Nokia’s new Pro Camera application may debut on the Lumia 1020 announced yesterday, but the software will also be rolled out to the company’s existing PureView Windows Phones, albeit after a firmware update to pave the way later this year. Pro Camera marks a considerable step up over the default Windows Phone camera app, overlying concentric controls for exposure, ISO, and more over the preview screen, and giving real-time feedback on what tweaking each of the settings will actually do.
Now, Nokia has confirmed that the Lumia 920, Lumia 925, and Lumia 928 – all of which are PureView branded – will also get the Pro Camera app eventually. It’ll require the “Amber” update first, however, which Nokia has previously said will be released sometime this month.
It’s not the first we’ve seen of Nokia ensuring that existing owners aren’t left behind when new features arrive. Amber will also bring support for the Smart Camera application we reviewed on the Lumia 925, offering features like combination shots coupling together elements from multiple frames, and object removal.
Meanwhile, Amber will also have an impact on the quality of photos, Nokia has promised. On the Lumia 920, for instance, the update will add a broader ISO range, among other things.
Of course, even with the Pro Camera app, there’ll be some things the Lumia 920, 925, and 928 can’t do that the Lumia 1020 can. The biggest is lossless digital zooming, which will remain the preserve of the 1020’s 41-megapixel sensor.
Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView hands-on: