If you have been taking your smartphone photography more seriously than before, then obviously you need to ditch that selfie centric camera app that takes photos with filters and get an app that gives you more control over your phone hardware. Here are a few apps that serious photographers, as well as novices need to have to step up their smartphone photography game on Android,
Open Camera on Android is simply one of the best camera apps for serious photographers. It is one of the most feature filled app. More importantly, it is ad-free. The problem with most Android camera apps is that they are freemium. But open camera is totally free and offers full control on your camera hardware.
It also includes a timer, support for some external microphones, HDR, exposure bracketing, and more. It’s also a great option for both photographers and videographers. In terms of UI, Open Camera may seem a little crude, but for serious photographers, this is the first app they need to get.
Motion Stills is a spin off of Apple’s Live photos that allows you to take 3 second mini clips. These can be used in a really creative manner if you are planning to shoot multiple clips and compile your vacation video or of the hike you went too.
Motion stills is an easy way to get into capturing videos without making them boring. The good thing is that you can take these videos, edit them on Premiere Pro and make an awesome video without much hard work.
CameraMX is an all in one camera app that is not aimed at serious photographers though. However, it is a good starting point for those who are trying to get into smartphone photography and needs something easy to work with.
CameraMX is a premium app, but also has a free version. It comes with a built-in photo editor, it can shoot photos, videos, or even make GIF files. It’s a great starting point for those who want to get acquainted with the basics.
Microsoft’s Hyperlapse is a great way to make stabilized hyperlapses. The app is simple enough. You can shoot right from the app or import videos to make hyperlapses from it.
One of the biggest strengths of this app is the built in stabilization that simply works great out of the box. You can make stunning timelapses of landscapes or make a hyperlapse of biking or skiing without any prior advanced knowledge of shooting videos.
Lightroom is an editing and camera app combined. On PCs, Adobe Lightroom is the preferred editing program for pros. However, on phone, Lightroom can be used to shoot RAW photos that can be edited in Lightroom on phone itself.
The RAW photos allow a much higher degree of control on color and tones. You can edit those photos a lot more, even though the photos may look bland and grainy right out of the app.
Stock Camera App
The stock camera app is built to work with your phone’s hardware. So, if you phone has special hardware, such as dual camera setups, front camera flash, or special focusing mechanisms, then the stock camera app will perform better than any other camera app.
Generally, the stock app provides the best image quality. However, if the stock camera app does not offer much manual control, then you can have a look at the others mentioned above