We already know that Microsoft is revamping the stock camera app present in Windows Phone 8 in the upcoming release. We saw that in some previously leaked screenshots which also revealed the new burst mode option and the new UI. UnleashThePhones today posted the video demo showing this new Microsoft camera app UI in action.
As you can see in the video above, the viewfinder now has three option on the right (Single photo, Burst photo and video) and the left side of the view finder can be customized by the user with up to 5 different camera settings such as Flash, Scene modes, etc,. Apart from these, there is also an option in Settings for enabling photos layout based on grouping by date & time.
I’m sure many of us will be having tough time choosing between Microsoft Camera and Nokia Camera, one is focused on speed and simplicity and another on features and photo quality.
Microsoft recently collaborated with We Are Juxt, a group of dedicated mobile photographers, to show off a collection of pictures taken with the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 1020 at the Artifact art gallery on the Lower East Side.
The exhibit showed work by Bridgette Shima, Josh St. Germain, Mike Hill, Richard Koci Hernandez, Joel Aversing, Matt Coch, Brad Puet, Andre Hermann, and Jean-Brice Lemal.
The art exhibit also included a display showing the devices, allowing guests to test them out. The artists note that key factors that differentiate these devices include a high level of performance, how easy it is navigate between programs and apps, and the high quality of the camera along with its editing features.
We are Juxt have posted a tutorial by Josh St. Germain for Nokia Lumia 1020 owners to show them how to get the best from their handsets, which can be seen here.
More pictures of the collection can be seen at Examiner.com.
Yesterday, we reported that Nokia has released an update for its Nokia Camera beta app in Windows Phone Store. We reported about the new UI tweaks alone in the latest update. Today, Nokia detailed all the changes in the new version. Read it below.
New in beta version 220.127.116.11 (February 25, 2014):
- New Camera Roll Experience
- Automatic Playback of Video and Cinemagraph shots.
- Animations for shots captured with Smart Sequence and Nokia Refocus Application.
- New Capture Animation
- Improved Saving Time for Single Shot Capturing
The updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Nokia Camera app in Windows Phone Store just got updated to v18.104.22.168. This new version of the app does not bring any new features, but I guess Nokia would have fixed some bugs and thus improving performance and overall experience of the app.
Nokia Camera replaces Nokia Pro Cam with no loss in functionality, yet also includes all the best features of Nokia Smart Cam.
The auto mode makes it easy for anyone to capture great images with ease, and provides quick access to sport and night controls. And when you want to create that perfect composition, manual mode offers controls for exposure, shutter speed, ISO, white balance and focus.
There’s also smart sequence, which quickly shoots a series of photos that can be combined in different ways. You can emphasize motion, remove moving objects or show action using a strobe effect. You can also change faces in group shots so that everyone has their eyes open.
The original versions of your photo are stored, so you can zoom, reframe and edit them long after they were taken. Requires the Lumia Amber software update.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Nokia today announced that they are ending the trial of Nokia Place Tag beta app. Place Tag app allowed users to capture info about the places within their photos. Nokia shared the learnings from this trial, you can read it below. Nokia also gave a hint that this Place Tag feature might be integrated into future versions of Nokia Camera app. They feel that this type of functionality should be integrated in the default capturing + viewing flow and not requiring a separate app.
The Place Tag beta trial has ended. We have received a good amount of very high quality feedback, and kind of start to have an idea what the future direction of the technology should be.
Our key learnings are that
- embedding actionable metadata in photographs is in general definitely a good idea;
- there are many interesting info categories besides POIs;
- this type of functionality should be integrated in the default capturing + viewing flow (not requiring a separate app);
- increasing the compass accuracy is vital.
We thank you, the trial participants, for your valuable time and insightful feedback. We’ll keep on with further development of contextual imaging experiences. Please keep following Nokia Beta Labs for more innovation in this area.
