A one-step low-frequency Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) process, operating at temperature as low as 350 degrees C, has been implemented to prepare single-oriented pure and N-doped anatase films. The layers have been synthesized using titanium isopropoxide as a precursor, and NH3 as a doping agent. Optimized PECVD conditions have enabled to obtain homogeneous micro-columnar porous thin films with thicknesses close to 500 nm. Depth profiling XPS analyses have proved the nitrogen incorporation into TiO2 lattice after ammonia introduction in the deposition chamber. As another proof of N-doping, Raman and XRD peaks shifting have been observed. Such thin films have been demonstrated as efficient photocatalytic materials which activity region can be tailored from UV to visible region by adjusting the proportion of doping agent in the plasma phase. Due to their microstructural and photo catalytic properties, the prepared thin layers should have an interest as anode materials in solar water splitting cells. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.