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Top 10 Best Camera Android Apps – 2021

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Every smartphone these days comes with its own camera application. Samsung includes its own camera on Galaxy smartphones, Google does the same for its smartphones, and so on. If you, however, don’t like the camera app that comes with your smartphone, you can change it. There are quite a few compelling camera apps available in the Google Play Store, and in this article, we’ll list some of the best ones. Below, you’ll find 10 camera apps from the Play Store that we find quite compelling.

Do note that the default camera app that comes with your phone is well-adapted for that device. So, chances are it will pull the best performance out of the camera hardware. That does not necessarily have to be the case, though, as a third-party camera app can boost camera performance above what the default camera app offers. That’s why it may not be a bad idea for you to try out some of these apps. Below, you’ll find more information about each listed app, including a description, price, required Android version, some screenshots, and so on.

Top 10 Best Camera Android Apps 2021

Below is a quick overview of the top 10 best camera Android apps for 2021, including any download and in-app purchase costs.

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Download CostIn-app cost (per item)
Google Camera
ProCam X$4.99
Adobe Photoshop Camera
Camera MX$0.99-$1.99
VSCO$0.99-$29.99
Open Camera
Candy Camera
Pixtica$1.25-$5.99
Cymera$0.99-$3.49
Camera ZOOM FX Premium$3.99

Top 10 Best Camera Android Apps 2021 Downloads

Below is a little more information on each app, a suggestion for the type of user the app is best suited to, and a direct link for easy downloading.

All download links go to the app’s Google Play Store listing. Users are always recommended to download apps from Google Play or an authorized app store.

Best Camera Android App For Most Users

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Google Camera

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: Varies with device

Google has listed its very own Camera app on the Play Store. Do note that this camera can be used only on some devices, many of them will be incompatible. This camera app looks great and everything, but it’s not the main reason we’ve mentioned Google Camera here. The main reason we listed it is because of the modded version of this camera that are available for some devices.

Modders essentially took the camera software from Pixel devices, and adapted it for other phones. Those modded versions of Google Camera will give your smartphone photography a considerable boost, especially if you don’t own a smartphone with a top-of-the-line camera. Google’s image processing is great. If you’d like to know more about it, and perhaps download it to your phone, click here. If not, try the version available from the Play Store, listed below.

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Android Camera App With The Best Layout

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ProCam X

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 5.0+

ProCam X is an app that probably has the best camera layout that we’ve seen. This layout can switch from a really simple one, to a manual mode with tons of switches and options that are easily accessible. You’ll be able to access focus modes, exposure compensation, white balance controls, and much more. You can also easily activate video functions, such as slow motion or timelapse options.

This camera app offers tons of features, some of which are only supported on devices with camera2api enabled. Those features are manual ISO, manual focus, and manual shutter speed. Other features are enabled on all phones, basically. Features such as exposure lock, white balance control, intervalometer, burst shooting mode, geotagging, antishake, real-time filter / color effects, and more. Do note that this app is not free, though.

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Android Camera App With Best Filters & Effects

Adobe Photoshop Camera app grid

Adobe Photoshop Camera

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: Varies with device

Adobe launched its Photoshop Camera a while back, and it’s actually quite a compelling piece of software. It became even better with time, and it now offers tons of excellent filters and effects that you can use for your photos. Yes, this app acts as both a camera and image editing software at the same time. Don’t think of it as a simple image editing software that allows for filters, as it’s much more than that.

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Over 100 aesthetic lens effects and filters are available in this app. Filters such as Portrait, Bloom, Pop Art, Spectrum, Aesync, Food, Scenery, and many more are available. Real-time photoshop effects are also included in the package, which are backed by Adobe’s AI. The same goes for auto-tone photo effects. This app’s UI is also really well-executed, and the app really is a joy to use.

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Best Camera Android App For Making GIFs

Camera MX

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: Varies with device

Camera MX is a third-party camera app that has been available for a long time. This is a very solid alternative for your default camera app, and it does shine in some aspects. This is probably the very best camera app for making GIFs, or at least one of the best ones. It has an excellent GIF maker built-in. It’s much more than that, though, as it offers tons of options to choose from.

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This app supports all resolutions and ratios your default camera app does. You can enable grid lines in this app, while you can also mess around with exposure values. Disabling a shutter sound is also an option, as are tons of other basic features you’d expect. This camera app does come with more advanced options as well, ones that you’d find in manual modes on some cameras. All in all, it’s worth trying out.