The Place Tag Beta product team
AllaboutWindowsPhone have performed a comparison of image quality camera on the Nokia Lumia 925 before and after the Nokia Black update, which is meant to bring improved imaging algorithms.
They found the update brought significant improvements to colour accuracy, especially in low light, and colours were a lot more natural, but that it lacked the vibrancy and contrast of the Nokia Amber pictures which tend to make those pictures more attractive.
In comparing camera performance before and after the Lumia Black software update on the Lumia 925, it is readily apparent that the differences are smaller than the same comparison for the Lumia 1020. This is because the Lumia 1020 has the additional benefit of a re-engineered PureView oversampling algorithm, which improves detail and reduces noise (and of course has a lot more sensor to work with).
However, the Lumia 925 does clearly benefit from improved colour accuracy. There’s some evidence to suggest there’s a loss of contrast in some photos, but this is partly the result of more neutral processing (i.e. less artificial enhancement, such as boosting saturation levels). Our preference has always been for more neutral processing as, if desired, it’s possible to easily add contrast and/or saturation, but it’s not very easy to take it away.
This pattern of improved colour accuracy is something we would expect to see repeated across the rest of the Lumia range. We’ll look at this again once the Lumia Black update is available for the Lumia 920 with a similar gallery to that above, but this time handled by Steve.
In overall terms, what we’re seeing with the Lumia Black update is a refinement of the image processing changes made in the Lumia Amber update, with a particular emphasis on colour accuracy, which results in a small, but noticeable improvement in camera output.
See more pictures at AAWP here.
Engadget has posted this interview with Juha Alakarhu, Nokia’s head of imaging technologies.
He has been heading up the team developing the 808 Pureview and eventually the Nokia Lumia 1020, and spoke highly of the Windows Phone platform.
He also said he anticipates making even better products when the team moves to Microsoft, and while he did not leak anything about future product lines I think we can look forward to some exciting products in the future.
We have seen many comparisons in the past between Nokia Lumia 1020 and other cameras out there, but this one seems to be more detailed. Dpreview did a comparison on how smartphone cameras stand against regular DSLRs which is available in the market. Nokia Lumia 1020 and Apple iPhone 5S were compared with Canon EOS 10D, Canon EOS 20D, Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS 40D, Nikon D800 and Nikon FM2 film camera. While Nokia is focused on giving manual controls and allowing users to take a perfect photo every time, Apple allows you to take photos at incredible speed with no manual controls. For example, you can take up to 990 full resolution burst mode photos in 99 seconds! ! The results of the comparison are not so surprising as Nokia Lumia 1020 trumps Apple iPhone 5S.
The author was stunned by Nokia’s imaging quality as he couldn’t believe that a tiny plastic and glass Zeiss lens could resolve so much from the center to the edge of the image and it was close to the Nikon D800. There were shortcomings in the Nokia’s image quality, but that should be resolved by the Nokia Black update and the RAW image feature.
Here is the conclusion,
Gun to head … time to come up with a number. How many years are smartphones behind the best $2,000 DSLRs? Comparing detail resolved, I’ll say the iPhone 5S currently sits 8-9 years behind the DLSRs in bright light, while the Nokia trails by less than 6 years — probably nearer to 3. This is even when you allow the DSLRs the luxury of a $1,700 lens, and shooting in raw. In bright light, the Nokia came close to competing with the detail from the best DLSR yet made.
Step into candlelight, and the gap between phones and DSLRs widens and becomes more a matter of taste, pivoting around your preferred tradeoff between speckly noise and smeary noise reduction. From our ad-hoc panel of 15 non-photographers, the iPhone trails the DSLRs by about 10 years, and the Nokia about 8. Splitting the difference between candlelight and daylight, around 6 years of technology has made up for the massive difference in the size of the lenses and sensors between the best phone and the $2,000 DSLRs.
Read about this comparison in detail with sample images from the link below.
Cover Cam is specially designed camera to capture your cover photo and profile picture in one shot.
