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Apr 5, 2014, 10:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Ever wondered if a third-party camera app could take better pictures than your stock camera app? Well, we did and decided to put the stock Google camera app in the Nexus 5 in a head-to-head competition with Camera FV-5 and Camera ZOOM FX. Here are our findings.

There are a number of components that must all come together harmoniously in order to make a good smartphone camera. Critical elements include the lens, sensor, mounting, flash, processor, and of course the software controlling all the pieces. Sometimes they combine to produce stunning results. Sometimes they do not.

Smartphone owners can't do anything about the hardware contained within their device. Though the hardware is certainly important, the software plays a critical role, too. Since smartphone owners cannot tweak the hardware to improve their results, the only aspect about a phone's camera that can be altered - or, perhaps, improved - is the software.

We were left wondering, then, if third-party camera apps can truly help in such an instance when the stock hardware and software just aren't producing good results together. Granted, different camera apps can only do so much with the hardware, but perhaps their features and tools could give users the control they need or want to get shots the stock camera app simply can't take.

In this article, we use the LG-made Nexus 5 as a testbed for several third-party apps. The Nexus 5 has an 8-megapixel sensor, optical image stabilization, and a flash. The Nexus 5 camera, which we've deemed of middling quality, uses the most basic software from Google for taking pictures. We decided to compare it to Camera FV-5 and Camera ZOOM FX, both of which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Here's what we found.



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Instagram makes this irrelevant Rusty Shackleford Apr 8, 2014, 2:31 PM
Camera KK Bababooey Apr 7, 2014, 8:18 PM
Great Article! Poison Ivy Apr 7, 2014, 9:53 AM
Here is a great one! landmarkcm Apr 6, 2014, 6:54 PM
The stock shots looked better livinlife78 Apr 5, 2014, 5:12 PM
procapture Jonathanlc2005 Apr 5, 2014, 1:33 PM
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