The best camera apps for Android

What are currently the best camera apps for Android? The selection is large, for each type of user is something. We offer you a ...

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What are actually the best camera apps for Android and what makes them better than the traditional apps? We'll introduce you tested camera apps you should try.

Why use an alternative camera app?

Many smartphones are equipped with very good photo apps. But alternative camera apps have new features and setup options. And we will look at these peculiarities in the following examples.

Some of the camera apps presented here require that your smartphone support Android's Camera2 API - which is not true for everyone. The developer of the manual camera has developed a stand-alone app that tests the Camera2 API on your smartphone.

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Open Camera

Open Camera is a free open source camera app. The user interface is simple. In addition to a few general information about how much device memory is still free or the time, you can see the virtual shutter for photos and videos as well as some options on the right edge. Open Camera can show you the angle your smartphone is holding - along with the optional pop-up help lines, you'll get the best perspective.
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Open Camera / © Screenshot: COOLANDROIDTIPS
As an option, you have an exposure controller (Exposure) available. Also useful is the lock symbol for the exposure lock. This helps with backlighting.

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Manual Camera

Manual Camera gives you settings for shutter speed, focus, white balance, or exposure compensation. In addition, this camera app lets you save images in lossless RAW format. When processing the images, you can then access the full sensor information.
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Manual Camera / © Screenshot: COOLANDROIDTIPS
If you really take the photography seriously, but still want to use your smartphone, here has an excellent opportunity. Take the necessary picture settings with a wheel at the bottom right, which gives a certain retro charm. On the left margin, press and hold a set value and the controller is reset to "Auto".

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Camera FV-5

The German camera app Camera FV-5 is considered a pioneer of manual Android photography. Meanwhile, there is a third edition. This adds a few lifestyle elements to the hitherto very raw, user-oriented interface, which is based on SLR cameras.
The app offers some practical additions, such as the recording of exposure series. With them, motifs are recorded in exposure grades you specify, which subsequently enlarge the selection or which can be manually combined into HDR recordings using programs such as Lightroom. Of course, you can also save the photos as RAW data.
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Camera FV-5 / © Screenshot: CoolAndroidTips

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Google Camera

The Google Camera app is clear and easy to learn. If you wipe from the right edge to the center, the menu appears with camera modes and resolution and quality settings. The Google Camera does not offer many options, especially Nexus and Pixel users are looking forward to the excellent HDR + mode, which can impress impressive pictures.
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Google Camera / © Screenshot: COOLANDROIDTIPS
You can take pictures as a panorama and as a photo sphere. The latter is a walk-in spherical panorama, which you can view with the appropriate photos app via the motion sensors - 360-degree cameras are more suitable for such shooting.
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The Google Camera app offers unique panoramic features. / © Google

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Camera Zoom FX

A classic among the camera apps is Camera Zoom FX. The camera app allows you to use prefabricated filters, but also scores as a pure camera app without frills. If desired, it will display guide lines or show you a stabilization indicator. Turns on this option, and you'll see a red circle in the display if you're still messing with the smartphone.
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Camera Zoom FX / © Screenshot: CoolAndroidTips
A small curiosity is the incognito mode: This shows a web page and only in a small window in the upper left the preview of the camera. A tip on the display still takes a photo. There is, of course, a manual mode - but you must first activate the Camera2 API in the settings.

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