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Best Photo Apps for Amazing Photos

We all carry an incredibly powerful mobile camera in our pockets. It's time to make the most of it with the best photo apps for iPhone.

Replace the Native Camera

While Apple's Camera app is a viable solution, sometimes you just want to get more from your mobile photographs. These apps help you get the best shots possible.

Microsoft Pix Camera

Capture and create amazing photos with a new camera app that does the work for you.

Microsoft Pix Camera

Compare the photo

For those looking for a camera app that adjusts photo settings automatically.

If you are a photo-taking fanatic with your iOS device, then you have probably tried tons of camera apps. But, the Microsoft Pix app claims to take the work out of capturing the perfect photo with automatic setting adjustments for every shot.

Why we love it

Microsoft Pix is certainly easy to use; just open and capture your shot. You can also adjust previous photos you have taken and saved to your device with available filter effects. The images come out nice and you can do a quick comparison of the photo you captured with the adjusted one.

Hipstamatic

This groovy app is perfect to capture an out-of-the-ordinary photo

Hipstamatic

Ready for your ratio

For photographers looking for a retrotastic way to take fun photos.

There are two distinct ways to capture photos using Hipstamtic. In ClassicMode, you can revel in a touch of analog goodness while in pro mode, photographers can adjust a number of different levels to capture that perfect shot. When done taking photos, there are more than 20 professional adjustment tools and 12 signature presets. You can even use the app to get real photo prints delivered to year door.

Why we love it

Hipstamtlc has been around as long as the App Store itself, and for good reason. Even before Instagram, the app allowed users to apply fun filters to their square photos. Swiping through the different lenses, flashes, and films is tons of fun. And if that's not for you, the ProMode allows complete control to capture that perfect photo.

Enlight Quickshot

The only camera app you'll ever need

Enlight Quickshot

The camera that rotates with you

If you want to capture that perfect shot, Quickshot will point you in the right direction

I've been using Enlight for quite some time, moving over to Enlight 2 Photofox when it released. Because of the ease of use and plentiful features Lightricks includes in its apps, they've become my go-to choices for photo editing of all sorts. When I heard that Enlight Quickshot was coming out, I jumped at the opportunity to try it out. This is what the Camera app within the iPhone really needs to be. If you want to capture that perfect shot, Quickshot will point you in the right direction. Not only does it include modes for taking HDR, fast-action, and normal photography, but Quickshot also includes a feature I hardly, if ever, see in a camera app. It automatically aligns your shot, using your iPhone's gyroscope sensors to determine whether you're tilting the handset to one side or the other. The Quickshot mode also provides automatic adjustments to lighting, and allows users to preview what a filter will look like before you ever snap the photo. Quickshot's Quickshot mode takes the hassle out of photo editing, letting you take perfect pictures every time.

Why we love it

Of course, sometimes you don't want to rely on Quickshot mode. You want an HDR image, or need to capture fast-moving action with the Strobe mode. When you edit your photos, you want ease of operations there, too. Enlight has become well-known for offering plenty of filters and adjustment controls, and Quickshot is no exception. Almost all of the filters come free with the app. There are filters for nature and urban settings, as well as portrait filters you can use. That's only the beginning. Other filter categories include summer, abstract, night, and black & white. You can enjoy professional-level editing without the hassle of learning all the terms and controls. You also have at your fingertips almost all of the power of the Enlight app itself, along with an excellent camera app. You can adjust brightness, exposure, depth, shadows, highlights, and more. Add more vibrance to your images, adjust the saturation, or change the temperature of the lighting. Full control over your images is included right there, so you can make that boring, drab but essential picture come to life. Here's the best part. Enlight Quickshot includes batch editing, so you can apply the same filter or settings to several photographs. Without a subscription, you're limited to batch editing just three photos, but with the subscription option you can also create your own personalized filters that you save for future use, while also being able to batch edit as many photos as you can tap.

Perfect Those Photos

Even a great photograph can be improved through software. These apps are some of the best to help you create the perfect photo.

Enlight

This photo app does it all

Enlight

Your Photos, Your Way

When you want one photo editing app to do it all, Enlight is the one.

Enlight is an all-in-one photo editing app that will eliminate the need for multiple apps on your iOS device. With Enlight, you'll have the basics like color adjustment, cropping, and even some filters that can change how your photo looks. But the app does much more, such as text on images, artistic effects like paintings and watercolors, double exposure, Instagram-ready borders, and much more. With Enlight on your iOS device, you won't have to worry about not having the right tool for the job, because you'll have them all in one place. It's super convenient and well worth the price tag.

Why we love it

Enlight is one of the most powerful photo editing apps that we've had the pleasure of using, and it's a must-have for any photographer's toolbox.

