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Lumia Denim Camera gets detailed video tour of new features, 4K video and more

Over the weekend, Windows Phone fan Luke Rodriguez decided to take it upon himself to demonstrate some of the new Lumia Denim Camera improvements on his Nokia Lumia 930. For many of us, we are still waiting for the update for Lumia Denim to hit along with the new Camera app. However, for those who are lucky enough to have both a PureView Lumia and Denim proper, the wait appears to be worth it.

The video by Rodriguez is quite thorough coming in just over five minutes in length. The camera app is shown launching along with some of the new menu features like Rich Capture, Lumia Moments, and even some 4K video samples towards the end, which look exquisite.

Perhaps the biggest improvement users can see (and are expecting) is the improved launch times of the app and shot-to-shot time being shorter. Indeed, although Rodriguez does not dwell on those changes, they are quite evident in his otherwise well-done video. Finally, some RAW (DNG) image samples and comparison to the previous Cyan versions are also demonstrated, with the Denim images looking much better.

Only the Lumia 930, Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520 can see the big improvements through Lumia Camera and Lumia Denim although all other cameras will likely get some minor improvements as well. The new Snapdragon chipsets and camera technology for the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 give it an edge over older devices like the Lumia 1020, who's internal hardware was already dated when it first arrived. The new Lumia 830 should also see some improvements including HD Video Moments (instead of 4K).

Still, for those with older phones, Lumia Denim and the new Lumia Camera should give a good idea of where Microsoft imaging is heading in 2015. Presumably newer PureView Lumia devices will also get these new features, and we cannot wait.

Source: YouTube; Thanks, Luke, for the video!

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.

211 Comments
  • I'm hoping this becomes available this week. Happy Lumia 830 owner eagerly waiting for it....
  • Sadly lumia 830 can not record 4k video. Its limited to full hd only.
  • I just want that fast launch time!
  • OFF TOPIC: L520 CV denim update on Spain
  • Actually, it records 1440p, which is a step up from full HD. It gets treated as 2K video, whereas i like to call it, 2.5K.
  • Im gonna buy 830 in 10 days. I think it's the "sexiest" Lumia ever. :D
  • Nahh.. Lumia 925 is sexier. ;)
  • Definitely the sexiest
  • Same here!! Prototype owner hehe
  • No way! Original Lumia 900 is the best looking phone I've ever seen, nothing cones close to the looks of that thing. Others are good, but that's the best.
  • n9 ?? :P
  • YES! ^This^. I LOVED my Lumia 900s design. Even though it was pretty thick and tall compared to other flagships, it had the proportions just perfect. And it came with some of the best selections of color.
  • The 830 also gets Rich Capture. Right??? This article has me a bit concerned...
  • Yes it will. It will have all of the features but the recording will be 1080p, not 4k
  • Correct.
  • OK, thanks.  I would certainly call HDR and the faster startup time "big improvements", so leaving the 830 out of that group had me concerned.  Obviously a lower end processor prevents 4k video, but that doesn't concern me too much... the HDR and speed features are much more important.
  • When UK?
  • +1 I also can't wait for this
  • I'm confused. My AT&T Lumia 830 says under Extras & Info, "Lumia Denim" since I bought it. Is it getting another update? 
  • If I'm not mistaken, the L830 does indeed come with denim, just not the updated Lumia Camera app. You need both components for the features. So to answer your question: yes, expect another update. Not a firmware update, but an application update.
  • Thanks for the explanation. 
    Looking forward to the camera app update. 
  • confused - I have an 830, its already running Denim out of the box - why can't I get new camera app?
  • FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I just saw the video ending with "Future videos will be released in partnership with WMPowerUser"... Oooh Daniel's probably burning :P
  • I flashed Norway firmware (cyan) to my HK Lumia 930 and used VPN to show my location as Norway and got Denim update immediately. I should say the quality of images is really different by HDR.
  • Lumia 625 has updated on EEUk. Very happy Chappy.
  • EE UK 930 not yet!
  • Same! Waiting patiently.
  • I want it now in Mexico L1520
  • Here it's yours now
  • Just flash your 1520 with the Finland rom (059V281 RM - 937)and you will get it. That is what I did 2 days ago and i´m loving it. Here is a tutorial in case you need it : http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2515453
  • unfortunatly if you flash the rm-938 with a rm-937 rom you will end up with the airplane mode situation, the same as was with cyan. so you will hgave to wait for an official 938 rom.
