With smartphones boasting megapixels that are big enough to rival the Eiffel Tower and that also serve perfectly to double up as a handy camera, it’s time we turned our attention to the latest Aesthetic ‘thing’: camera app alternatives.

Cymera – Available for Android, iPhone and iPad

A reigning favourite of mine, Cymera is an all-in-one camera app that creates soft finish images. Not to be confused with soft focus (we’ll come on to that later), the app allows you to shoot, edit and process photos within the same app. The crop and collage tools are especially useful, but the editing spectrum is where Cymera comes into its own. With a plethora of filters akin to Instagram, as well as light options, borders and stamps, Cymera is just right for girlier users.

Download: Android / iOS

LINE Camera – Available for Android, iPhone and iPad

A popular app in South Korea, LINE plays host to a few apps but our attention has been captivated by LINE Camera. The app is similar to Cymera, but features bespoke LINE stickers that are ridiculously cute and funny at the same time. One to watch…

Download: Android / iOS

PhotoWonder – Available for Android, iPhone and iPad

A tool primarily saved for collaging photos, PhotoWonder is a great app to have on standby. Comes with plenty of standard filters, but y’know, mostly there for collaging.

Download: Android / iOS

Pudding Camera – Available for Android, iPhone and iPad

Pudding Camera is a long-standing favourite of ours at Aesthetic House. Before Instagram for Android appeared, Pudding existed to add filters, pretend to be a Diana camera, create soft focus images, allow special effects, fish-eyes and more. The camera also goes hand in hand with an online community that is small, tightknit and intelligible.

Download: Android / iOS

TextCutie – Available for Android, iPhone and iPad

Not quite a camera, but perfect for text based Instagram photos once in a while, TextCutie has pages and pages of backgrounds, typefaces and stamps to get a simple message across when a selca/selfie just won’t do the job.

Download: Android / iOS

WonderCam – Available for Android, iPhone and iPad

Perhaps our office favourite, WonderCam is a unique camera app that beautifies, softens and brightens the face. Complete with all of the now standard editing tools, WonderCam has a crazily fun wink cam tool which means the front-facing camera is activated by your wink. Yes really.

Download: Android / iOS

Paper Camera – Available for Android, iPhone and iPad

Another similar girlish and fun camera, add effects, crop your photos and run your photos through post-processing before letting it loose on Instagram. A firm favourite amongst all with a simple yet pretty user interface.

Download: Android / iOS

Michelle Chai is a self-confessed colour avoider, avid coffee enthusiast, multi-tasker extraordinaire and, by night, a regular fashion blogger at Daisybutter. She edits Aesthetic (both online and print) and really enjoys her ongoing quest for the perfect knit. FYI, this one came close to nabbing the title.


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