During the Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi, the Finnish manufacturer announced the new Nokia Camera app, formed by the merger of Pro Camera and Smart Camera apps. Initially it was intended for Lumia models with PureView camera only, but now the app can be installed on all Lumia models, running Windows Phone 8 GDR2 and Amber update.
During the event, Stephen Elop demoed the Camera app on the new 6-inch Lumia 1520, but the compatibility was ensured on the Nokia Lumia 1020, 925 and 920, with the Amber update. Recently, Nokia released the beta version of Camera app that still requires the Amber update, but it has added support for the entire second-gen of Lumia family.
As for features, there’re significant developments, except for a few bug fixes. The Lumia Black update, scheduled for early 2014, will aid support for DNG (only on the Lumia 1020) and activation directly from the lock screen.
Nokia Camera offers three modes: Smart, Video and Pro. The user can control the various shooting parameters (exposure, ISO sensitivity, white balance, focus and shutter speed) by means of a menu located at the top of the screen, where there’re also three presets (Auto, Sports and Night). With one swipe, you can access the advanced options in concentric circles interface.
In addition, there’re several features such as Smart Burst Capture that allows you to take 10 photos in succession, and Best Shot, which lets you choose the best shot. Faces Change allows you to select the photos in which no one has eyes closed while in Action Shots and Motion Focus you can overlay multiple frames and highlight a moving subject. Finally, Removing Moving Objects allows you to remove unwanted objects from photos.