  • Nothing new for my 1020, :-(
  • Hello, brother, I feel your pain,
  • Soo, 4k is digital capability (like driver update) not physical (structure of camera)?
  • I am sure it is a little bit of both.
  • But the update does not include Lumia camera 5 for the older devices!!
  • Capturing 4K video is done mainly because of chipset/processor.And Lumia 930/1520 has Snapdragon 800+ processor which can record 4K videos.It's just the software tweaks via update.
  • Realtime h.264 video compression is very computationally intensive.  The phones have to use the built in capabilities in the silicon (SOC) to do that.  Only SD800 supports 4K encoding.
  • Atleast the updates should make the camera app open faster..!!
  • Seems.....possible
  • They should as it takes 3-4 seconds to open the cam and again 3-4 seconds for a single shot to click and the auto-focus to settle in..!! Was feeling angry when SourApple and FlavourlessLollipop folks were clicking pictures literally in wholesale and I was there struggling..!! Had to use the Canon instead..!!
  • Show some love to Lumia 830 too!
  • So the 1020 wont see a single camera improvement ?
  • Old hardware
  • fml.
  • I think it will see some improvements but no 4k capture.
  • Yes, it will ... HD Moments, Rich Capture with HDR and the like. Plus the camera launch will be slightly faster because of the optimized app code.
  • All that has been denied by Juha.
  • this is news to me, i wish, but thought i had read nothing new relating to cam would happen via the denim FW @ 1020
  • That's why we are dying to see a L1020 successor to be released.  It is shame to see the imaging flagship falling behind the mid-range phones in terms of the latest camera features.  It looks like that we have to wait til next fall to get anything high-end.  It is sad.  MS has overly emphasized the low-end by ignoring the high-end.  It would hurt WP market share for sure.  Fighting a tough war, you got to fire from all chambers.
  • i have an updated 1020 running denim and you do not get the new camera app.
  • This is a sad day for me :(
  • No. Sadly and stupidly no. One would think Microsoft would be wise enough to only drop development for the 1020 when the successor was announced right? Yeah. Wrong.
  • Yeah it will, but it will be less noticeable. New algorithms and stuff will be available for all phones. :)
  • Every body say. #2015_rise_of_Microsoft Dan. What do u mean by older phones will see where Microsoft imaging is heading ?? The minor improvements will be that far ?!
  • Last year we said-- #2014_rise_of_Microsoft
  • And so what .. Look at the diff now !!
  • Every year something new arrives at our plates but who brings it first and the best is the real question..!!
  • What really matters that to #maintain the first and the best !! And not a #bubble of new things and Buffff !! nothing more .. SO Microsoft has to deliver it right ! To be come first
  • Right! MS, more specifically WP, has made HUGE progress in 2014. Definitely on the right track!
  • The other 2 OSes are also on the right track..!! And they movin fast boy..!!
  • And the year before that #2013_rise_of_Microsoft And before that #2012_rise_of_Microsoft It's a tradition more than a realistic outcome at this point.
  • Sounds like 201X_Lagfree_Android_Experience.
  • This. My wife's Samsung Galaxy S5 is laggy, drops calls, won't sync emails consistently and is generally poor. She's a sweet but stubborn little lady and she can't bring herself to acknowledge that windows phone is by far better. Just got her a surface 2 though and she is ditching her iPad 2 so she is slowly coming round to liking MS products. Basically on the whole this is what MS is facing when trying to win customers, so they need to be trying ten times harder to update phones faster, bring out new hardware and offer better price points for the likes of L1520 & L930. Should be £299 & £249 respectively in UK brand new.
  • Mr.peppermint xD Samsung has major prob. Interns of responsiveness after each update .. As android updates the more advanced the higher requirements needed .. I experienced that personally .. But wp as far as it is good .. It needs more reliability of android ! ;)
  • The first problem with your wife's experience on Android was that she got a Samsung. Using a Samsung to try Android is like experiencing public transportation for the first time and chosing to do it during rush-hour.
  • + 1520
  • id gladly pay 500 poounds instead of the 360 i payed if the phone included a sd card and 128gig of space but i love the 930 and the 830 both great phones and with 8.1 its just awsome.
  • That what 70% of the folks think when buying a new device..!!
  • Why .. because they think wrong !! they need to level up to another level .. but microsoft enhances the same level where they stay & hardly level up !! 
  • @DJCBS Folks haven't seen a mirror for a long time I suppose..!! Truth is always bitter..!!
