The native Windows 10 camera app does a commendable job, but some may prefer an alternate camera interface. Whether it’s with more features, a simpler interface, or a more specialized design, the Windows Store has a nice collection of options to consider.
Many of these apps are for Windows 10 Mobile – you need a camera, after all – but if you’re using a tablet or your laptop to take photos, some of them are also available for Windows 10 PC.
After searching the shelves of the Windows Store for the best camera apps for Windows 10, let’s take a look at what the Store has to offer!
Camera360 Sight has been available in the Windows Store for some time and has replaced the popular Camera360 app. This camera app stands out from the crowd with its gesture controls. Swipe up in the viewfinder and you reveal the aspect ratio options (4: 3, 16: 9, and 1: 1) and swipe down to cycle through an assistive toolbar that has options for a viewfinder grid, reverse viewfinder, HDR capture and white balance settings.
Additional features of Camera360 include:
- Three self-timer modes (three, five and voice activated)
- Nine effects filters in real time
- Flash controls (on, off and automatic)
- Pinch to zoom
- Front camera support
One of the cool features for capturing images with Camera360 is an exposure compensation control that appears when you tap the viewfinder. This setting can help you get better exposure for your images.
Besides being a powerful camera app, Camera360 Sight has a respectable built-in photo editor. Editing tools include 12 adjustment tools (exposure, brightness, highlights, etc.), crop tools, and over 60 effects filters. The publisher might not be getting what it pays for, but when you’re on the go, it does a good job.
Camera360 Sight is a free camera app for Windows 10 Mobile and offers an attractive photography package for beginners and more advanced shooters.
Download Camera360 Sight from the Windows Store
If you feel like the native camera app is lacking and you need more DSLR-like features, ProShot is the Windows 10 app for you. We have seen ProShot develop over the years into a high performance and feature rich camera application.
Onscreen camera controls put just about everything at your fingertips, and when you need to dive into a menu, everything is presented in a clean and professional manner. Proshot’s features are plentiful, but here are the highlights:
- Auto, program, manual and two custom modes
- Manual, semi-manual and automatic controls on exposure, flash, focus, ISO, shutter speed and white balance
- Exposure compensation (+3 to -3)
- Support for RAW formats
- HDR and Time-lapse modes
- One finger zoom
- Aspect ratio options including 16: 9, 4: 3, and 1: 1
Video capture functions support resolutions up to 4K, up to 60 frames per second, real-time audio levels and more.
ProShot is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, and if you’re carrying a Windows Phone 8 device, ProShot Classic ($ 2.99) is also available. The current price of ProShot is $ 3.99 with some in-app purchase opportunities.
Download ProShot from the Windows Store
If High Dynamic Range (HDR) is your cup of tea, HDR Photo Camera is a Windows 10 app worth trying. The app works by capturing three successive images of the same scene at different exposure levels. It then merges the three images together, selecting relevant elements to create a single HDR image that brings out details in the darkness and lights that would otherwise be lost.
If you don’t feel the need for HDR image, the app supports single image photography. Regardless of the capture method, the HDR camera includes a simple photo editor where you can apply effect filters and adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation of the image.
The HDR camera interface is simple and straightforward with a series of control buttons lining the bottom of the viewfinder that includes capture mode options, flash controls, a self-timer, and report options. HDR camera supports 16: 9 and 4: 3 aspect ratios.
The HDR camera settings give you the ability to adjust the exposure bracketing used during HDR capture and change the processing slightly to improve the final image. There is also a setting option to capture images faster (only for Lumia phones) to reduce the need for a tripod or similar bracing.
The HDR photo camera has been around since the days of Windows Phone 8 and has come a long way. I still think you need a tripod to capture HDR images, as even the slightest movement during the relatively slow capturing process can compensate for the stacking of images during HDR processing. However, HDR Photo Camera has progressed enough to give you a chance to capture HDR images hand-held.
HDR Photo Camera is an engaging Windows 10 camera app for those times when you are in the HDR mood. The app is available for Windows 10 Mobile and is currently priced at $ 2.49 with a trial version so you can try things out before you buy.
Download the HDR camera from the Windows Store
B612 is a Windows 10 Mobile app which is described as the ultimate selfie app. This camera app also takes advantage of gesture-accessible menus. Slide the viewfinder down and you can switch between the rear and front cameras. Swipe up on the screen and you have access to the app options menu.
Key features of the B612’s image capture capabilities include:
- Over 75 real-time effects filters
- Collage maker with templates ranging from two to nine images
- Real-time thumbnail tool
- 4: 3 and 1: 1 aspect ratio formats
The B612 has a self-timer with options for two and five second delays. The Windows 10 app can also select filters at random for times when you just can’t pick one and remembers which filters you use the most for quick reference.
There is built-in social integration with Facebook and Twitter to share your images. Overall, B612 is a very nice selfie app for Windows 10 Mobile. It’s a free app and if you are a selfie junkie this is an app worth checking out.
Download B612 from the Windows Store
All of these Windows 10 camera apps are capable of capturing quality images and if you’ve tried any of them let us know how they rocked for you in the comments. Camera app offerings are pale compared to the number of great photo editors in the Windows Store, but if we missed your favorite Windows 10 camera app, please let us know. !
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