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Windows 10 Mobile's Camera app adds long-awaited Panorama mode

Microsoft's Camera app for Windows 10 Mobile is rolling out an update that brings the much requested Panorama picture mode to the app. Version 2016.715.21.0 is now live in the Store for at least Fast Ring, but we have not yet verified for other rings or production. It does. however, go to all Windows 10 Mobile handsets as even our Jade Primo now has Panorama.

Nokia launched its own Panorama app for its Windows Phone devices before Microsoft acquired the division. Now the Windows 10 Mobile Camera app will finally allow users to merge several images together to create one panoramic photo. It looks like the mode in the app only works when the phone is in a vertical position.

Let us know what you think about this long awaited addition to the Camera app in the comments!

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252 Comments
  • At long last. Good to see that feature!
  • I could have used this at the beach Sunday on my 950...I had to use my iPhone instead.
  • Aren't there any apps from independent developers that have a good panorama feature? I do think it's good for it to be in the built in app though, needs feature parity in the core things like camera compared to other platforms.
  • Yes, there are a couple of them. I've been using one for a few years now, but it'll be nice to have it available directly from the main camera app.
  • Talking about the camera and apps... Can UWA apps be integrated as lenses? It seems most in the store apps that use lenses are from the WP8 era.
  • Nope, Lens apps are Silverlight only. 
  • I have used Pano for many years. Found it on iOS and they launched a WP app fairly early in the WP life. I was a fan of that app. But i am honestly surprised by how well this built in one works.
  • Just tried the new one and it's incredibly better than the 3rd party apps available. It's how panorama should have been done since the beginning, simple fast and high quality results.
  • I agree on the simple & fast part but have to disagree on the quality part. Compared to the photos my 950xl is shooting to the ones generated panorama then those are a lot more grainy and lower resolution.
  • Photosynth works for me. But will instantly download once it hits slow ring
  • I am still so unbelievably sad that the mobile app of Photosynth was canned. :'( There is no other App that compares to it. Now I have to take pictures and use Photosynth on the computer to get the 360° result. With the uprising of AR and VR solutions I would wish microsoft would put more effort in these directions.
  • I've been using DMD Panorama. For some reason, it was never made into a lens. This new one will obviously be more convenient. I'll be testing to see which works better.
  • None, frankly, that stitch the images together as well as the one in Lumia Camera did.
  • Photosynth used to be a great app. So disappointed that it was dropped. Will see if this is anywhere near as good, but first inpressions are not looking like it.
  • I just used the Lumia Panorama app yesterday works perfectly
  • Welcome to 2007!
  • .... back sure!! old feature that had been removed, 
  • not removed, but had to be recoded for W10M (like how they had to recode double tap to wake for newer phones like Lumia 950/950xl). Obviously it would've been ideal for it to come much sooner than now.
  • Got it, works like a charm!
  • Yeah it does. I am pleasantly surprised by how well it works. Seemed to track the path better than iOS. wow...
  • My first one ended up in a crash on Lumia 950 while saving the panorama...
  • I made a few on my Lumia 950. No crashes. Works fast with great panorama pics.
  • Yay!!
  • This is the first time I've been so excited to try out the feature the moment it gets updated!
  • Never been this fast to check the notification and check update via store after seeing the "panorama" on the notification center. Downloading now :D
  • WOOOHOOO
  • I hope they'd add horizontal mode till 2nd August..
  • Holding the phone vertically when doing a horizontal panorama gives you a much higher resolution output.
  • But wouldn't it rock to be able to make a vertical pano by going from down upward? :-) Your remark about resolution is spot on though.
  • Actually, by only allowing the portrait orientation for capture, you *can* make a vertical "panorama"... in the same higher resolution... by holding the phone landscape, and moving the phone vertically. I actually suspect that this is the use case that made them make the design decision they made! Perfect for taking shots of skyscrapers and towers from nearby.
  • That actually works but my arm wasn't long enough :-)
  • I always hated how the Nokia app forced me to hold it landscape on my 920
  • Works pretty good
  • hey wow it feels like a dream. dang this thing saves panorama photos quick! and i like how i can stop the panorama at any time. this blows away the old lumia panorama app.
  • Finally! Microsoft seems to have figured out that nobody can even start to worry about apps if they're already turned off by the built in features not being competitive with Android and iOS.
  • Nice, but HDR still fails every other time. ☹
  • After taking the photo, go to the photos app and wait for it to finish hdr. Works as a workaround for now
  • I've done that -- it sometimes helps. But it's not reasonable to stop after every photo -- particularly when the "applying finishing touches" takes over 10 seconds. 8.1's Rich Capture was much better and much more reliable.
