One of the criteria when choosing a new mobile, taking into account that they have been the most used device for taking photos for a few years now, is the number of megapixels. We are looking for the best possible camera for our smartphone, but many times the main enemy is precisely the camera application that comes installed by default on the phone, which may not take full advantage of the lens.
So that you can see how your photographs can improve, these are the third-party applications that you should install on your mobile and see how your photography skills improve.
Although technically it’s a photo editing appAdobe’s Lightroom also adds the option to take photos directly from the app, and the results are already better than the default camera app in most cases.
This in-app camera from Adobe features support for HDR and RAW files, as well as various modes and presets. If you skip the automatic mode, in which the application chooses between different parameters depending on the photo you want to take, the professional mode It will allow you to adjust everything you need: white balance, exposure, ISO, shutter speed or focus, as well as add a few filters when taking the photo.
Google Camera (GCam)
The Google Camera (popularly known as GCam) stands out for its advanced image algorithms, HDR + and more specifications. It was the application that was installed on the Google Pixel, which comes with a pure Android and from version 8.5 its installation on other Android smartphones is allowed.
Some of the functions in which it is unrivaled are the following:
- HDR+ with exposure and white balance controls: Take great photos, especially in low-light or backlit conditions, using HDR+.
- Best Take: select the best moment with the Best Shot function, which automatically recommends the best photos; that is, those in which nobody leaves with their eyes closed and everything seems perfect.
- Night vision: you won’t want to use the flash again. With this function you can capture all the details and colors that are lost in the dark. You can even take photos of the Milky Way.
- High resolution zoom: this feature makes photos sharper when you enlarge them.
- Movement mode: capture life in motion. Take professional-quality Long Exposure and Action Shot photos.
- Long take: Instantly record short videos by holding down the shutter button in the camera’s default mode.
This camera app is one of the most complete in terms of taking pictures and editing: exposure control, shutter speed, RAW format, ISO, default settings (night mode, action…), EXIF data analysis, and a long etcetera.
In addition, it is relatively easy to use, since all these options are present in a very visual and easy to use interface. The disadvantage with the previous ones is that it is paid, but if you use your mobile phone quite often to take photos, the small investment of 5.99 euros on Android or 7.99 euros on iOS will undoubtedly be worth it.