Microsoft pushes new Camera UI, time lapse feature to Fast Ring Insiders

It looks like some aspects of Windows 10 Redstone 2 are starting to pick up. Tonight, Microsoft has pushed an update to the Camera app for Windows 10 Mobile to Fast Ring Insiders and with it arrives a new UI layout and even a time lapse feature.

Windows Camera build 1016.11 is now live in the Store, and there are some noteworthy changes to this version. Here is what we spotted so far:

New UI changes found in the updated Camera app for Fast Ring

New UI changes found in the updated Camera app for Fast Ring
  • Icons are more visible (solid white)
  • Timer button (2s, 5s, 10s, off) is now on the main camera UI (instead of a menu)
  • Camera toggle (front, rear) is pushed to the upper left
  • Ellipsis is replaced with a Settings toggle
  • Settings are now direct instead of being within a menu
  • Time Lapse – "When the time is on, keep taking photos until I press the camera button again."
  • Image review icon is moved from the upper left to lower right corner
  • Image review icon is now square instead of a circle

It's not clear if there are other under the hood improvements or changes to camera behavior. Image processing seems the same from our limited exposure to the new build.

Update: We can now say that this update also fixes the OS crash on the Elite x3 when using the camera from lock screen.

Assuming the build is not reliant on other changes in the OS we could see this Fast Ring app build pushed to Slow Ring and Release Preview in the new couple of weeks. For now, those on Production will have to sit tight.

New Time Lapse option in Windows Camera

New Time Lapse option in Windows Camera

Have you tried the new camera app? If so, let us know what you think and don't forget to use the Feedback Hub to tell Microsoft.