  • I've found that it seems to work only when flash is enabled as well. For some reason with flash off trying to edit the HDR outputs an error message.
  • The problem is that it's buggy and inconsistent. I've had it work with the flash and without, and I've had it fail with and without.
  • I was on a holiday recently and used only HDR, like Chris said you need to let the processing finish. Taking too many pictures at one go will probably cause the camera and photos apps to crash, leading to an incomplete process and hence no usable image. The capture speed is fast and fine without HDR, and remember HDR is processing not one but 3 images approx at a time, so you really want to let the processing do its thing. I understand that the wait time is annoying, but the results are worth it
  • Guys, let me be clear. Taking ONE photo and waiting in the camera still results in low resolution pictures with no ability to edit lighting. Sometimes works, yes, but not always.
  • Oh. My bad, that is terrible. I faced this kind if inconsistency while my settings saved pictures to ny SD card. The moment I switched to internal memory, the consistency got better. What are your storage settings? This inconsistency with memory cards for me actually resulted in a lot of app crashes, phone hanging and phone restarts. Which led to SD card with unrecoverable errors. I have reported this problem to MSFT on feedback a number of times, but for now I am sticking to internal memory for pictures, videos and apps.
  • I've experienced the same, but not so far with this top end Samsung SD card. But I will try changing pictures to internal memory.
  • The new panorama build also has a bug fix that may greatly reduce the incidence of low res, non-HDR photos. Also works better if you save to internal storage or a FAST SD card.  
  • For the records a couple of months ago AAWP site gave a nice diagram showing when and in what circumstances HDR turns on or not. Flash is part of the equation..
  • Trust me, I know. But this is the only work around I can think of.
  • This is a little embarrassing but at least it's finally here. One picture at a time -- LG V10
  • To arrive late is better than not to arrive ;)
  • This is true unless you try that at work too many times.lol Then you get unlimited vacation. :D One picture at a time -- LG V10
  • I still feel the quality of the images has dropped a lot, compared to when i got my 950XL back in February. But thumbs up for new features.
  • I have to say that I used panorama extensively when it was Nokia. I have no idea in Hell how I didn't miss this feature on W10M. LOL.  I'm glad it is back.  Looks like I'll need to wait until its out of rings and GPR.  I hope it is as fast and easy to use as people here indicate. The old one was functional, but a little on the slow side on any device I used it on (920, 1520 being the principal devices).
  • It was slow and occasionally a task to maintain and follow the dot. Glad this new one works smooth (kinda like iOS)
  • **** in my pants
    thx msft for good stolen feature)))
  • That's another checkbox ticked. Now hoping for return of barcode scanner and other lenses to return to camera app like we had in the Nokia days.... Action shot would be a welcomed return :-)
  • ^ what he said. Keep rocking MSFT!!
  • Lumia moments does action shots if I remember correctly
  • Thanks, nice to know but I want ms to place all these functions into one place/app. Also noticed that the panorama feature inat labelled in the camera app :)
  • submit feedback in the feedback hub then!
  • I did, im not a noob to how this works ;-)
  • Lumia momenta does, but at least for me it doesn't work - I had to uninstall it so the photos plug-in would work
  • We should leave feedback for action shot!
  • Well, it's "functional." It's not the Lumia app, it doesn't allow nearly as broad of a photo. I sure do miss Photosynth on mobile.
  • +1
  • hey there. what do you mean by as broad of a photo? i feel like i can take a much cleaner panorama picture now, but with really good wide range (past 180 degrees). with the lumia panorama app in my lumia 920 and having to hold the camera still as it took individual pictures, i wouldnt move the camera and it would say i needed to fix my positioning, and when i woud move to the next section it told me to raise then lower my phone instead of go directly horizontal. then after all that work and stitching together, the different pictures didnt align obviously so the middle of the panorama was raised higher than others and looked super distorted in some sections. im really glad i havent had those problems so far with this new windows camera app.
  • Hey, I meant that I could shoot a photo seemingly without any width limitations. I'm assuming that memory would be the limiting factor but I can't remember ever running into that threshold. Now using the camera app, I'm now having the problems that you described having before.
  • What width limitation? I can take near-360 degree shots on my L735 at roughly 16MP. Maybe you're moving it too slow? (no, the photo looks fine for me, without noticeable rough edges, and I move it at moderate speeds, without the camera saying "slow down" like it does when you move too fast)
  • You just described the limitation, having the start and end point be the same place.  A 360 degree shot is not viable if you're capturing an entire shoreline or the length of a city block, you are just going in a circle, that's a limitation.
  • Photosynth https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • The app's been removed.
  • I have Photosynth on my L950 running latest Redstone build...
