Rumors abound that Instagram, the wildly popular photo filtering and sharing app that debuted on iPhone and made its way to Android last year, just might be coming to Windows Phone soon. Some reports indicate that it will be exclusive to Nokia phones when it does, but nothing is set in stone yet.
Instagram is hardly the only game in town, though. There are plenty of creative photo apps in the Windows Phone store, many accessible directly from the stock Camera app. These are called Lenses, and offer dynamic filters, effects and social sharing options.
Photosynth: This app, directly from Microsoft, allows you to capture 360 degrees both horizontally and vertically. It stitches together panoramas that you can share on Twitter and Facebook as images or as interactive online experiences that let the viewer scroll around in any direction.
CamVintagizer: Can you tell from the name what this app does? It includes 39 effects you can apply to existing pictures or new photos, from “crumpled paper” to various film noise simulations and cigarette burns. Best of all, you can combine multiple effects to really remake a photo any way you like.
Lomogram: This app is a direct shot across Instagram’s bow, with even the app icon looking quite similar. It includes 42 filters, 49 borders and 72 lightening effects. It can share directly with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and VK.
PhotoFunia: Want more effects? PhotoFunia offers more than 300, with the only catch being that you have to be connected to the Internet to use it. All photo editing is done in the cloud rather than on your phone.
Picture Perfect: In addition to simple filters, this app has tools for cropping, adding text, removing blemishes, controlling sharpness and blurriness, and adjusting brightness, contrast, color temperature and saturation. It’s almost like having a full desktop photo editor right on your phone.
With the right app, you can modify and share your photos with almost zero effort. Do you have a favorite photo app? Tell us about it in the comments!
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