  • I disagree.  I think we will continue to see Microsoft dwindle.  And this makes me angry.  I already hate every single aspect of Windows 10, and with no successor to the Lumia 1020 in the wings, Microsoft is just chasin mud.
  • You are right at some point .. Because of the slow actions of Microsoft .. They are just lack of confidence to announce the 1020 successor and become failure so they will hold on to more testing ... For win. 10 I personally refused to test it till it beings beneficial progress .. But for nw it shows downs more than Ups ..
  • See Mr. even am a big die hard fan of Microsoft but they are falling cause they have their legs in a lotta boats..!! They do things slowly..Very slowly but come out with nice products and services..You say WP is the best..But it's not..!! Don't believe me..?? Then see if WP has a market share of even 10% in atleast 5 countries..!! They even degraded the quality build of Nokia..!!
  • But no one can deny that ms is heading right .. But need to maintain good quality of higher bar than Nokia-old .. I hope that wp 10 will be worthwhile the anticipations !!
  • No 4k for lumia 1020?
  • Buy a DLSR
  • Not all dslr support 4K video, professional dslr does :)
  • 1020 is all but forgotten. Recently my charging shell broke so I went to buy a new one. They are no longer available. I ended up fixing it, but it just shows the support for the phone is dwindling at best.
  • they announced in August no more support and only bits of Denim will be on the 1020 between this and the fact that I am testing Windows 10 I am probably moving to Android.  I loved the 1020 but my phone is only a year old, someone suggested switching to a different Windows Phone but what is to say it won't happen to that choice.
  • There are a handful (out of more than 900 models) Android-phones that receive updates more than three months. ALL WP8-phones including your 1.5 year old phone continues to get updates. Good luck with that.
  • it is understandable, at least they still supoort the phone.  My iphone got the ios8 update and it ruined my phone so im kinda glad they arent including things that might make the older phones slow or battery hungry.  As long as they keep updates coming that allow your apps and stuff to work then all is good.
  • Of course not. Old hardware.
  • no, you do not even get the new camera app with the 1020.
  • Cant wait
  • My phone is still on Cyan, but well this is pretty interesting. Thank you
  • I assumed even the older models such as the 822 would be getting the Rich Capture, and full HD imaging (not 4k, obviously, but still...)? I'm noticing a much faster launch and shot-to-shot, but I thought we'd be getting some of the bells, if not the whistles?
  • They will.
  • Aaaaaa Stop teasing us! Just release it already !!
  • What will change on dual core devices? Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Lumia camera is not available in android... :P
  • Hehehe I'm writing from my tablet!
  • Like the 1020..?? Or ye are asking about the old low-enders..??
  • Don't be so sure of that. They'll probably release it for all platforms :P
  • Lol.... Yeah may be...
  • For now...lol
  • Ok I understand that my 1020 will not get rich capture or 4k video. But why on earth we don't get faster launch time?? Could this someone explain please? This can't be a hardware problem when u optimize an app to start faster.
  • Cryio seems to think there will be http://www.windowscentral.com/lumia-denim-camera-gets-detailed-video-tour#comment-1506449
  • It can be a hardware problem if it´s optimised using the 4 cores of the snapdragon 800.
  • Optimized code => better app, therefore maybe faster app launch time :D
  • When does denim available for nokia lumia 620 india...
  • I got Lumia denim in India using Lumia 620.
    enable your preview for developers. Then check for updates.
  • What are ye smoking..??
  • That is a bug probably. Disable DP and check extras+info
  • Lol...pass me some of that stuff youre smoking...need me some good firmware and a brand new L1030 with Win 10 :P
  • I already updated preview one.. But waiting for original firmware update...
  • Whoa, that was fast to launch!
  • Hurry up AT&T!! (I suspect they'll release it on Christmas)
  • Will Lumia Denim do some good to 520? Or just the faster camera at all? I heard about the battery issues as well.
  • Rly sad about purchasing a 1020 last month. No features!!!
  • Apart from taking the best quality pictures, I guess youre right..... /s
  • You will get both HD moments and Rich Capture.
  • may I have a look at your sources sir? info about older devices is none at this time, quite irritating..
  • Just hoping for the best and thinking of common sense from Microsoft. An updated camera app should be released eventually for all devices. I hope.
  • No other x20 series WP device has got any extra camera features with Denim so no, he wont.
  • You are bit wrong. Lumia 1520 will get.....
