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Microsoft Details Camera Improvements

November 7, 2012 1 Comment

The Windows Phone team has taken some time out to detail what they have done to make picture taking way better on Windows Phone 8.


In Windows Phone 8, we’ve added an innovation called Lenses: apps that integrate directly into your phone’s viewfinder and Camera Roll, helping you unleash your creativity like never before.

In our new release we really doubled down on capture quality, with a lot of help from our hardware partners. And new Windows Phone 8 models are already winning head-to-head photo and videochallenges against competitors. (My point-and-shoot camera is definitely collecting some dust.)

Easy screenshots
Just tap the power and Start buttons at the same time, and your phone will snap a picture of whatever’s showing on the screen and save it to the Photos Hub.

Editing improvements
In our last release we made it easier to quickly fix mistakes with the built-in Autofix feature. In Windows Phone 8 we added more editing capabilities so it’s even better at cleaning up photos:

    • Crop. Drag the handles to adjust the crop area. If you want a  predefined aspect ratio, just tap the Aspect Ratio button to see common  options.
    • Rotate. Each tap of the Rotate button turns your photo 90 degrees  clockwise.
    • Smarter Autofix. Tapping this option automatically adjusts exposure  levels, color balance, and sharpness to make your photos look their best. Tap  again to undo these changes. Autofix is even better at one-touch cleanup with  the improvements we made to it in Windows Phone 8.
    • New app integration. If the built-in editing options aren’t enough,  you can now launch your favorite photo-editing app while you’re looking at a  photo, without navigating to the App list first.

More ways to share.

Keep your shots safe
Windows Phone has always had the ability to automatically upload photos to SkyDrive for safe keeping, but, as some of you noticed, images were downsized first, and videos weren’t uploaded at all. This was done to minimize the cost to your data plan, conserve battery life, and avoid filling up your SkyDrive storage.


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