Instagram may have been the one in all the headlines of late, but there are lots of other camera apps out there to transform your photos, improve your images or help you take video. Here’s our pick of some of the best.
If you’re not into turning your images into retro-style photos which look like they’ve jumped from the pages of a 1970s album, then this could be for you. It’s the antidote to Instagram, an app which reverts pictures, that have been tinkered with, back to their original form. It also works well to breathe new life into actual old photos. 69p for iOS
Fast Burst Camera
If you love to capture all the action, or are one of those amateur photographers who always seem to press the shutter at the wrong time, this app could hold the solution. It’s capable of taking up to 30 photos per second, meaning it’s great for capturing images of your son or daughter taking to the sports field, or for parties, where you’ll have hundreds of chances to get just the right shot. £1.36 for Android.
Camera Zoom FX
Dubbed “the ultimate camera app for Android,” this is the most useful for improving your picture-taking abilities. There is a raft of impressive features, including a 6x pinch zoom and fast shutter speed. It also comes with a powerful set of post-production tools that mean you can crop or rotate your images, or choose to add borders and create a retro look. 99p for Android.
This app is great for taking group shots because it allows you to trigger your iPhone camera using any sound that you choose. The flash flickers just after the shot has been taken, so you can tell when the shutter has fired, and when everyone can move again. The first version of the app is free while new features are being developed. Free for iOS.
A better version of the default camera that comes installed on your iPhone, Camera+ allows you to take more advanced images. You can set exposure separately from focus for more control of your shots, a stabiliser to make sure you get sharper photos, a Timer so you can take self-portraits or group shots and a rapid burst feature for capturing action shots. 69p for iOS
Ever looked at the most beautiful panoramic view and wished you could capture the whole thing? That’s where Photosynth comes in. It allows you to shoot wraparound panoramas and then share them with friends and publish them to Bing. The advanced image stitching means all of your pictures look sharp and seamless. Free for iOS.
Similar to Photosynth, but for those with an Android smartphone, this panorama app from TeliportMe also allows users to share their location with others. Free for Android. It’s simple to use too – you just tap the screen and start panning to see your panorama being built as incoming frames are processed. When you’re done, you just save, or share via email, Twitter or Facebook. Free for Android.