Nokia Lumia Pro Cam Update Brings Back Bracketing and More
Nokia has released a new update for its Lumia Pro Cam app, which is the default camera app for the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 smartphones. The update brings back some of the features that were present in the Nokia 808 PureView, the predecessor of the Lumia 1020 and the first phone to feature a 41-megapixel camera sensor.
One of the features that has been restored is bracketing, which allows you to take multiple shots of the same scene with different exposure settings. This can help you capture more details in the highlights and shadows, or create HDR (high dynamic range) images by combining the shots. You can choose between three or five shots, and adjust the exposure value from -3 to +3 EV.
Another feature that has been added is DNG (digital negative) support, which lets you save your images in a raw format that preserves all the information captured by the sensor. This gives you more flexibility and control when editing your photos on a computer, as you can adjust parameters such as white balance, contrast, sharpness and noise reduction without losing quality. DNG files are also compatible with most photo editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
The update also improves the performance and stability of the app, and fixes some bugs and glitches. The Lumia Pro Cam app is one of the best camera apps for Windows Phone, as it offers a range of manual controls and settings that let you unleash your creativity and take stunning photos with your Lumia smartphone. You can adjust focus, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, white balance and flash, as well as use features such as smart sequence, panorama, burst mode and reframing.
If you own a Lumia 1020 or Lumia 925, you can download the update from the Windows Phone Store for free. If you don't have these devices, you can still enjoy some of the features of the Lumia Pro Cam app by downloading the Nokia Camera app, which combines the Pro Cam and Smart Cam apps into one. The Nokia Camera app is available for all Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8.
How to Choose Between Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925
If you are looking for a Windows Phone 8 device with a great camera, you might be wondering whether to go for the Lumia 1020 or the Lumia 925. Both phones are made by Nokia and offer some of the best photography features on the market. But which one is better for you? Here are some factors to consider before making your decision.
The most obvious difference between the Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 925 is the camera quality. The Lumia 1020 boasts a 41-megapixel camera sensor with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, xenon flash and a dedicated camera button. It also comes with the Lumia Pro Cam app, which gives you full manual control over the camera settings, such as focus, shutter speed, ISO, aperture and white balance. You can also shoot in raw format (DNG) and use the lossless digital zoom feature to get closer to your subject without losing quality.
The Lumia 925, on the other hand, has an 8.7-megapixel camera sensor with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash and a dedicated camera button. It also comes with the Lumia Pro Cam app, but it does not support raw format or lossless digital zoom. However, it has a wider aperture of f/2.0 compared to the f/2.2 of the Lumia 1020, which means it can capture more light and perform better in low-light conditions.
Both phones can record 1080p HD videos at 30fps, with stereo sound and optical image stabilization. The Lumia 1020 has a 4x lossless digital zoom feature for videos, while the Lumia 925 has a 3x digital zoom feature.
Design and Display
All that camera tech does mean that the 1020 carries a fair bit more bulk on its backside over the Lumia 925. The 925 is 129 x 70.6 x 8.5mm in size, whereas the 1020 has the same rough measurements but a bulbous rear. The Lumia 1020 weighs 158g, while the Lumia 925 weighs 139g.
The Lumia 1020 has a polycarbonate body that comes in yellow, white or black colors. The Lumia 925 has an aluminum frame with a polycarbonate back that comes in white, gray or black colors. Both phones have a curved glass front with Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
Both phones have a 4.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 332 ppi. They also have Nokia's PureMotion HD+ and ClearBlack technologies that enhance the brightness, contrast and color reproduction of the screen. The AMOLED display offers deep blacks, wide viewing angles and low power consumption, but it may suffer from oversaturation and burn-in issues. aa16f39245