If you’ve got a Nokia Lumia handset then get ready for enhanced camera features, as the Amber update has begun rolling out and it brings Smart Camera and Pro Camera with it.
Owners of the Nokia Lumia 520, 620, 720, 820 and 920 will be getting Nokia Smart Camera as part of the update. Once you’ve applied the update you’ll have to download Smart Camera from the store and it’s well worth doing as it adds a bunch of new features to the camera. It shoots a series of photos in quick succession, after which you can either simply pick the best shot to keep or apply one of a number of effects to the photos.
There’s ‘Motion Focus’ which add motion blur to moving objects, ‘Action Shot’ which adds a strobe effect to show action and ‘Remove Moving Objects’ which is pretty self explanatory, but for example if a car passed while you were using Smart Camera you could remove it from the shot. Finally it also lets you choose the best faces from each photo and combine them to create perfect group shots.
Owners of the Nokia Lumia 920 or Lumia 925 have even more to be excited about as the Amber update gives them access to Nokia Pro Camera. This debuted on the Nokia Lumia 1020 and it’s essentially a complete overhaul of the interface for the Nokia Camera app. It gives you more control than ever with settings for ISO, shutter speed, white balance, manual focus and EV value. Best of all it makes it as easy as possible to change settings on the fly, by overlaying the viewfinder with a series of sliders for each setting and if you drag a slider to change a setting you can instantly see its effect through the viewfinder, so you know exactly how it will alter your pictures.
Pro Camera also includes interactive tutorials, so if you don’t know your EV from your ISO you soon will. It even includes new features such as the ability to zoom in with one finger- so you can hold the phone and use all the camera features with one hand. There’s also lossless 1.8 x zoom video recording and improved focus handling.
All in all, if you’re lucky enough to have the Nokia Lumia 920 or above the Pro Camera will redefine your photography experience on the phone.
By Simon Thomas on 19th August, 2013