Nokia Smart Cam

Nokia Smart Cam app released on the Windows Phone Store, but it won’t work on your Lumia yet

One of the big new features of the Lumia 925, which is now actually in people’s hands for purchase in the UK and a select few other territories, is the updated camera algorithms and new functionality. All of that is encompassed in the so-called ‘Amber update’, which is Nokia’s name for their inbound firmware change destined for all Windows Phone 8 Lumias later this summer.

One of those new features is the ability to run the Smart Cam app, which enables such cool camera tricks as motion blur, 10-frame action shots and more.

The good news is that app is now available in the Nokia Collection and yes, you can download it right now for your Lumia phone. The bad news is when launched, you’ll be greeted with a reminder that this app can’t quite run on your non-Lumia 925 just yet, because you don’t have that firmware update.

So close, yet so far, fellow Windows Phone Lumia users. From the app description:

"Nokia Smart Camera shoots a sequence of photos, making it easier to capture great moments. Either choose your Best Shot or combine the photos into one picture using these amazing features":

  • Motion Focus – add blur to emphasize motion
  • Action Shot – add a strobe effect to show action
  • Remove Moving Objects – remove unwanted objects
  • Change Faces – choose the best faces for great group shots
  • Apply an effect right away, or save the sequence to edit it later. When you’re done, share your pictures directly with friends.

Nokia Smart Cam

Exclusively for Nokia Lumia

  • New Effect – Motion Focus
  • The last edit session for each of the 5 Smart Camera Effects (Best Shot, Action Shot, Motion Focus, Change Faces, Remove Object) will be saved so you can continue later.
  • Speed Improvements

We don’t have any firm details on when the PR2.0 (aka Amber) update is coming, but we do know that it will also have the OS update, which is named GDR2 to tag along with it. If we had to guess, we’d be aiming for a July /August release as carriers obviously come into play, causing delays here and there.

For now, if you really want to grab the app, you can follow this link or scan the QR code below. Make sure you watch our hands on demo of the Amber update above to see what your Lumia 920 (and other Lumias) will be getting in a few short weeks. At least if you do own a Lumia 925, in case you uninstall the Smart Cam app, you can now easily reinstall it. 

Via: SmartPhoneFrance; Thanks, Elie S., for the tip

QR: Smart Cam


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Nokia Smart Cam app released on the Windows Phone Store, but it won’t work on your Lumia yet


Daniel, there will be a GDR2 review?? I´m crazy too see what is the "xbox music improvements" that Microsoft talked about!! Or you cant talk about this until the GDR2 update be released to all??

U darn right, creating n editing playlist is a big pain. Its not as seamless as the blackberry. MSFT should provide the little improvements that mean the most to its customers.

I agree! Many times when I receive a message, my music will start playing. I can never close the app, I can only pause it. It will only close when I restart the phone!

Nah, check out the end of the article. If you have a 925 now (and some do) you need to be able to re-download it from the Collection if you uninstall it. So Nokia really had no choice...

That app.

I can't share anything from there because it looks like my photos were taken with a 8mp, high-speed potato.

I wouldn't say it sucks. Sure it takes lower quality photos (which are still better than a lot of other smartphone cameras) with the tradeoff of taking more pictures and getting more to choose from. I only use it every so often, but when I do it does the job and I am quite satisfied. If I expected DSLR quality or full quality images, then yes I would be very dissappointed. It does its purpose.

General Distribution Release. It's just MS's name for a minor OS update. There's a GDR3 later this year and GDR1 was named 'Portico'.

An than there's a GDT4 and 5 and 6.... I used to defend MSFT when people say that they are too slow. I got the feelings when more and more features google keep releasing to Android.

im guessing (always a bad idea) that WPC-like most of us-only know a few details of GDR2 at present. There's bound to be things that MS are still working on, right up to release. It seems this isnt a huge update to the OS but a welcome one nonetheless. The hyperlink in the text expalins all, further cam improvements and some extra OS features, including the tap to wake and onscreen clock demo'd recently o the L925.

Those you mentioned are included on Nokia's Amber update, nothing to do with GDR2. Amber will be just delivered by Nokia on the same update as GDR2 as long as you have Nokia WP8 handset.

pfff.. you say tomato i say GDR2.. ;) ps, are you sure the tap to wake and screen clock a Nokia feature only? I may have confused that one as a GDR2 MS feature as opposed to the Nokia Amber update, apologies for the confusion.

