Nokia announces Pro Camera for the Lumia 1020
We shared some leaked screen shots of the new Nokia photography app, Pro Camera, earlier and it looked rather impressive when demoed at the Zoom Re-Invented event.
The camera app for the Lumia 1020 will give photographers more control over the 41MP than any other stock camera app. Features will be similar to what we see in third party apps such as ProShot or Camera360 but tuned specifically for the 41mp camera of the Lumia 1020.
You can set everything to automatic or take control of settings such as ISO, Exposure Compensation, White Balance, Shutter Speed, and even manually focus the camera. Each setting is controlled by a series of easy-access, on-screen dials making it really convenient to adjust your camera's settings.
One really cool feature coming to Pro Camera is the ability to preview how the setting changes will effect your photo. The live view will adjust accordingly as you fine tune your camera settings. It's a feature many stand alone digital cameras have and will go a long way in helping everyone take better pictures.
The zoom feature also takes an interesting twist with Pro Camera in that you can take a photo, zoom in or out while maintaining a high resolution, save, then reframe/crop the original image again.
From the demos and videos we've seen of Pro Camera in action it looks to compliment the Lumia 1020's camera extremely well. We can't wait to get our hands on it. How about you?
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WP camera UI is lousy at best.
You need to let it focus with an LED (which is hugely distracting in slightly darker rooms), before it'll bother taking a picture, which then takes 5 seconds to do (one for each picture)
It annoying because sometimes I KNOW the shot is already in focus from a previous picture I took but the camera forces going through a focus cycle again, with the distractingly bright LED.
That said I still love smartshoot for its erase ability.
Further until the new update where the default camera app can be swapped out, these apps aren't going to cut it.
What I would like to see is Nokia's pro camera in action as that can replace the default camera and as we saw has face detection so in theory should have auto continous focus and be able to snap the shots faster.
Do we have any confirmation yet whether it is going to allow RAW capture or not? I am guessing not, but one can hope until someone officially says no.....
They could have at least made it save in a low-file size lossless format like PNG. Why do we even still use JPEG's anymore? There is so much quality loss with them, the file size gains aren't worth it anymore compared to PNG, and JPEGs were designed to be highly compressed (and high in quality loss) for the 56k internet era, which no longer is relevant.
I'm so frustrated at this phone because it has a brilliant idea, but horrible execution in all the things that make this actually relevant for photographers and photography in general. It's like they slapped a big camera on a phone and didn't bother going to actual photographers to get their input on what works and what doesn't. Lack of SD card support and JPEG only is something almost anyone who likes taking pictures would never bother with, especially since the cost of this phone on contract far exceeds the cost of an actual DSLR with a cheaper windows phones...
Nokia Pro Camera will be available for Nokia Lumia 1020 at launch and it will also be coming to all Nokia Lumia PureView smartphones (Lumia 920, 925 and 928), but will require an upgrade to the latest Amber software.