Cymera (v1.2.9 reviewed)

In short:

  • Low resolution
  • Take picture, then filter/edit/share/save image in preview step
  • Original captured image is automatically stored (if active)
  • Preview image is zoomable (pinch gesture) for easier editing
  • Filtered/edited picture is not automatically stored
  • Lots of capabilities
  • Emphasis on portraits
  • Requires you to have and use a Cyworld sharing account to share to other sites

Pros:

  • Multiple formats — 4:3, 16:9
  • Faux fisheye square format
  • Viewfinder is masked to match the selected format
  • Anti-shake shutter option
  • Multi-snap collages — 2 and 4 images — with optional 3-/5-/7-second interval timer
  • Faux tilt-shift and center-focus both before shooting (with live preview) and after shooting
  • Many filters, decorations, frames, etc., mainly oriented toward people portraits
  • General adjustments: rotate, straighten/crop, auto-level, brightness/contrast, saturation, sharpening

Cons:

  • 3/4 megapixel resolution at best
  • Original captured image is stored at low resolution
  • Photo-booth strip collage is only 1/4 megapixel
  • Can't upload to sharing sites without uploading to Cyworld, too

Verdict:

Despite what appears to be an unusually complete list of features, Cymera tends to be best-suited for portraits of people, especially selfies. The filter selection isn't as edgy as with many apps, though not as conservative as Pudding Camera's are. The requirement to have a Cyworld account and to upload your photos there in order to upload to sharing sites won't sit well with everyone.

Image capture

  • Formats: 4:3 1024x768, 16:9 1024x576, Square (fisheye) 1024x1024

  • Viewfinder features: Masked to selected format. Live preview of faux tilt-shift and center-focus. Rule of Thirds lines

  • Flash: Yes

  • Zoom: Yes. Screen button and volume up/down

  • Prefocus: Yes

  • Front camera: Yes

  • Self-timer: 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 7 seconds, 10 seconds

  • Interval timer: 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 7 seconds

  • Disable shutter sound: Yes

  • Other: Antishake shutter. Faux fisheye. Multi-snap (2, 4) collages

  • Store geo-location: Yes

  • Save original: Yes, 1024x768

  • Auto-save: Yes

  • Rotation corrected: Yes

Photo adjustment

  • Image is zoomable during editing: Yes
  • General-purpose adjustments: Yes

  • Filters: Faux tilt-shift or center-focus before shooting. 20 filter choices, plus faux tilt-shift and center-focus, after shooting. 30 lighting/texture overlays after shooting, including vignettes. Multiple filters and overlays can be applied

  • Filter adjustments: Reduce strength

  • Auto-adjust modes: portraits, landscapes, food, and test, after shooting
  • Frames: 23 choices plus many decorative frames, after shooting

  • Other: Beauty adjustments to modify faces, after shooting. Various decorations after shooting

Plays well with others?

  • Other apps can use as camera: Yes

  • Other apps can use as editor: Yes

  • Other apps can use for sharing: Yes

  • Load existing photos: Yes. Shrinks to 1024 on long side

  • Upload to: Facebook, Twitter, Mixi, Sina Weibo. All require Cyworld account

  • Transfer to other apps: No

App info

  • Publisher: SK Communications, South Korea

  • Price: Free

  • Android versions: 2.2 (Froyo) and later

  • User ratings on Google Play: 4.4 (40K)

  • Rating on applause.com: 73

  • Size: 25.6MB, 23.4MB movable to internal SD card