Lots of phones have “advanced” cameras these days, complete with burst modes, panorama abilities and tons of filters. However, more often than not, when you pull out your phone to take a pic, you’re looking to get just one good photo — and fast.
The latest Nokia Lumia software update for Windows Phone 8.1 (codenamed “Denim”) addresses this most important spec, the pocket-to-capture time. With the update, some Lumia phones — specifically the 1520, the 930 and Icon — will be able to go from a dormant state to snapping your first photo in just over 1 second.
Also part of the package: 4K video capture. A long press of the camera shutter will start 4K mode, recording at 30 frames per second. Every frame is an 8.3-megapixel still image, which can be saved separately.
Finally, Rich Capture will snap a photo with HDR (high dynamic range) and dynamic flash information. That way, you can just take the picture first, and decide if you want those adjustments later.
Cortana, the virtual assistant in Windows Phone, gets a notable upgrade, too: Users will now be able to wake her when the phone is in a dormant state. That’ll only be available in phones with the right chip inside, though — namely the Lumia 1520 and 930. The HTC One M8 will also get the upgrade (even though it’s not a Lumia).
At the same time, Cortana fulfills her promise to come to users in Canada, the UK, China, Australia and India.
By Pete Pachal