Samsung's bringing HDR, Smooth and Slow video to their Windows Phone 8.1 app

Windows Phone 8.1 is around the corner for general release and with it, Samsung is bringing a new camera app. It's not secret that Windows Phone 8.1 unlocks a few advanced features in the camera, including slow motion recording and video editing. Samsung evidently is not letting Nokia get all the glory as their new Camera app is sitting on the Store, ready to be downloaded.

The ATIV Camera app from Samsung looks to be full featured, including such options as Auto, Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Rich Tone (HDR), Eraser, and Night Shot. For video recording there are Smooth motion, Slow motion and capturing still images from recorded video.

Perhaps the one downside for ATIV owners who will certainly want this app is the inability to use it at this time. The app is Windows Phone 8.1 only, and it will leverage forthcoming firmware that Samsung is expected to push out in the coming weeks. So for now, you'll just have to sit on the sides and wait for the Windows Phone 8.1 update and new firmware, but at least you can take solace in knowing Samsung still has a few tricks left.

The Samsung ATIV S, ATIV SE, ATIV S Neo are expected to receive Windows Phone 8.1 officially, though Samsung has been quiet on their plans thus far. We reported earlier that ATIVE SE owners may want to hold off on using the Preview for Developers due to some ongoing stability issues in not having new firmware.

Thanks, neo158, for the tip!

QR: ATIV Camera

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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.

