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Samsung's bringing HDR, Smooth and Slow video to their Windows Phone 8.1 app

ATIV Camera

Windows Phone 8.1 is around the corner for general release and with it, Samsung is bringing a new camera app. It's not secret that Windows Phone 8.1 unlocks a few advanced features in the camera, including slow motion recording and video editing. Samsung evidently is not letting Nokia get all the glory as their new Camera app is sitting on the Store, ready to be downloaded.

The ATIV Camera app from Samsung looks to be full featured, including such options as Auto, Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Rich Tone (HDR), Eraser, and Night Shot. For video recording there are Smooth motion, Slow motion and capturing still images from recorded video.

Perhaps the one downside for ATIV owners who will certainly want this app is the inability to use it at this time. The app is Windows Phone 8.1 only, and it will leverage forthcoming firmware that Samsung is expected to push out in the coming weeks. So for now, you'll just have to sit on the sides and wait for the Windows Phone 8.1 update and new firmware, but at least you can take solace in knowing Samsung still has a few tricks left.

The Samsung ATIV S, ATIV SE, ATIV S Neo are expected to receive Windows Phone 8.1 officially, though Samsung has been quiet on their plans thus far. We reported earlier that ATIVE SE owners may want to hold off on using the Preview for Developers due to some ongoing stability issues in not having new firmware.

Thanks, neo158, for the tip!

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Samsung's bringing HDR, Smooth and Slow video to their Windows Phone 8.1 app

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There are a lot things which need fixing with Samsung and 8.1. Unresponsive touch screen, SD card corruption, led flash crashes the phone, etc... Had to shelve my SE and go back to my Icon.

Really, why would you want this when you have the Nokia Camera App that can be set as default as well!!!

Maybe because we don't get HDR mode, neither a proper slow mo video. That app (Slowly) is just terrible...

Seconded. We need all the HDR options that we can on Windows Phone. It's ridiculous that such a photography-focused phone OS doesn't have it built in when the crap camera iPhone has it.

Nothing about the iPhone camera is crap. Takes just as good photos as my 920 and way better photos with the front facing camera.

True. My friend's 5S takes much better daylight photos than my 925. But that's due to the post processing software from Nokia, which kinda softens the photo. Lowlight photos are bright as ever, though.

Well, not totally. In many occasions, I had to take pics quickly in a moving environment or with shaky hands, my 920 always had and still have the most usable pics while my peers with iphone 5 ( and samsung devices in such occasions are even worse) did not have almost any use of their pics. And oh don't get me started about the night.

I wouldn't say iphone camera is crap but definetly not as good as the 920.

About the front facing camera, it's hit or miss in all phones frankly, when taking selfies with my peers with the FFC of the i5, sometimes the pics do come so well, while on other times, they come horribly, The same goes for many lumias. Well, I avoid taking pics with the FFC thanks to touch to capture, shutter camera button and lately Glam me on my lumia. Also, iphone users can avoid usingthe FFC as well by using the volume rocker as a shutter key, but many of them don't know this( i was shocked when finding out about this) .

HDR Camera or 4Blend HDR for HDR photos...

We won't be able to do "real" slow motion videos until our hardware supports 60FPS or higher recording.

I'm not certain but I heard somewhere about a proxy trick to do this (requires PC as well) and another way is to developer unlock.... Well leave it.
It can be risky and I won't recommend you do that

I'm not sure but if you Bing it you'll come to know some people at xda developers have reportedly made it possible to load other OEMs apps in any WP 8 device. Some worked, some didn't.

Sure you can install it, but it won't work because it's supported by Samsung firmware. The article says it doesn't even work on Samsung phones yet until the OEM 8.1 update, so why would it work on Nokias?

I've read it and the comments as well :)
I was assuming on the past experience of what I read at xda developers. But honestly, I also don't think this app, specifically, would work that might as well actually integrate/depend with Samsung's hardware(for the camera) not just firmware once WP 8.1 is out.

I guess its not possible..as the article clearly mentions that it leverages some of the features that would come with the ATIV firmware ...so no luck with Lumia,but there are plenty of apps in store for HDR and for rest Nokia Camera is well and good

No, it doesn't. It doesn't seem to crash as badly as the Microsoft one though, however I couldn't get this to work properly, I assume it's just the updated firmware that's needed.

I dont have the after flash anymore... I will try to switch lenses now, before that used to need reboot to get camera back up and running again

Same thing here. Downloaded, but crashes badly almost every time. If it doesn't crash, it won't let me take pictures or even switch to video or turn on/off flash.

Yup, switching back from video crashes the app, reboot needed. The after flash is gone, however selecting flash off now does not work. I guess that can be done by selecting burst mode?

