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Business News/ Mint-lounge / Features/  Picture perfect: Photo, video-editing apps for your smartphone

Most default camera apps that come preloaded on smartphones have few photo shoot modes and filters available by default. This is where third party photo and video apps can get the most out of your phone’s camera. Not only do they allow users to enhance their selfies and make your social media posts more lively and but also allows user to edit their video recordings on their phone with the same level of convenience as some desktop apps.

Here are some of the new photo and video apps that you can download for free from Google Play Store and the Apple App store right away.

GIPHY Cam. The GIF Camera


Available on Android,iOS

Animated GIF images are the new fad on social networks. While the likes of Facebook have their own stock of GIF emojis, the likes of Instagram and WhatsApp allow users to import and share GIFs form outside. GIPHY Cam is a camera app that works with both front and rear camera and allows users to superimpose GIFs on a selfie or shot taken with the phone’s camera.

The preview options allow last minute changes before you save an image. Most of the GIFs available are based on commonly used expressions and characters. There are some filters available too in case you want to make the whole picture a bit more dramatic.

Adobe Photoshop Fix


Android, iOS

Adobe’s new app brings the finesse of Photoshop tools to small screen. A lighter version of the original Photoshop app, the Fix allows user to make subtle changes to an image by increasing or decreasing light in an image, adjusting focus, alter exposure and contrast levels, remove imperfections in selfies and make dramatic change sot facial features. You can save the changes on Adobe Cloud and access them on other smartphones and tablets too. It works offline and is quite easy to use.

Action Director Video Editor


Available on Android, iOS

ActionDirector brings a PC level video editing experience to smartphone users. You can record a video or select a pre-loaded video and cut out a clip or multiple clips from it. The video editing tools available allow user to lighten or brighten the colours, add titles and names of cast and crew behind a video. You can use the original audio or you can subdue the audio and add background music or song from your phone. It is free to use and doesn’t bother users with incessant ads as most free video apps tend to do.

Microsoft Selfie App


Available on Android, iOS

This is a selfie app which can overcome the limitations of front-facing cameras by enhancing the picture quality using photo enhancement tools. You can click a selfie using this app’s camera or select one from your phone’s camera roll. The app automatically irons out facial imperfections such as dark circles under the eye or a pimple on the cheek. In case you want to cheer up a selfie you can apply one of the filters available within the app.



Available on Android

What makes photo filter apps relevant is the filters they offer. The likes of Prisma use artworks as filters Pixel Cam uses rare and offbeat elements in its filters. It also works offline and is applies filers almost instantly. What gives it an edge over the likes of Prisma is the option to add filters over video recordings. With the live preview option one can see what an image or video will look like with every filter. Some of the filters it stocks are called kaleidoscope, chromatic, cartoon and deformed. Tapping one take s shot and pressing and holding the button record video.

Abhijit Ahaskar
Abhijit writes on tech policy, gaming, security, AI, robotics, electronics and startups. He has been in the media industry for over 12 years.
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Updated: 14 Nov 2016, 03:12 PM IST
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