Camera360 v3.1 for Android loses the ugly interface, gains improved effects

There are a number of beautiful camera alternatives for iOS that people swear by, including Camera+, Camera Awesome, Instagram and more. So too for Android, though they’ve tended to be of lesser quality. Camera360 has always been up there with the best of them in terms of features, but the UI has tended towards the ugly. Despite that fact, it was downloaded over 20 million times in its first year.

With version 3.0, Camera360 updated its UI, added some amazing features including real-time effects and front-facing camera support, and an improved photo gallery for quick reviewing. Version 3.1 fixes a bunch of bugs and adds the ability to take photos with the volume button.

On the Galaxy Nexus I found performance to be generally fast, though photos didn’t save quite as quickly as in the default camera app. But once a photo is taken there is far more you can do with it, including adding advanced effects like HDR, Lomo, Retro, Tilt-shift and, more recently, Huge Head.

Unfortunately, the app takes at least a second to process each photo, so you’ll have to enable burst mode to take more than one photo quickly. Sharing within the app is improved, with the ability to post to Facebook, Flickr and a number of Chinese services like Sina Weibo. Strangely there is no native way to share to Twitter, but you can plug into the generic Android sharing API.

Amazingly, Camera360 Ultimate is available for free, ad-free, to all users running Android 2.2 or higher. Not sure how the company plans to monetize this version, but I’m pretty happy with it.

Check out Camera360 Ultimate in Google Play.