"Bored of the default Windows Phone camera app? Check out these five alternatives."
If you’re unhappy with the kind of photos you're able to squeeze out from your Windows Phone smartphone, chances are it's the default camera app, and not the camera, that's at fault. If you're familiar with manual controls, you’ll know how much of a difference adjusting focus, ISO, white balance and exposure can make. While the default camera app offers quite a few tweaks, you my find it lacking as far a few features are concerned. The Windows Phone Store is choc-a-bloc with several third-party photo apps, which offer advanced tools and other features the native Windows Phone camera app doesn't have. If you're ready to make the switch, here's our list of the top five Windows Phone camera app alternatives.
If you want DSLR-like features for your smartphone’s camera, check out ProShot. The app comes at a price, but is worth it if you like tweaking settings manually. There's a mode button on the top left, with options for Auto, Manual, HDR, Program and two custom modes where you can save presets for quick access. The app also lets you specify frame rate with choices from single shot, burst, time lapse and self-timer. On the right side, there’s a button to toggle between manual and autofocus. You can also set focus to macro or landscape. A quick settings bar on the right lets you adjust resolution, flash, ISO, shutter speed and white balance. By going into settings, you can also enable grids, histograms, a horizon level and highlights.
OneShot is a clean, minimalist alternative to the default WP camera app. An icon on the top right gives you access to the various camera modes, like Manual, Program, Macro, Portrait, Scenic and even three custom modes. On the right side, you’ll find a programmable favourites button, flash control and a button to access main camera settings. Tapping this will bring up controls for contrast, exposure, saturation, sharpness, white balance, temperature, scenes, ISO, focus and shutter speed. You can also enable grids, choose aspect ratio and apply various filters. OneShot also supports voice commands (you'll need to enable this in settings first), activating the shutter button when you say ‘Take picture’ or ‘Take photo’.
Creative Camera has been built using the Nokia Imaging SDK, and while the interface bears resemblance to the Nokia Camera app, there are a ton of added features. The shutter button is surrounded by a rotating ring, which you can turn to bring up scene modes like Sport, Night, Night Portrait, Backlit, Auto and Macro. Next to the camera shutter is a dedicated button to switch to full Auto mode. Clicking on the settings gear brings up various manual controls like white balance, ISO, shutter speed, focus, exposure and timer, displayed on the viewfinder in an arc. You can slide your finger over the arc to adjust each setting. You can choose to have your configured settings displayed over the viewfinder, or hide them once you’re done with tweaking. The app also features voice capture, several grid options and face tracking.
Camera360 may appear simple at first glance, but the app is loaded with features. Around the shutter button is a rotating wheel which brings up different camera modes, such as Macro, HDR, Auto, Portrait, Night and Food. Each mode has a selection of unique themes, which you can swipe through to apply in real time. A dedicated switch above the shutter lets you shuffle between different effects, such as Polaroid, 120 film, Scratch and Pinhole. At top center, there’s a slider that can be tapped once to adjust exposure, and twice to tweak manual focus. Swiping up from the shutter button brings up three options – Time Camera, Effects and Double Exposure. Time Camera displays different camera effects from various decades in time, Effects enables the usual camera modes, and Double Exposure overlaps two images on top of each other.
Strange Camera isn't a conventional camera app, but that's also what makes it immensely fun to play with. The app’s interface is quite cartoony, with all the various effects arranged around the top and sides. The left side stacks the main effects, letting you view your photo through bubbles, triangles and squares, make them reflect from the center, disappear into a pin hole or distort around the edges. The right side has various colour effects you can apply, giving your photos a strange psychedelic touch. The free app has enough features to keep you entertained, but is ad-supported. You can download the Pro version to get rid of the ads, and get a ton of additional tools in the process.
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