12 Smartphone Camera Apps You Should Try

Does your smartphone camera offers DSLR manual controls, RAW capture support, voice-activated command, or the ability to take awesome selfies? Probably not. However, you can get all of this and many more cool features by using third-party camera apps.

There are many third-party camera apps that’ll supercharge your smartphone camera. In this post, I’m going to introduce you 12 really good smartphone camera apps that are the perfect replacement for the default smartphone camera app.

Camera ZOOM FX

Platform: Android

Probably the most feature-filled camera app, Camera ZOOM FX has some really cool advanced options and customization capabilities. It has RAW capture support, DSLR controls, amazing burst mode (30 shots/sec), voice-activated mode, tilt-control, HDR mode and much more.

Apart from the addition of some new features, it has a very customizable interface, including the ability to combine different modes, built-in photo stabilizer, selfie flash and much more.

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BestMe Selfie Camera

A must-have app for any selfie enthusiast, BestMe Selfie Camera has over a hundred filters and stickers that can be applied in real-time as you take the selfie.

You can create grid photos, real-time collages, add a smart blur effect, use the smart timer, vignette and more. The app also makes it very easy to share your selfie on popular social networking sites.


Mega ZOOM Camera

Platform: Android

With Mega ZOOM Camera, you can access the maximum possible zoom level of your phone’s hardware. And if the hardware allows, it can even offer up to 80x zoom.

Of course, the maximum zoom doesn’t give you the best picture quality, but it can be great for using as binoculars or even taking a picture of something far when quality doesn’t matter.

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Cymera: Photo & Beauty Editor

Platform: Android | iOS

Cymera is a powerful beauty editing app that offers hundreds of ways to beautify your photos. You can use its camera to take photos and apply filters and stickers in real-time. It has hundreds of filters, stickers, beauty enhancers and more. You can individually retouch body parts to make your photos perfect.


Camera FV-5

Platform: Android

Camera FV-5 is catered for advanced users who want total control over your snaps. It lets you take RAW photos, manually control ISO/focus/white balance/exposure, control shutter speed, choose multiple focus types and more.

I also really like its long exposure feature that lets you take beautiful photos at night or in areas with low-light problems.

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Platform: Android | iOS

Another app that focuses on photo editing and beauty tools, but Camera360 has some handy animation features and a big community that makes it worth a visit. It lets you apply animated effects to your photos and makes them cool short videos. It has an interesting community interaction feature that lets you share and discover photos/videos with like-minded people.

Like other similar apps, it has reliable beauty tools, including multiple automatic beauty modes, filters, separate body parts editing tools and manual effect manager tools.


Paper Camera

Platform: Android

Paper Camera offers you to apply complex effects to your camera so you can take amazing photos in real-time.

You will be able to see the world in the cartoon, sketch, neon, comic book and many other effects using Paper Camera. It’s still a basic effect adding app, but due to its real-time effect implication; it opens up a whole new world of opportunities.

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Footej Camera

Platform: Android

A camera app with some handy features, Footej Camera lets you create animated GIFs, record slow motion videos, manually adjust focus and exposure, control shutter speed, take RAW photos and see photo histogram. Its interface is quite easy and its customizable burst intervals may attract you as well.

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Cameringo+ Filters Camera

Platform: Android

Another great replacement for your phone’s default camera app, Cameringo+ has over 300 live filters to take vivid photos and a bunch of lenses for extra creativity.

It can create GIFs, take HDR photos, record slow motion videos, let you draw while recording and more. It also has DSLR controls for best customization, and its virtual selfie flash is a fun and handy feature as well.


GIF Camera

Platform: Android

Love GIFS? Say no more. GIF Camera is your ultimate GIF creator that will let you create GIFs of everything you record with your phone. The app breaks down recorded GIFs per frame and lets you take full control over how you want your GIF to look.

It also lets you create GIFs from your still photos with reliable customization options. As a GIF lover, you will surely like its daily dose of fun GIFs from different sources.

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YouCam Perfect

Platform: Android | iOS

YouCam Perfect is another cool selfie camera that offers great features to take that perfect selfie. However, I really liked its multi-face detection and ability to apply the changes to all people in photos.

It has complete body beautifying tools, ability to add makeup, change expressions and create collages with its smart collage creator. Additionally, you can also remove unwanted objects from your picture using its automatic object remover.

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Platform: iOS

Probably the best default camera replacement app for iOS users, ProCamera gives you DSLR-like manual controls with amazing photo and video quality. It can shoot HD and 4k videos with up to 240fps support, and you can capture RAW photos. It also comes with dozens of filters and effects that can be further customized for the best experience.

You may also like its vividHDR and LowLight Plus feature that comes as in-app purchase and offer better quality than your device’s built-in camera app.


Let’s snap like a pro

Camera ZOOM FX is definitely the best all-in-one tool for Android users, and similarly, iOS users can try out ProCamera if they are looking for a better camera app than the default one.

Although if you are a selfie enthusiast, then I would recommend you try out BestMe Selfie Camera as it has amazing features without a Price tag. If you know any other cool smartphone camera apps, do share with us in the comments.