The 10 Best Camera Apps for iPhone in 2018

Take your iPhone photography skills to the next level

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If you want to take advantage of the iPhone's camera, you'll need camera apps capable of taking your photography to the next level. Here are the ten best iPhone camera apps for 2018.

Screenshots of Adobe Photoshop Ex app on iPhone

Adobe Photoshop runs the gamut when it comes to professional photo editing software. Although the full version of Photoshop might be too much for a mobile device to handle, Adobe Photoshop Express brings its power into the iPhone.

You can upload photos from your device or straight from the cloud. The automatic collage features make creating a photo collage simple and smart. You can use pop color to highlight one color over the rest, use auto-fix to make one-touch adjustments and add watermarks to your images.

Adobe Photoshop Express is power-packed, including everything from basic editing focus to the more advanced. It's free to download and use.

What We Like:

  • Adobe's functionality and speed are second to none, even on a mobile device.

What We Don't Like:

  • Although Photoshop is in the name, it's missing a lot of features from traditional Photoshop.
Screenshots of Moment app on iPhone

For photographers itching for the same feeling they get when shooting manually, Moment Pro Camera is a great choice. Offering full manual controls such as ISO, shutter speed, and white balance, Moment is a DSLR in your pocket.

Moment is updated constantly and now supports the newest iPhones and the Apple Watch; use your Apple Watch as a remote to shoot photos or take videos. Moment also offers the ​Moment Photo Case, allowing you to use the DSLR-like shutter button for fast capturing.

Moment Pro Camera is free to download and try but requires $3.99 to unlock the professional photo and video features. With your purchase, you're given the option to shoot RAW, fully manual, and with dual lens control.

What We Like:

  • Being able to shoot manually and adjust the settings to capture that perfect photo each time.

What We Don't Like:

  • This app is not for beginner photographers.
Screenshots of VSCO app on iPhone

VSCO is known for its filters and is used by millions to add a certain feel to their photos. With editing tools built-in for both photos and video, VSCO is the ultimate photo-enhancing app.

VSCO offers users advanced video presets, mobile video editing, photo filter presets, and more. Plus, VSCO houses a creator's community where photographers can create, discover, and connect with other photographers on the platform.

VSCO is free to download and use. However, the creator's community and full functionality within the app require a $19.99/year subscription. With the subscription, you receive access to the community and access to every tool within the app.

What We Like:

  • There are so many filters and ways to edit your photos that creativity is endless.

What We Don't Like:

  • There isn't a way to purchase all of the assets of the app without paying for the VSCO X community experience. If you wish to have all the tools, you'll have to deal with the community extras on your app too.
Screenshots of Adobe Lightroom CC app on iPhone

If you want to be able to capture your photos and edit them all in the same app, Adobe Lightroom delivers. You can use your camera to capture in RAW format and use the High Dynamic Range mode to automatically expand your range of exposure.

Edit your photos in seconds after you capture them with advanced editing tools such as tone, exposure, and contrast. Although Adobe Lightroom is free to download, there are Premium features you won't want to miss for a monthly subscription cost of $9.99. The subscription is part of Adobe's Creative Cloud plan. 

What We Like:

  • Capture photos at any moment and edit them quickly all in the same app.

What We Don't Like:

  • For simple phone photography, the subscription is a bit expensive if not used for any other Adobe products.
Screenshots of MuseCam app on iPhone

A filter is one thing, but custom designed presets put together by the world's top creators is another. MuseCam offers a fully manual camera that gives you complete control. However, the shining star is MuseCam's many preset options that can quickly give photos a unique and professional look.

MuseCam is free to download, but some of the presets and other editing tools are only available through in-app purchases.

What We Like:

  • MuseCam's presets are beautiful and add a professional look to any photo fast.

What We Don't Like:

  • Most features are advanced and can take a bit of time to learn how to use properly.
Screenshots of Focos app on iPhone

For the dual-camera found on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone X, Focos is a can't miss app for the future. Instead of optical processes, computational photography uses digital computation to process images. Focos allows you to use real 3D imaging to edit photos taken with the dual-camera.

Built-in video tutorials, real bokeh effects, and the ability to add multiple light sources in an image make Focos a leader in photography of the future.

Focos is free to download, however, there are in-app purchases to unlock advanced editing features at varying costs.

What We Like:

  • The in-app video tutorials give anyone the chance to try out photography in a new way.

What We Don't Like:

  • The app could use some updates to address usability and design. It's a bit more cumbersome to use than other apps on this list.
Screenshots of Rookie Cam app on iPhone

There are so many editing functions within Rookie Cam that make it the perfect photo app for any level of photographer. However, it's ease of use and simple design make it a great choice for beginners. 

You can snap photos using the live filter camera or use the 300+ fonts to thoroughly design your photos. There are 170 filters in 15 different themes, 40 beauty filters for portraits, a complete collage maker, and photobooth.

Rookie Cam is free to download but offers in-app purchases to unlock different filters and editing tools.

What We Like:

  • Rookie Cam has it all, from professional editing tools to a built-in collage maker.

What We Don't Like:

  • Although Rookie Cam offers some professional editing tools,  for photographers looking for gallery-quality photos, this app might not be the best choice.
Screenshots of Enlight Quickshot app on iPhone

Turn your landscapes from boring to breathtaking with Enlight Quikshot. This iPhone camera app allows photographers to capture action shots in strobe mode, use Sky Control to transform any ordinary landscape shot, and offers on-the-go batch editing for speed.

Enlight Quikshot is free to download but offers in-app purchases to unlock modes such as Sky Control and other professional editing features.

What We Like:

  • Enlight's unique Sky Mode is perfect for transforming landscapes quickly and beautifully.

​What We Don't Like:

  • This app leaves much to be desired unless you're taking advantage of the in-app purchases.
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Camera +2: Best for Photographers of Any Skill Level

Screenshots of the Camera +2 app on iPhone

Camera +2 is a complete rewrite of the original and popular Camera+. It combines simple tools with more complex professional editing tools to give everyone something to enjoy. The app includes RAW shooting abilities, depth capture, different shooting modes for various photos, and more.

Use Camera +2's Lightbox to easily transfer photos from all devices and store your photos temporarily to save space. Camera +2 is $2.99 in the App Store.

What We Like:

  • This app has everything you need to take professional iPhone photos quickly.

What We Don't Like:

  • The menus are a bit difficult to use on smaller iPhone screens.
Screenshots of Huji Film app on iPhone

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This list would not be complete without a blast from the past. The Huji Film app brings your photos back to 1998, complete with an orange date stamp.​ Huji Film reminds us of the fun we had with analog film, giving your photos a unique look.

The Huji Film app is free to download and use, however, there are ads present within the app.

What We Like:

  • Photos take on a unique spin with the analog filter and date stamp.

What We Don't Like:

  • Photos taken with the app are filtered and saved. The original photo isn't saved without the filter.