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
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

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