Nokia Merges Smart and Pro Camera Apps, Brings Raw DNG Support to 1020 and 1520


Earlier today, Nokia let fly a slew of announcements at their Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. And, as you might expect from the people that brought you the 41-megapixel PureView smartphone camera, a few of them have to do with pushing mobile photography to the next level.

Chief among those announcements is the merging of the Nokia Smart and Pro Camera apps that we’ve told you about in turn. The new app is simply called Nokia Camera, and it combines “the best features of Nokia Pro Cam and Nokia Smart Cam” into an application with three unique modes of its own and manual controls.

Nokia Camera comes with three main modes: Smart Mode, Camera Mode and Video Mode. The Smart Mode lets you automatically take a burst of multiple shots so that you can remove unwanted objects, change faces or create a “sequence shot,” while the Camera mode features the manual controls you’re familiar with from Pro camera as well as the ability to select Night and Sports modes if you’re shooting in those particular situations.

The newly-announced Lumia 1520 sports a 20MP sensor, f/2.4 Zeiss lens, OIS and will come equipped with the new Nokia Camera app.

The newly-announced Lumia 1520 sports a 20MP sensor, f/2.4 Zeiss lens, OIS and will come equipped with the new Nokia Camera app.

All of those features were discussed in the keynote, but it seems one new ability was not. The well-known Lumia 1020 and the new Lumia 1520 — according to Nokia camera developer Juha Alakarhu — now support RAW DNG capture as well!

Given that the 1020 takes 41-megapixel shots and the 1520 sports a 20-megapixel shooter, we imagine increased file sizes could start being an issue given this announcement, but the amount of additional control the uncompressed files will give mobile photographers in post should outweigh those cons.

For more info on everything Nokia announced in Abu Dhabi today, head over to the Nokia Conversations blog and check out the full keynote by clicking here. The new Nokia Camera app is already available to download from the Windows Phone Store.

(via Engadget)

  • Renato Murakami

    Just bought myself a 1020, and just waiting to see how that RAW support goes.
    The 41mpx thing is kind of a marketing buzzword… it has the ability to take shots close to that (I think it’s aroung 38Mpx), but the quality is plenty bad.
    The end result though is a 8Mpx (jpg) photo that seems to be (imho) better than any other smartphone cam out there.
    Now that they are (surprizingly) adding RAW to the mix, it’ll be interesting to see how much we’ll be able to push it as I don’t know how much of artifacts and noise comes from compression.
    It’s a first too right? Are there any other smartphones out there that supports RAW?

  • BiGDZ

    When does the RAW file support happen?

  • Martin Nilsson

    If Google gives the Windows 8 world a Google+ app, you could let the RAW-files get uploaded and stored there. And use the built in RAW-converter to share these with the world in a heart beat =)

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  • Peng Tuck Kwok

    Don’t know of any that does, so it’s a first. Hopefully other manufacturers will get in on the game but it might take a little effort to get it going. AFAIK in Android calling the function to return RAW data returns NULL on most devices (it’s also a function targeted for deprecation/obsolete)

  • greenarcher02

    I think the N900 had a 3rd party app that put outs RAW. But its camera wasn’t that good, and it was slow and buggy.

  • bigjezza

    Or happily use inbuilt skydrive and share from there! Why be scroogled?

  • Renato Murakami

    I’m expecting it too. Nothing so far though…. just checked the phone after the updates and it’s still jpeg options alone for capture.

  • Martin Nilsson

    Since Google+ has a RAW-converter. I’m sure Nokia provides one, but if you want online storage, RAW-converter and photo editor in one suite – it’s Google+.