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268 Comments
  • I'm glad to finally see some updates to the camera app. Really enjoy the new UI, much cleaner. Keep it up!
  • I wish we still had the swipe right to go the last taken foto thing.
  • yes you are right I really missed it
  • Really miss that feature, made experience that little bit more fluid and somehow seemed a more instinctive action than pushing another icon.
  • Forgot about that but it was a nice feature for sure
  • Seriously, it was so easier to just touch to focus and click. Now all my selfies are almost blurred because i have to make sure I click that damn camera button.
  • I always use manual focus personally.
  • Use the timer
  • Agree!
  • Agreed
  • That is really one of the most missed feature.
  • Yeah, it was a better that way than trying to tap and hit the small thumbnail that reaching it loosing my grip to the phone, risking droping it.
    While at thaht, stop at implementing small UI controls especially for phone usability.
    Oh yeah, also miss where you can zoom out the photo futher to have a filmstip view to easy browse through photos.
    Why we kept loosing good UX and now is trying to slap things without a though, sometimes trying to copy other platforms but their bad stuff, not the good ones.
  • Was the feature where when you used the digital zoom to frame a picture, but it still took the "full" zoomed out picture unique to the 1020? or was it a feature of the Nokia camera app? In W10M if you zoom in when taking a photo, you can't unzoom that photo later, I think in 8.1 / on the 1020 it was the re-framing feature. Wasn't sure if that was only on the 1020 (Where it did make most sense) or if it was generally a feature in 8.1 that was removed
  • I honestly did forgot about those sorry, though I remember it on 1020, I guess it maybe available on Nokia Camera too, though only 1020 can really make use of that feature very well thanks to the super high-resolution it can take. On W10M which the present, zoom is indeed just a plain old dumb digital zoom, nothing worthwhile to even talk about. This would be lovely to come back on at least to PureView devices or any phones that have at least 12MP or 10MP resolution. This was underrated feature and it would be more relevant to comeback, especially for device that will utilize dual-camera which is a thing these days on mobile photography.
  • My 950xl does this right now in jpeg+dng mode
  • Yes, this was one of the best features on Windows Phones. It was nice because it saved the original, but you didn't have to see it in your gallery if you reframed the shot.  The other feature I missed so much was the focus point also controlling the exposure. Is that also still missing?
  • On my 950xl...it is set to jpeg+dng and when I zoom the dng is full framed and not zoomed in.
  • If I understood him correctly, he means when you view one picture in photo app then zoom out, you get a film trip view of all the pictures. This feature was in WP7 and 8 IIRC
  • It is a 1020 geature. It is the :zoom reinvented: geature where you can enlarge the 5Mp photoup to 3x without loss. This feature uses the 38Mp file, which 1020 only shoots
  • We definitely need to feedback that! I hope they will listen and give us back that option.
  • Swiping will interfere with other gestures' command like bringing down notification menu.
  • No it won't. Notification menu command is Edge swipe.
  • If you're in the Insider Programme, be sure to add feedback to that effect. Things CAN change and the cadence of Microsoft's development cycle for 1st party apps like this one, they can change pretty quickly if there is enough feedback. I loved the swipe to the left for photo review, it was one of the standout features of WP before they removed it in 8.1 for some odd reason.
  • Also the ability to 'Zoom out' in the photos app when you open a photo and scroll across your shots like the old photo film days.
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    So basically, you can still see a slightly bigger photo and scroll across fast too. :)
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    Miss this from WP8.0 (removed in 8.1)
  • put in the feedback hub
  • They've laid the ground work. Hoping to see more thought out and polished UI/UX across the board. It's been part-fascinating and part-painful to see things come together.
  • Yeah, like where is the great UX people at Microsoft? Many UI implementations on Windows 10 are just plain bad, especially on touch usability. Yeah, not everything on Windows 10 are bad but how come we lost the good UX and now performing bad practices left and right. It's rather shame that some of us Insiders has to point it for them (only if they actually do listen and implementing often to good critical feedbacks). Have they forgotten that one of the factors why Windows Phone even managed to sustain some market share is having a great UX that was actually praised at that time, they even won an award for it.
  • My take on this is: Instead of making everything perfect (like it 8.0/8.1) and waiting for 'x' years, they basically said we'll give you things functional but half baked (design-wise). It's like watching how salami is made, interesting but not a fun experience.
  • Time-lapse feature not new. It already there under photo timer settings by checkbox continue taking photos.
  • Does the new feature take them more frequently though? The old setting you're talking about takes a photo every 5 seconds
  • It used to take pictures at a 2 second interval as well
  • If only Hyperlapse is integrated.
  • Seriously! Hyperlapse, Photosynth, etc should have always been baked in to OS, now more easily updatable Photos app, instead of this separate nonsense. Add those to the long list of great products MS squandered. :(
  • Is there any app that can create VIDEOS out of the timelapse shots ? For example, photos taken via ProShot. I paid for the app thinking that it'll have the ability to stich the photos and make a video too just like Hyperlapse from MSFT does (but it can create a timelapse only from video files, not photos).
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    . Thanks !! And its great to see Microsoft updating their core apps real fast !! :D
