Non-Lumia Windows Phone 8.1 devices can now install Lumia Camera, but it's missing the best feature

If your Windows Phone 8.1 device isn't a Lumia, it seems you can now install the Lumia Camera app. Previously exclusive to Lumia owners, we tried installing the Lumia Camera app on a BLU Win HD LTE and can confirm that it works. However, there's one catch. The Lumia Camera on non-Lumia devices is version 4.x, not the latest version 5.x that includes Rich Capture.

Rich Capture is the best feature on Lumia Camera 5.0, and it looks like that will still be exclusive to certain Lumia devices like the  Nokia Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia 640, and Lumia 640 XL. Rich Capture gives you access to HDR (High Dynamic Range), Dynamic Flash, and Dynamic Exposure, which allows you to take photos and edit them for the best exposure settings later.

Even though Lumia Camera 4.x on non-Lumia devices is missing Rich Capture, it is still a rock solid camera app. You can manually change brightness, shutter speed, ISO, focus, and White balance. You can get really creative with these settings or completely ignore them to use Auto mode.

While this is good news for users with non-Lumia Windows Phone 8.1 devices from BLU, HTC, LG, or Samsung right now, it'll get better when the Windows 10 Mobile comes out. The Camera app in Windows 10 borrows a lot from Lumia Camera 5 with HDR and more. If you can't wait for the official release, you can install Windows 10 Mobile preview. However, the only non-Lumia device currently supported is the HTC One (M8) for Windows.

Are you installing the Lumia Camera app on your non-Lumia Windows Phone 8.1 device or are you happy with your default camera app? Let us know in the comments!


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Mark Guim

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