The native Windows 10 camera app does a commendable job of things, but some may prefer an alternative camera interface. Be it one with more features, an easier interface or a more specialized design, the Windows Store has a nice collection of options worth considering.
Many of these apps are for Windows 10 Mobile — you need a camera, after all — but should you use a tablet or your laptop to take photos some of them are also available for Windows 10 PC.
After searching the Windows Store shelves 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 a while and replaced the popular Camera360 app. This camera app stands out from the pack with its gesture-based controls. Swipe up at the viewfinder and you reveal image ratio options (4:3, 16:9 and 1:1) and swipe down to review an assistive toolbar that has options for a viewfinder grid, invert the viewfinder, HDR capture and white balance settings.
Additional features for Camera360 include:
- Three self-timer modes (three, five and voice activated)
- Nine real-time effects filters
- Flash controls (on, off and automatic)
- Pinch to zoom
- Front camera support
One of the nice features for capturing images with Camera360 is an exposure compensation control that pops up when you tap on the viewfinder. This adjustment can help you achieve better exposure for your images.
Along with being a capable camera app, Camera360 Sight has a respectable built-in photo editor. Editing tools include 12 adjustment tools (exposure, brightness, highlights, etc.), cropping tools and more than 60 effects filters. The editor may not give Adobe Photoshop a run for its money, but when you are on the go, it does a rather nice job of things.
Camera360 Sight is a free camera app for Windows 10 Mobile and delivers an attractive photography package for beginners and more advanced shooters alike.
If you feel as though the native camera app is lacking and need more DSLR-like features, ProShot is the Windows 10 app for you. We have seen ProShot develop over the years into a highly capable, feature-rich camera app.
The on-screen camera controls places just about everything within reach, and when you do have to dive into a menu, everything is presented in clean, pro-style manner. Proshot's features are numerous, but here are the highlights:
- Auto, Program, Manual and two Custom Modes
- Manual, Semi-Manual and Automatic controls over exposure, flash, focus, ISO, shutter speed and white balance
- Exposure compensation (+3 to -3)
- RAW format support
- HDR and Time-lapse modes
- One-finger zoom
- Aspect ration options, including 16:9, 4:3 and 1:1
Video capture features support up to 4K resolutions, up to 60 frames per second, real-time audio levels and more.
ProShot is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, and should you be sporting a Windows Phone 8 device, ProShot Classic ($2.99) (opens in new tab) is available as well. The current price for ProShot is $3.99 with a few in-app purchase opportunities.
HDR Photo Camera
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, selecting relevant elements to create a single HDR image that brings out details in the darks and lights that would otherwise be lost.
If you don't feel the need for an HDR image, the app does support single image photography. Regardless of the capture method, HDR Photo Camera includs a simple photo editor where you can apply effect filters and adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation of the image.
HDR Photo Camera's interface is simple and straightforward with a series of control buttons lining the bottom of the viewfinder that includes capture mode options, flash controls, self-timer and ratio options. HDR Photo Camera supports 16:9 and 4:3 image ratios.
The settings for HDR Photo Camera provides you with the options to adjust the exposure bracketing used during HDR capture and tweak the processing ever so 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.
HDR Photo Camera has been around since the days of Windows Phone 8 and has advanced nicely. I still think you need a tripod to capture HDR images because the slightest movement duing the relatively slow capture process can offset the image stacking during HDR processing. However, HDR Photo Camera has progressed enough to give you a fighting chance at capturing HDR images free-hand.
HDR Photo Camera is an appealing Windows 10 camera app for the times you are in an HDR mood. The app is available for Windows 10 Mobile and is currently priced at $2.49 with a trial version to let you try things out before buying.
B612 is a Windows 10 Mobile app that is described as the ultimate selfie app. This camera app also takes advantage of gesture accessible menus. Swipe down at the viewfinder and you can toggle between the rear and front cameras. Swipe up at the screen and you have access to the app's options menu.
Key features with B612's image capturing abilities include:
- Over 75 real-time effects filters
- Collage creator with templates ranging from two to nine images
- Real-time vignette tool
- Image ratio formats of 4:3 and 1:1
B612 does have a self-timer with options for two and five second delays. The Windows 10 app also can select filters at random for those times you just cannot decide on one and remembers the filters you use the most for quick reference.
