Microsoft brings Nokia Camera up to speed with the beta, adds Living Images and more

Nokia Beta

Microsoft today released an update for the Nokia Camera app, available for Lumia Windows Phones. The app has been bumped to version, which brings its feature list up to speed with the beta counterpart. Highlighted functionality in this release include Living Images, surround sound capture and other features that will take full advantage of Lumia Cyan, as well as newer processors.

That's right, folks. You'll need the firmware update to really enjoy this update (and supported hardware, including the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 930). According to the store listing, here's everything that's new in this latest release, brought across from the Nokia Camera Beta:

  • Living Images support*
  • Continuous Autofocus for faster focusing*
  • Surround sound capture in Video*
  • New Camera Roll with Full Resolution Zoom and inline playback of video, cinemagraph, smart sequences and refocus images
  • Nokia Camera integrates with Creative Studio and Video Trimmer for editing your photos and videos

Entries with asterisks denote the feature requires the Lumia Cyan firmware update (or be loaded on a Lumia 1520 and Lumia 930 with the new Snapdragon chips). We'll link the beta app as well as the main version, just in case you'd like to have a go at testing new features.

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QR: Nokia Camera Beta

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Reader comments

Microsoft brings Nokia Camera up to speed with the beta, adds Living Images and more


The yellowish/greenish tint and the degraded sharpness are a real pain.

It occured together with the Amber-firmware and was not solved/repaired in the Black-update.

Picture quality was way better in the Portico-firmware (before Amber).

The Nokia cameras are no more any better than the compition due to this problem and it looks like Nokia couldn't care less.

Well its true every single time that picture qualities have degraded after amber update .... When my phone lumia720 was preamber pics had a gud amount of detail and sharpness but afterwards yellowish blurry pixelated . every user experiencing dis posted in forums (like one above) to nokia... I dont know wht but still they ain't ready to fix dat.. :/. plus I hate using secondary camera its way out of what is photo I tweeted Juha (developing cameras at nokia) never gt exact answer but only thanks for feedback ....!!!!!!

But does it work? Don't you need the firmware? I also have the beta camera and haven't noticed the living images etc?

Also, am I to assume that cinemagraph etc is now integrated? Or will the inline view just show you them?

It works on Nokia Camera Beta. Daniel taught us how to enable that, by simply push the "use default setting"... Tada!

Yes it worked for me too. Not for pics taken previous to the default reset but any pic after that. Does make it feel like it takes a little longer to save. Still though... Loving it!

It worked on my 1020 (living images, high res zoom, inline video/cinimagraph/sequence ect.) without me having to do anything... I just installed the beta and it was doing all that by default. So if the beta app gives you all that without Cyan why the f#&k does the official version need firmware? Apart from stability and bugs obviously!

The non beta version is not working for me; it's not supporting living images even after the update. Back to beta.

Ditto. Even with the default settings trick, no living images (except for smart sequence) so back to Beta.

I'm running WP8.0/Black on a 1020 (and living images work great with the Beta)

Living images work on my 920 on 8.1 without cyan
Edit : Sorry I didn't realize that cinemagraphs are not living images

I see it saving living image but how do I see it after the fact?  Like in the photo gallery I only see the non living one.

Only time I see the living part is when I take the picture then hit the gallery button from the Nokia Camera Beta app view finder.

Since Microsoft now owns Nokia they should definitely think of improving the Stock Camera app for Windows Phone, it's quite lackluster.

Overall cam is good just 2 things to be done
1. Pale yellow pics bug of the front cam
2. Camera shutter speed should be more faster

This could also be a possible solution, they could rename Nokia Camera to Microsoft Camera and give it to all Windows Phones with future updates.

Hopefully not. I am not here for Lumia to lose any of its unique features or the few decent apps it has left just to appease the other oems

Get over it already. Nokia moving to MS will obviously be a better interest to MS to release to the entire ecosystem. Lol

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I'm so into the Harry-Potter-style thingy! So cool that most of my friends went excited about it but at the end when i said its Nokia Camera, they are so frustrated... Haha

Continues autofocus? Hope you can switch that of.....what if as you want to capture something out of focus for some effects.

Manual focus is still there. Continues auto focus will work only when focus is set to auto. That helps shooting faster.

The issue with living images is that when you enable them, the pictures you send with WhatsApp are the first frame of the living images. These initial frames are mostly out of focus and are always much lower resolution (200x200 ish). I actually have to take a snapshot of the screen to send a full screen picture on WhatsApp.

I just took a looksy and I see no way to turn it off. It would be easier to go to camera roll, wait for the final image and send that, or is that what you are doing? Sending right from the camera app may cause your problem, just trying to help.

