1. Retro Camera
Definitely one of the most popular photography apps available for Android. Retro Camera is like the Hipstamatic (iOS) for Android users. This vintage camera app basically allows you to add various effects such as vignette, film scratch, black and white filter & cross-processing effects to add an old-school look to all your pictures. It has a set of 5 different cameras, thus allowing you 5 different sets of these effects. The UI, though not extremely intuitive at first glance, still works fine. The app isn’t all that perfect though – the shutter button isn’t the best, and changing it to a physical hardware button seems like a better option. The viewfinder is relatively small, and with larger phones, this becomes slightly inconvenient. Even though there haven’t been any updates for almost a year now, the app is still slightly heavy on the newer, quicker phones that have come out (I tried it on a Nexus 5). There have also been complaints that the camera shutter makes a sound even in silent mode after turning the setting ‘off’. Overall, the app does what it has to – take good, low-fi retro photos with a nostalgic feel to it – and does it well.
To put it in a nutshell, this app is all about taking better photos. And boy, does this app work wonders in doing that. This award-winning photo app can actually replace all the other apps single-handedly. Packed with a ton of features such as Stable-shot that only takes the picture once the camera is steady, a voice-activated shooting mode, a fullscreen shutter, and a Best Photo mode (apart from the standard burst mode) that lets you take several shots and then decides the best photo by itself – the app as a standalone is very impressive. The only apparent con with this app is that it comes with some amount of bloatware, including the extremely corny feature that allows you to take pictures with Famous buddies. One major problem we faced was that the app just refused to work well with our Nexus 5 – and upon further research, found out that we weren’t the only ones. This is quite disappointing, especially considering that the Nexus doesn’t really have a great stock camera. Keeping that aside though, the absolute multitude of features that this app offers, along with its front-camera functionality places it at the top of the photography app stockpile – a must have.