Nokia has been slowly building up its reputation as a photography focused smartphone maker and now it’s extending those perks to everyone using its handsets.
The Nokia Camera app thus far has only been available to high-end, pro-shooter models such as the Lumia 920 and Lumia 925 and Lumia 928 and Lumia 1020. Now the Finnish phone maker is opening up the application to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia handsets with its latest beta release.
Announced at Nokia World 2013, the application update is available in the Windows Phone Store Pureview Lumia devices with the Lumia Amber or Black software release. After a quick download, Lumia users can turn on full manual mode for precise shutter speed control.
Nokia’s Smart camera mode also allows smartphone shooters to take a sequence of photos they can alter afterwards to emphasize things like movement, to remove objects from an image, or select the best snap.
Join the beta
Phones that can join in the beta include the Lumia 520 and Lumia 521 and Lumia 620 and Lumia 625 and Lumia 720 and Lumia 810 and Lumia 820 and Lumia 822.
Previously, we noted how the last Nokia Camera app update brought lossless raw Digital Negative Format (DNG) images to the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020.
In the same statement the Finnish phone maker says DNG support will be added to more phones as Lumia Black update becomes available. The software update will also allow the camera app to run underneath the lock screen, allowing Nokia snappers to capture an image without pounding in a keylock code first.
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