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10 Photography Apps for Android

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I'll be the first to admit we owe Android a little love here on Giveaway Tuesdays. We've had a couple challenges that were iOS-specific, but this week's challenge is open to everybody. Whether you're new to taking photos on your Android device, or you're tired of seeing predominantly iOS photography app guides out there, here are 10 Android-specific photography apps for you to peruse and choose from.

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1. FxCamera

FxCamera is a basic, free app with the following available filters: ToyCam, Polandroid, Fisheye, SymmetriCam, Warhol and Normal. Check out the flickr group here.

10 Photography Apps for Android

Cost: Free

2. Vignette

A favorite among Android users, Vignette currently offers 84 effects and 59 frames. Play with artistic aging, light flares, Polaroid/instant camera styles, cross-process, tilt-shift, photobooth, double exposure and more. Highly recommended. Check out the flickr group here.

10 Photography Apps for Android

Cost: $4.07 (Free demo version available here)

3. AndroPan

AndroPan allows Android users to take and view panoramic pictures. The app takes a series of photos and stitches them into one large panoramic scene. See sample composites in the app's Facebook album; YouTube screencast here (in French).

10 Photography Apps for Android

Cost: (Appears to be) free

4. Retro Camera

Don't let those Instagrammers tell you you can't do what they do—Meet Retro Camera, the Hipstamatic/Instagram copycat. Take old-school pics utilizing the following features: 5 cameras, 5 sets of vintage vignetting, film scratch, black and white & cross processing effects.

10 Photography Apps for Android

Cost: Free (Retro Camera Plus available for $2.99)

5. Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express is a must-have classic—edit and share photos on-the-go by simply accessing your Photoshop.com account. Crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects.

10 Photography Apps for Android

Cost: Free

6. Photo Tools

Photo Tools is geared toward "professionals and ambitious amateurs". The features are indeed complex, offering tools such as the field of view calculator, minimal shutter-speed calculator, exposure reciprocation calculator, light meter and many more.

10 Photography Apps for Android

Cost: Free

7. PHOforPHO

PHOforPHO is geared toward serious photographers as well. Also free, the tool set is comparable to the features offered by Photo Tools.

10 Photography Apps for Android

Cost: Free

8. PicSay

Like Adobe Photoshop Express, PicSay offers easy photo editing features on-the-go. Color correct, add word balloons, titles, graphics, effects and more. 

10 Photography Apps for Android

Cost: Free

9. Camera360

Camera360 is a robust app that offers a variety of both standard and whimsical features. Composite yourself into a movie poster, an art painting, or an advertisement—or take advantage of LOMO and HRDR settings, tilt-shift and more.

10 Photography Apps for Android

Cost: Free or Ultimate ($3.99)

10.Camera Zoom FX

Camera ZOOM FX is highly reviewed, and claims to be the most powerful of the Android photography apps. It offers over 90 effects, 6x digital zoom, flash, voice activation, a variety of shooting modes, and more. Check out their flickr group here.

10 Photography Apps for Android

Cost: $4.88

What did we leave out? Comment below.

Camera artwork by Sean Tubidry

8 Comments

My sister uses picsay a lot. She texts me all these stupid pictures with it. It must be fast and easy to use because she can barely use a computer or tech gadgets.

PicSay Pro is cool! But it is for editing pictures after they've been taken. Most of the others apply effects real time via the camera. The author seems to have missed out "LittlePhoto" which is better than some of the apps mentioned with plenty of effects (more than 100 I guess).

I use Picsay Pro a lot, but also Picsin and Snaptastic.
Photaf is great for 360 degree panorama, it store your compass data in your panorama photo.
Cam3D to shot picture (twice) to create stereoscopic 3d picture.
With Photo2Phone you can make cartoon picture from your photo.
Mytubo is almost like Instagram, square form factor - photo sharing app.
Paper camera and Camera Illusion are great too for realtime photo effect.

My daughter uses Photo2Photo a lot, she has a lot of fun with it. Personally I prefer Picisin. Easy to use and perfect for my needs.
There are a few apps on the list that are new to me, so I have some more testing to do.

I actually haven't downloaded many photography apps for my phone, but this looks like a great place to start. I'm definitely going to have to get Adobe Photoshop Express, FXCamera, and Camera360. What can I say, I like free apps.

Nice list! I wrote another Photography App - it's called FourShot. It hasn't the quality of the here mentioned Apps yet, but I'm working on it. It simulates a Photo Booth, shoots 4 pictures in a row and merges them on a photo strip. Maybe you want to check it out.

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