Smartphone Photo Apps: Top Five

smartphone photo appsThere’s a saying that the best camera is the one you have with you. For many Toronto moms, the camera we always have with us is a smartphone. With more fabulous photo apps coming out every day, those gadgets can do a lot. If you’re documenting your children’s lives on the go, those apps can make your life much easier. Today we’re sharing five smartphone photo apps that we love.

Five Smartphone Photo Apps

1. Instagram

When it comes to smartphone photo apps, this is one of the most popular. This free app is available for iPhone and Android. You snap your photo, add a filter if you wish, and share it. You can follow people and be followed back, like and comment on photos. You can also tag your locations and add hashtags. Plus, you can connect Instagram to other social media services, to seamlessly share your photos with your friends and family. Instagram only handles square images well, and its built-in camera isn’t great. You can use other apps to snap and format photos and import them to Instagram if you want more control over your images.

instagram.com | Free!

2. VSCO Cam

If you want to create beautiful photos, VSCO Cam may top the list of smartphone photo apps for you. It’s free, and available for both iPhone and Android. It also offers powerful photo editing and particularly beautiful filters, which they call presets. Its users are committed to taking gorgeous photos with their smartphones, and they use this app to do it. Take photos using the app, or import them from your camera roll. Then you can crop, edit and save them, or share them to social media. If you’d like access to more features like a broader array of presets, you can buy them, but the app works well without them.

vsco.co/vscocam | Free!

3. Flickr

Flickr has been around for ages, offering an easy way to store and share photos online. Its free smartphone app is available on iPhone and Android, allowing you take photos with your phone, edit them and post them to your Flickr account. With the new pricing plans for Flickr, you can do a lot more with a free account, so if it’s been a while you may want to check it out again. Like Instagram, Flickr has a number of filters and allows you to simultaneously post to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. You can also save old photos from your Flickr account to your phone, giving you access to your online photo library if you’re already a Flickr user.

mobile.yahoo.com/flickr | Free!

4. Camera+

This app stands alone on our list of smartphone photo apps because it’s not free, and it’s only available for iPhone. Like the others it allows you to take photos within the app itself, or import them from your phone’s camera roll. However, unlike the others it offers a lot of little extras for the in-app camera, like a timed photo option and the ability to choose different exposure and focus points. The photo editing options are fairly sophisticated, and it gives you the option of sharing photos to social media, as well as via text message and email. There’s also an iPad version so you can edit your photos on a bigger device if you like.

campl.us | $1.99

5. Snapseed

This app is less of a camera app, and more of a photo-editing app. Like most of our other favourite smartphone photo apps, it’s free and available for iPhone and Android. It has a broad array of very artistic filters and controls, and you can adjust your photo with a high degree of precision. Once you’ve edited your photos, you can share them via social media, print them and so on. It has a steeper learning curve than our other apps, but it’s not too daunting and you’ll have the hang of it in no time. It has tablet versions as well, plus a Google+ version.

www.snapseed.com | Free!

We’ve shared our five favourite smartphone photo apps – what about yours? Leave us a reply and tell us what we missed!

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