  • http://imgur.com/6BKWGJt I can still download photosynth app from "my library" and it still works!
  • I can't get my library to work anymore to find Photosynth. How did you do it, if you don't mind me asking. Trying to get it on my 950XL.
  • I still have it on my 1520.
  • Too little too late.
  • Better late than never?
  • At this point half functional effort like this is never.
  • The whining...
  • Never ends. It's crazy...
  • Whining will end when humanity ends..., but on the bright side whining is one way to push for improvement.
  • Sure, if it was constructive. There are some great conversations here by parties that disagree. Those are good discussions. The constant - too little too late, wp is dead, fire Nadella, etc. do nothing for the conversation.
  • True, but in a world off too much info we need to filter to get the useful stuff. I wonder if Microsoft looks though these forums. I remember there were a few MS people introduced a while back in WC, so hopefully discussions do bring useful feedback to W10m development.
  • In a 10 minutes or so we know Nadellas latest mobile numbers. Last quarter it was 2.3 million which translated to a whopping 0.7% market share.
  • If it's all so bad why don't you head of to the green grass on android central or imore. #kthxbye
  • For someone who doesn't like Microsoft products, you sure keep up with company news.
  • Troll alert @Vhyr
  • d boss who used to tell us this: 5 levels of acceptance - Passive Resistor, Active Resistor, Does not care, Active Supporter, Passive SUpporter.  Only two of those are actually useful for progress...  The typical "wp is dead" is passive resistance.  
  • Get back under your rock please.
  • How the hell is this half functional?
  • You and the others should start and write down the names of the obvious trolls, he is one of them, don't answer and they go back to their holes :)
  • Thanks, just updated, let's how good it is
  • it squashes the pic to fit into the 16:9 screen size all the lines are curved, the windows 8 version you had to scroll left/right to see all the pic, will have to see if there is any settings to change
  • It doesn't wish the pic. It just shows the whole picture after taking. I remember it doing the same thing in w8p. I'd you want more of a close up, zoon in by pinching.
  • try double tap to zoom. It'll zoom to a suitable resolution. I believe this way is better.
  • Verticle?!?!? ugh  
  • Just like iPhone.  I think it's a resolution issue.  Works like a charm (and fast!) on my 950 XL.
  • It's ok because it's covering 360'
  • I'm thinking it uses 4K video recording to create the pano in which case, yeah, they would need the vertical to create a decent resolution final image.
  • Either way, it works well. I get pics at roughly 16MP for a 360-degree image, and my phone only takes 5MP pics for 16:9.
  • But the issue is does a charm actually work? eg, rabbits foot, horse shoe, etc LOL
  • Vertical's better.
  • In the case of a horizontal Panorama, using Vertical gives you a much larger view, since you are stiching together lots of pics horizontally, you might as well have a large vertical view in every individual pic.  Plus the warping factor on a horizontal image would be a lot more drastic at the stitch points (or to keep it smoother, you'd only use the middle of the image which would negate all benefit of horizontal usage. This is one of the only situations where a vertical camera usage makes sense - unless you are taking a picture of a tall tower or something :).  
  • Finally!
  • 360' degrees :)
  • Awesome! Now waiting for a quality improving update, seriously.
  • YES!!! This was my biggest beef with W10M phones after leaving Android Galaxy phones.  I used Photosynth, but frankly it was weak compared to Android and iOS.   I was worried I was going to have to take my Galaxy S4 on my upcoming Colorado trip.  GREAT timing!                                                             I just tried it out.  It works really really well on my 950XL.      
  • Is it more like the iPhone or WP8?
  • Like the iPhone.
  • Ok....now I have to move to fast ring now!!!!
  • I received the update tonight as well although I switched to slow ring this morning.
  • Disappointingly only works in portrait mode.
  • Guess you didnt see the comments above, its like the iphone so that makes it ok.... /s
  • Why would you want to use it in landscape mode?
  • Bigger/wider panoramas
  • Inaccurate that landscape would give bigger, wider panoramas. Portrait gives you a much taller pano, and you can go full circle (360 degrees). Landscape pano would be lower res and lower field of view. 
  • doesn't higher vertical resolution combined with 360-degree make it bigger/just-as-wide compared to landscape, which would give you lower vertical resolution with just the same 360-degree image? even when it does wider than 360-degree, isn't that uselessly redundant?
  • Did John just teased us with with an upcoming Jade Primo review? /triggered   Also, good to see panorama mode's return!
