Camera Beta app released for all Lumia Windows Phones with Nokia Black or Amber firmware updates

If you have a PureView Windows Phone (Lumia 920, Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520, etc.), chances are you've been enjoying the Nokia Camera app. But folk who own a Lumia Windows Phone that does not sport PureView camera technology have not been able to enjoy the same experience. That is until now.

Nokia previously stated at its conference in Abu Dhabi that all Lumia Windows Phones would soon be able to be loaded with Nokia Camera, not just handsets in the 92x series or higher. The company has today released a beta version of its popular camera app that includes support for more hardware. The only requirement is either the Nokia Amber or Nokia Black firmware update (according to Nokia's website).

That's right, folks. Nokia Camera Beta is available for all Lumia Windows Phones, not just handsets with PureView technology. If you're not familiar with the app, Nokia Camera pulls together multiple settings, combining both Nokia’s Pro and Smart Cam apps previously available as separate solutions.

This beta version will be the guinea pig for future updates to the experience, so it's worth downloading on all hardware if you want to remain ahead of the game - perfect for those who enjoy testing new functionality and providing feedback.

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Initially (in this version anyway), the app looks and acts identically to the live version of Nokia Camera. All that's different in this beta is the added support for more Lumia Windows Phones. Now, just so there's no confusion, there are now two Nokia Camera apps. One is the final, stable version and the new release is a beta, which will see new features beforehand.

You can download both Nokia Camera and Nokia Camera Beta from the Windows Phone Store (right-hand QR code below). Here's the list of Windows Phone supported: Lumia 520, Lumia 521, Lumia 620, Lumia 625, Lumia 720, Lumia 810, Lumia 820, and Lumia 822, along with all Nokia Windows Phones with PureView.

via: Nokia Conversations

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.