Windows Phone 8.1 is likely to begin rolling out to Nokia handsets during July and August and while that in itself will bring a whole heap of new features it’s not the only update that Lumia owners can look forward to.
Lumia Cyan will be launching alongside it and this is an update which includes various camera improvements as revealed during a recent AMA (Ask Me Anything) with two of Microsoft’s imaging experts. The exact improvements available will depend on what Lumia you’re using, but for example the Lumia 1020, 1520 and 930 will all get a fix that should vastly improve low light performance.
Lumia Cyan also brings continuous autofocus to the Nokia Lumia 630, Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, while the Lumia 1520 can also look forward to improved colour quality in images.
The quality of RAW images is being improved on the Lumia 930, 1020 and 1520, while general image quality will be improved on the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 930.
Nokia is also adding a new feature called ‘Living Image’ to the Lumia 1020, 930 and 1520. Apparently it takes a series of still images which are combined into a short video, a bit like Cinemagraph, except it’s automatic, so you’ll see both the standard photo and the video when viewing it in the camera roll.
Nokia is also overhauling its Creative Studio to offer non-destructive editing options as well as new filters, while Nokia Storyteller is also being updated.
Finally, the Nokia Camera app itself is going to undergo some changes to make the camera roll better and improve performance. It’s not clear exactly what form those performance improvements will take, but apparently it’s partially aimed at the Lumia 1020, which can be slow at taking photos thanks to its large sensor.
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