  • even without the camera app it still takes much superior pictures compared to the 930 and 1520, just slower.
  • Lumia Denim features that I like : Fast Lumia camera apps loading.
  • How about Action Shots on lower end Lumias? P.S. I owned my Lumia 1520, and I CANNOT WAIT! Microsoft Thailand, please bring it to me NOW!
  • They are possible now ... So they'll be possible in the future as well.
  • Long as my 830 has rich capture and faster loading im happy
  • Wow the highlight retention of the denim photos looks a lot better. Still don't know if it's enough for me to give up my 1020.
  • Hoping this comes to the 920!
  • Yu must be kidding !!! Only for new devices ( 1520,930,830)
  • I'm getting a 930
  • Using Lumia 930 running developers preview region as US. Still no update for !!!
  • I'm loving the look of that 4k video and the photo comparison was nice to see. It looks like the Denim update helped the still shots have more true color. Maybe not as saturated? Looks great! My Lumia Icon is waiting for this! :)  The speed improvements from the press and hold camera button to taking a picture is what I'm most excited about!
  • Nice! Wish they added being able to pause when video recording.. This is crazy not to have tho on there already. But overall it looks like a really good improvement.
  • We need this update on 1020...
  • Wishful thinking
  • GET DENIM ON THE LUMIA 930 ALREADY!
  • Denim is released already in some parts of the UK
  • some parts, lol, like a postcode lottery, some phones within the uk you mean
  • Which phones?  I'm on o2 UK and there's no sign of the update yet. *Edit* Please ignore me, I understand now.  *waits impatiently*
  • To get these benefits, one uses the Lumia Camera app, not the default Microsoft gamer app, correct?
  • Yes it is Lumia camera
  • All these features and people still buy Android ,smh
  • 1020 still the best
  • How can u capture 4k video if the max display is only 1080p ??
  • you said it yourself, because the display is only showing stuff, its not the capture device!
  • on the 930 and 1520 the max is 2160p/30fps
  • Where is the update for Lumia 1520 in UK and Hong Kong? Still waiting. When is it coming? This is frustrating.
  • http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/availability-in-europe/
  • How can I see an sample of 4K video if the video uploaded to Youtube was on 1080p?
  • try a browser that supprts >1080p on youtube.
  • I mean. They showed the 4k sample, but uploaded in 1080p. It won't be on 4k...
  • Great; now my phone feels like a CRAP!!! -_-'
  • Totally agree
  • which phone you got?
  • 520...
  • You mean your lowest end Windows Phone is nowhere near the performance and features as a high end Windows Phone costing 30 times more? No way! /s
  • I have the Lumia 928 with Denim now, but I'm not seeing this camera update? Is the 928 not going to get it? Anyone have info on this? 
  • I'm not a 100% on this ! But I think your phone won't get any of the camera features. Older hardware. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • the new camera app is only available for the 930, icon, 1520, maybe the 830 i will see tonight.
  • Me thinks to buy a professional cam...say 1520
  • Hey so all other phones apart 930,icon,1520 are just gonna get folders !
    That's lame and no HEY CORTANA for chipsets of snapdragon 8xx below so its just NOT cortana for lower end devices I assume
  • Folders have nothing to do with Lumia Denim; update 1 (aka GDR 1) provided that already.
  • Nokia shipped with old hardware
  • Is the faster launch time and shot-to-shot time coming to older models?
  • Never liked 925's round corner. Major deal breaker.
  • Well that ship has sailed my friend
  • loved it
  • I wanna rich capture in the 928 :/
  • Did they sneak in 60fps video recording by any chance?
  • won't get that on anything that MS has to offer
  • im still waiting on an official statement about older X20 lumias, like 920 1020, will they benefit from the speed improvements at least? I mean they match and/or outperform the 830 so it seems logical to me
  • Me too. I'd like to know if Rich Capture will be available. I know it won't be 4K, but will it be available or will it still be SmartCam?
  • You do not get the new camera app with the 1020 on denim, still uses the odler 4.9 version of lumia camera.
  • What about the lumia 925, it has pureview lenses. Will it have 4K videos or not :/
  • Quad core Snapdragon 800 needed
  • I have Lumia 830 and it has denim update but camera app is not updated to version 5 . I tried to find it in app store but there is no lumia camera 5 :/ all I could find Lumia Camera classic ( version 4.9 ) :/ can somebody explain me ?
  • How fast photo capture ?
