Must-have photo and video apps for Android & iOS

With the perfect camera and editing apps, your smartphone’s photography capabilities get a boost you couldn’t have otherwise imagined


With the right camera app, you can make mediocre looking camera shots or videos look much better.
With the right camera app, you can make mediocre looking camera shots or videos look much better.

A lot of us rely on our phone’s camera to capture those rare moments with friends or family. The picture quality that you are going to get, most of us believe, solely depends on the hardware, the pixel numbers, type of sensor and aperture. But, the software side of things are equally important. With the right camera app, you can make mediocre looking camera shots or videos look much better. Here are some of the top photo and video apps for smartphone you can’t ignore.

Prisma can make regular camera shots look like an art work in a matter of seconds.
Prisma can make regular camera shots look like an art work in a matter of seconds.

Prisma

Free

Android, iOS

Prisma can let you make your regular camera shots look like an art work in a matter of seconds. What makes it different from other filter apps is the fact that it uses a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence (AI) to understand the contents of an image to apply a filter. You can click a photo from Prisma or pull out one from your gallery, change orientation or crop it, before you can apply one of the 30 unique filters it offers. The filters are inspired by works of painters such as Pablo Picasso and Francis Picabia, painting styles such as Gothic art and art works based on TV series like Breaking Bad.

Quik offers professional level video editing options to smartphone users without charging a dime.
Quik offers professional level video editing options to smartphone users without charging a dime.

Quik

Free

Android, iOS

Developed by GoPro, Quik offers professional level video editing options to smartphone users without charging a dime. The apps comes with 25 unique video styles and over 80 free songs that one can use to create a video which can be a combination of several photos from the phone’s camera roll or small video clips. The multiple video edition tools, allows one to trim video clips, add text overlays, and adjust frame rates to create professional level videos on your smartphone.

Artisto uses artificial intelligence to apply filters on videos.
Artisto uses artificial intelligence to apply filters on videos.

Artisto

Free

Android, iOS

Also referred to as the Prisma of video world, Artisto uses artificial intelligence to apply filters on videos. However, it doesn’t work with videos longer than 10 seconds. You can crop out a clip of 10 seconds from any video or movie on your phone and apply a filter on it. The whole process requires seamless internet connection which combined with the time taken on processing a video file will take about 1-2 minutes. Artisto has more than 14 cool filters based on work of real artists and painting style such as Blue Dream, Art Nouveau and Neutral Art.

MSQRD allows users to apply funny face filters over their regular selfies
MSQRD allows users to apply funny face filters over their regular selfies

MSQRD

Free

Android, iOS

A Facebook app, MSQRD allows users to apply funny face filters over their regular selfies. The live preview feature automatically applies a filter on the face even before a picture has been clicked to give the user an idea of what the final outcome will look like. This makes it perfect for Facebook users looking for something funny. The app also lets user to flip and use the rear camera so one can apply these filters on other people’s faces too. The apps capability isn’t limited to photos but can work its magic on faces in videos as well.

Microsoft Selfie is about making your selfies look better
Microsoft Selfie is about making your selfies look better

Microsoft Selfie App

Free

Android, iOS

Microsoft Selfie is about making your selfies look better. Even if your phone doesn’t have special modes for your front camera this app can fill that gap by enhancing he picture quality of selfies. The app uses photo enhancement tools which can automatically iron out facial imperfections such as pimple, a cut mark or dark circles under the eyes. The app also has its own set of cool filters that can add variety to your social media posts. It works offline and delivers instant results.

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