Today, Nokia’s Kevin Shields demonstrated a feature called Smart Shoot, that will definitely help get rid of those photo bombers that may be infiltrating your attempts of capturing your most precious moments.
When you take a picture using Smart Shoot, the software actually takes several pictures so that it could determine what things in the view are moving. It then presents you with a screen outlining the moving elements. With a touch of an outlined figure the user can remove that element from the image.
This can prove useful when taking a picture in a busy area, where there may be many people walking around in the background. It also can be used to remove an unwanted subject that rushes into the photo in the last second.
Today, at the Nokia-Microsoft Press Conference, Jo Harlow us to Nokia’s newest addition to its PureView technology.
Up until now, image stabilization in mobile phones was hit or miss. Mostly miss.
Due to the tiny size of the lenses used in mobile phone cameras, it was difficult for manufacturers to create a system that stabilized the lens enough to offset hand movements. Nokia solves this problem by stabilizing the whole camera inside the phone.
This helps tremendously when taking video. This effect is like having a dolly for your phone. If you read our previous story about Nokia’s teaser videos, then you have seen the technology in action.
Where we might see the most excitement is how it changes night photography. The problem with taking photos at night is obvious – there is a lack of light. The flash on a camera can help, but often results in a glare, reflection or other simply does not provide enough light. One way to get more light into the camera’s sensor is to leave the camera’s shutter open a few tenths of a second longer. But unless you’re using a tripod, this may result in a blurry photo because your hand will likely move slightly. Nokia’s Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) solves this problem. The Lumia 920 will leave the shutter open 5 to 10 times longer when shooting at night to let in a lot of light, but the OIS system will compensate for hand movements, giving you a steady final picture with more natural lighting. The camera also has a large aperture (f2.0), giving it the ability to let more light in.
You don’t’ have to take our word for it. Fortunately Nokia just released a video where you can see for yourself.
In February 2011 a partnership between Microsoft and Nokia promised the Finnish mobile manufacturer would make Windows Phone their primary operating system for its smartphone devices. The combination of know-how between the software giant and leading mobile handset manufacture set some high expectations.
The following year saw the introduction of the Nokia Lumia handset line in various model iterations. In April 2012, the latest Lumia 900 handset was released and promised to the be the flagship Windows Phone. This model featured AT&T’s LTE speeds, quality build in a simple interface and a much-touted Carl Zeiss camera lens. We took a closer look at the Lumia 900 in a variety of areas to determine if Nokia’s flagship smartphone lives up to its hype.
On September 1st 2011 HTC released one of the first Windows Phone 7.5 phones – the HTC Titan. The Titan earned it’s designation with a massive 4.7inch screen and garnered praise for its well-made design. On January 9th 2012 the HTC Titan II not only brings the same 4.7inch screen, but with two immediately noticeable changes: AT&T’s ultra-fast 4G LTE and a massive 16 megapixel camera to match its screen size.
Officially starting off Windows Phone Fans’ hardware reviews, our very own Paul Neafsey breaks down his review into key areas of interests such as design, camera, and applications to give a better insight on the HTC Titan II.
Nokia announced an extension of their partnership with Carl Zeiss, responsible for the innovation of Nokia’s PureView optics. The PureView camera system is the linchpin of the upcoming Nokia 808 PureView phone – having already won numerous awards. By condensing seven pixels into one not only does the PureView technology allow for the equivalent of a 41MP camera, but crisper pictures and clearer focus on zooming than any Smartphone currently on the market. The video capabilities are also appropriately increased, with up to 6x losses zoom at 720p and 4x losses at full 1080p HD video. The technology has already been awarded Best Mobile Device at Mobile World Congress 2012, as well as an award for Best Imaging Innovation for 2012 from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).
Nokia’s Executive Vice President Jo Harlow recently confirmed the PureView technology will be coming to their Windows Phone devices in March. During an interview with Finnish newspaper Aamulehti responded to a question of when to expect a PureView Windows Phone Harlow responded (translated) “I can’t say precisely when, but it will not take very long.”
Would a possible 41MP Windows Phone drive your purchasing decision?