The Best Camera Apps for Android in 2023

Snap any picture you want with the right app

You may already use Instagram and Snapchat, but there are many lesser-known Android camera apps out there that help you take your best shot and show your style. Most also make it easy to share photos or videos on social media or messaging apps.

The apps listed here are free to download, but some have in-app purchases for premium features.

Best For Filters & Editing Tools: VSCO

VSCO app for Android
What We Like
  • Lots of advanced tools included in free version.

  • The community is a great place to get ideas.

What We Don't Like
  • Takes a bit to learn how to use the app and access tools.

For a vast number of filters and editing tools, try VSCO. The free app includes community features, so you can connect and share your images with other members.

VSCO requires you to sign up with either your email address or phone number, and you have to create a display name. There's a seven-day free trial for VSCO X ($19.99 per year) which includes early access to new features, exclusive filters, and an array of advanced tools. This app has an Editors' Choice award from the Google Play Store.

For Selfie Makeovers: Z Camera

Z Cam app for Android
What We Like
  • There's an array of editing tools and special effects.

  • Fun face swap tool.

What We Don't Like
  • No free version is available other than the limited trial.

Put your best selfie forward with the Z Camera app, which has an extensive library of photo effects, stickers, face swap, a hairstyle editor, makeup, muscle building, and a body and face shape editor. The free app also has augmented reality stickers. In-app purchases include two subscription options: $4.99 per month for one year or $9.99 for a month. There's also a three-day trial you can take advantage of for free.

For Making GIFs: GIF Maker and Editor

GIF Maker and Editor app for Android
What We Like
  • Makes it easy to create GIFs.

  • Generous editing tools.

What We Don't Like
  • Ads can be intrusive.

GIFs are fun to share, but they can be tedious to create, especially if you want to make one out of your images. GIF Maker and Editor makes it easier to make GIFs and edit existing ones courtesy of Giphy. You can also edit GIFs, change the aspect ratio and speed, add filters and effects, frames, stickers, and more. Then you can share your final product on social media or through a messaging app.

The free version of the app is ad-supported; for $2.99 you can remove them.

Best For Capturing and Editing Photos: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC app for Android
What We Like
  • Capture and edit photos with advanced tools.

  • RAW image capture gives you more editing power.

What We Don't Like
  • Might be overkill for novices.

The free Photoshop Lightroom app has an array of editing features, similar to what you'll find on the desktop app. You can shoot images, including RAW and uncompressed images, straight from the app, and preview preset effects. The app has a selection of premium features, from $4.99 to $9.99, which includes AI-powered auto-tagging and the ability to make edits using a stylus or your finger. You also have full access to Adobe's community features.

Best For Editing Videos: FilmoraGo

FilmoraGo app for Android
What We Like
  • Loads of editing tools and effects.

  • Easy social sharing.

  • Can preview paid features.

What We Don't Like
  • Takes some time to figure it out.

FilmoraGo is a video editing app that's optimized for social media sharing and gets an Editors' Choice award from Google Play. You can edit your videos to fit the specifications of Facebook, Google, and Instagram, and share your final cuts directly to those platforms. The app has many of the standard effects you'd expect from a video editing platform including transitions, filters, overlays, titles, and picture-in-picture. You can also change the video speed, trim and crop, rotate the picture, and adjust saturation, contrast, sharpness, color temperature, and more. There's also a Filmora program for desktops.

In-app purchases include removing the company's logo from your videos ($1.99) and packs of video transitions that you can add ($1.99 each for Vogue and Fashion packs).

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