172 Comments
  • Aww I also tipped this one lol
  • I hope they fix their soundalive app for the ativ S soon it crashes always.
  • Works perfectly on my ativ s neo
  • Soundalive was never released officially for the ATIV S, I do hope they make it available though.
  • There are a lot things which need fixing with Samsung and 8.1. Unresponsive touch screen, SD card corruption, led flash crashes the phone, etc... Had to shelve my SE and go back to my Icon.
  • All problems that are being fixed in the firmware!!!
  • Is it anyhow possible to install this Lumia 920 WP 8.1?
  • Now why would you want to do that?
  • HDR
  • Really, why would you want this when you have the Nokia Camera App that can be set as default as well!!!
  • Maybe because we don't get HDR mode, neither a proper slow mo video. That app (Slowly) is just terrible...
  • Seconded. We need all the HDR options that we can on Windows Phone. It's ridiculous that such a photography-focused phone OS doesn't have it built in when the crap camera iPhone has it.
  • Nothing about the iPhone camera is crap. Takes just as good photos as my 920 and way better photos with the front facing camera.
  • True. My friend's 5S takes much better daylight photos than my 925. But that's due to the post processing software from Nokia, which kinda softens the photo. Lowlight photos are bright as ever, though.
  • Not at night...
  • I know, that's what I said lol
  • False.
  • Well, not totally. In many occasions, I had to take pics quickly in a moving environment or with shaky hands, my 920 always had and still have the most usable pics while my peers with iphone 5 ( and samsung devices in such occasions are even worse) did not have almost any use of their pics. And oh don't get me started about the night. I wouldn't say iphone camera is crap but definetly not as good as the 920. About the front facing camera, it's hit or miss in all phones frankly, when taking selfies with my peers with the FFC of the i5, sometimes the pics do come so well, while on other times, they come horribly, The same goes for many lumias. Well, I avoid taking pics with the FFC thanks to touch to capture, shutter camera button and lately Glam me on my lumia. Also, iphone users can avoid usingthe FFC as well by using the volume rocker as a shutter key, but many of them don't know this( i was shocked when finding out about this) .
  • What about "4Blend HDR"?
  • HDR camera is what I use... works perfectly!
  • Exactly. Its such a pity we do not have HDR capibility within the NOKIA camera app. And slowmo videos would be awesome to have
  • HDR Camera or 4Blend HDR for HDR photos... We won't be able to do "real" slow motion videos until our hardware supports 60FPS or higher recording.
  • Question is: Why hasn't Nokia brought this up in the Icon/930 since the processor already supports it?
  • I'm not certain but I heard somewhere about a proxy trick to do this (requires PC as well) and another way is to developer unlock.... Well leave it.
    It can be risky and I won't recommend you do that
  • Ok how
  • That trick has been patched out of existence.
  • Sorry for wrongly targeted reply, I'm using the WPC app.
  • The method of the proxy still working to install other OEM's apps. But this one is not realesed yet. 
  • If you read the article it says it relies on Samsung firmware, so no.
  • I'm not sure but if you Bing it you'll come to know some people at xda developers have reportedly made it possible to load other OEMs apps in any WP 8 device. Some worked, some didn't.
  • Sure you can install it, but it won't work because it's supported by Samsung firmware. The article says it doesn't even work on Samsung phones yet until the OEM 8.1 update, so why would it work on Nokias?
  • I've read it and the comments as well :)
    I was assuming on the past experience of what I read at xda developers. But honestly, I also don't think this app, specifically, would work that might as well actually integrate/depend with Samsung's hardware(for the camera) not just firmware once WP 8.1 is out.
  • I guess its not possible..as the article clearly mentions that it leverages some of the features that would come with the ATIV firmware ...so no luck with Lumia,but there are plenty of apps in store for HDR and for rest Nokia Camera is well and good
  • Why not available for lumia 525??
  • Nokia is not Samsung, I mean...really
  • Thanks God for that!
  • Agree.
  • Lol
  • It's Samsung exclusive.
  • Just READ slower.:)
  • Just THINK, you mean. ;)
  • A combination of both actually.lol
  • Not even available on samsung?!
  • It is, try typing ATIV Camera into the search box as it's not in the Samsung Zone yet.
  • Really? Really? How do you live your life? Ugh, the gall of some people.
  • Its Samsung exclusive bro...just like Nokia Camera app is exclusive to Lumia
  • Does this fix the camera bug without the FW? Downloading now...
  • No, it doesn't. It doesn't seem to crash as badly as the Microsoft one though, however I couldn't get this to work properly, I assume it's just the updated firmware that's needed.
  • I dont have the after flash anymore... I will try to switch lenses now, before that used to need reboot to get camera back up and running again
  • Same thing here. Downloaded, but crashes badly almost every time. If it doesn't crash, it won't let me take pictures or even switch to video or turn on/off flash.
  • I don't believe it's the app at fault though, I think it's just updated firmware.
  • I think so, too. We'll have to be patient then. Hopefully not for too long...
  • Yup, switching back from video crashes the app, reboot needed. The after flash is gone, however selecting flash off now does not work. I guess that can be done by selecting burst mode?
  • Hidden gems are from the past ? 
  • Hidden gems are hidden good things that don't get a lot of coverage or are harder to come across as the name suggests :)
  • Just like treasure hunting in olden days :P
    "...from the past"
  • Neo158 has an Ativ S..I know that for sure!!
  • I certainly do :)
  • Need gyroscope... My L 625 says so...
  • And front facing camera, my 520 says so.
  • i love my ATIV S!
  • Yes it does, no after flash anymore...
  • Competitor
  • Cant see it does much for being under a mb
  • Never underestimate potential of an app from its size ;)
    But yeah this one isn't ready yet.
  • Under a MB!!?! This app is 10MB in size, look at the store page before commenting.
  • I have. don't know why it says that but it does
  • Well I guess from the pic posted on the article one might think that the app is less than a MB but from the pic it looks like the app is open on an Ativ SE running WP8 while on 8.1 it shows as 10 MB
  • It captures real slowmo videos or just capture with 30 pfs?
  • That's not really how slow motion cameras work. It's the other way around actually, higher fps is captured, like 1500 fps for example, and then played back at (usually) 27 fps after capture. This ensures smooth video because they're are plenty of frames to stretch the video out. You won't get stuttering unless the length of the video in seconds times the frames per second playback speed is greater than the total amount of frames captured.
  • When will wp get 60 fps video recording?? Aaaaarrgh
  • Or even 120 fps for that matter?
  • lol sounds like you need a camera NOT a phone...  people seem to forget a smartphone is a jack of all trades,but the master of none.  
  • True! Since iPhones compare to DSLRs...
  • I never understood why Nokia ever brought HDR to their camera apps or my hasn't Microsoft Mobile brought it in the meantime. It's the kind of feature that all Android camera apps aparently have. The fact that Samsung of all "people" beats Microsoft to this shouldn't leave anyone happy apart, of course, from users of Samsung's WP offerings since they finally have something others don't.
  • Hope the cyan update on Lumia devices will fix the battery issues we are facing can't even count how times I have plugged in my phone
  • Last update had a dramatic improvement in battery for me.
  • Indeed but FW optimizes it and battery life should increase once again.
  • My battery is sucking lately. And my 925 is only 2 weeks old. I looked in the battery saver and it shows that Phone takes up almost all of my battery and I don't know why... Waiting on another update, hopefully!
  • Nokia getting all the glory pfft, Samsung has always been a good 9months ahead of the game with its apps, Nokia seems to copy the ideas after a while (eg. App folders).
    Nokia have just pumped a ton of money into advertising, Samsung tend to have a little more class in that respect.
    And less of the bugs that plague nokias overbearing selection of devices.
  • LOL Really? You definitely need to check the store...
  • Nokia pumped money into advertising....you mean the same way Samsung did with their galaxy line? Get real.
  • Didn't realize Samsung made a windows phone.
  • Someone always has to come in with this lame comment. Give it a rest already!
  • Well, now you realise they make several Windows Phones!!!
  • Since WP existed so quit with the bullshit already. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Lol
  • Lol Samsung has done phones with every OS now their own propetiery,android,Windows,now Tizen...
  • When WPC write that WP8.1 is 'just around the corner' what do they know? There's no official realise date yet, is there?
  • There has never been an official release date, as it's contingent upon your phone manufacturer, phone model and carrier if applicable. The fact that there are Windows Phone 8.1 device literally on sale today, or new models about to go on sale, should be evidence enough that OTA updates are around the corner. We even posted the update schedule for Nokia in one particular region. We've been saying July/August for months now and that still holds true.
  • Let's hope that Nokia Camera receives a few new features soon. I think a lot of smartphone users expect certain "features" such as HDR to be available from the get go (without other applications). Obviously, most of these won't actually improve photos if they're crap anyway but the general public perceives the photos to be better quality.