Digital photography has been part and parcel of smartphone culture since the technology to appropriately support it emerged. The way hardware is progressing, it won't be long until standalone cameras are obsolete among casual snappers.
It's amazing what you can do with a modestly powered camera phone these days. The Google Play marketplace is awash with applications for composing better pictures, editing your shots, and sharing your handiwork.
Armed with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus packing a 5-megapixel camera, Digital Spy trawled though the online store to bring you the top five Android camera apps.
Camera Zoom FX
If you're looking for an application that combines a range of shooting options with a wealth of photo editing tools then Camera Zoom FX is the one for you. Budding photographers will certainly make good use of its autofocus, white balance, night shot, stable shot, timer and burst modes.
There are more than 40 effects to play around with too, including vintage, lomo, cinematic and pencil filters. A user-friendly interface caps things off, making Camera Zoom FX one of the best value for money camera apps on Google Play.
Nostalgia is all the rage right now, and you can quench your thirst for all things old-school with Urbian's Retro Camera app. This programme is essentially an emulator that turns your handset's camera into a vintage Lomo, Holga, Polaroid, Diana or Hipstamatic.
There are numerous effects to choose from, including vintage vignetting, film scratch, black and white, and cross processing. It's a great way to add some nostalgic flare to your photographs.
Vignette is a similar application to Retro Camera in the sense that it offers a broad range of effects for you to experiment with. It's a feature-packed programme with more than 70 photo effects and 56 frames on offer.
Vignette's development team are an active bunch as a week doesn't go by without another update landing. One of the most recent additions was an underwater shooting mode, so if you're part of the niche audience that has a use for that kind of thing, you have plenty to shout about.
Generally speaking, photo editing software has two main uses - tweaking images according to the user's specification, and adding downright absurd effects. PicSay is a piece of software that lets you do both, combining a robust toolset with a library of comical effects.
Whether you want to add crazy props, customised speech bubbles, or simply adjust the contrast of one of your photographs, PicSay has you covered. Social networking and email integration helps you share some of your twisted creations among friends, which is always a bonus.
Instagram isn't just a quick and effective means of sharing your photographs in a dedicated stream, it has the ability to transform mundane pictures into works of art through an array of filters. It'll make you feel like a pro, and best of all, it's free to download.