When I bought my first cell phone—an LG flip phone—in 2004, it had no camera. The G2 I use today has a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash. Although it can’t compete with my Canon 40D, I find myself using it quite often when I want to play with vintage-style filters and for quick sharing on social media.
The G2’s camera has settings for the flash, white balance, exposure, focus, digital zoom, and location, and there are many free and inexpensive apps you can add to your arsenal for more control, including photo editing apps and apps that apply special effects and filters.
Here are some Android photo apps worth trying:
FxCamera for a handful of effects, such as fisheye and toy camera
Vignette for an endless selection of filters and effects, such as Holga, tinted monochrome, and infrared
Adobe Photoshop Express for quick editing of exposure, saturation, tint, contrast, brightness, and a few special effects
I’m not an iPhone user, though I certainly lust after some of the neat iPhone camera gadgets I’ve seen, and I wish Instagram would come out for Android already. Here are some iPhone photo apps I’ve heard great things about, but have no direct experience with: Camera+, Instagram, and Hipstamatic.
Do you have any tips for getting the most out of your mobile phone cameras? How about fun apps you’d recommend?