Best Camera Apps for Serious Photographers

Smartphones uprooted DLSRs at least for hobbyist photographers. Serious photographers, however, swear on DSLRs. Well, that could change soon. Chances are that you are using the native camera app on your phone. Well, it’s decent but no DSLR. But, there are plenty of camera apps that take your photography game to the next level. That is why here are the 5 Best Camera apps for serious photographers.

Best Camera Apps for Serious Photographers

Camera MX

Camera MX

Camera MX is one of the oldest and best camera apps for serious photographers. It gives you DSLR-like controls and supports various resolutions. The fine-tuned autofocus results in crystal clear photos. Auto Optimization and HDR features are saviours in low light conditions. The app also has a timer for delayed shots and the grid lines help you compose photos. The in-built exposure value lets you change the lighting. The high-speed burst mode is ideal for capturing motion. The app also supports video and timelapse. It has post-editing tools, filter and special effects as well. The app has a learning curve but once you are comfortable with it, the sky is the limit.

Open Camera

Open Camera

Open Camera has been developed for serious photographers, hence, has a steep learning curve. It has more features than any other app on this list. You get DSLR-like manual camera controls. In addition to that, there are various focus and scene modes as well as a dynamic range optimization mode. If that’s not enough, the app also has auto-stabilizer and HDR. The user interface is customisable with configurable volume keys. The app supports burst mode, panorama, slow motion and regular video. You can also apply date and timestamp, location coordinates and custom text to photos. The best part is that the app is completely free with no in-app purchases or advertising.

VSCO

What is VSCO, one of the best photo editing apps, doing on this list? VSCO has many admirers, both professional and amateur. VSCO is more than just photo editing. It is a camera, social media and photo editing all-in-one. It takes some time to get used to the interface but clicking photos is straightforward. The app offers 10 free VSCO presets to jazz up your photos. It also has a robust assortment of 15 editing tools that let you adjust a photo’s exposure level, contrast, saturation and more. It also has its community where you can share your photos a la Instagram. Isn’t is one of the best camera apps for serious photographers?

Camera Connect & Control

How about an app that lets you control your DLSR camera? Camera Connect & Control works like a remote controller for different DSLRs. It enables remote photo and video capturing. It mirrors the camera’s viewfinder on your phone. It also connects your camera to the wider world. How? It lets you directly share pictures from camera to other apps like Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook and more. Its Partymode is ideal to shoot pictures and show them immediately. The app lets you cast photos to Chromecast. It is surely one of the best camera apps for serious photographers.

Jim has a bachelor in Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds. When he is not writing tech articles he enjoys photography 📷 and traveling 🚂.