The unique idea behind Cover Cam is that you can combine your Facebook profile picture and cover photo into one image. It makes your Facebook timeline header more beautiful, meaningful, attractive or something totally crazy. J
Cover Cam make it possible you to see the world through Facebook timeline. Then simply capture the scene and upload to Facebook with one tap. Cover Cam do all Photoshop work for you. It crop profile picture and cover photo from original image and upload to your Facebook account.
Not only that. With new version you can open existing photos from your gallery and turn them in to creative Facebook timeline header with few touches. Cover Cam photo editor allow you to transform original photo and make amazing timeline design out of it.
- Full featured camera with flash, auto-focus and focus on click
- Ability to make designs with existing photos from gallery
- Cover photo editor with scale, reposition, rotate and flip functions
- Inspiration gallery to inspire you to be more creative
- Facebook integration to upload photos directly
- Ability to save profile pics and cover photos to your gallery
- Customization with settings page
- Automatically saving image to camera roll
With all these nice features, the app allows you to post your creative designs to Cover Cam Facebook fan page. Most creative designs are publicly available in Cover Cam page timeline after editor’s review. Therefore, Cover Cam Facebook page is ideal place to see what people have done with Cover Cam and get inspired.
Trail version add small watermark (only Cover Cam logo) on bottom right corner of your cover photo and designs can’t be saved to gallery. Other than that you can enjoy all features even with trail version.
Download Cover Cam here from Windows Phone Store or scan the QR-code.
FoneArena have posted the some comparison videos between the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (above) and Samsung Galaxy S4.
I think from the videos its clear the Lumia has superior colour accuracy, sharper pictures and video and that the optical image stabilization is still a big plus.
See the Nokia Lumia 1520 vs the Samsung Galaxy S4 after the break.
|Nokia Lumia 1020
||Nokia Lumia 1520
WindowsPhoneItaly has posted a number of comparison pictures of the Nokia Lumia 1020 vs the Nokia Lumia 1520 in varying lighting conditions, to see if the compromise towards a lower resolution Pureview camera is worthwhile for the considerable specs increase of the newer handset.
I think what is immediately clear is that both handsets produce great pictures, and one has to look closely to see the somewhat increased noise in the Nokia Lumia 1520, or the times when it produces a somewhat darker image than the more specialized handset.
|Nokia Lumia 1020
||Nokia Lumia 1520
See many more examples at WindowsPhoneItaly.com here.
Christmas is coming!
Get into the spirit by decorating your Christmas tree using My Christmas Tree app. When you’re happy with your decorations, set it as your lock screen background, pin it to the start screen as a beautiful live tile or share it with your friends!
- choose one of four gorgeous backgrounds or a picture from your picture gallery or take a photo with the camera
- 8 trees that you can move and re-size
- more than 25 different decorations
- set as lock screen background
- pin as a live tile
- save to picture gallery
- share on social networks or send via email
The price is $1.29 and a free trial is available.
Download from the Windows Phone Store.
We have seen a number of camera comparisons in the past but they are mostly flawed by subjectively comparing the pictures to each other, rather than to a neutral gold standard.
TechCloud have uploaded the video above comparing the Nokia Lumia 1520 to the Sony Xperia Z1, both 20 megapixel handsets, by comparing pictures from both handsets to the 20 megapixel Canon EOS 6D, a £999 camera which is well recognized for taking excellent pictures.
TechCloud found the Nokia Lumia 1520 takes sharper images than Sony Xperia Z1 with more details, especially indoors and in low light. Even in daylight the Xperia Z1 overexposes produced pictures with poor contrast.
Importantly colour reproduction on the Lumia 1520 is closer to the Canon 6D compared to the Xperia Z1.
When taking video the Nokia Lumia 1520 took better video in the day light, but was let down by noisy, dark video at night, while the Xperia Z1 was a lot brighter and accurate at night.
What do our readers think of the comparison? Let us know below.