The camera in your Android device varies from exceptional to terrible, depending on the model of phone you have, and even the Android version you’re running. There are even some devices with image quality that rivals point-and-shoots. However, this doesn’t mean your photos couldn’t use some enhancement before you share them with your friends and family.
That said, installing a great photo editing app in your Android phone can help you brighten your shots, crop away unnecessary details, fine-tune color, and apply fun special effects. There are literally hundreds of thousands of photo apps out there to help you make the most of your phone camera, whether it’s good or bad. Some will even help you take, edit and share better photos.
From basic one-touch image editing to high-caliber tools that enable finer control, here are 5 of the best photo editing apps for your Android device.
Photo Grid – Collage Maker
Grid collages give you the opportunity to create funny and (oftentimes) outrageous memes. But they can also be used for legitimate, artistic purposes.
Making several photos into a collage can draw a comparison between various photos. Photo Grid, for example, is one of the best apps in the Android market for making this kind of grid collage and is definitely a must-have for photographers and photography lovers. If you want to put filters on your photos, that’s not a problem either, because Photo Grid has more than 20 filters. You can even add text and clip art to your photos!
Are you looking for a sleek and robust photo editing app that has beautiful effects and lots of cool features? Then look no more than VSCO! It has a huge community, with great presets, cool features like viewing before and after photos, and a wide range of filters to choose from.
Many users go as far as saying it’s the best software in the filter market, even surpassing Instagram. The grid scheme is sleek and easy to use, allowing you to publish your photos. It debuted as an iPhone and has only come to the Android market recently, so it’s not perfect yet. Features like separate exposure and focus locking are not yet available on the Android app, but expect it to be available very soon. Everything about it is simple and works well, even if they don’t have a million extra features.
Camera360 Ultimate is a popular photo editing app, with more than 150 million users. For one, it comes loaded with awesome filters (although it can only be used before you take a photo). Thanks to the advanced software that takes advantage of your phone’s hardware, your phone camera will appear to take better photos than the stock camera app. The app features 8 different modes, including Sony camera mode, effects mode, self-portrait mode, quick-shoot mode, funny mode, tilt-shift mode, color-shift mode and audio camera mode, among others.
The Sony camera mode allows you to activate features that are tailored to the Sony QX Cyber-shot Lenses, which are wireless lenses that can be attached to that particular Sony phone model. The portrait modes make the subject of the shot look even better, and it works perfectly almost every time.
If you’re just looking for an app that can make simple changes to your photos, then this app’s for you. Pixlr Express lets you crop, rotate, resize, remove red eye, whiten teeth, add a border, change colors or contrast, and more. It also allows you to ‘Favorite’ your settings so that you can go back to it later and remember what kind of contrast or effect that you often use.
Some of the filters in this app are really nice, and considering it was made by the same folks behind the filter app, Pixlr-o-Matic, this is a sure win.
For those who love taking photos with a real camera instead of their camera phones, you might change your mind completely with ProCapture Free. This photo editing app mimics the appearance of a DSLR screen. There’s a histogram at the bottom that tell you what kind of image or exposure you’re getting.Some of the features that you’ll love are its quality panoramic, image focus lock, several focus, and scene modes, as well as the Grid or Fibonacci spiral composition options. The Fibonacci spiral is a specific asymmetrical grid that guides you where the focus point of the photo will be. In the reduce noise mode, you can take two photos and combine them together, capturing the highest quality elements of each.