Last Updated: December 1st, 2013

One of the biggest issues with many Android devices is the subpar camera – only recently have manufacturers really started to step up their game and put better hardware in top-end devices. What many users may not realize, however, is that simply trying different software can drastically change the entire camera experience. Sure, the device is still limited by the hardware, but changing the software can definitely help get the most out of any shooter.

Of course, there are dozens of camera apps on the Play Store, so finding the right one can be a daunting task. No one wants (or needs) 15 different camera apps, after all. So the key is finding one that brings the most bang for you buck. For example, Almalence's A Better Camera is, well, a better camera. It brings features that may not currently be present on many devices, like dramatic HDR shots, 360 degree panoramas, and time lapse video recordings, just to name a few.

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So, what makes A Better Camera better? Features. This is a premier, full-featured camera for your phone or tablet. It's chockfull of the options that everyone wants on their device's camera, and aims to serve up some of the best images mobile cameras are capable of producing. Here's a look at what you'll get from A Better Camera:

  • HDR  - High Dynamic Range delivers vivid, rich images
  • Panorama – up to 360 degrees
  • Unwanted object removal – make objects disappear with a tap
  • Night mode – get better low-light photos
  • Group portrait – fuses faces from a series of photos into one to ensure the best possible outcome
  • Video recording with time lapse – speed that video up!
  • Pre-shot – capture what happened before you hit the button
  • Sequence shot – snap several photos in a row to get an "action shot"
  • Burst and expo-bracketing – grabs multiple images and combines them to get the best lighting possible
  • Self-timer – to grab a family picture when you have no one to man the lens 
  • Zoom – this is... zoom

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But that's not all. One of the things camera junkies love most is being able to manually dial in the settings to better capture the image. With A Better Camera, all of the camera's controls, settings, and functions are accessible and ready to be tweaked. This allows more advanced photographers to get exactly what they want out of their mobile's camera.

The appealing thing about this particular camera, however, is that it's just as useful and versatile for beginners as it is for someone who's been behind the lens for years. Thanks to the above-listed presets, you can quickly and easily capture images in nearly any scenario.

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Now that we've established what A Better Camera can do, let's talk about the cost. Like many popular Android apps, ABC uses in-app purchases to offer users exactly what they want – but the majority of the features are completely free, and the ones that aren't, are free to try. For example, you're allowed 30 shots with HDR, panorama, moving object removal, sequence photo, and group shot modes. After that, you can select only the ones you want for a small fee, or unlock all features permanently for $5.95. The rest of the prices pan out pretty fairly for those who just want one or two features:

  • HDR – $0.99
  • Panorama – $2.99
  • Object Removals and Sequence Photo – $2.99
  • Group Shot – $2.99

So, for example, if you won't use Panorama or Group Shot but really want HDR, save yourself a few bucks and just pick that one up for a dollar. Pick and choose, then pay what you want; or get the whole shebang for six bucks. Not a bad deal.

Update: From now until December 6th, all of A Better Camera's features can be unlocked for just $2.99. That's half off!

So where you can get A Better Camera? Why, from Google Play of course. Following the widget below will take you directly to it. To keep up with the latest happenings with A Better Camera, it's encouraged to like it on Facebook; this way you can stay privy to current and future updates, new features, and the like.

  • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju

    But does it blend?

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      I think it would be particularly hard to blend a piece of software seeing as it doesn't have mass.

      • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju


      • David Hart

        Everything has mass. Remember energy = mass.

        • theunknown

          What about those that don't have a parish to attend mass?

          • Ben J


      • Shaun Dutchy Davis

        lolol educate the yutes!

      • Josh Legoza

        One could argue that in order for the software to exist on flash memory, binary 1's have to be held in a powered state. So at the very least the software would have the mass of many electrons. That said, I bet those electrons blend damn well!

        • Mo3tasm

          They do that at CERN in Geneva..

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Somebody did some work a while back on that subject and confirmed a full Kindle actually weighs more than an "empty" one. Not by any level detectable by normal equipment, but still a literal difference.

      • Samudra

        Yeah yeah, but does it blend?

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

        Good To Know Captain Obvious;-)

  • DannyBiker

    I get that this is sponsored but how much can it really improve the N4 camera ?

  • Daniel

    I tried this app and I wasn't impressed at all..

    • Tony T.

      What camera app do you suggest, then? I have tried Camera Awesome and it's godawful. Not a fan of how stock camera controls its features, so I was looking for a third party app instead.

