The camera is an ever increasingly important feature on smartphones and can often be a deciding factor when choosing between devices. Nokia have gone great guns to improve camera quality on their most recent Lumia devices, with the Lumia 925 in particular upping the bar once again in lens technology.
Action shots have always been difficult to take, especially with compact and mobile cameras where getting a good result of a fast moving subject from a single image is tough to consistently produce. To help with this, Microsoft Research have put together a free app called BLINK, designed for Lumia devices but compatible with all Window Phone 8 handsets.
Based on familiar burst photography, the idea is simple but adds a little magic, a burst of shots are taken before you press the shutter and a burst afterwards as normal. After the app is installed, no special configuration is required, simply access the camera like normal and begin taking pictures with the shutter button or by pressing on screen. The screen will flicker, or ‘blink’ (haha), whilst the images are being recorded and when finished will give you the option to review the images and save one, or even put together a short animation that can be shared.
Similar features have been seen on camera apps from the likes of Samsung and also in BlackBerry’s BB10 devices but the added benefit of saving some images from before you press the shutter is a definite plus. Individual images from the roll can be edited and saved, or just the one so final result is really flexible and depends on how much you want to store.
BLINK is a simple app that puts a lot of extra power in your hands- available for free, it’s a worthy download for any Windows Phone 8 user