  • Oh wow... Just waiting for the update :)
  • I got Denim last night and another update this eve on my Lumia 822 (surprisingly some love by Verizon). I wonder what changed. Can anyone point out to me?
  • Nothing new on lumia 1020!!! F*** you MS!!!
  • I am feeling the same. 
  • Microsoft, please resume the Denim rollout as you promised the high end models would get it by the end of the year!
  • +930
  • Appreciation from Microsoft, great features only for new models while old models are left out! 
  • They say DENIM is out for 520 in India. I check for the updates daily, still nothing here.
  • This might convince me to relinquish my 1020 in favor of a 930.
  • Hurry up Verizon....Relase it now for the ICON !!!!!!!!!
  • He forgot to mention that you can now manually change both whitebalance, focus, and exposure WHILE RECORDING VIDEO! You can also turn LED-light on or off while recording video! I have also noticed that photos taken with the new Lumia Camera app does not allow for reframing after the photo is shot other than cropping the 5MP-photo.
  • Sad about 1020 possibly not being capable of the feature-set. Can't have everything i guess.
  • what new devices?? certainly not any of the dime a dozen phones microsoft is releasing
  • Is it me or just the photos look yellower and softer after the firmware update?
  • 4k looks good. Cant wait to try it in my 1520
  • Older Lumia's do not get the new camera app, so far just the 930, 1520 and im loading a rom onto the 830 to see if that gets the new app.
  • the 830 does get the new camera app at this time
  • I bought 1020 few days back seeing it's camera quality hmmm and now me regretting as i wont have nay new feature :(
  • 4k recording in a HD phone.... What a joke...
  • Oversampling will defineitly improve the quality. You can see the difference between HD and 4K video even in a HD display.
  • Meh
  • Where did smart sequence go?
  • Tic tac is broken for Verizon
  • What about change faces and remove moving objects?
  • Lumia 830 is a really nice looking device. I wish it also comes with a dual SIM model and 11ac Wifi support.
  • Will the Lumia925 get all these features with denim update (except 4K recording of course)? ...faster camera launching, HDR, & Lumia Moments?
  • Hmm I'm confused, what will Lumia Denim update bring to lower-end Lumias like 630,530 & 535 because till now all I see is "camera improvements" to the higher-end Lumias and no/little mention of the low-end devices..
  • does the lumia 620 get faster launch time?
  • Hahaha, camera isn't the best area of expertise of this site, is it? After repeating in all articles, without correcting them, that "Lumia Camera Classic is for Lumia which won't get Denim/ LC v5", which is totally wrong, there's now another non-sense in this article. You can't show "DNG" files, DNG are the RAW data from the sensor, and it has to be processed into another format, like JPG, or something else. Luke has admit he was a bit tired when making his video (even titling DMG for the Cyan pictures). Besides, I don't find the Denim pictures to be way above the Cyan ones. Actually, first comparisons I've seen show oversharpened and blackened pictures (details in the shadows lost). We'll need a full Denim roll-out and serious comparisons to come to a conclusion; when it comes to photography, I value much more SmartcamClub (née PureviewClub) and AllAboutWindowsPhone analysis than any article, with all due respect to your great work otherwise.
  • Just got my Lumia 525 updated with Denim. I was looking fwd and expecting faster Lumia Camera launch and perhaps some improvement in image noise handling....but NOPE. Camera still slow to launch, Auto Focus still slow & image noise is still bad. Btw, I'm from East Malaysia. So those with entry level Lumias (like me), don't put your expectation too high.
  • How the frack does reframe work?
  • typical of wp and android  spec geeks, he forgot to show the most important and most usefull nongeeky thing in this update: improved speed of launch and shot-to-shot.  I wonder if anyone is going to show that.
  • wow i can see some major improvements in stills! cannot wait!
  • l520 in india still dint get the update:-\  
  • I'm in Denmark and didn't recieve the camera update on 830. Looks like we have to wait until mid Jan ._.
  • At the end it seems Microsoft has totally forgotten lumia 1020 and this was a CAMERA  centric phone that best imaging optimization should be done to use latest futures with the Lumia camera update. If memory saves me right i know nokia had to rewrite am imaging stack whateva with snapdragon to use the 41m cam at first instance so sort of customizied stuff should be done now as well . But like i said b4 micrsoft seems to have forgotten 1020 and i feel betrayed by Nokia/microsoft
  • Does this mean that photos taken with 3rd party app (like Proshot) will also look better after Denim?
  • I'm loving update 2 on my Lumia 830