Photo Editor by Aviary

When you just need a lightweight and flexible photo editor

Photo Editor by Aviary

Enhance and Stylize

For anyone who just needs a plain and simple photo editing app.

Photo Editor by Aviary contains powerful tools for every mobile photographer. You have the basic photo adjustments, cool and stylish filters, and even some advanced tools for the perfect selfie. It's fast, simple, and has a ton of features for free. What more do you need?

Why we love it

Aviary is a lightweight and fast photo editor that has all of the basics you need for free, and then some.

Pixelmator

When you need an all-in-one Photoshop experience

Pixelmator

Pixelmator-demo

For anyone who needs powerful photo editing, as well as working with digital graphics

Pixelmator is one of the best photo and image editing apps that you can buy on iOS. The app brings desktop-like power to iOS, and is capable of letting you tweak your photographs to perfection through powerful editing tools. And if you are more of a graphic designer, Pixelmator is great for that too, as there are a lot of tools to create your own graphics and artwork. It's flexible, customizable, and provides enough power so that you never have to use a desktop or laptop computer again for image editing.

Why we love it

We love Pixelmator because of the power that it provides. It's super easy and provides us with all of the tools that we would ever need to perfect our photos.

Create Unique Photos

Looking for apps that can turn your photos into something completely unique and different, such as a work of art? These apps help you add that cool flair to impress your friends.

Pencil Sketch Photo Camera Pad

Pencil Sketch Photo Camera Pad

DUAN YUNYONG

Do you want to make your everyday pictures shine and funny?
Pencil Sketch is a easy to use and funny app that lets you convert your photos into sketches or cartoon avatars by applying up to 100+ different image effects. None of your pictures will look ordinary again.

Main Features:
+ Now featuring 50+ different sketch effects : pencil sketch, Memory Style sketch, Blue Art Style sketch, Old Movie Style, Skateboards sketch, Face Frame sketch, Smooth sketch
+ Now featuring 50+ different cartoon effects : 3D Gorden Sculpt, Black & White sketch, Color sketch, Sharpen Filter, Black & White Photo, Reverse Color, Memory Style Photo
+ Easy-to-Use interface.

The Pencil Sketch effect can be applied to any image. Best effects are obtained by using a picture with a big head.

Visionn

Visionn

BeFunky Inc

Turn photos & videos into painterly renderings as seen in the movies Sin City & A Scanner Darkly. Effect styles range from graphic novel art & Anime to oil painting, sketch and more.

What makes Visionn different:
- Instantly preview and add effects to photos from your camera roll
- Unique effects built in-house and based off the same effects used in movies and music videos
- All the effects work live in your camera as you’re capturing moments
- Full-frame photo and video capture. Yes, we also have a square option too!
- No length restrictions when post processing your videos, and live capture up to 4mins of footage at a time

Visionn comes from the creators of BeFunky Photo Editor, which currently brings joy to over 30 million people worldwide!

Say 'Hi' to our team and let us know what you think, email [email protected] :)

Percolator

Percolator

Tinrocket, LLC

Transform your photos into dazzling multicolor mosaics!

• “Delightfully quirky” —NY Times
• 4½ out of 5 Mice: “The animated effects throughout the app are truly impressive...” —Macworld
• “The result—something like a Seurat painting rendered with Microsoft Paint’s circle tool—is unique in the app world.” —Wired App Guide
• “Percolator…is a unique, well-done modernist app with a fun retro wink.” —Life In LoFi

Features:
• Create delightful mosaics from your photos
• Amazing Brews, each with their own unique look
• Intuitive dial-based controls
• Save to your phone or share via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Email
• Try it with other photo editing apps — mix-n-match!

Happy Percolating!

Better Panoramas

Panoramic photos can really capture the amazing scenery that you're witnessing in person. These apps are the best for getting the perfect panorama.

360 Panorama

Get a 360 degree view of the world

360 Panorama

360 Panorama

For anyone who wants a powerful panorama app for their iOS device.

360 Panorama is a simple app that has powerful features that will appeal to any photographer. Just use your device's camera to capture full 360-degree views and create magical panoramas as the image in the viewfinder gets stretched out to an immersive experience. You can even create stereographic panoramas with the latest updates, and it's incredibly easy to use.

Why we love it

360 Panorama is a fast and simple way to create beautiful panoramas that are much more immersive than your typical super-wide shots.

PanoPerfect

Shoot perfect panoramas and share them with a community

PanoPerfect

See amazing photos from all over the world

For anyone who loves taking panoramas and sharing them with others.

PanoPerfect is a simple app that is a social network for sharing your great panoramic shots. Just create an account and upload your epic photos to be shown off to the community. You can also see shots that others have uploaded in the Stream and comment and like the ones you love. Get notifications when a new panorama from a friend is uploaded, and get notified when you get likes and comments. Get out there and shoot those great panoramas and showcase them in this app.

