A picture is worth a thousand words, but what if you need a little more than a thousand words? It’s simple, you take a panorama. A good panorama app for Android is the one that gives you great looking panoramas with minimum effort. Unfortunately for us, we’re pathetically lame at taking photos – but the panorama apps for Android we tested were very helpful. In capable hands, these great panorama apps will result in beautiful pictures. We did improve somewhat by using these awesome camera apps, but still not quite the Instagram kings we should be.
1. Cardboard Camera – Free
Not to sound like a broken record, but Google has done it again. Cardboard Camera is not good at most things but it is extremely great in taking good looking panoramas. This is the only app that worked straight out of the digital box and didn’t ask me to make any kind of adjustments. You will, however, need to select the panorama mode from the side panel and after that just start taking pictures. The guide system is amazing and actually is very stable. The end result is astonishingly beautiful and accurate. Other apps have exposure problems. For example, if one photo is underexposed (darker) and the other is overexposed (brighter), the panorama will come out looking weird and you will know where the pictures are stitched. No such problems arose while taking panoramas with Cardboard Camera.
- Boots up in seconds and is ready to roll.
- The side panel is convenient.
- The panorama takes pictures automatically.
The guide system of this panorama app for Android is remarkable. The app also compensates for a little bit of hand rotation, which is quite frankly inevitable. Ideally, we can use a stand but it defeats the point of a portable panorama app.
2. Panorama camera: 360 Photos: Instagram/Photosphere – Free with In-App Purchases
Panorama Camera 360 is another great panorama app for Android. The interface is fascinating and yet very easy to use. For some reason, we were not able to take a panorama in low light but the app worked marvelously in proper brightly lit conditions. Taking a panorama is the usual affair, keep your hand steady and pan the camera around. We suggest that you move your whole body instead of just your arm. The result was serviceable but the app allowed me to add post-capture effects that charmed the photo.
- A smooth looking interface.
- The guide works really well in bright locations.
- You can even capture sound and add to the panoramas.
The panoramas captured by this panorama app for Android can be viewed via a built-in 3D viewer or as flat images that can also be sent by email.
3. Photaf Panorama – Free with In-App Purchases
Photaf Panorama would have been the number one app on the list thanks to its easy to use interface and fast speed. Unfortunately, the free version of the app gives extremely low-quality pictures. The usability, the interface and the responsiveness of the app are top-notch but the end result is below average and a sore spectacle. But if you are willing to spend a little bit for the pro version, which can be purchased directly from the app, the experience suddenly becomes wonderful. We recommend that you only try out the free version if your device has a 3 MP main camera or just need to check the interface out. Otherwise it is advisable to spend a little cash to get better looking HD panoramas.
- A solid interface with quick access to the main features.
- Sharing your own panoramas or viewing what others are sharing.
- 360 panoramas are supported.
This app is compatible with old hardware as well as the Android version. It is highly recommended for devices that are a few years old in both hardware and software.
4. Wondershare PowerCam – Free
This panorama app for Android is simple to use and offers multiple effects to fully realize your artistic vision. The app joins the images together with simplicity and ease. All you need to do is to start the camera and turn the device around. The rest will be taken care of by the app itself. The app is also able to upload directly to Facebook, Twitter or email but also Flickr. The effects include seasons, cross-process, old photos, sketches, and many magic effects. This is the app you should get if you like showing off your panorama skills to your social networking buddies.
- Sharing features are robust yet a tap away.
- Post capture editing is a great way to enhance a photo.
- The app joins photos almost instantaneously.
Overall the app is average. There is nothing remarkable about it except its ability to launch on a moment’s notice. The performance and results are again on par with the rest of the apps. The only notable feature is that it works great on cheap tablets too, which doesn’t have an autofocus high resolution back camera.
Best Panorama Apps for Android – Take Better Photos
So these are the best panorama apps for Android we dug up. We’re positive that these will serve you well in your photo-centric adventures. Taking panoramas requires a steady hand and a little patience. The practice is the key to achieving the best panoramas. If you are tired of taking all the landscape pictures you can spice things up by taking your selfies with these apps. Remember to keep your hand steady and not let it drop or tilt. Have fun and post the links of your best panoramas in the comments below.
So what app did you use? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments below!