Upgrade Your Windows Phone 8 Camera With Cool Lens Apps

Lenses are one of the coolest features in Windows Phone 8. So what exactly are they? Think of a DSLR camera, you buy a camera body of your choice, which you then pair up with a lens that fits your needs. There is a wide array of lenses to choose from, each with its own purpose for example macro lenses for shooting objects up close, wide angle lenses for taking shots with a very wide perspective.

Camera lenses on WIndows Phone 8

Camera lenses on WIndows Phone 8

Think of your Windows Phone 8 camera app as the camera body. You can then spice it up by downloading camera lens apps which add more functionality to your camera. You can launch your lens apps directly from within the camera app. The first button with two arrows launches lenses…and there you see all your installed lens apps.

Read on to find some of the ones I really like and would recommend!

ProShot

ProShot is my go-to lens everytime I launch the camera. It’s a lens designed for professional photography and gives you features akin to a DSLR. You can take shots in Auto, Program, Manual, and two Custom modes, with the ability to manually adjust shutter speed, White balance, ISO, Exposure, AF Assist Lamp.
You can also take burst shots, a timelapse or set a self-timer. On the display, you can choose to have grid lines, a 3D level gauge or a histogram
Disclaimer: ProShot is currently not compatible with Samsung devices.

Price: $1.99
Requires: Windows Phone 8
Developer: Rise Up Games

Fhotoroom

Fhotoroom is one lens that does everything, and does it all right. Fhotoroom basically transforms your camera app into a pro camera enabling you to adjust settings such as Exposure and ISO. It also features several modes – burst, timer, timelapse, macro, scenic and portrait. You can then edit photos you’ve taken before by cropping, rotating, adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation, gamma etc. When satisfied, you can upload your photo to the inbuilt photo sharing network.

Price: Free
Requires: Windows 7.5 and above
Developer: Supporting Computers Inc

Camera360

Camera360 comes with a compass allowing you to change modes between Auto, Portrait, Scenery, Food, Night and Macro. There is also a choice of six photo frames to choose from. The lens also comes with a very cool Photo Diary that is really a cool way to view your gallery and easily share your photos.

Price: Free
Requires: Windows Phone 8
Developer: PinGuo Technology Co., Ltd.

Smart Shoot

Shooting group photos can be a pain…there is always that one person who is not ready, looking away etc. That’s where Smart Shoot saves the day. It shoots five frames for each picture then you pick the best faces from each frame. It then automatically merges them into an awesome picture.
You can also pick your best out of the five frames and remove any people or objects ensuring you get a perfect picture. You can then share your perfect picture to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr
Price: Free
Requires: Windows Phone 8
Developer: Nokia Corporation

LazyLens

LazyLens is an intuitive easy-to-use photo editor for your Windows Phone. It lets you choose between 23 presets, while adjusting the colour, texture, light effect, vignete and frame for each. You can also adjust brightness, contrast and saturation, crop your photos and share them t your favorite social networks. Moreover, all your photos are saved in HD!

Price: Free
Requires: Windows Phone 7.5 and above
Developer: Capsule Digital

Photosynth

Photosynth allows you to take 360° panoramas horizontally and vertically, making it a perfect sphere. Once you’ve created a Photosynth, you can share it as an interactive panoramic experience on Facebook and Twitter using the free Photosynth.net service. You can also publish your panoramas to Bing, where it will pop up on Bing Maps and in Bing search results.

Price: Free
Requires: Windows 7.5 and above
Developer: Microsoft Corporation

Blink

BLINK lets you capture a burst of 16 shots before you even press the shutter, and continues to capture pictures after you have taken your shot. You can then pick the the shots you want to save or access any of the 16 shots by opening the image in BLINK. This comes in really handy for action photos such as sports when you don’t want to miss a shot.

Price: Free
Requires: Windows Phone 8
Developer: Microsoft Research

Handyscan

Handyscan comes in real handy(see what I did there) when you need to quickly scan a document on the go. I’ve used it to scan newspaper articles, business cards, notes etc. You can then export your scans to PDF, send them via email or upload them to SkyDrive or Dropbox.
Some cool features include adding text to documents i.e you can scan a form and fill it in, straight on your phone, creating collages, aligning and correcting perspectives of scanned documents etc.

Price: $2.99
Requires: Windows Phone 7 and above
Developer: JDB Pocketware

Translator

This is another lens I really like because of it’s usability and user-friendliness. All you have to do is fire up your camera app, open the lens and aim the camera at the text…it gets translated in a jiffy.
You can also download languages and phrase books to use the lens without a network connection. And it supports most of the major languages

Price: Free
Requires: Windows Phone 7 and above
Developer: Microsoft Corporation

Clone Now+

Clone Now+ allows you to create creative clones of your friends or objects. You can easily use it to complete a group picture by adding a missing person e.g the photographer to the picture. You can easily share your clones on social media or email.

Price: $0.99
Requires: Windows Phone 8
Developer: IT2Max Inc

In conclusion…

I really like the option to “upgrade your camera” with more functionality than you could have imagined. The above lenses are simply what I use but there is probably a lens out there for whatever you may need…there are so many camera lenses on the Windows Store. So what lenses do you use?


  • Juan Antonio Dominion

    Thanks for taking the time and effort to write and publish this article. I really got a lot out of this article, and appreciate the time you spent to research and write it. Take good care, ~Juan Antonio Dominion

    • Brian Wangila

      You’re welcome. Am glad you found the article useful