Camera360 Ultimate is a cool camera and photo editor for Android. While it has been around for a while it has recently received a comprehensive update that has improved UI, options and functionality across the entire application. If you like adding fiters, manipulating and sharing images- this is an awesome app to check out.
Tested on: HTC Desire HD
Content Rating: Everyone
Camera360 Ultimate is a hugely powerful and feature rich camera application. There are dozens and dozens of pre and post- photograph effects in an easy-to-use interface. I should say from the offset that, above all, this is a dedicated camera app. I was disappointed to see that you can’t upload previously taken pictures to play with in the editing suite, so it’s not anything like popular photo sharing apps like Streamzoo, Lightbox Photos, or more dedicated editing apps like Pixl-o-matic.
However, if you want to create some truly mesmeric photos, Camera360 Ultimate is a great go-to app. The app itself opens as would any camera app- with the viewer. From the start, you have options to adjust: Saturation, Sharpness, Brightness, Contrast, Exposure and White Balance. You can also naturally control flash, zoom, shot settings (Normal, Burst, Stabilizer and Timer). You can further impose any of the 16 filter effects or 40 scenes the app includes.
You do not, unfortunately, see these effects through the viewer (like with apps like Paper Camera), but there is a great selection to choose from and lots to tinker with. The settings provide an additional slew of extra options too. These include sound settings, composition of viewer, screen shot (which allows for specific focussing), auto-focus, photo size, quality, save settings, ISO and location recording.
Once you have taken a photo you can try all the filters and scenes out if you haven’t previously. The joy of this is ‘Touch to Compare’ feature. Here, by simply touching the screen you can see a before and after appearance of the picture. This is very cool and lets you compare the natural look of the photo with the chosen filter. Once settled on your picture you can save or share from this screen too. I was, however, disappointed to note there are no advanced editing features such as red-eye removal or cropping.
If you select to share your pictures you can do so via a variety of social networks. While it does include Facebook and Flickr, the majority are Chinese social neworks such as Kaixin and Sina. You need to be signed into these accounts to natively share the picture. There is a neat option to share non-natively and all the suitable apps you have on your device are listed here.
Camera360 Ultimate has a wealth of filters and effects, plus some cool scenes that make your picture really stand out. However, despite this awesomeness, it lacks some simple things that would make it even better. It is missing the ability to upload pictures already on your device and you cannot crop or perform other editing functions.
It is very easy to use. Everything is just a click away in an incredibly user-friendly interface that looks really polished and well thought out. You can add effects before or after taking the picture and there are countless options and tweaks to make in a very natural and intuitive environment.
While I really like the app I’m unsure it would replace your native camera (or a stronger 3rd party replacement such as Camera Zoom FX). Instead I would think it’s a better option to get to know the app and its filters/scenes and use the app when and where you think a picture needs it. Because of the wealth of options, it’s not perhaps ideal as a daily snapper but certainly a good option if you like taking pictures with specific effects.
This could be a completely different app if you could upload from your SD card and add filters to existing pictures. However, it is an app that must be used ‘on-the-fly’ and so might not have as much practical use.
The interface is beautiful and very slick. The transitions and navigation are extremely smooth and the app feels good to use.
(4.2 out of 5)
Should you Download Camera360 Ultimate? Camera360 Ultimate is a great photography app but you need a little time to play with and tweak each photo. You can’t just upload previously taken pictures and run them through the rich effects and filters the app offers, which is a real shame and certainly limits the applications usage for me. There are some good sharing options and some brilliant scenes and effects. The app is free and you can also download extra packs such as Camera360: Fantasy Creative and X’Mas Pack for Camera360, so it’s definitely worth a look. I don’t think it will replace your everyday camera, but it’s a brilliant option for special shots and occasions.