The Camera app in Windows 10 borrows a lot from Lumia Camera 5.0 with HDR and more

Does your phone not qualify for the Lumia Denim update with Lumia Camera 5.0? No worries, as Microsoft is evidently cherry picking some choice features from Lumia Camera 5.0 and adding them to the Camera app in Windows 10.

Loading up the new Camera experience, and you get a mishmash of Lumia Camera features in the default app. For instance, there is now the magic wand from Lumia Camera 5.0's Rich Capture option.

However, instead of the full suite of Rich Capture features, you just get HDR. Still, that is a big deal for the Lumia 635, which does not normally get that camera option.

Additionally, the previously taken photo icon now takes you directly to the new Photos app in Windows 10. Previously, Windows Phone 8.1 and lower would keep you siloed in the camera app with a pseudo photo catalog experience. Now, this goes right into the Photos app and lets you edit photos directly, including using the new 'Enhance' feature. This is all part of the more unified app experience in Windows 10.

Finally, you can also now hold down the camera button (if your phone has one) to record video. Alternatively, you can set it to photo burst or disable.

Windows 10 for phone still has a long way to go, but it is exciting to see the Camera app pick up some of those Lumia Camera features.

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

118 Comments
  • Just letting ya'll know that I am the first commenter here. And it should also be visible in India as well, no need to ask.
  • Usually, I have to scroll down a little before I spot a stupid comment..
  • Lol.
  • Which means update already hit many people :-P
  • +521
  • HAHAHA
  • All hail the legendary hero !!
  • Somebody give this guy a trophy!!
  • Wen?
  • *insert Lumia fan boy rage comment because OMG, THE UI SHOULD BE EXCLUSIVE TO LUMIA*
  • Give it a while, Micah should be here any moment now...;P
  • LOL, by the way what's your opinion on Nokia possibly selling their HERE maps software?
  • Already wrote it on Android Central ;) In resume: I've heard that rumour way too often before. HERE is a profitable company. There's absolutely no reason for Nokia to sell it.
  • Oh I haven't gone on there today, I'll check it out. For the record I can't see Nokia doing this, especially since they will sell phones next year.
  • There has been no announcement that they will sell phones. Testing and making mock-ups is not the same as deciding to go to market. 
  • They get their rights back in 2016, right? It's possible they will.
  • They had job postings in LinkedIn last year looking for software engineers in camera software for Android, I would be very surprised if they didn't sell phones in 2016.
  • I'd be surprised if they do. A hiring ad doesn't mean a hire was made and a hire doesn't mean a phone is coming. Maybe that hire helped with the tablet that isn't in wide release. Maybe they are building a camera app...Android needs better cam apps. Maybe they hired him, and others and made a prototype that will never get made. Maybe they are advancing photo tech to license to others. Lots of possibilities, but I see them shying away from the consumer front. If they indeed sell HERE, I'd be shocked if they made a phone.
  • Selling HERE while it is profitable means they will get a better price. If they are changing the course of their business to be more backend-network based, then this makes sense. Companies spin off profitable divisions when focus is the goal. 
  • Oh, they're making losses. Let's see what DJCBS has to say about it.
  • Except they not only aren't, they've just secured massive deals with the BMW and Volkswagen groups (along with other big European car brands) to equip their cars with HERE as the GPS solution. They've also entered a partnership with Mercedez-Benz to develop self-driving cars. All three Nokia divisions (Networks, HERE and Technologies) all profitable with increasing profits forcasted.
  • I was going to post this exact same thing haha
  • I don't really care about the UI. And I'm over the it should be exclusive thing lol. Whatever helps the 2% feel relevant I guess is good.
  • Lol
  • Its not anymore its published under the Microsoft corporation label on wp8.1
  • that shit is exclusive to NEWER lumias so even lumia fanboys will celebrate here, stupid nokia planning as you see, finally ms is inserting some common sense
  • How about loading time?
  • It's fast like the old Microsoft Camera app.
  • +1
  • Please bring on the multitasking and resuming bug fixed or not too.
  • Resuming ain't a bug.
  • It's a feature!
  • Haha....so much for the exclusiveness :)
  • When you have a 2.2 Ghz quad core with 2 Gigs of Ram (read 930) and still native apps like Skype say resuming when switched to, it definitely is.
  • Skype is a very peculiar case. It's an app written in Silverlight to my knowledge, as the VoIP API for Windows Phone is only for Silverlight, not WinRT. They've done a lot to make it run faster over the years, but it's still using the old coding language and so fast resuming isn't as easy.
    However this may have changed recently or will change for Win10.
  • Haha, nice one Chemilinski.
  • *doffs hat*
  • What about Aeries written on WinRT as far,as I know, 6 sec buy Rudy, One Drive. Infinite number of examples this thing can have. 60% of apps (90% when using a 830) cannot be crippled.
  • lol you just mentioned the shittiest app ever made, that's a godsend exception to any rule, all we can do is hope Microsoft makes a real native Skype app
  • And we still can swipe on settings
  • I don't think they're cherry picking, I'm guessing all of the features wil be there, they're just not done yet.  
  • Just make it fast.
  • Hey Daniel, can you do a comparison with another 635 without W10 to see if the algorithms are improved
  • wow
    cant wait
  • Confused. What if I were to use the Camera app on my Lumia 1520. Does it still take Rich Capture (dynamic HDR/Flash)?
  • Yes but only if you open Lumia Camera instead of the Camera app.
  • How is the image quality on the 1520 with Windows 10? On par with 1520 with Denim?
  • No answer for you man. Haven't installed.
  • Thanks. I'll try it out tonight.
  • Question: does this add HDR to the likes of the 1020?
  • I mean, if it added to a Lumia 635, why wouldn't it for the 1020?
  • "Older hardware" yada yada yada, you know the excuses given with Denim to not add a single thing to the 1020. Hence the question ;)   If it adds it, In that case, I think I will revert my previous statement and try this on the 1020.
  • What makes you think the 635 will be any better than the 1020. Lenses matters the most here I think. Or not..?
  • It's not that. With Denim, Microsoft basically ignored the Nokia 1020, Windows Phone de facto imaging flagship. They didn't even add HDR or anything AT ALL, to it. The excuses given were that it had older hardware than recent low cost phones. As such, and because Windows 10 will NOT be the same on older hardware as it is on new hardware, and given the fact that they had abandoned the 1020 before, it wouldn't be weird to see Windows 10 also leaving these kinds of features out of the 1020.
  • Not to mention that the Lumia Camera Beta had Living Images in the 1020 working, but were than removed just "because".
  • It might be that, they were aiming to improve all their device's cameras at once via Windows 10. So 1020 would've been extra work for them, at that time.
  • does it support full resolution for true Pureview cameras (20+ MP)?
  • Quad core vs Dual core. The 635 could have two thread handling post processing while the other two are processing shot to shot. This would likely have less impact on performance versus using a single core to post process and the other to process shot to shot. I believe that was the hardware limitation they were alluding to in a simple explanation on why Lumia Camera 5 wasn't going to come to the dual core variants.
  • L820: can't focus, no HDR... no love for the worst WP ever :(
  • Not working here on 720....
  • No, as far as I can see on my 1020 the Camera app is exactly the same on Win 10 TP as on Win 8.1. No new features or so. I don't buy the excuses about older hardware, there is other non-free apps in the store which handles HDR just fine on the 1020. And wasn't the 1020 marketed with a dedicated "photo-CPU" so it would be able to handle 40 MP RAW files? Why couldn't this processing power be used for runni