  • All of these changes just make sense.
  • I believe these changes are part of the partnership with Microsoft, HP, Acer, and others making Windows 10 Mobile devices :)
  • It would be pretty cool if this update improved the experience on the Elite x3 and Jade Primo, it really needs it.
  • Are you updating your Elite x3?
  • I guess this is what they are aiming for.
  • I notice that now if you move up or down on the screen controls the Zoom-In and Out.
  • Ehhh that's not new it's been like that since windows phone 7
  • When you zoom, a slider bar appears on the bottom, that's new (not the zooming itself)
  • Interesting, that's a nice touch which is great. Now hopefully they will bring back the sliding gesture to view recent photos like it was on Windows Phone 8 and 7. The new ones that you have to tap the tiny thumbnail is really bit cumbersome at times to use. I'm looking forward also to have a level metering like on ProShot (if only we could change the default camera with 3rd-party ones).
  • It bugs me when I use my wife's iPhone to take a photo and I have to pinch to zoom, AFAIK there is no slide to zoom in the iOS app, it's something I really got used to in WP since WP7 - Adding a slider is a nice touch
  • Definitely, android is like that too. It's so annoying. With all of these improvements (and hopefully more big ones coming in Redstone 2) I can't wait to come back to windows phone. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This feature came with Nokia camera
  • or sideways
  • Completelly of topic. . . Does anyone have a problem with UBER app on Lumia 950XL Insider Fast track? I'm unable to request an uber on mine because everytime i tap Request Uber - a black graphic shows up and nothing happens. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling and nada... :( Starbucks also no longer lets me reload. . .  says error everytime. *sigh* Glad the camera app is getting some love though. :)
  • Use m.uber.com
  • I've had issues with Uber on and off, not always when on the Fast Ring either. The app does have the odd bug creep in sometimes which can be annoying when you want to quickly grab a taxi
  • I got the update on my 950XL but there's nothing new except the UI improvements.
  • Sane here on my 1520
  • A soft reset didn't fix it. I guess it's a bug.
  • Gotcha
  • You got it? How?
  • No. I didn't get it. I was saying gotcha to you lol
  • Lol
  • On my 950XL tge shutter button is filled, and the settings cog in the top right, but none of the other changes (timelapse, reposition of preview button etc), same version number.
  • Me too.
  • I have nothing 950xl
  • Well they made some small changes but the app is still way behind some android camera apps when it comes to Manuel mode. 4 seconds max and only a few presents for white balance was good some years ago but today?
  • Well they made some small changes but the app is still way behind some android camera apps when it comes to Manuel mode. 4 seconds max and only a few presents for white balance was good some years ago but today?
  • Android and it's camera?
    Well, it's about photo quality at the end of the day. No need to over complicating it.
  • Overcomplicating it? What is wrong with you guys here? Just take a look at the G4, G5, S6, S7, P9... The camera apps can do much more. But you can still shoot an easy photo. It's about options. Would my Lumia 950 be worse with more options?
  • Lumia 950 manual option is the best for serious photographers if you know what I meant. Forget those over saturated over complicated over processed android. In the photography world, that's that.
  • You can't even manual control the white balance. Only a few presets.
    When you only shoot in RAW that's not a problem but most people prefer jpeg on a daily base. And the automatic white balance is mostly inaccurate (way to warm).
    And can you remember the time when the Nokia 920 and 1020 were advertised with light painting? Why stop at 4 seconds? Does the option for 10,15 or 30 seconds harm you? No.
    The UI of the camera is simple and good. The whole app is great. And it wouldn't change with a real white balance slider or the option for even longer exposure. It's still the same app with the same UI. Just a few more options.
  • I got your point. Some more specific options are good. Not too much. Anyway, just for information, historically, all lens have specific character that we have to know.
  • Is the time lapse just normal pictures that are in quick succession like burst mode used to do?
  • Nah, it's slower. Burst is still there under options for the camera button.
  • Ah, ok thanks.
  • Does they fix the live images.. Its very irregular.. Out of 100 pics that i took camera captures only 1 or 2 live images.. On 1520..
  • Same here. Mine isn't as bad as yours. I'd say mine is closer to 1 in 10 will have the live image.
  • That's because now the app 'senses' if there is movement.
    If no movement then Loving images is OFF. You can still turn it ON manually from the ellipsis menu '...' (three dots) in the photos app. Open a photo and see.
  • Did sound round audio for video back to Lumia 830?
  • The audio was fixed in build 10573. So it should have been available to all phones that got the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • I think he means "surround sound"
  • Things are coming together
  • I like all the changes except the front/back toggle to the upper left. Kind of seems like an afterthought up there...
  • Unfortunately, on my Lumia 950 the toggle is now so tiny that my big hands cannot click it. Microsoft should make the icon bigger in the next update
  • Yeah, I find it rather odd UI decision to have those icons rather too small that is hard to tap at all, making the camera app harder to use and risky for the phone (since you have to adjust the hands that likely loosing the grip of the phone).
  • Hopefully these are things that will be fixed before it hits production ring.
