Smartphones have become immensely advanced, giving any owner access to photography skills at the tip of their fingers. With high definition quality and a variety of features, photo apps have become a common tool for any Android owner. But with the endless amount of apps in the market, it may be difficult to choose which is right for you. The following is a list of the most popular photo apps on the Android Market, each with their own unique qualities and characteristics.
Pudding Camera is classified as a “toy camera” app, which mimics the feel and look of old toy plastic cameras. It features different modes and lens setting, including Triplex camera function. Though made by a Korean developer, pudding camera has recently released an English version of the app.
Pros: Free with no ads, great functionality, simple UI interface.
Cons: Limited features
Unfortunately, Android does not have Hipstamatic, a popular photo app for the iPhone. However, Retro Camera is a worthwhile alternative, with vintage camera lenses and retro settings. While Retro Camera offers a free version, users can also pay 2.99 for a “plus” version with more features.
Pros: Free, simple interface, sharing capabilities.
Cons: Many similar apps in the Market.
This camera app allows you to take pictures with a variety of effects, such as Fisheye, ToyCam, and Polandroid. While the features give users the ability to take control over minute details, this takes away from the ability to take rapid pictures. Regardless ,this is a popular photo app with a variety of features.
Pros: Free, features a multitude of choices.
Cons: Has ads, relatively simple filters and tools.
One of the main characteristics of Vigette is its framing options, giving pictures a classic or retro feel. In addition, pictures can be taken and applied with a number of effects, such as Portia for smooth skin tones or Velvia for nature photography.
Pros: Framing features, simple user interface.
Cons: Small resolution output, free demo version, paid version costs $3.99.
Lightbox can enhance photos and apply over a dozen different effects on them, ranging from retro, fisheye to HD effects. In addition to camera functionality, LightBox also feature a cloud storage and sharable photo gallery, making it one of the most comprehensive photo apps available.
Pros: Free, immense sharing capabilities,
Cons: Need to create an account to use Lightbox.
With Little Photo, users can take raw pictures and apply an endless amount of effects to them, allowing for countless variations. While currently free, developers of Little Photo have also release a plugin at an additional cost, allowing users to play with brightness, exposure and saturation.
Pros: Simple interface, over 70 effects and tools.
Cons: Need to pay for additional features.
Another popular alterative to Instagram and Hipstamatic, Pixlr-o-matic is tied into Pixlr, an online photo editing software. Pixlr-o-matic allows users to take photos and apply a number of effects on them. Users can customize photos based on film look, lighting, and frame.
Pros: Free, fun to use.
Cons: Relatively large file size (over 10 MB)
A fun photo-editing tool, PicSay offers a quirky feature that allows users to edit photos with speech balloons, stickers and titles.
Pros: Unique features, simple interface.
Cons: Free, but “pro” version costs $3.99.
PicPlz is another favorite Instagram alternative, with a wealth of features that take pictures with the same look and feel. In addition, PicPlz users are granted immense sharing functionality with the ability to post photos on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media sites.
Pros: Free, wide range of features and sharing capabilities
Cons: May get frustrated by navigating through filters and menus.
Camera360 is one of the oldest apps available in the Market, with a wealth of features including Image Stabilization, Tilt and Color-Shift. The recent V3.0 release adds additional features, such as photo management, photo processing and new UI.
Pros: Free, comprehensive app with various features and effects.
Cons: Recent version update may be buggy for new users.
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