Hidden gems are hidden good things that don't get a lot of coverage or are harder to come across as the name suggests :)

Well I guess from the pic posted on the article one might think that the app is less than a MB but from the pic it looks like the app is open on an Ativ SE running WP8 while on 8.1 it shows as 10 MB

That's not really how slow motion cameras work. It's the other way around actually, higher fps is captured, like 1500 fps for example, and then played back at (usually) 27 fps after capture. This ensures smooth video because they're are plenty of frames to stretch the video out. You won't get stuttering unless the length of the video in seconds times the frames per second playback speed is greater than the total amount of frames captured.

lol sounds like you need a camera NOT a phone...  people seem to forget a smartphone is a jack of all trades,but the master of none.  

I never understood why Nokia ever brought HDR to their camera apps or my hasn't Microsoft Mobile brought it in the meantime. It's the kind of feature that all Android camera apps aparently have.

The fact that Samsung of all "people" beats Microsoft to this shouldn't leave anyone happy apart, of course, from users of Samsung's WP offerings since they finally have something others don't.

Hope the cyan update on Lumia devices will fix the battery issues we are facing can't even count how times I have plugged in my phone

My battery is sucking lately. And my 925 is only 2 weeks old. I looked in the battery saver and it shows that Phone takes up almost all of my battery and I don't know why... Waiting on another update, hopefully!

Nokia getting all the glory pfft, Samsung has always been a good 9months ahead of the game with its apps, Nokia seems to copy the ideas after a while (eg. App folders).
Nokia have just pumped a ton of money into advertising, Samsung tend to have a little more class in that respect.
And less of the bugs that plague nokias overbearing selection of devices.

When WPC write that WP8.1 is 'just around the corner' what do they know? There's no official realise date yet, is there?

There has never been an official release date, as it's contingent upon your phone manufacturer, phone model and carrier if applicable.

The fact that there are Windows Phone 8.1 device literally on sale today, or new models about to go on sale, should be evidence enough that OTA updates are around the corner. We even posted the update schedule for Nokia in one particular region. We've been saying July/August for months now and that still holds true.

Let's hope that Nokia Camera receives a few new features soon.

I think a lot of smartphone users expect certain "features" such as HDR to be available from the get go (without other applications). Obviously, most of these won't actually improve photos if they're crap anyway but the general public perceives the photos to be better quality.

Sure hope so seeing many teasers and also the fact that the WP8.1 lifecycle starts on the 24th also, fingers crossed

The question is though will it cover 1gen handsets last update was to remove a heavily unused app from Samsung zone nothing else was useful

You shouldn't. Nokia has more camera apps that can make stunning shots or even gifs. Blink, Nokia Cinemagraph, Nokia Panorama, Nokia Refocus and the Nokia Creative Studio. People forgot about these apps and are focused on the Nokia Camera.

I also found out that this app adds the ability to record in slow motion and has the ability to take pictures while recording a video, not really revolutionary but it adds those functions as well as the ones mentioned in the article.

There is no reason it shouldn't ... The option been there since GDR2 & as an OEM Samsung should be able to do it

True, but only Nokia has had access to that option so I hope that has changed so that other OEMs have access to that feature as well.

ProShot has HDR support and a plethora of other features. If it could just be launched from the camera button, it would literally kill NC overnight.

Cool, happy for Ativ owners.
Sounds like a full featured camera app ... But no Burst Shots is kinda weird.

Checked the store link ... One Rating ... One Star. Lol that's cold.

No, that's actually good as the last time I looked it was Zero Stars and Zero Ratings, however that may be from someone saying it doesn't work without realising that it requires updated firmware to function properly.

I've mentioned this further up but I suspect we need the updated firmware to get it working properly, no big deal as it should be out soon.

ATIV camera only shows an image, but i cant take the photo.

also it crashes after 20 seconds and the phonescreen turns black and i have to remove the battery to restart ^^

 

so dont start this app if you dont want to take out your battery ^^

 

tnakfully the standard camera works just fine for me

Omg! Exclusive app for Samsung owners? Great man! But u know what? I've Nokia camera Nokia refocus Nokia Creative studio Nokia glam me.. Lol :D

Haha! Ha! What apps!? The HTC Hub has been broken forever and they don't seem all that interested in fixing it... Why must HTC have such amazing hardware but skimp out on software? #HTCProblems

Lol. I remember my first HTC. Right before I switched to Lumia. I remember it being a great piece of hardware, but crappy software and next to no post launch support. It was like a hot chick that was awful in bed.