There is built-in social integration with Facebook and Twitter for sharing your images. Overall, B612 is a very nice selfie app for Windows 10 Mobile. It is a free app and should you be a selfie junkie, it is an app well worth checking out.
All of these Windows 10 camera apps are capable of capturing quality images and if you have given any of them a try, let us know how they shook out for you in the comments. The camera app offerings pale in comparison to the number of great photo editors in the Windows Store, but if we have missed your favorite Windows 10 camera app, feel free to let us know!
George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
Excellent article! Haven't tried B612 in a while, and I totally agree with ProShot and Camera360Sight! I'm a fan of how these help bring life to cameras on phones such as the 640, that were really nice for what it had with Lumia Camera. That other app seems to be nice too, will check it out.
Why does Camera360 Sight require ALL THOSE PERMISSIONS though? Being a free app, this almost looks like a Trojan for data farming. Similar to what those Caller ID apps have been doing.
Big fan of ProShot, but honestly never use it, I use my camera button to launch my camera when I need it. I don't understand why we don't yet have the ability to set a default camera.
No you don't. The setting is there but it does not allow you to change from Windows Camera. Windows Camera is the only one in the drop down. The Pro shot dev has previously explained that is still not an option for him.
When I had an HTC One M8, my dropdown list had more than one camera app, so I KNOW it's possible.
I have carried every flagship AT&T has carried, from 7 until now with my 950. It has never been an option. There has been many conversations on this site and elsewhere complaining that it has never been open to devs outside of using lenses. Not saying you're wrong or lying, but this has been an issue as talked about by the community since day 1. The pro shot dev specifically has voiced here that MS has not made that available for either of his app. Pro Shot and Pro Shot classic. --------------------------- Edit: With that said, it is entirely possible that MS worked with HTC like they did with Nokia prior to the purchase to have a custom camera in there for pureview. I know the HTC had the special dual lense camera, so.... But in general, it has never been a changeable option for users.
The only time I ever seen more than one option is when lumia camera was still a thing, for a while you could pick between the microsoft one or the lumia one.
B612: Last updated on: 2015-09-14 18:16:51
Camera360 Sight: Last updated on: 2015-03-26 02:07:40 Totally not abandonware.
ProShot is the best. If I'm taking pictures where I need to adjust exposure, focus, and a few other things, I use that instead of either Nokia/Lumia camera or the Microsoft camera.
The default Camera app does all those things as well.
Well, ProShot allows you 10 sec shutter speed while you get only 4 sec with default camera. Everything else is pretty much the same.
Additionally, non-native W10M phones upgraded to that have dropped qualitywise. It is getting better but it just isn't as good. At least ProShot lets you get some of that back.
Umm I can't see 10sec exposure time in ProShot. It's 4
In ProShot the functions are a lot quicker to access. Also, when I mention the Microsoft camera app, I mean the WP 8.1 version just to explain myself better.
I also recommend Night Cam app. It is very good for low light shots with its unique shake indicator.
Until these apps can either be set as the default camera app or can be accessed via Lenses, they'll remain only marginally useful. Microsoft needs to get its **** together and fix the little things like this.
I have the paid ProShot version but uses it very seldom. I have the Camera360Sight but use it mostly for editing. I might try to download the others but I not sure if I will ever use them.
I've been using ProShot. It works best for me!
Love ProShot, especially with the "older" (all phones released before October 2015) Lumias.
The processing algorithm which resides in firmware part has messed up in Nokia Lumia 730 during OS updates. Post processing ruins everything. Too much noise in images. I really miss those quality and sharp images. Now there is greenish/yellowish tint after post processing.
Same case with 640XL. I don't mind WDRT back to 8.1
Still waiting to be able to set the default camera app. I see the dropdown, but on my Alcatel Idol 4S, I only see "Camera" and none of my other camera apps.
Default camera app sometimes crashes on L640xl
In my Lumia 540 camera 360 sight is not working well. There is a screen orientation problem exists after updated to w10
Camera360 sight is not good! On my lumia640xl, scaling is very bad!
does anybody has the problem with camera360 Sight display when applying an effect to the camera?
Yup.. Some sreen orientation problem
ProShot is the best camera app out there ......... Perfect Colors and the settings just stunning........... ! I really love the Camera360 because of the filters ....... it creates the perfect image without the need of a pc with photoshop......!!
Why does ProShot get 2 stars?
B612 actually improves the selfie cam no ugly lumia algorithms
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