      • Subzer0

        try Procapture.. bought it and never looked back at any other camera in the store..

        • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

          As surprised as I am to hear you recommend this app (it doesn't get much play), I actually read an article about 6 months to a year ago on some random site where they tested out like 10 different camera apps. Their goal was not to find the best features or anything like that - they wanted a camera app that produced the quickest shutter speed and save time. Procapture won. I don't remember where the article was or even what phone / version of Android they were using to test, but I'm sure some googling might turn it up.

          I wish more testing like this would be done. I want the camera app that's going to may it super quick and easy to capture a series of low light photos quickly and with the best quality possible.

          • Subzer0

            after time and testing.. i just couldnt believe the quality of the pictures. compared to many others that i have tried, previously used Snap camera and am by far impressed with procapture.

          • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

            Out of curiosity, what device / Android version (or ROM) are you using?

          • Subzer0

            Im using the Droid Maxx

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      There's only so-much that a camera app can do.
      No camera app will change lives (probably).

  • http://www.facebook.com/morrissex Javier Cárdenas

    I've been using this app for months and it hasn't replaced my other 3 camera apps I have on my phone yet (Sony stock, Camaringo and SketchGuru).

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    For clarity's sake, can you please explain what "sponsored post" means? Did they pay you to write an (honest) review? Or did they provide the copy, and you might secretly thing that it's a cr*p-app? Or something in between?

    • http://www.facebook.com/morrissex Javier Cárdenas

      lol. Some time ago they explained it. They are paid for the post.

    • Matt

      It's the same as an ad during a podcast or read by a DJ on the radio. Android Police writers may write the ad (not sure about that one), maybe even try out the app, but they're not critiquing it; it's still an ad.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        "It's the same as an ad during a podcast or read by a DJ on the radio."

        This is an excellent comparison.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I can chime in here. Yes, we get paid for the post. They don't provide the copy, we always try the app out and write the piece based on the facts found within - you won't find any personal opinion in a sponsored post (i.e. - this app is terrific; this app sucks!).

      While we may get paid for the piece itself, we are very careful to select applications or services that are at least worth a look. We would never post anything - sponsored or not - that we deem as garbage.

      • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

        Thanks, that's clear.

  • Mastermind26

    So, how is this any different than say I snap a regular pic and manipulate via snapseed or afterfocus???

  • frafri

    Why does it matter if its sponsored or not?
    just saying.

    i prefer cameringo ;)
    most of the apps i get them from the piratebay on the android section.

    • Julian

      I hope one day you're going to download an app that makes your phone implode into twenty thousandillion pieces for your acts of piracy.

      • frafri

        I hope one day life gives you the chance to know what freedom really is.

        • HugePotato

          I also download from thepiratebay but saying that it is freedom to download something you would normally have to pay for, is retarded. Do all your work for no pay and then hear from your employer: "I hope one day life gives you the chance to know what freedom really is."

          Pretty fucked up, ain't it?

          • frafri

            and what did you expect? is the united states.
            isnt that happens anyway? all your lovely work stays at your workplace. they own it. not you.

            pretty fucked up , aint it amigo?

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/107396187@N08/10612884224/lightbox/ DontFeedTheTroll


          • Tim242

            It's also pretty fucked up that you think you have any right to criticize his reasons for stealing, when you don't even state your own reasons for being a pathetic loser and thief.

          • frafri

            I downloaded the cameringo app from piratebay. I liked it. I ended up buying it. Just sayin. You have no idea.

          • Tim242

            Thieves are usually liars : )

          • frafri

            you are right. only because it showed it license had expired. had to buy it ;)

          • HugePotato

            Jesus bro, maybe I do download things from tbp but I don't go write about it all over internet and glorify it. If you want my own reasons, I sometimes refuse to pay for crap. On the other side I buy apps that are good and sometimes donate rom developers.
            But then again, you didn't really get my comment, did you? I critized him for saying that what he is doing is an act of freedom, utter bullshit imo.

        • Julian

          I hope one day you'll understand what freedom is, beyond its use as a word to justify unjustifiable actions.

    • Eduardo

      It matters because AP is not recommending it, it's just there because they got paid for it to be there... It doesn't mean the app is good, or bad for that matter, they're just insane for charging $4 for HDR & panorama

      • frafri

        I understand, but it doesnt really matter. I mean its not obligating you to buy it. or to use it. its just information. you make the decision. its just another post.