Ooo, nice Samsung. Those are much more consumer friendly type or features then manual control of Nokia Pro Cam. I feel like this is much more consumer friendly than all those camera apps from Nokia, think some consumers are put off by the plethora of apps from Nokia and get confused on what to use sometimes.

He didn't word it very well, but even I do.. Like, there's so many apps from Nokia.. If only they made an app that was a camera, editor, and sharer all in one..

Well all I can say is that my mobile provider has not plans to update their Lumia devices at present. They'd never heard of WP8.1.

I can't believe Nokia hasn't given us slow motion yet. As the guy above stated, all we have is that Slowly app, and sorry, buy its just horrible.

I'm working on an app to cure cancer, but it's unusable at the moment and only works if you follow your heart and believe in yourself. Pat me on the back please

I still dont get why Samsung doesn't have their other apps on windows. it could drive more ppl to their new tizen os while adding apps to our ecosystem

I'm glad that Samsung is wiling to expand and support for their portfolio of OS devices. we should thank MS for making WP for free to get more support from OEMs.

 

PS: I do wonder When Samsung's rumoured WPs are coming to light

hope nokia as a company ends soon and it's remains spread about the 4 corners of the earth lol.   Sooo tired of the fanboys "thats what you get for not getting a nokia".   Theres a level of pompous (asshole-ery)  that even Iphone users don't  show.   Its amazing and in many ways embarrasing.  Considering  WP and its ecosystem and be gone in a single instant..a bad stock here or there, and its done.  Even  Amazon's phone could  rise above WP. Amazon doesn't juggle a bunch of other projects. it keep focused.     

What worse is the unprofessional  Mods, and article authors that perpetuate that ignorance.  (its why i stick to wmpoweruser.com   Waaaay less (BS). 

Stop being the douchebags you are and be humble for once.

So.... not trying to start a fight at all, huh?  I LOVE people who call out "pompous" attitudes by basically acting like a grade school kid writing bad things about the teacher on the bathroom wall.

 

The vast majority of Nokia users are WP fans who flocked to the company with the best support and the most forward thinking devices.  If tomorrow that turns into Samsung, the majority of WP users will be enjoying the fact the Next Big Thing was here.  If that happens to be the MS-owned artist formally known as Nokia, then the Surface brand phone- or whatever MS decides the line will be called- it will be.

Heck, if it is Casio, so be it.

 

As for the unprofessional Moderators (of which I am one in the forums) and article writers, that is your own experience which apparently was bad.  I am sorry for that. I know on the forums, we talk regulary about keeping "flame wars" down to a polite roar.  I loved my Samsung Focus S, and applaud Samsungs WP offerings.  I would own a Sammy again in a heartbeat.

 

But to argue which company is supporting WP more is silly.  Nokia has history on it's side. I own a Nokia L920 because it was a great deal and it stinking rocks. This is a step in the right direction for Samsung's WP offerings, and I am a HUGE fan of the Samsung ATIV SE on Verizon, but it is hard to reason out owning a Samsung over Nokia if you love WP.  Nokia does not have to be humble. It ain't bragging if you done it and can back it up.

Would be nice if Samsung actually promoted the Windows 8 phone, and not hide it away. At the big Samsung display in Future shop, no Windows phone, challenged them, some blah, blah about Android only, said why are they then displaying Windows laptops, OH! the phone is not selling, Duh! if its not marketed and available it will never sell. My carrier SaskTel had the ATIV and professes no longer to give a Windows 8 phone option, have every other Samsung under the sun. I like my Samsung ATIV, so hopefully Samsung starts to market it, surprised they are even updating apps.

Samsung kind of confuse me. On on hand they treat their WP phones as an afterthought and do not market them at all. On the other hand, they update the WP apps now and then, and sometimes even release new app.

Nokia camera need panorama and HDR. Hate to jump between Nokia panorama and Nokia camera and HDR third party app

App doesn't work at all, but after installing even microsoft camera app stopped working. I will have to do HR. :/ GR8 work samsung :D (ATIV S)

I think the performance on windows phone is pretty much equal no matter what OEM. The main difference is in the camera hardware with Lumias if you care about it. I own Ativ S, everything work as it should. It's all about the OS itself.

Give me 240fps at a decent resolution and I'll buy it. I can't quite drop 5 grand on the cheapest HD high speed cam. :P

please make it available for wp7.8...Developers are concentrating on developing apps for wp8 .what about wp7.8?? We too need updates we too need apps.these apps are good to use .. we bought our phones at high costs yet we aren't getting any good apps for wp7.8..we are suffering even after spending lots of money on phones(wp7.8)..please make good apps like these availible on wp7.8.please