Smartphone photography is quite a huge deal nowadays. Thanks to smartphone photography, more and more people are venturing into amateur photography while some iPhone owners are making a living by capturing photos with their cameras. Most of the time stock cameras can be relied on to give you the most in terms of exclusive camera features available on that phone with the likes of Samsung’s own Drama Shot and HTC Zoe. But occasionally you want something a bit different or unique or even added camera features that the stock camera app won’t offer. Here is when you really consider a third-party camera app for you Android phone, but which are some of the best?

Camera360 Ultimate

Camera360 Ultimate is one of the best and the most popular camera apps among Android users. As long as the camera app has existed, it has continued to be the perfect camera app alternative for many. This is not really suprising, because Camera360 Ultimate is bundled with a ton of diverse features. Its developers have consistently updated it to bring additional settings to improve the camera experience. As expected it comes with all the standard functionalities as well as a variety of effects and filters.

Cymera

Cymera is one of those Android camera apps that has gradually been gaining popularity over the years. Cymera is ranked is one of the most beloved camera apps with over 200 million downloads to date. The app also happens to have really high ratings on the Play Store market. What makes Cymera different from the other apps on the list, is the fact it is more focused on capturing a specific type of photo. This app is primarily used for capturing people’s faces. It provides the basic features, effects, filters and other photo editing goodies. There are also filters and other range of features, set aside for times when a smile is caught on a picture.

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Google Camera

Google Camera is a camera app developed by Google. Its interface is clean and simple that incorporates a couple of manual settings like white balance and filters. Its claim to fame came as result of its unique features such as Photo Sphere, Lens Blur, Panorama modes among other impressive features. Though it is highly rated, it has been seen to feature different issues on a variety of devices with a number of users encountering frequent crashes. Based on its excellent results, the camera app is still worth a try.

Camera MX

Compared to most apps featured on the list, the Camera MX is pretty standard but when compared to the rest of the camera apps in the Play Store, it is actually quite pleasant to use. Though, it doesn’t exactly offer the feature package that a professional may be in need of, it is more than adequate for folks that simply enjoying taking and sharing photos on Instagram or Google+.

GIF Camera

Honestly, without GIFs and the hilarity that comes with them, the internet just wouldn’t be as fun. The GIF Camera app is designed to allow users to be as creative in creating their own GIFs. This camera app makes it easy because all you have to do is choose the subject you want to shoot and make a GIF of. Then capture it and by default the app transforms it into one. Manual adjustments can be made to the frame rates then they can be saved for sharing. Furthermore, a kind of collage can be created with pictures already captured and in turn create GIFs.

Manual Camera

Manual Camera is an ideal camera app for professional photographers who still need to use the smartphones to capture images. This dynamic app offers feature option that won’t be found on any other app. This will include things such as a shutter speed, white balance, focus, exposure compensation, all of which give you the ability to control the details in your photos.

Additionally, it allows saving of images in RAW format. However, the app is currently only compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop updated devices.

What is your favorite Android camera app? Let us know in the comments.

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