Why we love it

Panoramas are great for showing off beautiful landscapes, so it's nice to be able to do that easily with other people so they can feel like they're there too.

Storytelling Through Collages

While we may have some great photos from a popular spot or event, it can be a hassle to share photos one-by-one. Collages help you showcase your best moments, and these apps are perfect for the job.

Manage Your Photos

Now that you have a collection of amazing photographs, how are you supposed to manage them all? These apps can help.

Google Photos

Unlimited cloud photo backups that are magically searchable

Google Photos

Search your entire photo library

For those who have lots of photos and no way to organize them.

Google Photos is a Great way to store and manage all of your images and videos. Everything is automatically uploaded from your Camera Roll, and everything is automatically organized and searchable. Along with iOS devices, you can also access everything on the Web. And best of all, you'll receive unlimited storage for free. After uploading everything, the app makes it easy to find what you're looking for. One of the more unique features is the visual search capability that allows you to search the people, places, and things in each photo - no tagging required. Along with managing images, you can also edit your photos.

Why we love it

Google Photos is dead simple to use. You literally just open the app and it does everything. The backups, the organizing, the searching, etc. You do not have to tag anything, Google just knows. It even has a cool "Assistant" feature which creates little recap videos, animated gifs of your photos, and albums of events. Google Photos also groups all the photos of the same person together. So you can click on one image of a person and see all their photos. If you want to go ahead and tell Google that person's name, you can even search by their name. So for example you can search for "John at the beach" or "John and Mary" to see all the photos that have both John and Mary together in them.

Ever - Photo Backup & Storage

When you just want one album for all of life's photographic memories

Ever - Photo Backup & Storage

Ever - Photo Backup & Storage

For anyone who wants an automated backup of all of their photos.

Everalbum is a comprehensive photo backup solution across a variety of platforms. With Everalbum, you can be assured that photos from all of your various hardware sources are backed up into the Everalbum cloud. Every user gets unlimited storage space so that all memories are kept safe, and everything is encrypted and private so your photos aren't viewed by unwanted eyes. Once images are uploaded, you can delete them locally from your device to free up some precious space. Everalbum also makes it easy to share your memories with others and even relive throwbacks every day, so you don't forget about those photos that you've sent up to the cloud. It's fast, free, and super intuitive to use.

Why we love it

Everalbum is a great option for online photo backup. Just install it on all of your devices and high resolution copies are saved to the cloud so you can free them from your local storage. Share memories, relive the past, and always have peace of mind knowing that your photos are safely backed up.

Shoebox - Cloud Photo Storage

Shoebox - Cloud Photo Storage

Couch Labs Inc

Shoebox - Cloud Photo Storage

For those who want a photo backup app with unlimited cloud storage.

Shoebox - Photo Backup and Cloud Storage lets you browse your photos based on location, season, or time of day. View slideshows and share photos directly to your favorite social media sites. With unlimited cloud storage space for photos at a resolution of 10.6 megapixels and an upgrade option as well, your memories will always be safe.

Why we love it

Shoebox - Photo Backup and Cloud Storage not only backs up your photos, but lets you browse and share easily.

Tidy Up Your Camera Roll

Once you've uploaded high quality, full resolution images to your service of choice or just have local computer backups, you can save space on your iPhone by getting rid of unnecessary photos in your Camera Roll.

Keenai

Keenai

Eye-Fi, Inc

Keenai

For those looking to organize, sync, and back up photos from all of their cameras.

Use with your Eyefi Mobi or Toshiba Flashair WiFi SD cards, with your WiFi cameras from Canon, Nikon, GoPro and others, and with your iPhone or iPad to get a unified camera roll of all of your photos and videos. View, share and enjoy them and back up and store them both in the cloud and at home automatically.

Why we love it

Keenai gives you access to all your photos, anywhere or anytime you want.

Screeny 2.0

Get rid of the screenshot clutter in your Camera Roll

Screeny 2.0

Screeny 2.0

Screeny is for those who find tons of screenshots in their Camera Roll and want to get rid of them.

Screeny is a simple app that anyone can use. If your Camera Roll is constantly cluttered up with annoying screenshots that you may have taken before and don't need now, or they were just by accident, Screeny makes it a breeze to get rid of them all. The app will scan your Camera Roll for any screenshots (iOS device or even those from the Apple Watch), and you can manually select the ones you want to get rid of, or just choose All Screenshots or Just Apple Watch Screenshots. Once you have the screenshots you want to remove selected, just tap on the trash can button and they'll be erased automatically. The app tells you how much space you saved. It's fast and convenient, and a great way to remove unnecessary screenshot clutter from your Camera Roll.

Why we love it

We take a lot of screenshots here at AppAdvice, and tend to forget about them later. Screeny makes it super easy for us to go and remove those screenshots without a second thought.