Photo Maps for Windows Phone

Photo Maps is a Windows Phone 8 photography app that mixes your images with a map detailing the location of the photo. Photo Maps isn't like Image Map where your photos are mapped out based on where they were taken. Instead, Photo Maps lets you take a photo and adds small Bing map of your location to the image.

Maps choices can be set from within Photo Maps' settings and you can choose between road, aerial, hybrid and terrain map views. Camera controls are rather limited in that you can only turn on/off the flash and toggle between the rear/front cameras from within the app.

Photo Maps

Once captured the image is saved to your Windows Phone Pictures Hub. Sharing the image is a little odd in that a back arrow is displayed at the top of the screen which will send you to your Pictures Hub gallery page. From there you go into the Camera Roll gallery and tap the mapped photo. In doing so it pulls up your sharing options. I couldn't help but think there could have been an easier way to share the mapped photos.

Photo Maps isn't something you'll use every day but say you need to remember where a house you are considering buying/renting is or need to send someone directions to a restaurant. You can snap a picture and combine a visual landmark with a map of the area to help you or friends find their way.

There is a free trial version of Photo Maps to let you try things out before buying. The full version will run you $1.49 and you can find Photo Maps here at the Windows Phone Store.  Keep in mind that Photo Maps requires Windows Phone 8 and is only available for devices such as the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X.

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