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

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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)