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!
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