  • Hopefully, very hopeful. Microsoft these days seems not too keen on complete polish before launch. They seriously have to polish things and not just put and change stuff just for the sake of it. Polish may be not the most exciting thing especially for a geek, but it's highly appreciated and make things more mature and subconsciously helps to make things feels more solid and enjoyable. Small details do give great impact on larger picture.
  • Closer to the physical cameras on the phones?
  • Not all phones got all features. I'm on 1520 and I got the update. But the only feature that was added was the camera button is solid white now. Nothing else hmmm.???
  • I'm on the latest Insider Fast Ring Build. My Lumia 1520 got it all.  
  • Wow. Mine definitely did not. Bummer weird too cause I've never had a problem with any updates before
  • It doesn't mean you have a problem. This might just be an A/B-test.
  • The last thing i want to do is a hard reset because it takes days for the messages to come back. It's ridiculous. any idea what I could try?
  • Maybe they're doing some A/B testing and not everyone gets the same thing? But that seems unlikely for a camera app update...
  • Did not get any update yet
  • I was just going to update the Camera app -> went into Store and clicked on "Check for updates". Apparently I have 65 apps to update; how strange?!?
  • Happened to me once, too. Though I "only" had 40+ updates
  • Did you change display scaling? Lol.
  • That happens if you CHANGE the display scaling. The percentage.
  • Windows central app frozen for a couple of seconds during startup until pictures are loaded on my 950XL, please fix it.
  • It's been happening for a while now.
  • Mine also does not run in the BG, closes as soon as I leave the app, hoping for a fix soon.
  • Very bad performance on 550 recently
  • During video recording you can zoom by swiping right or vice versa. Also a gesture of zoom appears at the bottom of the screen. Both for slow & normal rec. After stopping the recording a flashing sign appears for a few moments at bottom left of screen to indicate where the recording has taken place. Whether in storage or main memory
  • Some nice improvements to UI/UX. Great work Microsoft!
  • Has it improved the image quality.....because camera app is pathetic after windows 10 update.....
  • I miss the old living images feature. Now once in a blue moon on my back camera on my 640 XL non insider.
  • I'm not really sure why you got a few downvotes. I got a replacement Lumia Icon/929 because I thought there was something wrong with my camera. The video was extremely dark no matter what I did. I received the replacement with 8.1. I enjoyed the rich colors and thought, hey, I should compare the image quality on the video and pictures. Sure enough, my old phone with Win 10 was looking a bit dull and the quality on videos was dark. The new one with 8.1 had vivid colors and the video looked normal. After seeing this I thought, oh it was just that phone then. So I flashed the old Lumia back to 8.1 so Verizon wouldn't void my warranty for running unapproved software and lo and behold the old Lumia regained it's ability to take vivid video and pictures with the super high quality I purchased the phone for. Lastly, I upgraded my current device to Win 10 and sure enough it now takes pictures that come out WORSE than the same device did on 8.1. Plus the dark video is back also (low light).
  • Oh so you have also noticed the drop in quality? I am extremly angry about this one. I thought it was just me. I missed the old days when my 930 used to take awesome picture and people amazed at how beautiful the pictures were.
  • Looks like they removed the ability to disable shutter sound. May be I have missed it earlier, but noticed it now. The settings are removed from the Sounds setting as well. So no option to disable shutter sound.
  • Nha. It was always there the option to disable the ******* sound.
  • Need a video review on the Timelapse feature please :) That will be very helpful!
  • It's actually a re-branded continuous shot on the last version, I made a stop motion using this feature couple weeks ago
    https://instagram.com/p/BKIzINlBh7j/
  • Anyone get these features on their 1520?
  • Forget the camera app it works fine , fix the photo app the zoom really sucks !
  • Yes, the photo app must be the priority. The pinch gesture is an embarrassment and panning across is a hit or miss crap. WTF why it hasn't been fixed til now.
  • Note that I tested the zoom working also sideways. First to report that. It really got the full update, timer, square right hand corner and - seems faster ;-)
  • Well One thing that is highly needed is better performance like the old Windows Phone8 app which was fast in clicking photos atleast and there was no post processing involved
  • What? Square icon!?
  • One can only hope that MS came to their senses and will also do that for the people hub.
  • It makes sense the camera app picture icon is square now. Not all pictures are people pictures. Round icons = people.
  • I have actually grown very fond of the round pictures. I don't even remember how square pics were
  • So much, and still no option to "TAP TO CLICK" :\
  • And also an option to use the volume controls as shutter key... Finding it so difficult to click pics on my L640xl
  • Volume rocker buttons needs to be customizable so we can change it such as making it as a zoom buttons or shortcut to some camera functionalities.
  • Been saying this for a while now..
  • Sadly too few realize the potential of this. It's not really an average user feature but nice for semi-pro use of the camera (which is actually a trend to camera apps these days that on Android is becoming more common).
  • I'm just hoping the dedicated camera buttons stay in future handsets....But the volume rocker changing to a zoom control when the camera is open is a NICE idea for sure. Like on many compact cameras there is a physical button to do this (or it was at least common the last time I need to own a compact camera)
  • Yeah.. I actually meant making the buttons mapable in general
  • I saw this article, checked for updates on my L950XL with 14946.1000 installed. Camera was one of the updates.  I see none of the improvements. I checked for updates again and another Camera update. this time I see all the new features that are stated. Bring ON the updates and the new features !!