Best Android camera apps: camera replacement (2015 edition)

Best Android camera apps: camera replacement (2015 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.

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 2015 right below, but feel free to also share your favorites in the comments section.

Camu

Price: Free
Download on Android

Simplicity: it’s the key to a good camera app, and a sore spot for otherwise rich in functionality Android camera apps. Luckily, Camu is a beautifully simple app with live preview of awesome, adjustable effects, and the best black and white mode we've seen on Android, period. Switching between filters is as simple as swiping sideways, while adjusting the intensity of each filter happens with vertical swipes. You can also make collages, add text, and shoot video with live filters.


Google Camera

Price: Free
Download on Android

Google has released its own Camera app, and if you don’t have it on your phone, it’s simply a must-have. Quick and bringing advanced options like Photo Sphere, and 360-degree Panorama, it is an intuitive and easy-to-use app. It also has the awesome Lens Blur option that allows you to achieve a bokeh-like effect and adjust the focus of an image after you capture it.

Camera Zoom FX

Price: $2.99
Download on Android

Camera Zoom FX is an app that brings a lot of settings in a brilliant user interface that you’d instantly appreciate. Features likes stable shots, timer, time-lapse and burst mode are all on board.

lgCameraPro

Price: Free/$1.99
Download on Android

Just looking at the antiquated interface of the lgCameraPro, you might think that such an app has no place in our selection of modern, and capable Android camera replacement apps. While it's far from modern in terms of looks, it compensates with functionality, dipping deep in Android's camera APIs and allowing you to take a full manual control over video recording quality in particular. All else, you'd find in many other apps, but the most valuable asset of lgCameraPro is the option to select a higher bitrate for video. Most phones nowadays record 1080p at a bitrate of around 17Mbps, but with this app you'd be able to boost that to as much as 100Mbps, more than even some dedicated cameras are capable of.

Camera FV-5

Price: $3.99
Download on Android

Camera FV-5 is a professional camera application for mobile devices, that puts DSLR-like manual controls in your fingertips. Tailored to enthusiast and professional photographers, with this camera application you can capture the best raw photographs so that you can post-process them later and get stunning results. The only limit is your imagination and creativity!

Perfectly Clear

Price: $2.99
Download on Android

Perfectly Clear isn't a creative filter or enhancer. It’s award-winning technology that overcomes the way your camera distorts images. With a single tap, you get 12 automatic corrections that give you professional-looking photos in seconds.

ProCapture

Price: $3.99
Download on Android

ProCapture adds advanced features to the Android camera experience, with multiple advanced camera shooting modes are supported: Timer, Burst, Reduced Noise, Wide Shot and Panorama.

Camera Awesome

Price: $2.99
Download on Android

The acclaimed iPhone is now on Android with its signature ‘Awesomize’ button that applies can apply 100+ artistic effects, crop, rotate, and insta-edit. You also get options like Burst shot, Timer, Interval, Image Stabilization, and Panorama mode.

Vignette

Price: $1.49
Download on Android

Use more than 70 customizable filters and 50 frames in any combination to create many photo effects. Vignette is also a full-featured camera application, featuring digital zoom, time-lapse, self-timer and more.


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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35 Comments

1. Necromancer

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 27, 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

2. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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"...

8. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

Vignette is on the list.. No.7

3. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 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.

4. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

stock is better

5. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

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

6. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

7. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

9. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

10. deni777

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

ProCapture is my choise :D

11. Damo579

Posts: 266; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

12. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

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

13. clarkjeferson

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

Needs more Almalence's A Better Camera and Transform Camera

14. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

15. clarkjeferson

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

A Better Camera by Almalence has ISO Shutter speed control.

16. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

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

17. Baqi1

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Camera FX Live: Please check this camera out. It has some great filters: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nm.camer​afx Spent quite a time developing the filters.

18. loment.madhur

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2014

Try FutureCam on android playstore its free with all options for photographers, with inbuilt editor, Live video effects, voice commands. Still in early stage but is promising. Search for FutureCam as single word.

19. Arte.8800

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

There are no quality $20 to $30 professional app. All standard cheap ones.

20. GeekMovement unregistered

I purchased Camera FX a while back, and I still have it, but I use the stock camera app all the time.

21. AliGee

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 12, 2014

Does anyone know how to unlock the center exposure from the Note 3 or S5. I have tried different apps but they all have the exposure locked and it's a Samsung thing.

22. Victor.H

Posts: 1077; Member since: May 27, 2011

You can change metering when you go into settings and you'll get very different exposure readings. Try switching between matrix, spot, and center-weighted (open the camera and tap on the dots for settings, then look for metering), and see the difference.

23. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I have found a new Android photo editing app for consideration; Photo Mate R2, I understand it is an editing apps not a camera app, but I figured it should be mentioned.

24. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

Please, tell me if you are using LG G3 and Google Nexus 6. Right now I am using HTC One M7. It's one of the best smartphones. But, indoors, in low-light situations, its camera takes photos and records video awfully, there's red-purple tint issue. Its battery is not removable. Its display is not big for internet surfing. I need best cameraphone for photos and videos, indoors and outdoors. I need a phone with large display for internet and watching videos. What about LG G3 and Google Nexus 6? Their cameras for taking photos and recording videos indoors and outdoors? Are their flash light during camera working, video ilght? If they are good phones, I will buy one of them instead of HTC One M7. Please, tell me. Thank you beforehand.

25. avedheshvyas

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

Hey uzbek mobile man. I have been using Lg 3 for last 4 month. I am satisfy with his performance. Camera is good with laser focus and gesture shot in selfie but you can not on flash continously while taking foto. For this problem I found an amazing camera app name future

26. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

If I'm in a hurry, default google app. If I have time, I use camera FV-5, which mimics my dSLR quite nice.

27. avedheshvyas

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

Future Cam app having all the setting at one touch. One attractive feature is flash torch. Now flash will on co tinouy so that u can judge the right light in picture. Also ev ratio and all effects at one touch. Take a look at "FutureCam" dwld it from play store

28. XLDroid

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

I would recommend Camera MX. It offers a lot for free and has great image quality. I use them for a while and I am very satisfied with it. It has become my favorite camera and replaced my stock one.

34. androboit

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I totally agree, I love this app Free and great features!

29. jedics

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

So your telling us about the best camera app replacement but no info what so ever to compare quality to the original app? makes this page a bit of a waste of space,

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