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Custom camera apps coming with new dev tools [MIX11]

With those new dev tools coming in May, one of the features they have access to is the ability to create custom camera applications. A demo of such an app can be seen above, where an overlay (MIX logo) is put on the screen so when a photo is taken, it is automatically "stamped" on the pic. There's also the ability to create a "steady cam" type effect, which is good for the folks with the shakes.

Some other things we learned:

  • Custom camera apps can't take over the camera button--so you need to launch it like a program each time
  • Custom cameras don't have access to the OEM camera settings
  • Devs can create an on-screen shutter button and/or use the hardware button for focusing (half press) or snapping the pic (full press)

While we would love to replace the default camera app with a custom one, we'll take what we can at this point. We're really looking forward to seeing what devs create using these new tools though, shouldn't be too much longer.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

5 Comments
  • No word on bt audio with video or backup on WP7?
  • Bluetooth file transfer is something WP7 needs, it's a huge feature that gets used to death over here in Europe. If they don't add that then it'll be hard to sell phones still, even with Nokia on their side.
  • I hope developers can create a camera app that can save our settings. That would be sweet!!1
  • Come to Daddy, 3rd-party app w/ retainable camera settings.
  • did he say "first party camera is going to do that"??