Much has been made of the Nokia Lumia 1020’s ability to take high resolution stills. However the 1020 is also capable of burst shots using the Smart Cam app. On high end devices (anything over 512MB of RAM apparently) it captures 10 images at 5MP - while low end devices capture 1MP images. To capture burst shots you simply start the Smart Cam app, point and click. A circular progress bar shows that the capture is in process - then you are able to either start having a play with the post processing or take another set. The photos benefit from the Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) tech in the 1020, meaning that you get a stable set of shots just holding it.
Smart Cam has five post processing options. You can start using these either immediately after taking a set, or later. Images appear in the camera roll, tagged with “captured with Nokia Smart Cam”, tapping on the tag opens the set in Smart Cam. In Smart Cam, you can swipe between the different modes - each will show a preview and tapping on it will take you into that mode. Once you are happy with the results you can hit Save, then you have the option to share it through the usual options (Facebook, Email Accounts, MMS etc).
The first post processing option is Best Shot. This automagically selects what it considers the best shot in a sequence. I had mixed results with this - sometimes it got what I considered the best, other times not at all. Tapping on the photo lets you swipe between all 10 shots and pick the one you like manually.
Next up is Action Shot. A bar along the screen has 10 dots - one for each shot. You can include or exclude shots and have them super imposed. The quality of the output depends a lot on your subject media. A single, fast moving subject with a static background can result in some really cool time-lapse photos. Too much motions usually ends up as a blurry mess.
Motion Focus blurs all the background of the image - keeping the moving parts in focus. You can swipe left and right to select which shot you want to have in focus. An example is the best illustration as you can see below.
Change Faces is pretty self explanatory. Take a burst shot of a group, then you can change faces from individual shots onto others - immensely helpful when one person blinks in one shot.
The last option is Remove Moving Objects. By going into this mode, certain objects appear with a + or - over them - allowing them to be selectively included or excluded. You can see from the example below - I have completely removed the subject (which isn’t quite what you’re meant to do). It is very useful for removing people that happen to walk behind your subject.
So all in all a cool set of effects. There is obviously a fair amount of heavy lifting going on in the background. Opening a set of photos in Smart Cam takes up to 5 seconds, and swapping between modes can take up to a further 5 seconds per mode. Luckily there is little to no delay between actually taking shots - so the post processing options are probably best left to reviewing at home. It is a pain to have to switch between Pro Cam and Smart Cam depending on what type of photo you are intending to take. However the two are likely to be combined in the near future (possibly even this month).
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