  • Looks like it's an Insider only update.  I also got it on my Venue 8 Pro running Fast Ring, but not on my laptop running production builds.  Unfortunately, the Camera app blue-screens on the Venue, so I wasn't able to check if panorama actually runs on Desktop.  :-)
  • Not true
  • UPDATE: I did a Del Support Assistant check, and the Venue 8 Pro needed a BIOS and Chipset update.  Did those, then a graphics driver update came in via Windows Update. Now, Panorama is working well on the three-year-old Atom Venue 8 Pro.  Resolution isn't great, given the low quality camera on the device, but it works. Universal Apps FTW 
  • this is great to know :)
  • I'm so glad, my iPhone using friend was asking me if I could take a panorama pic, and I said no, since I didn't have an app installed. He laughed and bashed Windows Phone. Now it's here
  • Received it on my Lumia 930 running production build
  • Can't see the update yet. I'm in slow ring (Netherlands). Looking forward to using it :)
  • Omg
  • Windows phone ain't dead brov
  • just tried it. its awful...
  • What about it is awful?
  • The image quality is poor, there was stitching visible and some black blocks... Its unclear if the pan is taken or not and in general it was just not as good as it should have been...
  • Not really, image quality is fine, working smooth.
  • there are on-screen instructions. you must have been getting 'slow down' from start to finish. That's one way I could get a result as you say. Move your hand at a good 0.5f/s while tilting the phone per the onscreen instructions, and you'll have a fine panorama on your hand.
  • Just About TIME!, glad to have it finally. :D
  • Nothing yet on .494
  • No fix for the way it handles photos. Take a picture and want to look at it? "Getting things ready". Want to send a picture through sms? "attaching". This stuff was lightening quick on 8.1 . Now it is embarrassingly slow.
  • I have yet to see any of that since updating ot the redstone builds, and my phone is an "old" L735. Your phone may have a different kind of problem.
  • It's not there on Lumia 535 even on vertical position...
  • on Lumia 1520 too
  • Can't get it on my non insider 950 att. Hopefully soon
  • Just updated and it works like a charm. Having it in vertical mode is a clever idea and it tells you if you need to tilt up or down should you start to divert. Was worth the wait. Bravo MS.
  • When was the last time you used a charm that worked?
  • Always good to see the product of a great education system.
  • "Windows 10 Mobile's Camera app adds long-awaited Panorama mode FOR INSIDERS" Fixed it.
  • Hopefully the update also addresses the lack of focus my camera has had for months. If it doesn't, I'm going to have to switch to something else. Also, do we get 240fps slow mo? Or are we still behind at 120fps?
  • Do you have a 950? If so the new firmware update for the 950/950XL dramatically improves focus. 
  • Really ? Really ? I just finished my vacation and this..now ? Really brah ?
  • Better luck next year
  • Haha.. Time to go on another vacation then
  • It doesn't work well on my 1520. Maybe, I'm doing something wrong.
  • Holy ******* ****. I'm not complaining but this is a day one feature. SUPER EXCITED THOUGH. Now just need some decent hardware to go along with it. This 735 is making its swan song apparent everyday.
  • Also next. Automatic recognition of bar codes and QR codes without have to pick a lense.
  • Works well on L950.just waiting for this firmware to finish it off
  • i updated it on my Lumia 540. I am not seeing anything. Is this feature limited to higher end lumias?
  • Not working on L925 - Error code 0xA00F4279(0x80070057)
  • Same on the 920. Annoying. 
  • Me too. I have  Lumia 1020, I rebooted the phone, didn't work...
  • Same here same L925
  • In Threshold 2 build 10586.545 worked ok, but when I upgrade to Redstone 1 (unnofficial for my Lumia 925) build 14393.189 got the same code error. Any solution? 
  • How did you get to 14393? I'm still stuck on 10586.494 on my L925
  • To get TH2 build 10586.545 for non eligible RS1 phones (x20 series) you need sign out of windows insider program then check for updates. This is install the last build made by our phones.  To get RS1 build 14939.xxx you need hack registry of the phone using "Interop Tools" (made by XDA-Developers) changing it to a eligible phone (730, 735, 830, 930, 650, 950, 950 XL...). I used this tutorial http://miserlygeek.com/how-to-upgrade-your-phone-to-windows-10/ and this http://forums.windowscentral.com/windows-10-mobile-how-guides/436253-5D-installing-redstone-unsupported-devices-x2x-series.html (section Windows 10 Mobile) if you want to do it automatically using "DHTUpgrade Advisor"
  • Awesome - thank you very much. I will review this over the weekend.. Do you know if the WDRT will still work to revert to 8.1 after this or willit brick on failure?
  • Your welcome! I don't know. I'm still using RS1 14393.189. I know that if you revert to 8.1 and try upgrade to W10M TH2 via windows insider program this is not possible anymore.