        • Eduardo

          Correct but they still have to mention it is sponsored

      • TheLastAngel

        I like their aproach. Shmoose with developers of awesome apps and be harsh (truthful) towards OEMs and carriers. I worry about those big guys, not small time developers trying to get some traction.

    • Tim242

      You suck. Just sayin'.

      • frafri

        oh Im a thief now. so is the 38,084 peers that are downloading the walking dead as we speak. just sayin.

        • Tim242

          If 38, 084 peers jumped off of a bridge, would you follow? You know it is theft, and you choose to do it anyway. There are a lot of thieves out there. Just sayin'.

          • qu4ttro

            one can hope...

          • frafri

            I dont think you will ever understand. since you are just a regular internet user. probably have chrome OS. anyways we can agree to disagree. I will keep downloading like always. Its been over 10 years . never bought a CD, never bought a movie. probably never will. unless is good of course. If i see the value i will pay for it. otherwise. piratebay has it.

          • Tim242

            If it wasn't good or had no value, why would you download it period. There are free trials and a return period. As for my internet use, I have a Macbook Air that I use maybe once per month. My phone is my internet.

          • Peter

            I understand perfectly. A thief is a thief, period! This is why I have such a lack of faith in today's youth. Most, if not all, seem to think that stealing is simply a natural part of a person's day. Sad, very sad.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/107396187@N08/10612884224/lightbox/ DontFeedTheTroll

            I wish all society worked the way he thinks. imagine eating a whole meal and not paying for it because you felt the food wasnt good enough to pay for, the world would be a wonderful place!

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/107396187@N08/10612884224/lightbox/ DontFeedTheTroll

            So im guessing there hasnt been a good movie, cd, song, or app released in 10 years :: eye roll:: You guys lie to much youre just a theft plain and simple. I can only hope you go to work one day and not get paid for it just because someone thought "o youre work wasnt worth paying for"

          • frafri

            lol you guys are funny. where are ya all living? what era?
            obviously too old for the digital era. I hope you are replace by a robot.

          • Peter

            The fact you used the phrase "ya all" tells me that you might be lacking in some intellectual skills. Oh, well. As they say, you can't have smart people unless you have dumb people with whom to compare them.

          • frafri

            Actually Mr. I learned about piratebay on a trip to Sweden. Every country I have been to knows and uses p2p technology. Thanks to this I was able to penetrarte knowledge. All thanks to this . Actually I made it to america and manage to earn more money than the average gringo. How ? p2p free

          • Peter

            Hmm, if "we" are all regular Internet users, by extension, that must make you an "irregular" Internet user. Hey, if you're irregular, there's lots of medication to help with constipation. Try your local pharmacy.

          • flosserelli

            I bet if you or one of your family members made a living in the software or digital entertainment industry, you would probably have a different outlook.

  • Tony T.

    Damn, should have tried this before buying Camera Awesome. That app is a piece of garbage on my N5. It's literally unusable. I have to use the stock app even though I paid for this other one. Maybe I'll give this app a try instead.

  • pallu

    Camera 360

  • remister

    I think Focal is a bit better and it is in beta.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    Anyone have good results with the Nexus 5?

    • Shawn Cheever

      I didn't. HDR was more washed out and less focused than the stock camera. Also, without flash (in ABC) the picture was very, very dark vs. stock. I hope Google releases an update to the camera so we can finally have manual settings over exposure, focus, ISO, etc.

  • Dave Bell

    I downloaded Camera Awesome today.... its just as good as my HTC sense (One) camera and possible better. Separate focus and exposure points are fanatic. Similar to what VSCO advertises; but, they aren't out yet.

  • Cory_S

    This makes the stock Nexus 5 app seem fast in comparison.

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    This actually takes better shots on my DNA than the HTC One camera does (I am running Sense 5 Viper Rom)

  • aritra

    all these features are a available on galaxy note 3.. galaxy note 3 stock +snapseed+camera 360 and get any result u want

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Spend more money on a UI designer, not sponsored posts.

  • CBNforum

    Will it let me install it on multiple devices once I do the in-app purchase?

  • Martin Holička

    So if I bought the HDR Camera+ from them and the app is a piece of s**t, do I have to pay for the HDR again?

  • NF

    Eh, I'll try it out. I've yet to find a good camera for my n7.

  • SamB

    We will never have a good camera app, since we have bunch of different hardwares.