The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra offers the best mobile phone camera in the CHIP test, but the right camera app can also get a lot out of other models. The best applications in check.
Cell phone cameras are extremely powerful and, above all, always with you. Despite their small size and many design-related restrictions, smartphones with multiple camera lenses in particular have been able to easily keep up with professional cameras for several years. In combination with powerful processors, the mini sensors make up for some weaknesses despite lenses with a fixed focal length. In this way, even low-light scenes can be captured with bright colors.
In the camera apps supplied by the smartphone manufacturers, many features for everyday use and intelligent modes are usually already on board, as is the case with the test winner Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which is the 1.0 rating for the camera shares with the much cheaper Xiaomi Mi 10. While the Xiaomi even trumps in daylight, Samsung can shine in low light. But if you want to use a night mode on devices from other manufacturers, you unfortunately often look into the tube.
The remedy Google camera app & Your Porting for devices from different manufacturers. You can also find professional features and as many manual settings as possible in the apps Open Camera & ProCam X.
Google camera: great photos with just one lens
Google relies on one Camera appthat can get excellent images even from average hardware. The so-called Google camera is officially only available for Pixel smartphones, but thanks to an active hobbyist community, it can now also be used on other devices.
The portrait mode of the Google camera is particularly attractive for photo enthusiasts. Contrary to its name, this can also be used for other recordings and provides a soft background that is reminiscent of the images of a SLR camera. If you use the portrait mode for selfies, you should also look forward to sharply drawn facial features and a very realistic blurred background.
In addition to the normal camera mode, Google Camera also has the much-acclaimed night mode on board. Especially with cheap smartphones, poor lighting conditions often lead to blurry, noisy images. With the night mode, the app also sharpens the images and re-exposes them – so you can take good pictures in the evening or at night.
The hardware requirements of the Google camera app are relatively low, but there are still a few things to consider. We’ll explain in detail how to do it GCam also on your smartphone get up and running.
Open Camera: Comprehensive open source app
Open Camera is a classic among camera apps. Thanks to the large community and open source development, there are many practical features included. The app could be fancier, but there is a lot under the hood.
Important information, such as the free memory on your device, is shown directly to you. You can set resolution, white balance, ISO and color effects in Open Camera adjust manually. Smart modes and face recognition are integrated, and a histogram display can also be pinned if desired.
Panorama recordings and HDR photos are also no problem for the app. Photo enthusiasts will appreciate the adaptability of the application, so that the app can be set up perfectly according to their own wishes. Even a remote release is available, which can be triggered by clapping loudly if desired.
ProCam X: purchase app always free of charge
The paid Android app ProCam X comes with a variety of professional features and turns your cell phone into a powerful digital camera.
With the app, users get a wide repertoire of features: manual setting of the ISO values, adjustment of the shutter speed or an exact white balance are possible. A time-lapse mode, anti-shake and a fast series image mode are also on board.
Tip: The paid pro version is always available to download free of charge as part of free promotions, which we will inform you about on our website as usual. If you would like to test the app, there is one free lite version.