Downloads

Best Google Camera (Gcam) alternatives for all Android devices

Here are the best camera app alternatives for Android phones other than Gcam.

Google camera app for the Pixel lineup is the best camera software available for Android out there. It is the main selling point of Pixel phones. It is also a reason why we find so many Google camera ports for third-party Android phones like the popular Gcam 7.3 APK and the latest Gcam 7.4 APK (allegedly from Pixel 4a and the Pixel 5 lineup). However, not every Android device supports Gcam mods because these are unofficial ports and there only so many developers that can support a large pool of smartphones. Not to mention the new Camera2 API requirement for the latest Gcam 7.0+ versions. This make most of the older devices obsolete in supporting Gcams.

So here are some of the best Gcam alternatives you can find for Android devices.

1. Open Camera

Open Camera is a free and open source (FOSS) camera app that is one-size-fits-all. It supports almost any Android device even the ones incapable of supporting Gcam mods. This is the closest you can get to experiencing Google camera features on any Android device; especially the mid-range and low-end smartphones.

Some of the Open Camera functionalities include support for scene modes, color effects, white balance, ISO, exposure compensation/lock, selfie with “screen flash”, HD video and more. It also features auto-stabilization for perfectly still pictures and no blur. Some noteworthy options include Panorama and HDR. Most importantly, Open Camera supports the Camera2 API from Google! This enables manual controls (with optional focus assist); burst mode; RAW (DNG) files; slow motion video.

However, sometimes using Open Camera could be overwhelming due to numerous features, options, and settings within the app. The app needs a little setup to get good quality photos and videos. The manual feature is great with some configuration. It may not be a plug and play camera app for some Android phones out there; especially if your phone is old. So do a little research on what each setting does and make the most of it.

Direct APK download for sideload

2. Adobe Photoshop Camera

Adobe just recently launched their latest Photoshop Camera app in the United States. While Adobe already has a Lightroom – Photo Editor & Pro Camera app, that’s more of an editor app with some Lightroom effects. Adobe Photoshop Camera is a full fledged camera app supporting all smartphones be it Android or iOS. It is a true competitor to Google’s camera app and comes from a reputed name Adobe that specializes in photo editing softwares.

The app is powered Adobe’s powerful AI engine that can automatically adjust the photos as per requirement. It comes with real time PHOTOSHOP EFFECTS for better picture with the magic of Photoshop and AI-powered editing. Some of the best features include

  • Portrait shots
  • Face Light feature to optimize for lighting and eliminates the appearance of any sharp shadows on the face
  • Group selfies recognize where each subject is positioned so there’s no more distortion
  • Bokeh feature makes it easy to quickly apply blurring effects.
  • It features more than 80 filters to choose from. The filter library includes: Portrait, Studio Light, Bloom, Pop Art, Spectrum etc.

Bokeh is similar to Apple iPhone’s studio light portrait shots, which a lot of Android phones still doesn’t have. So if you are looking for something like portrait controls like Bokeh, Face Distance, Face Light, Face Relighting and more, then Adobe Photoshop camera app is for you.

Direct APK download for sideload

3. Simple Camera

As the name suggests, it is a simple camera app with some stunning features. It is a plug and play camera app for all Android phones out there. Simple camera is another free and open source camera app with lots of features. You can also set it as default for launching camera by disabling the stock camera app from Settings -> Apps -> Camera -> Disable.

Direct APK download for sideload

4. Adobe Lightroom – Photo Editor & Pro Camera

Adobe Lightroom Pro camera is not just a photo editing app. It also comes with a Pro camera app feature. It is best known for the popular Lightroom effects from Adobe. So you can capture and edit your photos on the go and post directly onto Instagram or Snapchat. This is best for smartphone photography on the go.

Some of the best features of the app include numerous Lightroom presets for unlimited customization. Filters like Healing Brush makes it easy to remove almost anything from your photo and Local Hue Adjustments to alter hue or saturation.

Full raw HDR capture mode is currently supported on devices that contain advanced processing and memory capabilities including but not limited to devices such as – Samsung S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, Note 8, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and OnePlus 5. This has been on the Google Play listing since the inception. So we can expect the same feature for all the latest Samsung phones like Galaxy S20 series, Note 10 series, S10 series, Google Pixel 4 series, OnePlus 8 series, and 7 series as well.

Direct APK download for sideload

  • Adobe Lightroom – Photo Editor & Pro Camera | APK download (APK mirror)