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The Five Best Camera Apps for Your Phone

Are you an amateur photographer? Has taking pictures always been a hobby? Do you take them using a smartphone? If you answered yes to these questions, you probably know a thing or two about the many camera applications on your smartphone.

More than ten billion applications have been downloaded to both iPhone and Android phones since their releases in 2007 and 2008 respectively according to techcrunch.com (techcrunch is a technology news site that has more than 1.6 million RSS feed subscribers). Within that number of applications an impressive ten million on the iPhone are camera apps, according to lifehacker.com (a tech blog owned by Gawker). Camera apps such as Instagram, which allow users to apply filters for photos and share them with friends and other users, are very social. Other more nostalgic apps such as Dotti, allow users to have 12 photos they’ve taken be delivered to their door as 4×6 inch prints.

With so many camera apps, it can be daunting task to find the best and most useful apps for your smartphone. To help pick the best camera apps for your phone, Christina Bonnington, a Gadget Lab staff writer for Wired, tells us about her five favorite apps and why any smartphone owner should have them.

“The camera is one of the most sought-after features of smartphones”, says Christina. “I think more and more people are realizing they can get far more out of their smarphone’s camera with the addition of at least one or two camera apps.”

1. Camera+

Camera+ allows users to take high quality photos and edit them with different crops, tints, and effects. “This is one of the fastest and most compete photo taking and editing apps for the iPhone. If you’re looking to evoke a specific feel for an image, dozens of scene choices and filters (whose intensity is adjustable) can be applied.”

Price: .99 cents

Works on: iPhone

2. Instagram
Instagram, already one of the most popular apps on the market allows users to share, apply filter effects, upload, and comment on photos that are posted. “Instagram is hugely popular social sharing app. It’s a great way to collect and share the memorable moments you happen across each day.”

Price: Free

Works on: iPhone, Android

3. Snapseed
Snapseed is a photo-editing app with multiple features, which include being able to change the saturation and brightness of your photos. “A few notable ones are selective adjust: for enhancing a specific portion of a photo; auto-correct, for optimizing color and exposure; and effects like tilt-shift and vintage films. One of the strong points of this app is its straightforward user interface.”
Price: $4.99

Works on: iPhone, Windows/Macintosh desktops, Android (coming soon)

4. Touch Retouch
Touch Retouch allows users to edit photos by just touching the items in a photograph they want removed. “It’s super easy to use, and super useful.”

Price: .99 cents

Works on: iPhone, Android

5. Diptic
Diptic enables users to enhance and frame multiple shots into a single square space. “It’s like a digital version of those multi-photo picture frames. It’s great if you’ve got a series of related shots, like photos from a trip to Memphis, that you want to share as one combined experience.”

Price: .99 cents

Works on: iPhone, Android

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