Despite more and more manufacturers making complete camera applications full of possibilities, it’s always good to know about third-party camera apps Since, in some cases, we can gain in extra functions compared to what the manufacturer offers, and even in the interface.
So let’s review the best camera apps for Android, all of them free and compatible with the majority of current phones, regardless of the number of cameras they have.
Gcam, the Google Pixel camera
Although it is not in the Play Store, it is mandatory to talk about the Gcam if we talk about third-party cameras. This camera is a port of the Google Pixel camera. In other words: you will have the same Google processing on your phone. The only requirement is that you have a mobile phone with a Qualcomm processor and that it is compatible. To make your work easier, we have a guide in which we explain how to know if your mobile is compatible with the Gcam, so we encourage you to take a look.
In addition, the Google camera is downloaded from a secure repository, so there is no security problem, even if it is outside the Google Play Store. It is the best camera app, but if you want options within the app store, we are going to show you the best options.
Open Camera is a very simple app compatible with manual controls (if your mobile supports Camera2 API), HDR, software image stabilization, noise reduction, night mode, histogram, etc. It is surprisingly complete despite how sparse its interface is. It is a camera to complement some functions of the stock camera in case you do not have them or want a simpler app.
Footej Camera has accompanied the server in years when manufacturers were not known for making great camera applications. Its interface is neat, but minimalist, it has support for Camera2 API, allows good control of the focus, shooting in RAW (if the mobile allows it), lighting for selfies, possibility of recording in slow motion, etc. In addition, the app has a very good rate of updates, so it stays up to date.
Manual camera: DSLR
This camera application is not so updated at the interface level, but it allows us shoot with manual controls and control all parameters of photography. In the same way, it allows us to save the photos in RAW format as it is compatible with the Camera2 API. It is a good alternative if we are looking for a manual camera app.
Manual DSLR Camera
This is one of the classic applications on Android, which throughout the updates has been improving more and more (although it was stopped updating a few years ago). Nonetheless, it is still a great camera app as it lets you shoot in RAW format, adjust the exposure time, different focus modes and, an important detail, assigning functions to the telephone buttons themselves.
ProCam X-Lite is a fairly current application that allows us to manually adjust all the parameters of the photograph. In this case we have a fairly current interface and, as a special function, we have an anti vibration mode. This mode is especially useful when the mobile does not have OIS (optical stabilizer).