The 12 best Android camera apps around
Replace your smartphone’s stock camera app and do more with your photos.
Urbian’s Retro Camera is a favorite, but Pudding Camera is seeing more use these days.
(Credit: Screenshot by Joshua Goldman/CNET)
As the de facto point-and-shoot camera reviewer for CNET, I spend a lot of time living in the world of automatic snapshots and easy post-shoot editing. While I can tell you several ways a separate point-and-shoot is better than a smartphone camera (and not just in picture quality), I’d be a lying liar if I said I never use my smartphone’s camera when I’m shooting.
I’m regularly hunting for new apps that will allow me to do more and work efficiently. For a long time, though, it seemed like there was a complete lack of decent camera apps for Android. I remember trying to pull together a list of apps I liked about this time last year and I could barely come up with five. That’s not the case anymore.
These are the dozen camera apps that I use most frequently, which I guess makes them my favorites. I have others that I use for various things (which I’ve mentioned in with my other picks below), but I keep coming back to these.
The links will take you to these apps’ pages on CNET’s Download.com, where many of them have full reviews from Associate Editor Jaymar Cabebe. If I missed one of your favorites — whether it’s for editing, shooting, both, or neither — please let me know in the comments.