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Best Android camera apps: camera replacement (2014 edition)

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Best Android camera apps: camera replacement (2014 edition)
Having a smartphone in your pocket is empowering. But with a capable camera, it is inspiring - you can take really great shots in most conditions. However, even with the option-rich Android, every smartphone comes with a different stock camera app and while some are extremely capable and easy to use, others are the opposite - a maze of menus that often don’t provide the manual controls you might be looking for. And the problem with that is that the more you get into photography, the more you want - more settings, more effects, more tweaks.

HTC's One M8 comes with a rich and intuitive camera interface

HTC's One M8 comes with a rich and intuitive camera interface

Luckily, there is a bunch of application on the Google Play store to help you take your photos to the next level. Even if your phone has a great camera app (we’re particularly fond of the HTC One M8’s rich and intuitive camera interface), we encourage you to try some of these apps below that will still offer new settings and options.

We've picked out only the very best Android photography apps so far in 2014 right below, but feel free to also share your favorites in the comments section.

Note: This selection of the best Android camera apps so far in 2014 will work in its full capacity on flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, HTC One, LG G3, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z2, Motorola Moto X, etc. More affordable devices like the Moto G might miss some options.

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posted on 25 Mar 2013, 10:54 4

1. Necromancer (Posts: 10; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


I've used Camera FX and Camera FV-5 and I must say that the former is my primary camera app while the latter is a good alternative if you want to experiment

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:15

2. boosook (Posts: 929; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Where's Vignette? It's one of the best (if not THE best) IMO. The interface may be not be all bells and whistles like other apps, but the effects and the features are all there, with some unique features.
To compile this list, seems that they just spent 5 minutes on Google Play after having searched for "camera app"...

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 07:58 1

8. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 37; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Vignette is on the list.. No.7

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:21

3. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Pudding Camera is what I was using for a while because it seemed to take crisper pictures than my default camera. Recently started using the free version of Pro Capture, though, and may end up buying the full version. Love the reduced-noise option, and it comes with a panorama setting that works super well.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:29 8

4. ebubekir26 (Posts: 310; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


stock is better

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:38 5

5. rizevnarastek (Posts: 328; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Stock HTC camera app is the best in every regard ;)

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 13:58 5

6. ebubekir26 (Posts: 310; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


HTC ? yes but not only HTC, stock camera app is better on every android device

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 11:04 3

7. refillable (Posts: 591; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


As a photographer, one will only keep android's stock camera app and a paid version of Camera FV-5 to each give easy capture and manual settings.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 08:48

9. bestmvno (Posts: 123; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Google Camera needs to add manual white balance, and manual iso settings. Fancy filters are all fun and nice, but those other controls are far more important.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 09:13

10. deni777 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Jun 2014)


ProCapture is my choise :D

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 11:04

11. Damo579 (Posts: 158; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I'm surprised that hipstamatic isn't available for android. I love using it on my 1020.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:06

12. p51d007 (Posts: 36; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


Camera FV-5 here, I like the ability to customize my settings, like I do on my dSLR.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 03:45

13. clarkjeferson (Posts: 49; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)


Needs more Almalence's A Better Camera and Transform Camera

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 05:44

14. rsiders (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Android guys and gals help me out. I'm really considering switching to Android from Windows Phone if certain conditions are not met by this winter. Is there any Android app that will give me access to the camera's shutter speed on any Android smartphone besides the HTC One?(it already has that function built into the settings) I have the Lumia 1020 so I'm not going to switch for the One as much as I love the phone and I still want to be able to take control over my photography.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 00:41

15. clarkjeferson (Posts: 49; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)


A Better Camera by Almalence has ISO Shutter speed control.

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 08:15

16. rsiders (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Thanks clarkjeferson. I'll give it a shot on my wife's Galaxy S5.

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