Long time Lumia users remember the Lumia Camera app as the Nokia Camera App. Branding changes and a multitude of camera apps could get confusing for anyone, right?
In the following video, let's take at the Lumia camera apps, and what all it has to offer after the Windows Phone 8.1 Denim update. The latest camera app is the Lumia Camera 5.0, and it brings the next generation of image processing algorithms to capture sharper pictures with more detail both day and night.
Unlike before, you can now toggle between the front camera and the rear camera right from the camera screen. Switching between the video or photo mode, the settings, and all the controls should be all a familiar territory though. One of the neat additions is the ability to modify the controls while shooting a video, and even change focus while it's being recorded.
Then there's Rich Capture. With Rich Capture, you can avoid the hassle of adjusting camera settings to shoot first, and edit and select the perfect shot later. Rich Capture adapts to any scene and captures and merges multiple images together simultaneously, and applies Auto HDR with dynamic exposure steps and flash settings. The new Dynamic Flash setting captures images automatically with and without flash, and lets you decide how to remember the scene by choosing the amount of flash used in the shot after it has been taken.
One of my favourite features is Lumia Moments. It's pretty handy when you are clicking moving objects or pets, or when you are attempting an action shot. All you need to do is click a moving picture, if I may call a video that, by long pressing the camera button, and then choose the best frame for it or create an action shot.
Mind you, most of these features are not available on budget devices, but yes, they are not limited to the flagships as well. A mid-range device - like the Lumia 640 XL I use in the video - packs all of these nifty features and the suite of apps.
Finally, we should note that many of the innovations in Lumia Camera will be added to the default camera app in Windows 10 for all Windows Phones later this year.
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