Best Cartoon Photo App for Android: Cartoon Camera Vs. Paper Camera

I love taking pictures, and having the right camera apps on my Galaxy Nexus makes a huge difference in my overall experience. The included camera app is fine, but what if I want to take a photo and make it look a little more like a cartoon? Some folks like they way they look as a cartoon more than in a standard photo, and I count myself among them.

So this led me on a path to discover the perfect cartoon photo app for Android. After some scouting around, my shortlist was narrowed down to two options: Cartoon Camera and Paper Camera.

After a number of interesting (and some scandalous) shots taken with both of these apps, I believe I’m ready to pass judgement as to which one deserves a place on my home screen.

Image Quality

Let’s start by taking a look at image quality between these two apps. That’s the most important thing, right? A cartoon photo is only as good as the app generating the image, so let’s compare.

Best Cartoon Photo App for Android: Cartoon Camera Vs. Paper Camera

Cartoon Camera Image Specs (Demo Image)

  • Dimensions: 1184 x 720
  • File Size: 568 KB
  • Resolution: 96 dpi
  • Bit Depth: 24

Best Cartoon Photo App for Android: Cartoon Camera Vs. Paper Camera

Paper Camera Image Specs (Demo Image)

  • Dimensions: 2048 x 1536 (3 Megapixels)
  • File Size: 2.87 MB
  • Resolution: 96 dpi
  • Bit Depth: 24

While Cartoon Camera and Paper Camera match each other on resolution and bit depth, Paper Camera would appear to be the clear winner on paper (no pun intended). With a photo resolution of 3 megapixels, it’s a fairly impressive pull for an app that sports a real-time cartoon filter.

If looks are your concern, I found that Cartoon Camera had a nasty habit of generating a lot of noise on the image in the form of dark pixels jumping about randomly. This problem persisted even when I knocked the sensitivity down to 0. I tried a number of different filters and experienced the same problem across them all. Paper Camera generated a smoother image with less noise and (to me) better overall image quality.

Edge: Paper Camera

Customization

What’s the point of taking artistic photographs if you can’t make them look the way you want them to look? Both of these apps offer tools that enable you to make adjustment to the camera in real-time prior to taking the shot. Paper Camera gives you six customization points on each filter, with the sliders changing as you switch between filters.

Cartoon Camera, on the other hand, has two big sliders which control the sensitivity of the filter and the color saturation. These sliders worked very well, though I was left wishing there were more ways to make the filter do what I wanted it to do.

Edge: Paper Camera

Speed

Pulling up any camera app on your phone should be quick. You don’t always have time to wait for a load screen before the shot escapes you. Paper Camera takes quite a while to load compared to Cartoon Camera. I found that slight delay after a photo is taken in Cartoon Camera to be much shorter, as well.

Cartoon Camera has a tendency to lag a bit when I switch between filters. The frame rate on the preview drops significantly from time to time. Paper Camera is generally very quick and snappy once it’s loaded, minus image save times.

Edge: Cartoon Camera

Options

As I am writing this, Paper Camera has 12 real-time filters available to users on Android. This is the same number of filters as Cartoon Camera. If I were to pick one that has more diversity (less similar filters), my vote would go to Paper Camera as it doesn’t have multiple filters for one particular art style like Cartoon Camera.

Another big advantage to Paper Camera is the ability to shoot video. You can shoot video in one of two resolutions:

  • 320×240 Medium
  • 480×360 High

Both of these formats are 4:3 so you won’t get to experience 16:9 video on this app. At least, that was my experience. Still, I couldn’t find a way to shoot video on Cartoon Camera.

Editing existing photos to include the cartoon filter is another plus for Paper Camera users. I tried to do the same thing with Cartoon Camera with unfortunate results. The settings menu wouldn’t open for me and the gallery was locked at a single photo. This would appear to be a glitch, and might not be present on every device out there.

Edge: Paper Camera

Price

You can try out Cartoon Camera for free (ad supported) or pay $0.99 for the Pro version and enjoy all of its rich features without advertising.

Paper Camera is available on both Android and iOS, though Android users will have to pay $1.99 while iOS users only have to give up $0.99 for the app. I’m not sure why the price is different on these platforms, but there it is.

Edge: Cartoon Camera

There you have it. After a series of tests and comparisons, I have to declare Paper Camera my personal preference in the world of animated camera apps for Android. What about you? Do you have a favorite cartoon photo app? Let us know about it in the comments section below.

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • Telemacus

    What the hell is that picture??
    No offense, but was that was the best image you could find to make the tests?? I mean, REALLY???????????
    Most people will use this software to cartoonize themselves and their friends, or perhaps landscapes.
    What’s that picture?? a flowchart??

  • http://aufazmi.com/ uphy

    Not too good but nice to try

  • Scott Johnson

    I agree with you about Paper Camera being the best one I’ve found (android phone), one of the best $.99 I’ve ever spent. I also agree with “Telemacus” that you should have used a photo of someone to show the sample results. Here’s some from my first batch of Paper Camera. I was hoping for less detail, like most cartoons have. Oh well