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Android Camera App With The Best Photo Editor

VSCO

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 6.0+

VSCO is a third-party camera app that has one of the best photo editors built-in. Do note that as a camera app, this one is rather simple. The real magic lies in the photo editor side of things VSCO has been the go-to image editor for many people over the years, for a good reason. This app delivers tons of filters, effects, and settings for image editing, more than most other editors out there.

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The thing is, VSCO is also a video editor, on top of everything. It is also one of the most advanced video editors you’ll find on Android, that’s for sure. Most of the features available for the photo side of things are available for videos as well. Do note that most of its great features are not free, though. To access its best feature you’ll need to part with $19.99 a year, but if you do need something like that for work or something, paying that price probably won’t be an issue.

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Best Camera Android App For Advanced Features

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Open Camera

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 4.0.3+

Open Camera is one of the most feature-packed apps on this list. If you need every single advanced feature, well, this is as close as it gets. The app’s UI is not the most modern, but it certainly does the job, and it’s easy to use despite the bevy of features. This camera app allows you to shoot in RAW mode, in case you need such images for editing purposes. The app also comes with its own night mode, for low-light scenes.

You get full control of exposure with this app, and the same goes for white balance, ISO, and various other controls. Various scene modes are available, while the app will also provide you access to handy remote controls, such as a timer, and auto-repeat mode. You can configure your phone’s volume keys to activate certain features in the app, while the app allows you to shoot slow motion videos. We’ve 0nly scratched the surface here, there are tons of options here.

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Best Camera Android App For Selfies

Candy Camera

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 4.1+

Candy Camera is one of the best selfie cameras on the market. The app comes with a ton of filters for your selfies, and they’re quite diverse, which is a good thing. You can simply swipe left and right to go through the available filters, until you find the one that works for you. The app also comes with some editing tools, which act as beautify functions, essentially. Those tools include: slimming, whitening, concealer, lipstick, blush, eyeliner, and mascara.

Candy Camera also comes with a bunch of stickers you can use. On top of that, enables you to take silent selfies, or snapshots. If you want to create a collage out of your selfies, or something like that, such a feature is built-in here as well. You can choose from many grids and styles, which makes this app a powerful grid maker as well. The app’s UI design is really nice, and because of it, the app is easy to use.

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Best Camera Android App For Versatility

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Pixtica

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: Android 5.1+

Pixtica is yet another feature-packed camera app. This app delivers all the advanced controls you’d expect out of a manual camera mode. You can adjust your ISO, shutter speed, focus, exposure, and white balance. It also comes with various shooting modes, such as: panorama, portrait, time-lapse, hyperlapse, slow motion, tiny planet, photobooth, and more. This app also serves as a document scanner, by the way.

On top of everything else, you can create GIFs with Pixtica. There are several capture modes and unique loops that you can use for that purpose. As if that’s not enough, Pixtica comes with a MEME editor, yes, you read it right. You can create your very own memes with this app, and it comes with a large selection of high-quality stickers that you can use for that purpose. This is one of the most versatile camera apps in the Play Store.

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Android Camera App With The Best ‘Beauty’ Mode

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Cymera

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 4.1+

Cymera is not trying to fit every single feature in one app, it puts more focus on well-known features that are easy to use. This app is mainly focused on selfies, and can really boost them if you give it a try. The app comes with an excellent UI that you’ll probably enjoy using. This camera comes with real-time selfie filters, and a crop tool for YouTube thumbnail, Instagram, and Facebook cover.

It delivers a DSLR blur effect, while you’ll also find some selfie filters and a beauty makeup tool inside. The app offers a collage maker and poster tool, as well as a face editor. A body editor is also included, in case you opt to edit something other than selfies. The app has a meme editor as well, while it allows you to alter the brightness, contrast, color temperature, and saturation of your images.

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Best Camera Android App For Customization

Camera ZOOM FX Premium

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 4.0+

Camera ZOOM FX Premium is the very best app for customization, there’s no doubt about it. This app has been available in the Play Store for a very, very long time. It essentially allows you to edit everything about it. You can change the UI of the app to fit your needs. That’s not all, though. You can also customize your hardware buttons to have certain functions, while creating gestures is also an option.

On top of that, the app has a ton of camera options, it’s a full-fledged advanced camera for your smartphone. It would take us an age to list all the features, but you can check them out in the Play Store. You’ll get all the basic and advanced camera features, in addition to a collage maker. One thing to note, though, is that this application is not free. You’ll need to part with $3.99 to get it, but it’s well worth it.

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