Photography is one of life’s simple joys and who wants to cart a chunky SLR around with them when today’s mobile cams have plenty of pixel-based grunt. But what if the camera on your Android leaves a little to be desired? Well, spruce it up with these five free photo apps, of course…
FX Camera is essentially another in a long line of effects-based camera apps that allow you to add myriad digital flourishes to your photography. Choose from Polaroid, Toycam and fisheye effects, not to mention the awesome ‘SymmetriCam’
Retro snaps are all the rage these days, but what of the shots you took before the advent of old-skool snapper apps? Are they forever consigned to the non-sepia dustbin? Are these pixel-perfect homages to the digital age always to remain a stark reminder of the clinical perfection of modern imaging? Nope. Because Little Photo is here to transform all your pin-sharp prints into blurry, watermarked and scratched nods to yesteryear. Thank the stars.
A bit of a fudge this one. In fact, this is a review of the £1.85 paid-for version, but there is an ad-driven free version with almost identical functionality, so just download that instead. Done. Retro Camera takes your cutting-edge, multitasking smartphone, with 32-megapixel snapper and turns it into a retro cam capable of grabbing moody, heavily colour-saturated retro pics.
Android cameras come in all shapes and qualities. Some are fantastic 8MP autofocus affairs with Xenon flash and face-tracking features, while others are more meager snappers typically delivering grainy results. Camera 360 takes your phone’s normal hardware but adds a set of shooting options and image-editing tools taken from the cutting edge of photography.
Viewing photos using Android’s standard gallery app can feel like sitting through a Powerpoint. Floating Image, however, sets your pics free by turning them into an endless and ever-changing stream that bobs gently across the handset’s screen.
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