There are hundreds of camera apps on Google Play that promise to make you a better photographer or dramatically improve the photos you take. Camera360 Ultimate actually delivers on these promises and allows you to take photos like a pro without loads of effort and years of practice.
Take SLR-style photos from your phone
Camera360 Ultimate is not short of features. It boasts a wide variety of 'cams' with different options available depending on the type of picture you want to take. The first place you'll want to start is in Easy Cam where most of the settings are set to automatic, though you can on or off the stabilizer and composition grid, and easily zoom in and out.
Other interesting camera options include the 'effects' cam, the 'funny' cam, the 'selfie' cam (which automatically smooths your face) and the 'color shift' cam, which allows you to keep just one color in your photo and make the rest of the background black and white. This is something I would never be able to do with a regular camera app, but the results are really impressive.
This is equally true of the tilt shift cam, which allows you to select a part (or parts) of a photo to blur while keeping the rest of it in focus. It's the kind of thing you normally need a top-of-the-range camera to achieve.
And if none of the pre-installed camera options in Camera360 Ultimate meet your needs, you can download more from the store. At the moment the options are limited, but hopefully there will be more released soon.
The in-app photo album is a highlight as, with one touch of a button, you can go straight into a grid view of your photos arranged by date. Other features include transferring your photos to phones that are nearby through near-field communications, as well as the option to back up your photos in the cloud.
Camera360 Ultimate also works with the Sony Lens-Style camera, which is a lens that clips to your phone to produce better results.
Takes some getting used to
When I first started using Camera360 Ultimate, I found it difficult to navigate and I was frustrated because I wanted to take a picture, not mess around trying to find the right setting and options. Nothing is immediately obvious in the app.
Camera360 Ultimate can be slow and sluggish; pressing the back arrow at the top of the screen often doesn't seem to work, while pressing the back button on your phone either seems to do nothing or take you back to your phone homescreen.
Also, you have to adjust a slider to zoom rather than pinch, which is what most people are used to. So it isn't the most intuitive app in the world.
That said, after looking at the results, I can say that the photos were probably the best I've ever taken. And, once you take some time to properly explore the Camera360 Ultimate and all its features, you'll easily get the hang of it. Being able to take stunning photos that often look like they were from a SLR camera is very impressive.
Fantastic results, if only it was easier to use...
Camera360 Ultimate allows you to take some fantastic, professional-looking photos in a variety of styles with a range of effects. It's perfect if you just want to take a 'normal' photo, and it's also great if you want to achieve a more specific type of effect, as you only have to change the 'cam'.
If the developer improved the usability issues and made the app more intuitive, Camera360 Ultimate could become the one-stop camera app of choice for Android users.