camera app. It's terrible. And there is no way to change which app opens pictures from the camera app. That's why I'm trying to find a replacement for the camera app, but not at the expense of picture quality.

  • Ajay Mishra Feb 20, 2016 Link to comment

    All camera apps capture still pictures for us. We are all dynamic individuals. But we have to unnaturally be still in front our camera apps to work. Sometimes it's really get weird when you try to keep the smile on your face while someone press click on the phone. Forget about pictures of you in the moment, jumping around being yourself.

    Kick2Click, a modern camera app, changes that as It captures you in action. Download the app for free from Google Play Store and share your cool pictures with your friends and family!!

  • John Shimpach Feb 18, 2016 Link to comment

    I have an LG V10 which. I love but I like the Manual Camera app a lot too. It loads and when I open it after the download..... It opens and then closes. Had to uninstall. Sucks

  • Albin Foro Feb 17, 2016 Link to comment

    Camera FV-5 is a very good manual settings app, that will handle RAW and other latest Android features but is also small, fast and works very well with older Android versions. The one disadvantage is its video app is a separate install. I don't personally like mooshing filters, etc. into the "camera" controls per se, but recently found and switched to Aviary for on-device edits after trying many others.

  • Parvind Chahal Feb 17, 2016 Link to comment

    apps can only give features.......apps also depends on how good ur phone camera is...

  • Tobias Zetterlund Jan 28, 2016 Link to comment

    Anyone else tried "Shoot - Manual Camera with RAW"?
    Paid app, but works really well on my Nexus 6.

  • Pedro Lucas Nov 26, 2015 Link to comment

    OMG, Scott, you're so beautiful, you don't need any photo editing!!

  • Utpal Bora Nov 18, 2015 Link to comment

    m using DSLR camera and cymera both are nice..

  • Garett R Nov 16, 2015 Link to comment

    I am super confused. The pictures in this article show manual controls on Camera 360 Ultimate. I am using Android 5.0 and I can not find any such options on that app to bring up those controls. Any help?

    • Feemy82 Mar 25, 2016 Link to comment

      I noticed this too. That app has childish menus, nothing of the sort shown in the picture.

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  • Aswin Oct 15, 2015 Link to comment

    VSCO for fast instagramming, otherwise Snapseed by far the most precise photo editing app.

  • Mary Babsizarly Oct 15, 2015 Link to comment

    VSCO Cam is really very good app if you want to click good pictures with editing. It's on android and iOS both platform. Now a days Android app development India services are blooming globally. So people come to build apps that are innovative as well as scalable in the market. There are so many camera apps on Google Play Store but only few apps are attracting audience because it is giving that quality & functionality and user friendliness. If you want to develop an app like VASCO Cam which is scalable in the market then visit !

  • Achdya Kusumah Oct 15, 2015 Link to comment

    I like cyanogen camera. Lot of features and easy to used

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    Deactivated Account Oct 13, 2015 Link to comment

    Pixlr is very cool....

  • Syed Asif Shah Sep 13, 2015 Link to comment

    my sell is samsung glaxy j1 how is camra whom make a best resul oe pics

  • Pulkit Sethi Aug 3, 2015 Link to comment apps/details? This app has lot of effects and is free

  • Ruby Katana Aug 3, 2015 Link to comment

    mx camera is great and powerful app

  • Valenoxis Jenisis Aug 1, 2015 Link to comment

    The last image is of Aviary not Pixlr. Get it right. So called Professionalism. ^Dissapointed

  • Brian Olmstead Jul 31, 2015 Link to comment

    Manual Camera for me and for true black and white Lenka camera is great.

  • Pomacat Jul 31, 2015 Link to comment

    Open Camera works good for me

  • Timothy Cremeans Jul 31, 2015 Link to comment

    Of all the camera apps, I really like VSCO Cam and Camera 360! These two apps are just amazing and owns the editing features that could your turn simple photo into the best.

  • Dharma Arif Jun 9, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm using Open Camera

  • jhonero May 15, 2015 Link to comment

    This new amazing application camera with 6 camera lens I like this

  • Georgian Stanescu Apr 13, 2015 Link to comment

    I tried Android's Stock Camera simply called Camera. I enjoyed it, no problems with it. The settings were a bit hard to understand thou. SO I switched to Google Camera. I enjoy its SIMPLE interface. However the Error "Cannot connect to camera", really infuriates me. So I just end the Process and I'm ok. Its a bit slow in terms of taking a pic at times. So I have been thinking of Camera360 which I had previously, but never got the chance to download onto my Note 3.

  • glen lebarr Jan 21, 2015 Link to comment

    tried many, but use Cymera the most

  • Asad Ali Jan 21, 2015 Link to comment

    I am using better camera & Camu... Both are great

  • Edward Netherton Jan 21, 2015 Link to comment

    Instagram is the best and is still continuing to upgrade its features. It also improves your photography and creativity skills.

    • Tanya Aggarwal Oct 14, 2015 Link to comment

      Yes, Instagram allows dozens of funny effects and filters. M loving this app.

  • Lee Jan 20, 2015 Link to comment

    It's gotta be the DSLR Camera app for me, i don't know why that's not listed but keeping it simple there's nothing wrong with the stock camera on the S5 & Note 4. Say cheese 😊📷

  • Ralf Hase Jan 14, 2015 Link to comment

    how about: camera mx ?

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  • Can C. Aug 3, 2014 Link to comment

    vignette and of course VSCO

  • Sean Stockemer Aug 3, 2014 Link to comment

    I finally got Google camera...Sweet

  • Amat Mulisha Aug 2, 2014 Link to comment

    Snap camera, focal beta and pro capture also the best so far.

    • Scott Adam Gordon Aug 4, 2014 Link to comment

      YES! I wanted to include focal beta because I tested it and thought it was great! But a few weird things happened when I was using it (just bugs I presume), so I didn't want to recommend it as one of the best Android camera apps while in its current form.

      I've already written about it so I'll probably update this article when it comes out of beta.

  • Donald Anderson Aug 2, 2014 Link to comment

    Vignette is my goto camera. I use the purchased version to get rid of ads but it was not expensive. I like that it gives the option for saving very high resolution pictures.

  • Raindance Rob Aug 2, 2014 Link to comment

    Camera FV-5 is my camera app of choice, it has loads of settings & the results are great

    • Tanya Aggarwal Oct 14, 2015 Link to comment

      BeautyPlus 4.2.0 is also a photo editing app with a lot of effects to enhance the photos.

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