Lumia Camera screenshots and settings (and one "hidden" surprise!) (updated)

In this post you'll find some screenshots from the new Lumia Camera application on the Lumia 930. I was happy enough to borrow one now that Microsoft is testing my patience for the official update on my Lumia 1520. But after seeing the settings, it's even harder to wait for Denim...

Before I dive into the settings, let's have a look at some screenshots I captured today to (finally) see what Rich Capture and Dynamic Flash are all about. I'll be doing a lot more testing soon, but I think you'll like what I have to share here already. First I'll go into the menu of Rich Capture, next Dynamic Flash and last - but not least - the settings menu of Lumia Camera. You will only see screenshots in this post, no original files (or crops).

I shouldn't forget to add that Rich Capture and Dynamic Flash are not a standard feature - you'll have to activate Rich Capture by touching the "magic stick" in the camera menu on the top of your screen, and Dynamic Flash will only work if you've done so. 

Rich Capture
First a scene in pretty strong backlight I captured today. Now there's one remarkable thing: if you want to edit your result, you'll have to do so from the application itself. In other words, I can't just click "edit" from the gallery: I have to open the app, find the captured shots within the app and from there choose the shot I want to edit.

I guess that's something the imaging team will change over the time (like it's possible to open a Refocus shot directly from the gallery). Be that as it may, this is what you'll see when you touch the captured shot after finding it in Lumia Camera

If you push the Edit button, you'll get these options:

Basically you can choose for HDR, no HDR, Artistic and Customize. The last is of course the most interesting if you want to finetune the amount of HDR in your shot. It would look like this without any HDR

And if you want to customize the result, this is the "middle" option in the slider bar you get for a weaker or stronger effect:

And of course you want to know what it looks like when you choose maximum effect within the application:

Now the option you'll save, is the result you will see in the Gallery on your device. Again: you can't edit the shot from the Gallery directly, you'll have to open it after starting Lumia Camera first (for the time being that is). 

Where does it get all the information from? Well, if you look in the Camera Roll folder in your PC's Explorer, you'll see a .NAR file for every shot you made using Rich Capture. It's somewhere between 10MB and 17MB large, depending on the amount of detail in your shot. Now let's have a look at the options you get when using the flash in Rich Capture mode.

Dynamic Flash
Here's a screenshot of a scene you've already seen here at the club, now captured with flash.

Here's the edit menu:

The result where the flash was completely eliminated

And a screenshot of the "customize" menu, where you can exactly choose how much of the flash you want in your shot.

So far, I've been really impressed with what you're able to do with Rich Capture and Dynamic Flash in Lumia Camera (only on the Lumia 830 / 930 and 1520). Now this takes even an minimum of time, so I'll have to check what it does with moving objects, but: so far, so good.

One thing I really needed to get used to, was the fact that if you use the hardware camera button, it will start making a video (the one that will enable you to select the best frame from). So to make shots, you'll simply have to use the on-screen shutter button. I'm sure I'll be able to live with it, but I noticed it's difficult to change a habit I've been having for years now.

Update: Meanwhile, on Twitter, I got a reaction from David Freth - - Lead Program Manager Camera Applications Microsoft Devices Group - explaining just a quickpress will be enough to capture the shot:

Before I knew that though, I had already dived into the settings menu to see if I could change it, and no wonder you can (but in fact, you don't actually need to as you've seen in the update above). But there's something else I found there I'm sure you're even more interested in. I made a few screenshots of all the available settings, just to be sure: I'm working with version 5.0.2.42.

If you open the settings menu you´ll see these first menus:

Here's you'll see the "camera key press and hold settings", which has three alternative options:

If you look at the photo and video settings, you'll see this

Of course, you'll be able to capture 5MP alone or 5MP + 16 MP .DNG as well, like changing aspect ratio (still limited to 16:9 or 4:3, no other options like 3:2 or 1:1) and the so called "Living Images" (that will capture a fraction of movement within your shot if you like to add that to your memory)

As you can see, Living images is switched off - it's an option you get the first time you start the app and this is the place if you want to change your mind.

Now the first few screenshots won't come as much of a surprise I guess, but what I'm really wondering here is what happened to the Rich Capture settings - no more Directional Recording? No more bass filter? I hope the options will be added in a later stage, although I can't believe Microsoft might have parted from Rich Recording all together anyway (since that would be an amazingly stupid thing to do).

Update: I got another reaction from David Freth, explaining directional audio is always default on compatible devices:

One more detailed look at the settings show Exposure Bracketing with the different options we already know from the Lumia 1020.

But do you remember the Timing option you saw in the first screenshot? Didn't you think - like I did - it was about setting a timer for a group portrait or something? Well: it is, but it's not just that, as you can see here...

Do you see the option there, to "take a photo every X seconds until you press the camera button again"? This should have been called TIMER/INTERVAL - one of the options many readers have been missing so much on the previous version of their favorite camera UI.

Intervalometer
Yes, the intervalometer has returned to PureView, finally. As of now, interval options are limited to 2 seconds, 5 seconds and 10 seconds - and I have no idea whether there's a limit to the amount of shots you can make before you push the camera button again.

I'm quite sure many of you here will be thrilled the option is back, and I'm looking forward to see many more PureView timelapse videos which have more or less "disappeared" lately, simply because the option wasn't there on Lumia. Until now. Let me know if you're just as enthusiastic about this as I am - and don't forget: you read it here first :-) Please follow me on Twitter, like the club on Facebook.