More than just the flagship devices include 1 GB of RAM. That covers the 928, 925, 920, 822, 820, and 810. It's the low-end devices who miss out (the 520, 521, 620, and 720), but the mid-range 8xx line does not.

face palm dan said if you have a 925 you can have the app now right? i was only saying if you want the app now and dont have the phone witch i dont i have the 920 sooo its not worth spending out for the 925 better to wait for the update make sence ?

He didn't say anything about buying the 925 for this app. The 925 has this app on startup. If someone with a 925 deletes the app and wants it back, it needs to be available in the store for them to redownload it. That is why it's in the store. You're putting words in people's mouths which will just cause confusion.

that makes sence but im not putting words in anyones mouth if i came across that way then fair enough sorry mate  was not what i intended bottom line i was getting at only was to just wait a little bit for the nice update hope it comes super soon

This app would be on the store only for Lumia 925, but in the Windows Phone Store you can't limit any app for a single device. But you can cut off many devices using the "1GB RAM" flag ;) In this way less than 50% of Lumia can discover this app on the store instead the 100% of them ;)
This is a sort of trick ;)

Unbranded L920, just got 1314 firmware update on Friday. Not hopeful of getting it before December in Australia.

If I am understanding, this is just like that app on the Galaxy S4 commercial with the graduate jumping into the pool. Nice to see WP8 (Lumias anyway) keeping pace with Androids flagship.

Actually, Smart Shoot (from Nokia) already does that. Smart Shoot was also in the Store before the GS4 came. I'm not sure if Androids had their app before the GS4, but I don't think so. If not, then it's nice to see Lumias setting the pace with Android's flagship.

Difference is Samsung told people about it while in typical WP fashion no marketing was done for this feature so people naturally think Samsung came up with it first. Great OS, poor management.

Right on.
I saw the Graduation Ad when I went to see Iron Man 3, and the people behind me were like, "Mom, look how cool this is." "Whoaaaaa."
I just unlocked my Lumia, and let everyone look at my start screen. I do this frequently to help the marketing effort. Or the lack of a marketing effort.

Hopefully the current lumia phones will actually get this update. I know that a lot of people are still waiting for the firmware update for the nokia storage app cleanup for the lumia 822, myself included.

Cannot wait to get the GDR2 update to my 928. For me two things I hope get addressed is links going to the respective apps (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc..) and having my playlist created on Xbox show up in my music (instead of the empty playlist it currently displays). May seems like a small nitpick but that's why I feel it'll come out in one of these smaller updates.

Well with the L925 already being sold and the app in the store I think it won't be long until Nokia releases Amber. I actually think they may even release it before GDR2 specially since Microsoft takes ages between updates.

Well, I wouldn't call it  a tease. Like I've said already, this app comes with and already works on the Lumia 925. People can physically buy that phone right now in stores. They need to be able to re-download that app if they uninstall it, hence why it is in the Store. 

If Nokia could restrict apps to only be shown on certain devices, I'ms sure they would.

Love stuff like action shots, but how well do it fare with Burton? Cause for me I can never create a perfect action shot using the Burton apps. Hope Amber will solve it.

Yeah requires nokias amber update for Lumia phones only, not part of general MS WP updates but most probably arriving with ms update. Nokia hurry up we know its past beta

Yep this app is very cool indeed. Gotta say I am loving my Lumia 925. Got it on release day thru o2 refresh

Daniel, i went to the store by the link and I found out that my lumia (lumia 610) can actually install the app but it isn't supported because of the ram, this happens everytime when i download an app that it's for wp7 but can't download because of the ram.

Looks cool, but I guess I'm confused about how it differs from Smart Shoot. Is this meant to replace that? It kind of reminds me of the overlap they have with HERE Maps, Local Scout, and City Lens, all of which kind of do the same thing. I wish they'd just simplify and integrate rather than releasing a bunch of similar apps and confusing consumers.

This 1 GB ram thing is a "lovely" display of insult. I mean, we all expected the 5x-6x-7x series handsets wouldn't be getting the shinniest games. But now a rather central feature is missing. Thank you very much, Nokia, first screwing all the users of wp7 (remember the lumia 900 that is about a year old and is now impossible to upgrade to wp8?). I hope they release a 512 mb ram compatible version even if some features are missing.