Thank you...
I normally send through the picture link within WhatsApp. I don't think you could go to camera or pictures and share to WhatsApp from there.
Edit: You are right. I can. Must have been enabled in some recent update. But I haven't confirmed yet if the final picture is of full/better quality or not. Also, it seems to be only a 1020 issue.

The living images does not work on the updates Nokia Camera. On my 1520 it does work with Beta. I have tries to get it working by pressing the default settings, but no succes!

Edit: Removed and reinstalled the app but still no succes.
No living images on the updates camera app on my 1520 but the beta does! Strange...

When pictures are taken, a few seconds before the picture is also recorded as a video. E.g. While the app is still focusing, app records that as well. And when you view pictures, you also see a clip of what was happening a couple of seconds before that.

OMG, this may be a bit off subject but for Christ's sake, when are they going to release the CYAN update??? Seriously, my 1520 is laggy & buggy even more since the 2nd update to 8.1. Please release it already.

I have no problems with my 1520 except with Facebook, which sometimes will simply close immediately after starting. This problem seems to solve itself over time, then randomly reappear (a bit like the "we're having trouble getting data" error message).

Here's a reason NOT to update if you like to go back and fix pictures:
In the previous version, when you hit the Camera Roll, you could bring up the menu and at the bottom was "apps...". If you selected that, you could choose your photo editing apps, make an adjustment, and most of them would save the new copy right back into the camera roll. This does away with that (you know, F hubs and all).
You also lose easy access to making a fav and saving to lock screen.
Two steps forward, four steps back. One Microsoft.

Same complaint here. I always edit the picture using Fantasia Painter to correct the white & colour balance especially for indoor shot with artificial light.  Another thing to mention is it's also more hassle to do reframing since now they are buried under camera roll. The camera app works fine before, I don't understand the need to change it to something worse with added few advantages only for latest model.

I was *this* close to updating the main app and decided to go through and check out the beta one more time. Whew.

So... I've lost track of all the Nokia camera apps & names. If I was doing a fresh setup on a 930 (when it comes) is this now the only "fancy" cammera app that I would want to install?!



the beta doesn't work for me one bit, opens then crashes, i'll try this new beta update and see what happens, will post reply, rolling with 1020

I've just installed Nokia Camera Beta in my 1020. One thing I noticed right away: it's a lot faster to startup!

Also, continous focus on video is a lot (really a lot) better!

Great ... Nokia Camera gets an update...looks like Lumia Cyan is really very near ....may b tomo ?? What do you think guys?

The living images already saved me some great pics of my daughter. Sure, low q and resolution, but sometimes babies move so quickly you can't press the shutter in time. This way I can screenshot at least. SmartCam would work too, but that shoots all the shots in LQ afaik..

Something i don't understand is how in previous updates the shutter speed of my 720 was 4 seconds max. Now it is only one second.

Does it open faster in lower memory devices? Or is it the same old story where you have to stare at the loading screen for few seconds?

Don't know about lower memory devices... But the previous Nokia Camera took a few seconds to load on my 1020. Now, it takes about a second!

So, I believe lower memory devices will be fine. But test it! Worste case scenario uninstall it...

I wish they would add the auto-review last image taken option back to the settings menu. I'm not a fan of always pressing the gallery button to review my last image. I get that it helps with the perception that the camera is snapping pictures a lot faster, but It would be nice to just see my last shot.

I can't believe after so many years and after adding so many features some of us never use, they continue to add but they never put in the features other devices have come to take for granted. I want native hdr already why is that so complicated??

I reverted to MS Camera since there is a major feature omission: Why can't I record video in WVGA quality with the Nokia Camera app?

Not many would want or need too. Just change your upload to WiFi to avoid the data of the higher bit rate video.

Getting tired of this whole "BETA" bs. Why not just work on the original apps and update them often instead of having 2 apps (1 BETA) and updating them separately? Makes more sense to me anyway.

You know those apps that get updated and the update breaks them and everyone complains? Its to avoid that. Bad user reviews on public apps does make a difference so when they release a beta, they're protecting themselves against those reviews by making the app available to a smaller user base rather than public and carrying the name 'beta' not only makes for faster ms approval for updates but gets customers to remember its just a beta so use at your own risk.

The only thing I care about updating from Amber>Black and Black>8.1 is to see the camera improvements. Microkia should put the camera algorithm from portico to Cyan update. The photo results are too soft and yellowish.

beta update is not showing for me  on 8.1 latest 1520  the update showed for the none beta app tho   i dont see that living images  any idea ?

920 here.
I like the faster speed with removed laggy shutter. I hate the lack of recent pic, though not quite necessary. I hate the tap to show options viewing pictures. Just let me slide out the options panel like everything else.

Dunno why but my camera captures a much better picture in detail than in previous wp8 versions.Actually wp8.1 is better.